I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published July 7th 2013
Relive your Wonder Years or Scavenge for a Bargain
My daughter wanted to take photos of different sewing machines, six in fact, for a project she's working on. We have one at home, it's new, it's modern and it's plain boring. We could have spent the afternoon pestering friends and attacking garage sales, but it was Sunday and there was the promise of rain in the air. So in order to make this homework task as easy and as interesting as possible we headed to the Waverley Antiques and Collectibles Bazaar in Glen Waverley.
Only five more photos to go.
I had heard of this place and have been very keen to visit ever since my old haunting ground in Tyabb, Mornington closed down but just never quite made it. So when this opportunity presented itself, I was buckled in and had the satellite navigation plotted before you could say "Janome."
What treasures await you inside?
Upon arrival I noticed that the entrance was far from fancy, just the right indication for a bargain hunter like me that this place is the real deal and that there's some heavy duty scavenging to be done inside. This is definitely a "roll up your sleeves and prepare to get dusty" type of establishment.
Aisles and Piles of Stuff
Once inside my eyes raced as I attempted to take in the mammoth amounts of stuff surrounding me, periodicals, world globes, vintage clothes, furniture, games, toys, and an aerobics style Care Bear. The list is endless, as are the rows of stalls; over 150 of them in fact or 5500 square metres packed with items that take you back to your childhood or back to the childhood of your parents or grandparents.
It's so much fun weaving in and out of stalls and aisles, spying treasures and reliving memories. We spent close to two hours rummaging and photographing sewing machines, of which there were plenty and honestly we could have spent another two hours there without even noticing.
This Skipping Girl would look great at my place.
But eventually time was up, the rain was beating harder on the roof and the nostalgia was overwhelming me. I had relived my wonder years through swap cards, Cabbage Patch Kids and even my beloved Bugs Bunny alarm clock was there, and my daughter had literally hundreds of photos on the digital camera. With a few very reasonably priced mini dolls (both Cabbage Patch and original) and a vintage Cubs Rules Book we reluctantly departed.
A perfect find for a Cub of 2013
With new stock coming in daily you can plan to revisit the Waverly Antiques and Collectibles Bazaar regularly, and being just off the Monash Freeway, accessibility is a plus. However, if you would rather make money than spend it, stall spots are available to lease on a monthly basis and prices start from $250 for an 8.7 square meter stall to $504 for a 17.6 square meter stall. Feel free to contact the staff and have a chat.
Make sure to look high and low and in every dark corner
Like with any such set up be prepared to find amazing bargains priced to suit but also be prepared for the opposite. Everything is priced by the stall owners, many of whom are contactable if you wish to negotiate. Look out for business cards or signs in each stall, most with ultra cool names like Suburban Vintage, Harlequin House and Hipster Doofus.
Vintage Dumb Bells
And finally my tip for a seamless visit is if you see it and you like it, grab it! We spent at least 20 minutes trying to find a Smurfette doll we had spied earlier, but without coordinates we had no hope. Maybe she was picked up, pushed behind something else or we simply didn't walk by where she sat. If you don't want to carry it at least take a note or photo of the item and the stall number and you will be able to find your way back as if you were using Google Maps and no time lost back tracking helplessly.