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Published June 27th 2017
Who doesn't love a flea market?
It's a rare breed of person who does not in some sense love a flea market, at least a little.
Now, Melbourne offers many a market, even the streets of the suburbs offer artsy stores, op shops and vintage stores. So, why trek out of the city half an hour west to Laverton?
Here's why; it's real, it's not trying to be anything other than what it is. The furniture looks like it may have possibly come from the junkyard, but it's all in working order. It's raw, ready to go recycling at it's finest.
The people are real, honest people making an 'honest' living. They are real Melbournians from the outer suburbs, showing you an essence of real life, not the fancy sugar coated, coffee scented, vinyl playing Melbourne you know.
Amongst antiques and children toys, a woman with no sense of smell sells scented candles she's homemade, and they smell almost edible. Her stall is sandwiched between the rows of knock off brand names, North Face, Vans, Burberry and Prada. This stall is followed by a lady selling home knitted baby attire, a tobacconist and a sweet shop.
It's a cocktail of new and old, genuine and fakes. Trinkets and treasures are tucked away amongst vast fruit stalls, and yards of household essentials and hardware are laid out on the ground amongst plants, tech and food.
It's prices are spot on. Your bartering will be welcome at some spots but I wouldn't recommend trying it with the feisty lady selling cacti at the edge of car park. I did wonder where my $2 plant may end up had I argued my case.
There's something for everyone. I visited after a weekend with my best and very pregnant friend - a nurse and her partner - a local tattoo artist and a shop owner. Each of us were tempted by different stalls, arriving back at the car with where we put together a very eclectic mix including baby clothes, cling film, wine glasses (my purchase - obviously), bin bags, sweatshirts, a North Face fleece, cacti, spray paints and a bowl of pho.
The market is encased in an array of sweet smells, from sizzling sausages to fragrant fairy floss. It hums with the usual market seller sounds, accompanied by 80's and 90's upbeat tracks blasting from the back of a van in the carpark.
It's a great spot for a Sunday stroll. Go check it out if you're a Melbourne long termer or local. It's just $1 entry and even if you don't go to spend, the atmosphere itself is enough to entertain you for a few hours.
Take a coffee break and go in search of The Vintage Coffee Company, Caravan Café. Hidden amongst the furniture in one of the large indoor spaces you will find this beautiful Zen providing $3.50 chai lattes, an array of teas and hot chocolates.
The market is open every Saturday & Sunday from 7am to 4pm, although I would recommend getting there early, as from about 1pm the place starts to quieten down.
Located at 8-18 Leakes Road, Laverton, and as I said only a half hour from the CBD by car and 50 mins by public transport, you'd be silly not to do your weekly fruit and veg shop here and save some pennies, while probably picking up some unrequired gems while you're at it.