IF you’re looking for some bargains then you’ve come to the right place. This weekend, Melbourne will officially be known as the City of Pre-Loved Goods with garage sales left, right and centre. Also in town this weekend is a world-renowned coffee expo and a rising star of the Australian music scene. Catherine May fills you in.
Garage Sale Trail
Saturday 5 May, Around Town
Now in its third year, the Garage Sale Trail will see hundreds of Melburnians decluttering their homes and workplaces and offering their goods at reasonable prices. Garage sales will be popping up all around the city, so you’ll just have to go for a wander and see what you find. Down in Hosier Lane there will be a massive shoe sale to raise funds for a youth charity. Even Meld’s joining the trail with our own sale at Arrow on Swanston St. So if you’re in the neighbourhood, come on over and say hi! As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Sunday 6 May, 12pm – 4pm. Boda Haircutters, Prahran
No one can resist a good op shopping trip, especially if proceeds from said op shopping trip goes towards a good cause. The annual Walk-in Wardrobe event is being held at Boda Haircutters in Prahran with vintage and pre-loved clothing aplenty. Organisers are promising tees from $5, so bargain hunters are sure to find something they love. Best of all, a percentage of the profits will be going straight to Kiss Goodbye to MS, a charity for people with multiple sclerosis.
The Wardrobe Weekender
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May. Barkly Square, Brunswick
For one weekend only Brunswick will be transformed into a range of workshops and markets exhibiting the city’s newest creative fashion talents. The highlight of the event is set to be the Clothing Exchange on Saturday afternoon. As its name suggests, the Clothing Exchange is a chance to swap clothes with Brunswick’s most fashionable locals. While most of the weekend’s events are free, the Clothing Exchange is ticketed. Tickets cost $25 and you can secure yours on their website.
Melbourne International Coffee Expo
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 May, 10am – 6pm. Melbourne Showgrounds
Melburnians love their coffee. Fact. It’s also widely agreed that Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia. Fact. Combine these two facts and there’s no reason why all you coffee lovers shouldn’t be heading down to the Melbourne Showgrounds this weekend to sample the finest beans international bean growers have to offer. Tickets cost $20 for those not in the trade and that includes entry into the arena where the best baristas around will compete to win this year’s Australian Latte Art Competition. After all, who hasn’t wanted to learn how to pour those perfect hearts or rosettas?
Gossling at The Thornbury Theatre
Saturday 5 May, 7pm. Thornbury Theatre
Hotly tipped to become the next big name in Australian music, Gossling is the darling of the indie music scene at the moment. Catch her this Saturday in the retro grandeur of the Thornbury Theatre. Tickets are under $20 and the theatre is right in front of stop 41 on the 86 tram route heading towards Bundoora RMIT.