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Holding a Stall at the Camberwell Market

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by Andrea Chang (subscribe)
Freelance writer / Law student from Melbourne, Australia.
Published September 26th 2011

We woke up before the sun to arrive at our allocated parking spot / stall location at the Camberwell Rotary Sunday market. There were already numerous groups of people setting up everything from flower stalls, to second hand clothing stalls, to unwanted odds and ends, to hand crafted jewels. It was a lovely community vibe at 5.30am that morning. With great weather forecasted for the day ahead, everyone was predicting strong trade.

I pulled out a big table and hired 3 clothes racks for 2 other friends and myself to sell our old clothes, jewellery, shoes and accessories. Being our first time, we didn't really know what to expect so just planned to go with the flow.

We did have a couple of things prepared. One friend priced all her clothes to make it easier for the buyer. I left all of mine unpriced and instead advised the avid shoppers when they asked / looked interested. We had a couple of bargain baskets labelled "everything $5" or "buy 1 get one free" for the extreme bargain hunters. We brought outdoor chars for us to sit on (although we barely got to use them because it was so busy we were running around most of the time!)

Even at 5.45am there were people approaching us asking if we had certain things they were specifically looking for. My first sale was at 6am (market doesn't officially start until 7am!) to a lady who wanted second hand designer pieces for her daughters. She bought 3 tops for $75. Off to a good start!

The atmosphere as a stallholder is simply fantastic. Not only was it fun but we made a hefty sum of money doing it. We were surprised at what people were interested in and loved learning how to barter and be bartered to.

The busiest period was between 7am and 9.30am. After that people were predominantly just there because the sun was out and wanted to spend the morning with their friends or boyfriend / girlfriend. The types of people shopping that Sunday ranged from 60 year old women (mainly in the morning) buying blazers and skirts to 16 year old high school girls buying rings and jeans.

What a success! We were blessed with beautiful weather. If you've never held a stall at the Camberwell markets I would say book it today because (1) it's fun (2) it's a great way to get rid of your unwanted goods (you won't even notice it's gone!)

Selling tips:
don't lower your prices too readily.
be firm.
be aware of your surroundings to make sure none of your clothes disappear.
- hire racks (there is a stall there all day specifically for stallholders to hire racks at $8 and tables at $5 and coat hangers at $3 for 10 etc).
- put signs up to make it easier for the shopper to navigate.
- have a good layout (don't put your accessories table all the way at the back so that no one can see it).
- be friendly.
- have fun doing it.

Camberwell Sunday Rotary Market

7.00am-12.30pm every Sunday (stallholders arrive from 5.30)
Camberwell car park in front of Woolworths

Cost: $55 for a stall (many people hired 2 stall locations for a bigger selling ground) - for visitors please donate a gold coin to the men standing at the entrances - support a good cause!
Fun level: very high
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Why? Get rid of anything and everything
When: Every Sunday 7am-12.30pm
Where: Camberwell Carpark in front of Woolworths
Cost: $55 (for stallholder)
The market has got alot harder now, lots of stalls with all new items. The legendary
market that is so special is being ruined by the new manager Paul, massive shame!!!!
By Anonymous
Wednesday, 11th of April @ 12:54 am
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