First published on 8 Oct 2012. Updated on 5 Mar 2014.
Every Hello Sailor Vintage Fair features different pop-up stores with some of Melbourne’s best vintage collectors for both sexes, including Nine Lives Vintage and Recycled, Muscrats, Grandma Funk, Marci Vintage, Dear Gladys, Bleeker St Vintage, I Wish I Was a Hippie and more. Most of the stores buy from Europe and the US with kit ranging from the ’20s to the ’90s. Also great news for music lovers, the event is often hosted in conjunction with the Crate Diggers Record Fair. Why not purchase some retro records to match your newly acquired get-up? Fitzroy.
At this gigantic outdoor bazaar, a dizzying variety of paraphernalia is up for grabs – old and new, practical and ornamental, chic and kitsch. Anyone can open a stall, so a visit here is like attending several hundred garage sales all at once – at a drive-in cinema! Coburg.
Bibliophiles can browse around 5,000 new and second-hand titles encompassing all the genres, presented by a revolving cast of veteran Melbourne booksellers. After finding something interesting, stroll upstairs to the Ian Potter Centre for Australian art to round off a satisfyingly cultural Saturday. Melbourne.
Operating since 1976, this is Melbourne’s biggest marketplace for pre-loved wares, with 370 outdoor stalls. Find anything from a string of pearls to hardwood furniture – you and your home can get a cheap makeover. Keep an eye out for Trish Hunter and her Travelling Vintage Shop: the retro caravan is just as gorgeous as the bric-a-brac inside it. Grab a piping hot jam doughnut and don’t leave any stone unturned. Camberwell.
Here’s one for all you old schoolers. A monthly event, this neat little Saturday market offers an excellent range of everything vintage. Get your authentic old-fashioned clothing, accessories and homewares for considerably less than whatever they cost at Dangerfield. The perfect way to kill the afternoon in style. St Kilda.
These markets pack the Lithuanian Club with vintage clothing, vintage fabrics, cakes, local design and cute stuff for kids. Call Me Ishmael’s mini terrariums made out of block-colour plastic dinosaurs are pretty perplexing. Interior Hunter is worth a peek for vintage homewares. The October market is on the same day as the North Melbourne Spring Fling. The whole of Errol Street will be closed off for an old-school street party. North Melbourne.
Melbourne Once a month, Heffernan Lane is festooned with hanging lights and bunting and converted into a bustling Asian marketplace, at which a diverse range of stalls noisily sling dumplings, noodles, cakes and bright souvenirs in your general direction. .
Rina Chia and the stallholders at the Take 2 Markets offer quality women’s garments from Australian and international designers. The vintage clothing, accessories and footwear are affordable and all in great condition. The market is supported by Sustainable Fashion Australia, and stallholders can donate unsold goods to the charity partners. Melbourne.
Brisbane girls Daniele Constance and Isabel FitzGerald started the Suitcase Rummage two years ago and now periodically bring their success story to Melbourne. Everything must be sold from the inside of a suitcase. Anything second hand is welcome, from clothing to books and records, as are wares produced by local artists and designers. We recommend the Resin pendants from One Little Reason, a vegan muffi n from Kommoner, and the sweet treat-inspired clay jewellery Sweeti Petiti. Northcote.