Well, I popped over to Thornbury today to visit the Suitcase Rummage market.
The trip did not get off to the best start though. The 86 tramline was running replacement buses in some parts, which meant the the rest of the trams were mostly delayed. I know it’s a Sunday, but when the timetable screen tells you it’s due a couple of minutes, it’s a little bit exciting. Then it doesn’t show up for 2o minutes and you start to wonder if you should walk to Thornbury. From Parliament.
Anyway, I got there eventually. For anyone who has forgotten, the Suitcase Rummage is a market where the stall holders are only allowed to sell what fits in their suitcases. They have just begun running in Melbourne monthly for the remainder of the year, and will hopefully continue in 2013.
The Suitcase Rummage is held upstairs at the Thornbury Theatre.
It’s pretty cool when you first walk in because it really is just lots and lots of suitcase stalls. There is a large variety of stuff too. The art and crafty-type stalls seemed to all be on the left side today, and stalls selling clothing and accessories seemed to be on the right.
The art and crafts had a lot of jewellery, cards and accessories. There were a couple of toy stall holders, but it was mostly for adults. There were some nice things, but nothing that really jumped out at me.
I think I may have just been having a bit of a blah day, because I had no luck over at the clothes, shoes and accessories either. I must have used up all of my luck yesterday (I went on a Melbourne Op Shop Tour for ‘training’ purposes and had a lot of luck!).
I love the concept of the Suitcase Rummage. I think the idea of ‘rummaging’ through people’s suitcases is a unique and inspired way to hold a market.
I just didn’t enjoy having to get down on my knees every time I wanted to look at something. I think it might be something you have to visit for yourself to decide. I’m just putting it out there that that’s how I felt. I saw some 15-year-olds having a bonza time.
It wasn’t too crowded when I was there, which I did enjoy. I could browse without getting elbowed/shoved.
There are still two more markets to go this year if you are interested in checking them out for yourself. It would be a good spot to get some homemade Christmas presents, I think.
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