What to expect: A fun day out in the country. Catering for anyone interested in the equine world, you'll find stalls selling a range of new and used riding gear, end of season items, clothing, training items and horse related products. Whether you are purchasing for use or for decorative purposes, this is a great market to check out the range of goods on offer. The horse gear and track market is only held twice a year so gets a great turnout. Admission is $2 with children 12 years and under free.
What to expect: Don't be fooled by the name, this Urban Market is not held on a rooftop, or in a laneway and frequented by skinny-jean clad youths. This Urban Summer Night Market is help in the central park of Werribbe and is a family affair. Featuring a rotating set of stallholders, as well as free entertainment of local musicians, some lovely food and an enjoyable summer twilight atmosphere, these markets are the set to become iconic in the west. The markets are only 5 min walk from Werribee train station and run from 4:00pm – 9:00pm
What to expect: Run by the team at Melbourne's Mystery Market, this is a market for the fashionista inside all (well most) of us. From vintage dresses to modern designer sunglasses and candles, this two-day market will host local names such as M'agapi, Jude Ng, You, Me & Bones, Love of Three Oranges, Collective Tee and Miss Lilly White. For a full list of stalls, see Melbourne's Mystery Market website. This is one slick, cool and ultra fashionable affair.
What to expect: All things quaint and quirky. This indoor market is the perfect place for battling the extreme weather that we can experience in November and December. Products on offer range from jewellery and candles, to skincare, herbal teas and clothing with an emphasis on handmade. This cute market is extremely family-friendly, offering face painting and colouring competitions for the kids. Whilst the Yarraville Market is only small with approximately 30 stalls, it is surrounded by a lovely local street of unique shops, perfect for turning a market Saturday into a whole-day outing.
What to expect: Nanna Cool are 'markets with craftitude', celebrating old-school craft with a contemporary edge. Actively encouraging the upcycle and recycle craft movement, Nanna Cool stallholders all have a passion for vintage, an extreme amount of talent and a flair for bringing crafts of the past into the modern era. In the write up for Nanna Cool, the term thoughtful consumerism is mentioned and that really is the key to this market. Shop like your nanna would, look at the quality and durability and be charmed by the aesthetics.
What to expect: I adore this market concept. The Chevron Markets are 'Dedicated to Assisting Mums in Business'. This unique market creates opportunities for mum's with businesses to showcase themselves and their wares, as well as network and grow their trades. Who better to create goods for the family than mums themselves, they are the creators and the target market, how often does that happen?! Get along to find some outside-of-the-square ideas and products and support mums in business.
What to expect: Part teddybear's picnic, part retro kingdom, part rockabilly heaven, this is the market to source all of those hard to find collectables items, vintage pieces and one-off headline grabbers. Keep an eye out for deco items, kitchenalia, Australiana, jewellery, Coca-Cola memorabilia, ephemera, records, advertising, comics, books, stamps, militaria including medals, badges and related items, movie music and sporting collectables, posters, model kits and swap/tradecards. Click here for a full list of stalls. If you want to head over on the tram, take the number 57 and the Retro Nostalgia & Collectables Christmas Fair will provide you with a free shuttle service from main gate of the racecouse to the entrance, or parking is available for $2. The market runs from 9am – 3pm and admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children/seniors or $15 for a family (2 adults/3children).
What to expect: Presented by Kidspot, the Baby and Kids Market hosts stalls with a mixture of pre-loved and new goods, primarily clothes, for children. You can expect the kids to love this as much as the parents with goodie bags on arrival, free entertainment, product demonstrations and giveaways. Admission is $5 with kids under 13 free.
What to expect: Northern Regards describe their production as 'a sustainable artisan market in Melbourne's north....with beer!' and this is exactly what they deliver. Held on the first Saturday of every month at the iconic Northcote Social Club, this market is a mixture of local artists, designers and crafty people who are all happy and open to a good chat about their wares. Run in partnership with Thornbury Womens Neighbourhood House, this market selects stalls that have a sustainable, upcycled or recycled element to their work. Doors open from 11am – 4pm and you'll find the stalls in the band room of the Social Club. Jump on tram 86 up High Street to be dropped at the door or take the train to Northcote Station. It's only a short walk from there.
What to expect: A one-night-only market supporting local creative businesses and makers. This subterranean art park will come alive with the aroma of street food, sensory art installations and live music, to accompany the retail stalls. Artists include installation artist Sean Diamond and music by Josh Owen and VARDOS. The Makers Marker runs from 4pm – 9pm on Saturday 6 December and will host over 75 stalls. Kingston Arts Makers Market is only a one minute walk from Moorabbin Train station on the Frankston line.
What to expect: Ever heard of the Violet Town Honeysuckle Community Market? Well this market in North East Victoria attracts up to 200 stalls and patrons of up to 4,000 each month. Wow! Running since 1978, all funds raised by the market used for the publication and distribution of the Village Voice community newsletter and for other community facilities and activities. Held on the 2nd Saturday of every month, from 8.30am - 1pm, you can take your time to meander through the stalls, enjoy the scenery and chat with the locals and traders. This is one impressive market! A two-hour drive from Melbourne up the Hume Hwy, this is not a market you can visit without preparation, however it promises to be work the trip.