The Hawthorn Craft Market is not in Hawthorn – it’s in Camberwell. It used to be in Hawthorn but moved and unfortunately they’ve lost many of their regular customers despite being established in 1979. Competing with the large trash and treasure style Camberwell Market 500m north, I was saddened to see how the beautiful craftsmanship of the stallholders wasn’t having the patrons that it deserves.
The Rotary Club of Camberwell now run the market on behalf of the City of Boroondara – a gold coin donation to enter the market area is required.
On the day I visited, there were around 35 stallholders, many of them knitting, sewing and making their wares in front of me. I had lovely chats with them about the market, how long they’ve been coming, the changes they’ve seen and what they love about having a market stall. Many had been coming on the first Sunday of the month for years and had made good friendships with other stallholders.
Some of the items on sale are knitting/crocheted items, plants, succulents, scarves, mosaics, candles, soft toys, freshly baked cupcakes, leather goods, jewellery, purses, handbags and coffee from East Timor.
Outside the Chicago Four Dixie Band played and that was a highlight for me. They were getting into the groove of a fine autumn day interacting with everyone around them.
Recommend you bring your own bag or trolley along so plastic bags don’t have to be used. Also try to bring smaller notes. We all know that the ATM’s dispense $50’s and stall holders are prepared for that but when so many people turn up with larger notes it becomes problematic for them.
STALLHOLDERS: If you’d like to have a stall at the market, you can email email@example.com
OPENING HOURS: 10am to 3pm. Operates the first Sunday of every month from March to December plus a special twilight market in December.
LOCATION: City of Boroondara, Parkview Room, 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell.
PARKING: There are plenty of parking spaces out the front of the building in Camberwell Road or in the carpark on the west side. No fee on weekends.
TRANSPORT: There are buses and trams that go passed the Market and the train is 1km away. For more information, please visit here.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access via the ramps. Lots of space between stalls.
ENTRANCE FEE: Gold coin donation.
DOGS: Not permitted as this is an indoor market.
FOOD: There are tea and coffee facilities but no food vans or cooked food.
TOILET FACILITIES: Available in the main display area including disabled facilities.
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