Another day in paradise! Yes these new Vintage Markets setting up around the state where individuals can have their own ongoing stall are a girl like me ‘best friend’. You get to troll through aisles and aisles of quirky, interesting, creative stuff without the hassle of someone saying ‘can I help you?’
Mark Ward is a local businessman and owner of the Mill Market Group which also owns Decor Impact. This is one of three that are operated under the banner of The Mill Markets – Geelong, Daylesford and Ballarat. Covering a massive 12,000 square metres in a large Bunnings style warehouse, this is the place for all treasure hunters to come and find something special.
Now be prepared. This isn’t just an ordinary warehouse of home decor and furniture – there is something for everyone here. Antiques, pottery, memorabilia, retro fashion (so much retro fashion), large odd mannequins, jewellery, cameras, comics and oh so much more.
One of my favourite items was this Policeman which I think I should put just inside my front door. Wish I’d checked out the price.
And of course, who doesn’t need a pterodactyl in their home to make it….special. This one would have a wing span of around eight metres.
My son is a Batman freak and when I found these comics, it got exciting. Of all the DC and Marvel and Star Wars items, Batman was the rarest.
I love it when stallholders either put the same items together by what they are e.g. cups, thermos, syphons etc. or by colour such as this photo above.
There are over 450 stalls across the three venues in Victoria – if that isn’t enough incentive to have a little travelling secondhand adventure – nothing is!
Now check this photo above – what can you spy? So many old, now out of date items yet they are now desirable homewares or talking pieces.
And of course, I can never go by a good collection of cameras of all shapes and sizes. I stayed with a lovely senior couple in Croissy in France and he collected antique cameras which were beautifully displayed in a cabinet. Pure joy.
Anyone for a stuffed animal head? 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.
Apron? Who wears an apron these days? Well if you need one, come to The Mill and you can find a funky retro looking one.
I’ve always known that signage was popular after watching the original episodes of ‘American Pickers’ and it appears here in Australia they are too.
Not sure what this dude is above but there were quite a few of these large ‘character’ statues in The Mill including a giant Mr. Frozen.
Comics and collectables. There was one stall that had a very good selection of not just comics but also figurines, posters and more.
Staff were lovely and very helpful. When I bought a large Batman poster we had a long conversation about it and how old it was etc. etc.
I fell in love with this mannequin. She looked whimsical and a little bit fashionable but also lonely. She’s upstairs with all the clothing and I mean ALL of it. If you are after something different, vintage, retro, 70’s etc. you’ll find something here.
Bonus – you can get gift vouchers for the stalls. Woo hoo! I’ve got you covered Yvette.
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 6 pm every day including weekends.
PHONE: (03) 5248 2390
LOCATION: 114 Bellarine Highway, Newcomb Geelong. This is the sign you need to look out for.
PARKING: Parking is plentiful out the front with no time restrictions.
TRANSPORT: There are buses that go right by The Mill. Click here for more information.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access and most of the store is wheelchair accessible. Some aisles are narrow. I don’t believe there is wheelchair access to the upstairs part.
ATM: You can pay by using eftpos, cash or credit card.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee. Carry baskets are provided for smaller items.
DELIVERY: The Mill can arrange delivery if you live a reasonable distance at your expense. If you live in Melbourne or interstate please discuss with the staff regarding freight arrangements and the companies that they use.
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: You can get refreshments and light snacks at The Flavour Mill Cafe on site.
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets inside the market. Please ask staff for directions.
Website – Mill Markets
On Facebook – Mill Markets
On Instagram – Mill Markets #millmarkets
On Twitter – Mill Markets #millmarkets
Now it’s your turn. Share your stories of The Mills Markets in Geelong. Likes, dislikes, bargains you’ve bought and people you’ve met. Leave a comment below.