Love a market with real bargains or treasures to find?
I get a little nostalgic when I reminisce about the markets I went to as a child. It was always an experience, being able to meander through the stalls looking at all of the interesting and often unique things for sale. We could never get everything we wanted because there were always too many wonderful things that we would have liked to buy. But just being able to search through everything that was displayed, was a part of the experience and the fun.
The joy of searching for treasures. Image Credit: Linsey Rendell
As a young girl, I took delight in rummaging through the pre-loved toys in search for something special like dolls clothes, tea sets, books or anything that might be fun to play with. A find like that could provide entertainment for the rest of the afternoon, and beyond.
However what I really loved about these markets, especially as I got older, was the joy of frolicking through the pre-loved clothing in the hope of finding outfits or accessories for dressing up. Maybe a fabulous frock, some snazzy shoes, or even a stylish jacket. There were usually always some interesting finds!
Always some interesting finds. Image Credit: Linsey Rendell
And if the pre-loved bargain hunt wasn't enough, then there was always the fabulous handmade goods that you could admire too. How delightful it was to be able to speak with the storeholders about how they created their hand-crafted wares. Some would even demonstrate their craft, or tell you the stories behind them, which was entertainment in itself.
From: Retro Momentos who are one of the fabulous crafty storeholders at Suitcase Rummage
But as my daydreaming thoughts come back to reality, my bubble is burst with the realism that many of these once much-loved craft markets and trash 'n' treasure stalls have transformed somewhat, pushing the creative and thrifty collectors aside. Many markets are filled with stalls selling cheap imported and mass produced merchandise. It makes me shudder at the thought of how many markets have a primary focus of consumerism by selling cheap, poor quality stuff. It changes the atmosphere when markets are more about stuff than the stalls and the people. Not to mention today's cry out on the War on Waste, which is only compounded with many markets selling cheap stuff that isn't made to last.
If only we could go back in time to where there are markets that have a community focused vibe with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Markets where it's about the sellers and their stories and the thrill of rummaging through, in the hope of finding a treasure or a bargain. Oh, it makes me want to do a happy dance, just thinking about it.
Well, we can keep on dancing, because there are markets with a vibe like this, right here in the heart of Melbourne. Suitcase Rummage creates a sense of community which brings people 'back to the town square' and it's becoming increasingly popular among the regular market goers. And the good news is, it's on again soon. Sunday September 17th, 11am – 4pm at The Atrium, Federation Square.
It'sfree for market goers to attend, or if you're thinking you'd like to be a stallholder, it's only $25 plus GST to register. Anyone can apply for a stall, but it's best to register early, because they can book out. More details here.
It's about bringing a suitcase (or two or three!) filled to the brim with your goods and treats, vintage, artwork, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, jewellery, seconds, hand-made, shoes, records, music, badges, cards, handmade paper... you name it. Then you can be a part of the Suitcase Rummage experience by selling your wares and better still you'll also have the chance to buy some real beauties!
Suitcase Rummage at Fed Square. Be there! From: Retro Momentos
You can pick up a bargain, offer a swap, or an old fashioned haggle. For all market goers and bargain hunters, Suitcase Rummage at Federation Square is not to be missed. So be there!