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The best winter markets in Melbourne

Rug up and head out for mulled wine, good tunes, great food and shopping galore at these markets

Once you're out, why not stay on a winter-themed roll and head to one of our favourite pubs with a fireplace, or take in some of Melbourne's other wintery delights, like the giant ice slide at Southbank, the nightly snowfall down at South Wharf or the River Rink down at Fed Square?

Vintage shops in Melbourne

Circa Vintage Clothing

If you're after for frocks and accessories from bygone eras, Circa stocks clothing, accessories, fabrics and haberdashery for all your retro needs. Owner Nicole Jenkins carefully sources vintage treasures for the store, which prides itself on stocking good quality garments. Most items of clothing are cleaned and restored to their original state, ready to wear. They also offer services to restore, repair and alter vintage garments.

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If you’re ever on the lookout for the perfect leather boots, brown leather belt or across the shoulder bag then get to Shappere. They even sell reworked bomber jackets made from recycled leather. Vintage fabrics are reworked to make dresses and skirts.

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Vintage Garage

Hats! Handbags! Homewares! Vintage Garage is a Collingwood boutique that knows how to do '50s and '60s vintage right. With some of Melbourne’s best dealers selecting the stock, they’ve got you covered from dresses to dress shirts and everywhere in between. Apparel and accessories aside, you can find vinyl records, memorabilia, collectables and vintage fabric throughout your rockabilly time-trip.

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Shag reminds me of a Grace Jones film clip – on steroids. Bold prints, animal prints, shoulder pads and asymmetrical dresses reign supreme. With three locations in Melbourne, all stores are filled with eclectic clothing and accessories. By selling a mixture of vintage and new, the masterminds behind Shag, Grant Francis and Jeremy Valentine, are always on the lookout to stock kaleidoscope of colour, print and fabric in their stores.

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Martin Fella

This three-year-old store in North Melbourne is for the daring fashionistas. Martin Fella himself says that he sources the best from American designers from the ’50s to m’80s – many of whom were responsible for Hollywood glam and glitter – and also French labels such as Lea Stein, St. Tropez and Pierre Cardin.

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North Melbourne

Thread Den

Thread Den is Australia's original combined retail store and sewing lounge. Not only is there an ever-changing range of vintage and independent designer collections promoting Australian fashions, they also teach people how to make their own clothing. The clothes here are cutesy, girly, fashionable and fun.

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Farmers' markets in Melbourne

Boroondara Farmers' Market

After more than a decade, this Hawthorn market feels like a friendly get-together. It's also about spreading the love: their Grub Hub inititiave encourages local cafés to buy direct from farmers.

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Patterson Reserve , Hawthorn Saturday April 15 2017 - Sunday January 28 2018

Carlton Farmers' Market

Visit Marg and Jason Alexandra of Hazeldean Forest Farm for a cup of fresh apple juice, and, if the moment takes you, a bottle of their homemade cider. Open the first and third Saturday of each month.

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Carlton Primary School , Carlton Saturday April 1 2017 - Saturday January 20 2018

Veg Out Farmers' Market

The volunteer-run Veg Out Community Garden's market overflows with local organic produce, jams and preserves, handmade bread and sundry delights to fill up your basket.

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Peanut Farm Reserve , St Kilda Saturday April 1 2017 - Saturday January 20 2018