MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

I’m an early-bird but there’s not many events that would have me bounding out of bed, grabbing a stupendous strawberry, white chocolate and coconut muffin from Proud Mary and lining up with hundreds of other people at 8:45am at Southbank.

But this was one very special garage sale. The Melbourne Theatre Company were moving, and everything had to go for one day only. I wanted to be part of the fake food buying frenzy!

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

The main area in the large warehouse was taken up by furniture and props, but I (and a million other people) made a beeline for the clothing section. Oh. My. God. It was like walking into one giant dress up box explosion. We’re talking racks and racks of super-cheap period costumes, contemporary clothing, shoes, handbags, scarves, gloves, stockings and fabric. I was trailing a woman behind me who I think must have been a vintage store owner, because she was putting literally every second item into her voluminous bags without looking twice. In a panic, I thought I’d miss out if I stayed behind bowerbird woman so I too started shoving stuff into my plastic bin bag.

Amongst the more unusual and interesting items on sale:

This man lined up at 7am and scored this Naboo turban. Later I saw him with a big black cape as well. Cool.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

I like this enterprising girl’s approach. Wear the giant hooped skirt you’ve picked up while sifting through the other clothing. Then you can knock any other contenders out of the way.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

A rack of Robyn Nevin’s pyjamas (presumably from August: Osage County)

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

Horses hooves! Great with skinny jeans.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

Toilet fittings for Marcel Duchamp inspired interior decoration.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

Crucifix and coffins. Perfect for your next Halloween party.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

This big pink hippo was going to be re-gifted.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

Fake food! I’ve found our perfect wedding cake. Noice.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

Styrofoam map of Australia. They even remembered Tassie.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

Magical angel’s wings.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

One dusty ride-on mower.

MTC garage sale 129 ferrars street southbank

Beautiful light fittings. If only I owned a restaurant.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

A tired shopper taking a break from the mayhem. She was up for sale too. Along with the chair. And the stuffed bird, the helmet and the crutches.

MTC Garage sale 129 Ferrars Street Southbank

My haul was very sedate by comparison and consisted of various wollen scarves, delicate leather gloves, a cummerbund, a Ted Baker replica of the Audrey Hepburn little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, an ivory chain-mail Oroton handbag with a deliciously bright purple lining and a massive frilly collar/neckpiece. The best thing – it cost $5.  It was definitely worth getting out of bed.