Fresh ideas at Melbourne’s spring markets

It’s that time of year when the urge to freshen up your home and wardrobe takes hold. What better way to find that unique addition than exploring Melbourne’s distinctive pop-up markets this spring?

Suitcase Rummage

Who knows what you will find at the Suitcase Rummage, which is like lots of little garage sales gathered under one roof. This one-day potluck market sees ordinary folk bringing a suitcase or two of goodies to sell or exchange. From vintage frocks to curious clocks, their treasures await you on Raglan Street, North Melbourne on 15 October.

Boho Luxe Market

The Atrium must be among Melbourne’s most fashionable locales, because more gorgeous threads are on offer there at the Boho Luxe Market. This event’s curated line-up of stylish bohemian designers know how to send a breath of fresh spring air through your wardrobe. Be among the first 100 shoppers and score a tote bag. Get your look personally styled by a visual merchandiser. Treat yourself – and the planet – with vegan creations, from chocolates to room sprays. Sunday 8 October.

A table covered with leather bags.

Boho Luxe Market

Flemington Racecourse Market

There’s botanical inspiration at Flemington Racecourse Market too, from its famous rose gardens to the plant stall selling pots of these beauties. But hold your horses, there’s so much more. Local makers offer everything from skincare to sculptures, and a bounty of food such as fresh bread, spice mixes and wine. Give in to temptation on the spot: enjoy your purchases picnic-style on the lush lawn. Sunday 15 October.

Finders Keepers Market

Don’t miss Australia’s leading design market, established in 2010 in Melbourne, from where it’s expanded to Sydney and Brisbane. Back in town for three glorious days, Finders Keepers Market gathers more than 250 local designers and artists, including some exciting debutants. Shop til you drop, then browse some more after refuelling at the food stalls, coffee stations, bars and food trucks. Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October.

A woman reaching to pick up a wallet from a high shelf

Finders Keepers market

Botanic and Rare Plant Fair

‘Tis the season to get busy in the garden. For advice, tools and special plants to get your patch blooming, make a beeline for the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair. Learn from the experts. Buy bulbs, seeds, plants, books and gorgeous gardenware – don’t hold back because proceeds benefit the venue, the Royal Botanic Gardens. Leave your treasures in the creche and take a tour of the gardens’ nursery and herbarium, or enjoy the entertainment and refreshments. Two green thumbs up! Saturday 21 to Sunday 22 October.

The Thread Den Market

This indoor-outdoor space is also the venue for a monthly event thriving on the motto of ‘Melbourne made, indie design, ethical production’. The Thread Den Market brings together more than 60 innovative designers, artists and makers. Clothing and accessories are the focus, so it’s essential for fashionistas seeking something unique and exquisitely crafted. There’s more besides though, and all made with love. Sunday 1 October and Sunday 5 November.