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13 First-Class Second-Hand Markets in Melbourne

There’s something satisfying about rummaging through pre-loved goods for bargain finds. Thankfully, Melbourne has a huge range of second-hand markets and flea markets where you can grab a bargain.

Some of these markets are selective about their stallholders, limiting recycled goods to vintage and antique finds. Others provide a ragtag jumble of knick-knacks.

But if one thing’s for certain, it’s that the following Melbourne markets will fill your bric-a-brac appetite!

1. Caribbean Garden Markets

caribbean second hand marketImage: Visit Victoria

The Caribbean Garden Market fits into the rag-tag category, with its whatever-goes attitude. It started off in the 1970s as just a handful of traders selling out of car boots, but it’s since upgraded to more than 1,200 stalls housed within a two and a half acre pavilion. That makes it one of Victoria’s largest markets.

Some will consider the tabletop trinkets as junk … But then they don’t call it trash and treasure for nothing.

Where: Caribbean Garden Market, 1280 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby

When: Every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 8.30am

2. Mulgrave Rummage and Rescue

The Mulgrave Rummage and Rescue is a bimonthly pop up car boot sale ideal for treasure hunters. It brings together private second-hand sellers (like you and me) and bargain shoppers. You’ll find collectibles, furniture, toys, books, antiques, tools and plenty more.

This pop-up market’s small size lends itself to a village atmosphere. And when you’re done digging through the bric-a-brac, you can pop next door to the Mulgrave Farmers Market.

Where: Grounds of the Body Shop HQ, Cnr Jacksons and Wellington Roads, Mulgrave

When: 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, 8am-1pm

3. Campbellfield Market

The Campbellfield Market sprawls across seven acres. The market, with its 200 stalls, is just one feature of this weekend family market. More than one and a half acres is devoted to entertainment: live performances, carnival activities, dodgem cars, circus acts, bouncy castles, face painting, a merry-go-round, and more.

The market itself is split into four districts covering trinkets, antiques, clothing, and food … Alongside the Caribbean Garden Market, the Campbellfield Market is one of Melbourne’s biggest.

Where: 278-280 Rex Rd, Campbellfield

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm

Cost: $1 for adults, children free

4. Laverton Rubble and Riches Market

Laverton Market began in 1974 as a mostly second-hand market. But it has since blossomed into one of the largest AND longest running weekend markets in Melbourne’s west.

Today, the market has 1,400 stalls selling pre-loved and new goods. But don’t worry, low prices are still the focus. Along with second-hand goods, you’ll find more than 20 food vans, fruit and veg stalls, and arts and crafts.

It’s got an undercover area and some 1000 parking spots.

Where: 8-18 Leakes Road, Laverton

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 7am-4pm

Cost: $1 entry, children under 10 free

5. The Fashion Market

Every second Saturday, the Queen Victoria Market becomes overrun with independent fashion collections and “gently worn fashions”. At this “Take 2 Market”, you’ll find a treasure trove of pre-loved clothes of such good quality they’re a bargain!

The Fashion Market also strives to provide locally-produced, ethically-made clothing. It also pays a visit to Geelong and Bendigo throughout the year.

Where: Queen Victoria Market C Shed

When: Every second Saturday, 9am-3pm

6. Frankston Sunday Market

frankston sunday marketImage: Visit Frankston

The Frankston Sunday Market is a low-key affair, but that doesn’t stop committed locals from heading there again and again. It might be because of the popular hot donut stand or the entertainment.

Some 160 stalls sell plants, fresh produce, arts and crafts, and second-hand clothing and knick-knacks. But money from the market goes towards the Frankston Dolphins Football Club. There’s also an outdoor cafe – on top of your choice of cafes in the vicinity.

Where: Sherlock and Hay car park in Young Street

When: Sundays, 8am-1pm

Cost: $1 entry, kids 14 and under free

7. Brunswick Flea Market

Opposite the baths, the Brunswick Flea Market offers a range of stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to trash and treasure. Don’t forget the location – you can expect plenty of vintage and retro items, as well as pre-loved fashion.

There are food and coffee stalls there as well. Bring along your own carry bag as many stalls run out or don’t supply them. And to make the vendors’ lives easier, make sure you have smaller notes and spare change for them.

Where: 7 Dawson Street, Brunswick

When: 2nd Sunday of every month, 9am-2pm

8. Dandenong Trash and Treasure Market

Dandenong has its renowned regular market. So it’s no surprise it would offer a little something extra on Sundays with the Trash and Treasure Market. Along with second-hand trinkets, you’ll find fresh farm produce, fresh flowers, and new goodies too.

There’s plenty of free parking available.

Where: 115 South Gippsland Highway, Dandenong South

When: Sundays, 8am-4pm, weather permitting

Cost: $1.40 entry. Children under 15 free

9. Coburg Trash and Treasure Market

coburg-trash-treasure-marketImage: Meld Magazine

The Coburg Trash and Treasure Market is run by the same company as the Dandenong Trash and Treasure Market. So you can expect the same deal – plenty of bargain hunting opportunities, with goods ranging from books and furniture to antiques and craftworks.

The flea market is held at the spacious Village Drive-In Theatre, so there’s toilets, refreshments, and plenty of parking.

Where: Village Drive-In Theatre

When: Sundays, 8am-2pm, weather permitting

Cost: $1 entry. Kids under 15 free

10. Bentleigh Sunday Market

The Bentleigh Sunday Market is touted as being a great place for a car boot sale. With typically some 145 stalls (at the  moment about 65 because of the railway works), this is a popular place for local bargain hunters.

Expect to see a market big on garden plants, pre-loved clothing, and other bric-a-brac.

It’s been around since 1977, makings it one of Melbourne’s oldest Sunday markets. Today, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Bentleigh Moorabbin Central run it.

Where: Bentleigh Railway Station car park

When: Sundays, 7am-12pm

Cost: Entry by donation

11. Rotary Club of Oakleigh Market

oakleigh trash and treasure marketImage: oakleighshops.com.au

Here you’ll find some 150 stalls selling mostly second-hand goods as well as local produce and plants and flowers. People often use this market as a chance to get rid of unwanted goods, so you’ll find a real mix of …  well, trash and treasure.

The market started up in 1989 and is now known by a slew of names, including the Oakleigh Trash and Treasure Market and the Oakleigh Sunday Market. It raises about $70,000 a year for the Rotary Club, with proceeds going back into the community.

Where: Hanover St car park, Cnr Atherton Rd and Hanover St, Oakleigh

When: Sundays, 8am-1pm

12. Cheltenham Trash and Treasure Market

It can be easy to miss the Cheltenham Rotary Sunday Market, both because of its small scale, and because it is held undercover on the lower level of a car park in Station Rd.

Its shelter makes it a popular pick regardless of the weather – you can browse the myriad stores here in rain, hail or sunshine!

This is a real car boot sale deal, so stalls are a bit hit and miss, but there’s fun in not knowing what you’ll find from one week to the next. Expect a garage sale atmosphere, with second-hand toys, tools, clothes, and accessories. Some vendors also sell homegrown fruit and veg or even free range eggs.

Where: 7 Station Street, Cheltenham

When: Sundays, 8am-1pm

13. Camberwell Sunday Market

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I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Camberwell Sunday Market. This epic market sells two types of goods: second-hand wares and handicrafts.

This flea market is so popular, many people find themselves waiting six months to score a spot. As for shoppers, you’ll be able to browse a range of second-hand clothes, toys, books, and more. There’ll be plenty of collectibles, along with vintage and retro items from some 370 stalls. The Balwyn Rotary started the market in 1976 and continues to fun this iconic market today.

The Balwyn Rotary started the market in 1976 and continues to fun this iconic market today.

Where: Station Street, Camberwell

WhenSundays, 7am-12.30pm

Cost: Gold coin entry donation

More second-hand markets in Melbourne

There are tonnes of second-hand markets in Melbourne, so if I’ve skipped your favourite, let me know in the Comments section below! Otherwise, read up on other unmissable shopping experiences in Melbourne.

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