I found heaven! A place where I can wander without knowing what’s around the next corner. Or what memory an item will bring to my consciousness. Or what will put a smile on my face.
Yes, the largest antique centre in Melbourne established by Geoff and Barb in 2011 is hidden away in down town Waverley. With over 5500 square metres of warehouse filled with 180 individual stalls, I went into a time warp as I explored through the most eclectic range of vintage clothes, vintages wares, retro furniture, collectable toys, antiques as well as the odd and unusual.
As Smooth FM 91.5 was piped through the Bazaar, I hummed and sang along with hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s doing a few dance moves and shuffles along the aisles enjoying flashbacks to my childhood. Like this stunning Parker style buffet and striking lamp (above).
The range of items are from the miniature to the very large with some items such as these (above) making you stop and have a really close look so you can take it all in.
Stallholders who make a theme with colour or like-minded items always catch my eye and explore more deeply so see what might take my fancy.
Don’t forget you can find anything….why wouldn’t you want one of this ‘little drummer boys’ (above) that stands 160cm tall?
The vintage industrial items aren’t as common as I’ve found in other places but when you do spy them, they are one of a kind or not often seen around the traps.
Couldn’t resist taking this photo (above) as it takes my straight back to the mid 70’s when I was wearing a Miller Shirt, Stagger jeans, desert boots and wishing I owned a lumber jacket.
There are about a dozen stalls that have some excellent vintage clothes but some clothes are hidden amongst some stalls so take your time to hunt them out.
Then you come across a display like this one (above) that set a beautiful scene that could be transported straight into your home.
There are quite a few stalls that have jars available. Make a note of them as you go along (or take a photo of the stallholder number) so you can compare apples for apples.
I’m sure my 18 yo was sick of me saying ‘OMG my nana used to have one of those’ or ‘I remember mum having one of those on the kitchen bench’ or ‘that picture was on my wall in the 70’s’.
You can easily spend a minimum of an hour here and would recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring a drink bottle. Camera is useful if you want to compare items from one stallholder to the other.
If you’re bringing young children to have snacks, food and ways of keeping them happy as some stalls have seriously beautiful breakable wares.
Prices are everything from cheap to expensive and everything in-between. Price is dependent only on how much someone values it.
I collect vintage and retro thermos and happy to pay $30 for something unusual whereas others wouldn’t it could be worth much.
Temperature outside was 28 degrees (January), temperature inside was around 23 degrees. Dress appropriately. Imagine this place might be cooler in the winter months.
At the entrance (outside) are some chairs for people to sit and have a smoke and (inside) there are couches and chairs for people to relax while they wait for their partners who are shopping.
Staff are truly delightful, helpful and friendly. No question was to silly and were very good at pointing me in the right direction for particular items I was looking for.
If you see something in a cabinet you like, jot down the cabinet/stall holders number so that when you come to the counter to ask to look, they know which key to bring with them.
When you enter, there are baskets, trolleys and large carts to collect your items. Make use of them as there are lots of little trinkets to buy.
This is not an Op Shop, it’s a place where people set up their own individual stalls and sell their wares, but stallholders don’t stay there all day. They know the value of what they have but may be open to negotiation. In saying that, the prices are cheaper than you would pay at a true antique store.
If you meet the stallholder, have a chat to them. They often know the history and providence of their wares and it’s fascinating to know where something has come from.
What will you find? Oh the list is so long and I took photos to cover many of the different stalls but generally it covers:
- Retro and Vintage homewares
- Retro and Vintage furniture
- Retro and Vintage office ware
- Shabby and French Chic
- Industrial furniture, bits and bobs
- Old tools and garage items
- Lots of beautiful glassware
- Books, Records and Comics
- Large furniture items
- Kitsch is everywhere
- Artwork and prints
- Old tins
- Blankets, lace, doilies and linen
OPENING HOURS: 10 am to 4.45 pm every day including weekends.
PHONE: (03) 9560 4284
LOCATION: 11a, Aristoc Road, Glen Waverley
PARKING: Parking is plentiful out the front with no time restrictions.
TRANSPORT: Aristoc Road is near Waverley Road so check timetables for buses.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access and most of the store is wheelchair accessible. Some aisles are narrow.
ATM: The nearest ATM is some distance away. However, they do have eftpos facilities at the Bazaar.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: Not allowed inside. Do not leave your dog in the car for safety reasons. If needed, tie the dog up outside and put some water out for it.
FOOD: There are no food stalls.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets inside the market. Please ask staff for directions.
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