If like me you're going in search of QVM Brocante Marche Vintage Market, you'll find them at Queen Victoria Market's C shed on the Peel street end of the market. The sheds are all alphabetised. C shed is being developed as the vintage corner by Queen Vic Markets and it's yet to be fully realised. Even though the QVM Brocante Marche is not a 'French' vintage market, it's laced heavily with French related fripperies. They're currently looking for more vintage stall holders to join them as C shed is a big space to fill. Stalls are available till December 2015, so if you're a vintage trader, give Victoria a call on 0421 272 599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The huge C shed makes it apparent that more vintage traders are needed to fill the space. QVM Brocante Marche Vintage Market is highlighted by little French flags strung up bunting style as it runs along the perimeter separating the vintage section from other stalls. The market was a bit sparse on this occasion as a few of the stall holders had pulled out due to unpredictable winter weather. This is par of the course with all markets. There was still plenty enough to look through, just not as much as I had imagined.
At what you might call the entry point, there stands Chooh La La being very generous giving people spoonfuls of nuts to sample. It was warm, fresh, crisp and crunchy; I could not resist. They tasted delicious. For those wanting a spot of coffee, The Coffee Man was readily available and carrying some cakes, slices, muffins and more.
Juste Parce Que is parked near the entry point and it belongs to Victoria the vintage market organiser. It used to be housed at the Prahran Bazaar but now this stall exists at the markets and at a couple of 'proper' stores as well, one being La Cultcha Collectif, just up the road from where the vintage market is and at Vintage Linens & Collectables in Brunswick North.
The same goes for the market stall Gigi a la maison. Not only does the stall owner have her wares at the QVM Brocante Marche Vintage Market, she also has her own shop called La Cultcha Collectif at 293 Victoria Street, West Melbourne which is where Juste Parce Que co-exists. Getting the picture? All these ladies met at the Queen Victoria Markets and have now risen through the ranks together, each one having their own shop that showcases each others wares. Victoria the Owner of Juste Parce Que also has a shop and it's called Madame Vintage at 137 Victoria street, Melbourne.
I had a tug-o-war of temptation at the Gris Metal stall and I lost. I walked away with a beautiful handmade recycled leather handbag from the fascinating owner with the French accent. He doesn't just have a shop in Melbourne, he also has one in France. He recycles leather jackets and crafts handbags out of them, even leaving the pockets in the bag as part of its feature. He also uses flannelette pyjamas to line the insides as a bit of a novelty feature. Don't worry, for those of you who are not into the PJ lining, he's well aware he has to have some with regular lining and he does. Find out more at his website. His workmanship is exquisite and I love my bag.
The lady above was delightful and I thought her rather a beautiful human being. She was selling jewellery and promoting some unique items created by her friend Jude, she said, showing me one of the pieces from this local Melbourne designer. The piece of paper that goes with the pieces says 'Theresa Marie is happy to present from Jude a contemporary fashion and accessories label by our very own Melbourne designer Jude Ng. Original and unique pieces designed and made ethically in Melbourne'.
I checked it out to find out who he is and found his Facebook page and website. I was suitably impressed by his philosophy and you can read all about it on his website. He's a contemporary fashion and accessories label specialising in clothing and accessories in unconventional shapes and quirky proportions. He caters to the fashion forward people of all ages, shapes and sizes who want to make a strong style statement.
His physical store is very new and was only launched on the 21st of May 2015. However you can buy online as well, but sometimes we all want to try things on don't we? Check him out at 327 Smith Street, Fitzroy. They're open from 11am to 6pm everyday.
I grazed through the other stalls of books, clothing and knick knacks before going across the road to check out Madame Vintage and La Cultcha Collectif. Make sure you 'like' the Facebook page of QVM Brocante Marche so you never have to miss another vintage market again. This last weekend I was very happy just sticking to the vintage end. I've not been to Queen Vic Markets in years, and it just looked too crazy busy for me to attempt this morning. Maybe on another jaunt.