Melbourne's best markets: Clothes, books and bric-a-brac

Get your hands on fashion, junk, books, vinyl and all kind of bric-a-brac
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By Time Out editors |
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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.

For more fashion and vintage shopping, check out our shopping guide to Melbourne or more of Melbourne's best markets.

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Camberwell Markets
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Camberwell Sunday Market

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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.

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Fed Square Book Market
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Melbourne Book Market

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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. 

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Queen Victoria Market

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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.

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