A curious phenomenon is taking place in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, and perhaps elsewhere. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed the increasing number of swap-meets, garage and sidewalk sales lining the pavements and median strip of these vibrant suburbs. It seems that many Melbournians interested in recycling their worldly goods are opting to cut out the middle man (markets, op-shops and secondhand stores) and sell their wares directly to passing traffic. Obviously the success of any such sale will likely be determined by the level of pedestrian (and bicycle) traffic in the area.
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On 11, Feb 2013 | No Comments | In $$$, 3, Accessories, Bags, Belts, Bikes, Books, Cameras, Clothing, Electrical, Furniture, Geelong, Hats, Homewares, Indoor, Jewellery, Massive, Men's, Musical, No Frills, Out of town, Outdoor/Garden, Shoes, Sports, Sunglasses/frames, Ties, Wallets/purses, Women's | By Rosie
I had driven past The Mill Market in Newcomb many times, for those of you who frequent the Bellarine peninsula you have most likely spotted the massive orange barn on the outskirts of Geelong. It was only recently that I found time to pop in and rummage through what can only be described as a secondhand megastore. The two levels of The Mill are brimming with goodies including retro speaker systems, homewares, kitchen cabinets, records, chairs, books, baskets, fishing rods, ladders, clothing, bikes, lamps, shoes, basins, rollerskates, chairs, fans, birdcages… You can even find giant plastic ice-creams in this place!
On 11, Nov 2012 | No Comments | In $$, 2, Accessories, Bags, Belts, Books, Clothing, Electrical, Footscray, Furniture, Hats, Homewares, Indoor, Jewellery, Massive, Men's, Musical, No Frills, Shoes, Sunglasses/frames, Ties, Wallets/purses, Women's | By Rosie
This West-side outpost of the Savers conglomerate is a whopper. The collection of stock is huge, they even had a dedicated Halloween costume section when I visited. Like all good secondhand megastores the Footscray Savers has an air of organised chaos, the sense of chaos was probably compounded by the hoards of people looking for Halloween costumes. The stock here includes clothing, furniture, hats, shoes, bags, toys, homewares, sports equipment, records, books, belts, ties, sunglasses, jewellery and electrical goods.
On 18, Sep 2012 | No Comments | In $$$, 3, Accessories, Bags, Belts, Books, Buttons, Cameras, Clothing, Electrical, Furniture, Hats, Homewares, Jewellery, Massive, Men's, Musical, Retro-fabulous, Shoes, Sunglasses/frames, Ties, Wallets/purses, Windsor, Women's | By Rosie
Given its status as a south side vintage institution, it would be remiss of me to not to visit The Chapel Street Bazaar whilst in Prahran. Like many other secondhand stores of this scale the Chapel Street Bazaar is broken up into individual stalls, each curated by a different pre-loved purveyor. Inside this enormous shop you will find a cacophony of goodies including furniture, glassware, crockery, telephones, crystal, canistes, lamps, stamps, slides, records, dolls & figurines, record players, shoes, clothing, watches, jewellery, globes, cameras, model boats, rocking horses… I could go on for days – seriously!