Sarah Jayne is a freelance and creative writer, life model, filmmaker and art director currently residing in Elwood - her current film Daughter is touring to make changes in society-
Published November 15th 2015
The Belgrave Emporium- A Belgrave treasure chest
Last week I drove through Belgrave and I noticed a new and interesting looking store- The Belgrave Emporium.
I finally found some time today to go back to Belgrave and find out just what the Belgrave Emporium was, and boy was I in for a treat.
The place is pretty big, not as big as the Mill Markets, which are dotted all over Victoria, but decent in size and running on the same premise as the famous Mill Markets.
There is everything in the Belgrave Emporium; it is a treasure chest of goodies bursting at the seams to be discovered. Inside you will find a varied collection ranging from second hand, vintage and hand made goods, from artists and creatives both local and not so local.
The store is set out like a market, small sections set up to look just like a market stall would, nice signage above, displays with items sitting on everything from crates, antique tables to racks of clothing, and all categories are covered.
At the front near the registers I found a section which has wooden boxes on the walls, each one assigned to a specific jeweler and their items individually displayed ready for sale, complete with signage or business card.
There are no stall holders around, so it is easy to just browse without having sales assistants looking at you or giving you the 'hard sell'. Each stall is numbered so I am guessing it is the same as the Mill Markets and Chapel Street Bazaar- find something you like, bring the assistant who stands at the front desk over and ask for the item. Easy!
The Belgrave Emporium was very simple to navigate through, it was spacious, (it even has a basement section) and well priced too.
I totally recommend making a day of it in Belgrave or half a day as there are a couple of other vintage and second hand stores on the same street and also a few good novelty stores, book stores and cafes to spend some time in. You could easily loose track of time in this quant little village.