Whether by geography, industry, or culture, every city has certain regions where particular attractions feature, and Melbourne is a quality representation of this phenomenon. So it is with Coburg Trash and Treasure market.

While Marvellous Melbourne is fortunate to be rich and abundant in culture all across its city, just as the south side of the CBD is fortunate to enjoy the long and expansive coast of Port Phillip Bay stretching to the Peninsula, so too is the North an especially wonderful cultural epicentre with legendary suburbs like Brunswick, Fitzroy and Northcote offering some of the city’s best collections of art galleries, bars and restaurants.

Accordingly, any visit to Coburg on a Sunday morning is sure to be a very evocative treat for the eyes. This is by and large owed to the heavily artistic feel the surrounding region. The market has a very heavy youth feel given the young population of the inner city suburbs as well as its proximity to RMIT, the University of Melbourne, and other surrounding institutions.

While to some who’ve perhaps seen one pair of skinny jeans too many this may not be the chief appeal of a visit, so too need it be said the community is by and large warm and good natured; and accordingly a visit is worthwhile even if you’re not currently a drummer in an upcoming band or the best barista this side of Adelaide.

Instead, the greatest thing about this market is the sheer diversity of goods week in and week out. While to seasoned veterans of markets and garage sales – you know that one friend you’ve got who is always talking about what they found on eBay – the temptation may be there to think “we’ve seen it all before”.

Yet, on account of the regular turnover of goods, the cosmopolitan personnel, and the scale of the market – taking up ample space in the carpark of the Coburg drive-in theatre – the opportunity to find something new each time you visit is only rivalled by the opportunity to find a real and rare gem first time round, whether it be a beautiful old vinyl, gorgeous piece of stencil art, or that very retro denim and leather jacket combo you’ve seen in old music videos and knew you had to have.

All up, Coburg’s Trash and Treasure is very much a worthwhile visit on a Sunday morning in Melbourne’s north.

Ed Kennedy is an Australian journalist who has written widely on cities, entertainment and local attractions. Alongside his writing here, Ed can be found at Edkennedy.co and on twitter @Edkennedy01.

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