Bricks-and-mortar stores are so last year, no? They might not have the same flash facades as the stores along Collins Street's "Paris end", but Melbourne's markets are a trove of great designer fashions, books and miscellaneous goodies.
From Footscray to Camberwell and everywhere in between, there's a market with exactly what you're looking for (and then some). Grab a tartan trolley on wheels – you're going to need it at these massive markets.
Score vintage treasures, designer items, crafted goods and op shop finds at the Round She Goes vintage market at Coburg Town Hall. The market features more than 60 stallholders selling handpicked and vintage clothing and accessories for cheap. Stallholders are carefully handpicked by the Round She Goes team so that quality is ensured and prices are kept reasonably low. Shoppers can also expect to find preloved designer goods from the likes of Gorman, Sass and Bide, Miu Miu and more.
The weekly Camberwell Market is undoubtedly Melbourne’s biggest marketplace for pre-loved wares, with 370 stalls in total. From the most delicate string of vintage pearls to hardwood furniture, you and your home can get a reasonably cheap makeover from one Sunday morning's worth of rummaging. You might not think you need silver-sequinned glam rock boots, but just wait until you're trying them on, piping hot jam doughnut in the other hand.
The famous weekly Fed Square book market shut up shop in 2017, much to the despair of Melbourne's bibliophile community. But the closure was only a temporary one, with the free market reopening at Abbotsford Convent in 2018. Whether you eat, sleep and breathe books or are just curious, the market has a vast selection of new and second-hand titles to browse. Tweed jackets are encouraged, but not compulsory.
If you love Camberwell Market's flea market every Sunday, you'll love Footscray Finds. This monthly market located in the car park of Footscray Library in the heart of Footscray's shopping area is set up similarly to Camberwell Market, with a combination of stalls and car boots. Stalls are different each month, but you can expect everything vintage clothing, locally designed and made goods and homewares, vinyl records and even locally grown fresh produce.
A sprawling carnival of musicians, doughnut vans, and eight-year-old fruit vendors belting out their best hawker cries, this is Melbourne’s closest relation to the London Borough Markets. As well as the permanent shops selling deli goods, hand-pulled candy canes, fish and fowl, temporary stands spruik organic wines, live ducklings and designer clothes of questionable authenticity.