Friends have been telling me for years that I should go to the Camberwell Market. Ken and I lived in Camberwell 35 years ago, and we couldn't remember any trash and treasure markets back then. I asked my friend Louise when she was going there again, and she said she was happy to go any time, so our friend Sandra joined us on Sunday. Ken was out on a bike ride and Louise's hubby was overseas, so it was just us three girls. We had a ball! The market is HUGE - anyone living in Melbourne who is reading this blog - if you haven't been there - make the effort! It is on every Sunday.
We were lucky with the weather - after a cold start at 8 am, it turned out to be a lovely sunny day, just perfect for wandering around among the stalls. I don't think we saw all of them, as being middle aged ladies we were so tired after four hours on our feet we decided to call it a day at 1 pm and find a cafe to have coffee and cake.
The variety of goods for sale is incredible - clothing, glass, china, pottery, books, music and movies, furniture - you name it...but no food of any kind.
There was a huge amount of Royalty memorabilia - Sylvia, I took these photos for you! And this is just one seller's table.
I love placemats and coasters, and these iconic Australian bird coasters for $5 had to come home with me.
One stall holder had a huge variety of music DVDs with a lot of early rock'n'roll that Ken and I like, so I bought these three for $10 each.
The stall where I found these calligraphy ink refills was full of all kinds of bric a brac, and he had $5 on these. I had my purse out, but he must have thought I was hesitating because he said "Oh just give me $2"
This is a bath pillow - $5. Louise and Sandra looked at it and wondered why anybody would bother. They both prefer showers to baths. I said "You wait until you get arthritis - I soak in my bath late at night for at least an hour, topping it up with aromatherapy oils and hot water while reading a book. It is great for getting rid of the aches and pains".
I also bought two embroidered cloths, but they are on my linens blog if you want to see them.
Louise and Sandra also spent a fair few dollars, but on completely different items!