Heading to Australian shores? While Melbourne may not be famed for its beaches or year-round sunshine, it is known for its style and shopping – including its vintage. There’s a lot more going on in this southern city that Neighbours might have you think. Here Lisa Cugnetto has a local’s pick on Melbourne’s top ten vintage retailers.

Camberwell Sunday Market

Forget the tourist trap markets selling clip-on koalas, opal jewellery and Ugg boots, Camberwell Sunday Market is the pick of Melbourne markets for vintage lovers. Having been operated by the local Rotary club since 1976 (with all funds raised going to charity) in a supermarket car park in the suburb of Camberwell, the market hosts 400 stalls and trades from 7.30 am–12.30 pm every Sunday.

In true bric-a-brac style, Camberwell market has a strict second-hand and handicraft-only trading policy so stalls sell everything from vintage clothes, shoes and accessories through to records, antiques and random odds and ends. Get in early to grab the best of the day’s offerings or near closing to bag some well bartered bargains.

Station Street, Camberwell

Lost & Found

Lost and Found is a big inside market teeming with vintage furniture, clothes, shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac, records, art, books and music. You’ll easily lose a few hours here ohhing and ahhing over the divine frocks, rows and rows of pretty shoes and the deliciously kitsch furnishings at very reasonable prices. The only problem will be how you’ll fit it all into your suitcase without exceeding your luggage allowance!

12 Smith Street Collingwood

Hello Sailor Vintage Fair

This dedicated pop-up vintage fair brings together all the best parts of the weekend: a sleep in (it kicks off in the afternoon), a good feed, cheap drinks and a vintage market. Spilt between two regular music venues –The Carlton (on the second Sunday of every month) and the Grace Darling (held on Saturday and Sunday on the last weekend of the month) – you’ll find a heady mix of regular and random stallholders selling everything from vintage records, bikes and trinkets to rooms bursting with clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories.

The real treat is being able to sit down, throw back a cocktail and munch on barbeque fare between stalls.

Grace Darling,114 Smith Street Collingwood
The Carlton,193 Bourke Street, Melbourne

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One Response

  1. Catwalk Creative Vintage

    It’s a pity you’ve not included a photograph of Circa’s beautiful shop. It really is a total vintage lovers delight and my favourite amongst the ones you’ve chosen here. 🙂