Kerry has been writing radio copy for donkey's years, & also dabbles in short stories & travel writing. She works, plays and explores largely in the CDB and inner suburbs, gets everywhere by public transport and is the self-professed Zone One Queen.
A Suitcase Rummage Market is exactly what it sounds like – a space full of suitcases to rummage through, full of hand-made crafts or second-hand items for sale. As the posters say, it is "filled to the brim with books, clothing, jewellery, records, bric-a-brac, bits & bobs, preloved, handmade, upcycled, recycled, you name it."
Items may also be spread out on blankets in front of the suitcase they arrived in, determining the space for each stall or rather 'suitcase holder', and allowing more vendors in the hall than traditional-style stalls might allow.
For people seeking quirky gifts and cute craft pieces, or if you like a poking around in a garage sale, trash & treasure market, or op shop bargain bin, this could be right up your alley, and worth dropping by with a few handfuls of change.
The benefits aren't only for shoppers. As noted in the above article, this new type of market allows craft-makers to experience a way of selling their wares without the expense, set-up and need for props and furniture items such as trestle tables, and a vehicle to get everything there. You simply arrive with your suitcase, unpack it onto your blanket, and you're ready to sell.
Likewise for the vendor with second-hand clothes and shoes to get rid of. The Suitcase Rummage Market offers a space to offload your preloved items to see if you can make a few bucks, without having to stage a garage sale, or trying for a coveted space at a trash & treasure market (eg Camberwell).
Shoppers and vendors alike – visit this site to see the dates of the monthly market in Northcote, taking place on the second Saturday of the month up until Christmas. There are a few pop-up markets elsewhere too, such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival market in the North Melbourne Town Hall on Sept 29th.