Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Geelong Vintage Market – Geelong

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All my ducks have lined up in life with these new Markets where there are multiple stallholders. Visiting the Geelong Vintage Market was an absolute treasure as I wandered through the aisles reflecting over knick-knacks that jog my childhood memories. Allow yourself plenty of time to explore all the stalls and sift through the large amount of stock that is nestled amongst everything.

Don’t let the name Vintage confuse you – there are plenty of other items that are retro, industrial, bric-a-brac, collectables, furniture, jewellery, signage, stereos, quirky old items, rusty rustic furniture, upcycled creations and so much more.

With fine weather outside and my sunglasses on, I ventured inside and knew I’d have to allow more than 20 minutes to breeze through here and onto my next destination.

Suitcases are always popular and some are scrappy and old or funky and vintage but couldn’t find any that took my fancy despite a good hunt through all the stalls.

Stallholders put in alot of work to ensure their stall is eye catching and appealing to everyone, although some can be a little cluttered. The example above is how I like things displayed – with a theme, similar style furniture, cleverly layered items on top of others.

There is plenty of genres of items such as 50’s, 60’s, 70’s with Tupperware that I remember using when I was seven to an old thermos from 20 years ago.

The cash register above is something I’d buy just because of the colour but it’s also a fabulous item for someone who owns a shop and could place on the counter to catch the eye of shoppers.

Anyone for a leather jacket? This rack had about 20 and they were all different and in very good condition. Prices reasonable, with something for everyone.

Some stalls are dedicated to clothes and they are located at the rear of the store. Mannequins are dressed and redressed often to show off what’s available.

Doesn’t get much retro that this outfit above including the suede shoulder bag. I almost bought this for a very funky friend of mine.

I’d recommend snapping photos of items you like so you can compare them with other stalls. This record player was great and took a pic for a friend who collects them. Took a close up of the price tag and info as well so they could make a decision.

Then of course you the most unusual things such as the helmet above. Not sure who would want it? A history lover. A movie costume department. Whoever would like it, would certainly have something unique.

You can easily spend a minimum of an hour here and would recommend you wear comfortable shoes and bring a drink bottle. You’ll be asked to leave large bags and backpacks at the desk. I imagine theft can happen alot here.

I just adore this table and lamps even though it wouldn’t work in my house, I appreciate the streamline design and monochromatic nature of it.

I’m wondering if I should start collecting soda syphons instead of thermos. They come in the most unusual colours and when in mint condition, they are stunning. However, I’ve come to realise there are several different styles so will have to get my head around which style I’d like to start with. Or I’ll get one of each style but in the same colour.

The starburst clock and lamp took my breath away but the price had me take a step backwards. $350 for the lamp! Little out of my league and the clock doesn’t work.

How’s this for a funky bar with the leather studded front and colourful lamps on top plus they’ve added some coloured long-stemmed glasses. This is truly stunning.

Do love a good telephone and have a few at my house that intrigue my kids. Especially those before buttons to press. The idea of putting a coin in a slot, dialling the number and speaking into a handset with a curly cord gets them giggling each time.

I’m not sure if these settings had been restored or were new but they would look fabulous on a seaside deck overlooking the ocean. Not cheap though.

Once you’ve finished browsing through the warehouse, cross over directly to the brick building where you will find more treasure. This is the same business but has perhaps more industrial items.

In this building you’ll have to really need to hunt for things as it’s not as well laid out as the other one. The items are still of good quality but not quite as funky.

For example this table of pottery wares and bric-a-brac is something I’d expect to see more in an Op Shop than a place like this.

Now this machine brought back some memories. My darling old grandmother thought she was the luckiest woman in the street when one of these ended up in her home.

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:

  • Antiques
  • 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
  • Jewellery
  • Large furniture items
  • Kitsch is everywhere
  • Signs
  • Artwork and prints
  • Old tins
  • Blankets, lace, doilies and linen

OPENING HOURS: 10 am to 6pm every day including weekends.

PHONE:(03) 5277 1186

LOCATION: 287 Melbourne Road / 3 Mackey Street, North Geelong. Don’t be confused – there are two buildings one on Melbourne Road and then drive down Mackey Street and there is a large brick warehouse where there is more of the Market.

PARKING: Parking is plentiful with over 200 spots and there is no time limit.

TRANSPORT: You can catch a bus that stops right on Melbourne Road. 

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 take credit cards at the Bazaar.


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 is The Pickers Union Cafe right next door to the Geelong Vintage Market and has a lovely atmosphere and nice menu.

TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets inside the market. Please ask staff for directions.


Blog – Geelong Vintage Market

Website – Geelong Vintage Market

Email: info@geelongvintagemarket.com.au

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Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of The Geelong Vintage Market. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.

Happy hunting!

One Comment

  • Love, Love, Love this place + there are two others nearby. I’m in secondhand heaven. Do stop and have a cuppa at the cafe – lovely people


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