A few Sundays ago while walking around Flinders, I stumbled upon Suitcase Rummage. It’s one of Melbourne’s pop up bazaars which takes place regularly at the Federation Square. Even though I have been to a number of markets before, I had never seen anything like the Suitcase Rummage. The interesting thing about the bazaar was the shops’ “stands” were suitcases, hence the name.
There were more than more than a couple dozen
suitcases stalls on that day. Most of them sold either clothes, fashion accessories or handmade crafts. There were also a few zine stalls and one suitcase filled with Harry Potter trinkets.
I spent some time hanging out at the Suitcase Rummage event; mostly people watching, but this time the sellers caught my attention more than the visitors. I guess people who have a knack for crafts usually are a tad bit quirky. Like my all time favorite crochet artist, Twinkie Chan, or the red beret lady in the picture above. Look at her style, look at her smile, look at her confidence! I bet she leads a fabulous life or maybe a fabulous witchy life..
Federation Square during the Suitcase Rummage looked like an explosion of amazing patterns, vibe and colors. The energy was fun fun fun!
You would think that these items were considerably cheap, but no, not really. At least not by my Indonesian standard. But it’s definitely interesting and according to the website, we can barter. Maybe next time we can bring some of the no-longer-loved stuff from our homes to exchange with fellow suitcasers. Nonetheless, it’s a good opportunity to show our support of local artists and crafters by purchasing their handmade arts.
The Suitcase Rummage reminded me of many weekends I spent at Jakarta biggest wholesale market, Mangga Dua, with Mama Geek and my cousins. We would spend hours looking through piles and piles of bargain clothes and fake goods. We picked our favorite, bargained hard and only went back if we couldn’t carry any more plastic bags.
Some suitcases were just freaking interesting! If it’s up to me above suitcase would be the featured stall of the month.
At the end, the only thing I bought from the Suitcase Rummage that day was a Harry Potter crystal prism for $5 which I plan to turn into a pendant. If you are visiting Melbourne for more than a week, I recommend popping by the Suitcase Rummage. It will be worth your while, even if it’s only for people watching. The next one is scheduled on 17 July. Check out their full schedule here and happy suitcase rummaging!