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October

 

Unexpectedly 2 duck trading is off to France for the first 2 weeks of October. We hadn’t planned to go this year for family and other reasons but the fates had other ideas. So you won’t find us at the markets til 17th October at EQ. Apologies for those who are looking for us or want a basket. Online shopping is unaffected.

After that it is all hands on deck as we get ready for the arrival of our new shipment ( mid November), and take part in all the markets, events up until Xmas.

 

Basket of the Month

Time to start thinking festive thoughts and what better way than with a bling star basket. Our baskets of the month!! It also comes in gold and blue stars see them all over on the shop. This is a great basket that combines our famous double handled baskets (with the short and long handles) and all the style of the bling sequin star. Perfect. Also a great alternative while we wait for the classic baskets to be back in stock.

 

Markets

 

No North Sydney or Carriageworks market in October – sorry folks.

 

  We return to Cambridge market EQ on Wednesday 17th October and will be there every Wednesday and Saturday there after from 8am to 2pm.

 

William Street Festival

We are joining forces for the William Street festival with Ian from Ian Hadlow Antique Decorative Art to take part in the festival.

We will be bringing baskets, some fun brocante, loads of vintage linen teaming up with Ian’s treasures.  Saturday 20th October. 94 William Street.

 

 

CMRI Christmas market Wagga Wagga

We can’t believe it but it is almost time to  load up the duck truck and head down to Wagga Wagga for the annual CMRI Christmas Fair.

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Wagga Wagga.

 

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September and Spring!!

Once we come to September it is Spring and the perfect time to dust off your baskets for markets, picnics etc. This is a busy month for 2 duck with Spring fairs and events. Plenty of opportunities to find us some  where in your local neighbourhood.

 

Basket of the Month

Our rectangle baskets are just perfect for shopping, picnics and outings. A practical size that is not too big but easy to carry loaded up with produce. Short leather handles soft and comfy for carrying. A rectangular base that is handy as the basket stands well. See this and many more over on the Shop.

Please note: We do have a few styles out of stock ( sorry) they are arriving in early November.

 

Markets for September

 

 Cambridge Market EQ is on every Wednesday and Saturday and we will be there every day! Find us at the front of the market from 8am to 2pm.

 We are at Carriageworks Farmers market every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This month it is 8th and 22nd September from 8am to 1pm.

 

Find us at the Northside Produce market the 3rd Saturday of the month 15th September. From 8am to midday.

 

 

Events

Martin Place market – Friday 7th September in Martine Place from midday to 7pm.

A day of beautiful things – Turramurra Masonic Hall.  Thursday 13th September.  We are joining this lovely fundraiser in aid of the NSW Farmer Drought Relief.

Shore American Tea – Shore School North Sydney Friday 14th September, find us on the Chapel Lawn. 9 til 2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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Busy busy with a hint of Spring!

As I write I am doing the last preparations for our annual trip to Melbourne and the Life Instyle trade fair.  So good to be included and recognised in our industry for our wonderful handmade, sustainable  and eco friendly baskets. Now more than ever this feels like the right products to be involved with.

 

 Find us in the wonderful Royal Exhibition building Carlton Garden  Thursday  2nd to Sunday 5th August at Stand 1588.

Sneak Peak of one of our new styles coming later this year. This and many other new and old favourite styles will be on show at the fair.

This is a lovely oval basket with long leather strap handles. This comes in (rustic palm as pictured) or the classic palm leaf of many of our classic baskets. Available from November!

 

Markets for August

       Please note: There is no 2 duck trading co at the Cambridge market EQ  this week 1st and 4th August we are back on Wednesday 11th and then every Wednesday and Saturday there after – 8am to 2pm.

 

 Find us Saturday 11th and 28th of August at Carriageworks Farmers market from 8am to 1pm.

 

We will be at the Northside Produce market Saturday 18th August from 8am til midday.

Special events

Back to Newington Day – at Newington School Saturday 11 August from 7.30-4pm.

Loreto Spring Fair – at Loreto Kirribilli School Sunday 28th August from 10-3pm.

 

 

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July

So much to look forward to this month. Starting off with the celebration of the French National Day  – 14 July.  Plastic free July and the opportunity to really make plastic bags history.

 

We will be celebrating this year at the Bastille Market – Sunday 8th July at Club Willoughby. This will be a lovely boutique celebration, with a great collection of French shopping stalls, French food, wine, entertainment and much more. From 9am to 2pm.

 

Plastic bag free July

What a great initiative and way to capitalise on the move that the large supermarkets are making towards stopping the use of single use plastic bags. We are totally committed to this at 2 duck. At our markets in addition to our range of baskets, we have introduced reusable produce bags and smaller foldable  jute and cotton bags. Pop in a check out our range at the markets.

 Each pack contains 5 reusable bags in a fabulous range of colours.

 

Basket of the Month

Our fabulous classic market basket with long red leather handles – so bright and cheerful for the  middle of winter and the celebrations.  See this and all our baskets on The Shop page.

 

Markets for July

 

Cambridge Market EQ  Find us there every Wednesday and Saturday during July (except Wednesday 18th) under the market canopy with all our great baskets, French food and more.    Join us for all the fun on 14th July as the market celebrates Bastille Day. With competitions and giveaways.

 

Find us at the Carriageworks Farmers market Saturday 14th and 28th July. At the Carriageworks Precinct from 8am to 1pm.

 

We will be in our usual spot on Miller Street on Saturday 21st July. 8am to midday.  Basket and French linens old and new!

 

 

 

Coming up and I truely can’t believe we are nearly there!! Life Instyle Melbourne from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August.

 

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June

About the baskets

Little known fact about the baskets!! The majority of the styles we have are made of palm leaf harvested in the Atlas Mountains.

Often the baskets are thought to be made of straw, grass or wicker, however they are woven from a sustainably harvested palm leaf (see pictured) that grows naturally in the Atlas Mountain not far from Fez. The palm leaf is harvested in July, dried for a short time and then the weaving begins. The palm leaf is distributed to a large network of households where the basic style baskets are hand made. It takes a day and half to weave a classic basket. Once the baskets have been woven, they are collected en masse and taken to the depots where all the embellishments are added. Leather handles, bling stars etc.  I have been working with the the network of weavers for over 11 years now and make my collection out of the 1000’s of possible styles and variations. blending ideas from Australia and the traditional know how from Morocco.

Frequently asked questions about the baskets: 

Are they very strong?  The palm leaf as a fibre is naturally strong and quite elastic which is why it is used to weave baskets and other items. The Moroccans and French have used these baskets for many generations to carry their shopping. In my experience they can carry more than we can.

Can they get wet? Yes they can, in fact from time to time it is good for the basket to become damp or wet. As a natural fibre they can dry out over time and crack. Using them for your beach bag or the washing is a great way to rehumidify the palm leaf for a longer life. Just don’t forget those swimmers though!

What do I do if my basket gets dirty? The baskets wash quite easily. Mix up some warm water with a gentle soap and gently scrub with a soft brush.
Air dry immediately in the sun if possible. Good as new.

 

Basket of the Month

One of our most classic and enduring baskets – short handle leather trim. This basket is part of the series of baskets – double strap handle, long leather handle that are our simple in construction but strong and suitable for every day living. The short handle style is seen everywhere in France  – so shop like a Parisienne!

 

Markets for June

  The Market at EQ, now run by the gals from Cambridge Markets, is on every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. Find us for our extensive selection of market baskets, French linens, woven raffia hats, St James tee shirts and gourmet French food – pates, duck confit, cassoulet, mustards and cornichons.

News flash – No market Saturday 30 June at EQ market due to a large event on the site.

 

 This market is on every Saturday morning from 8am to 1pm. Find 2 duck there on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This month that is 9th and 23rd June for all our great baskets, weekly specials and our range of sustainable products to help you with your shopping.

PS: Bonus day Saturday 30th June as well plus an EOFY sale too! Happy days.

 

  The Produce market is on 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 2 duck can be found on the 3rd Saturday of every month – it is  16th June for this month. For baskets, specials, sustainable shopping bags and some lovely French linens.

 

See you at the markets.

 

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May

In May we celebrate Mothers. At 2 duck we feel supporting Mothers is our number 1 activity!!

We have a wonderful selection of baskets that are perfect for all the pursuits of the mothers in our lives.

Please pop over to the shop and make your selection. We are running our $10 off special until Mother’s Day – 13th may.

 

Basket of the Month

 

The medium lace trim basket is my personal favourite. Featuring the fine delicate weaving to make the lace trim. It comes in 2 sizes small and medium – both with thick long comfy leather handles and the beautiful fine lace work border. See this basket and many more on the My Shop page.

 

Markets for May

 

 

 

 The Market at the Entertainment Quarter  is on every Wednesday and every Saturday and we are there from 8am to 2pm. Find us in the Showring. Please note that we are away Wednesday  23rd May for family reasons.

 

  Carriageworks Farmers Market is on every Saturday.  We can be found there on 12th and 26th May this month.

 

 

Northside Produce market is on from 8am til midday. The market is on the 1st and 3rd of every month. You can find us there on 19th May.

 

Have a great month of May.

Miriam and Martine 2 duck trading co xx

 

 

 

 

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April

Mother’s Day is coming in early May – we have the perfect Mother’s Day presents which are beautiful, practical for many Mother’s daily lives and ethical too. What better place to get a pressie for your Mum.

As the Autumn days come on us we notice we are selling more baskets for harvesting and gathering fruit and vegetables. We love hearing how you are using the baskets. So do send us your photos. We think our baskets are perfect for loads of autumn goodness. Especially the newly uploaded rush baskets – see this basket pictured plus the whole range over on the shop.

 

Basket of the Month

 Our fantastic jute basket is our feature basket and also on special for the month of April!!  Pictured is the long handle leather trim basket with the added strength and style of the jute covering.  A charming rustic delight. Also available in short handle style too. See this and all our other great baskets over on our shop page.

 

Markets in April

 EQ market at Moore Park is on every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm. Market closed ANZAC day.

 Carriageworks Farmers market is on every Saturday you can find us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This month that is 14th and 28th April. The market is open from 8am to 1pm sharp.

 

 Northside Market is on 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month in Miller Street, North Sydney. We are there on the 3rd Saturday 21st April.  From 8am to midday.

 

Upcoming events May

 

  We are participating in the Argyle Affair – a curated shopping event in Camden. Every day from 9-3pm.

 

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March madness!!

At all our markets in March we are going to be offering discounts on our baskets. We have a pile of 2nd baskets and discontinued styles and they are taking space in the warehouse so it is time to move them on!!

Pop in a visit us at the markets this month for a great bargain.

 

Sustainables

Whilst baskets are the perfect way to shop environmentally. We do need additional bags for our fruit and veg.  After our recent trip to New Zealand we came across Helen and her business The Rubbish Whisperer. We bought a load of her great and colourful bags and they have been selling like hotcakes. The beauty of these bags is they are all made in NZ and are very strong.

 

 The Rubbish Whisperer Reusable Rubbish pack of 5.

 Each bag can hold over 1.5kg of fruit or vegetables. Packs of 5 $25 at the markets.

 

 

Markets for March

 

The Market @EQ

  2 duck trading co is there every Wednesday and Saturday  for March (Except Easter Saturday 31st March)  The market open 8am til 2pm.

 

Carriageworks Farmers Market 

 You will us there on Saturday 10th and 24th March. The market starts at 8am until 1pm and you can find us at the Carriageworks Precinct Wilson Street.

Northside Produce Market

 Whilst the market trade twice a month you can find us on the 3rd Saturday of the month 17th March from 8am to midday.

 

Burrawang Easter Market 

Easter has come around quickly this year so you can find us at our usual spot just across from the pub on Saturday 31st March in the main street of  Burrawang Village, Southern Highlands. The market gets underway by 9am until 3pm.

 

See you at the markets!!

 

 

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Season of love

 

I know it is cheesy, but how cool is a love heart basket – practical and pretty, ethical and lovely!!

For 2 weeks our love heart baskets are on special!!! Ready for the festival of love Valentines Day!!

We have our famous red heart basket or silver bling heart basket to choose from.  Pop on to our shopping page and let the love flow…

    

 

Markets For February

The Market @ EQ –  Moore Park every Wednesday and Saturday (away  Saturday 24th February only) from 8-2pm in the Showring Entertainment Quarter.

Saturday 10th February from 8-1pm @the Carriageworks Precinct

Northside Produce Market on Miller Street North Sydney   Saturday 17th from 8-12pm midday.

 

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November

They are here!!! Our new baskets have arrived and we will be updating the site with all the new styles. Happy dancing!!

 

We are busy busy busy with all of the wholesale orders, online and of course extra markets and events. Tis the season ….

 

Pop Up Shop

Back again our 2 duck pop up shop in the French school in Paddington 18th – Sunday 24th December

All our wonderful vintage linen, French market baskets and more!!

 

Markets in November/ December

 

Moore Park Foodies market: Entertainment Quarter every Wednesday and Saturday 8-2pm until December 23rd!! ( away Saturday 18th November only)

Carriageworks Farmers market: Saturday 11 & 25th Nov  and 9th & 23rd December

Northside Produce market: Millar Street North Sydney 2nd and 16th December

 

Extra markets and events

 

Iris Country Fair – Frensham School Mittagong Saturday 18th November 9-4pm

Nargoon Pop Up market – Gundagai Thursday 23rd November 10.00-3pm.

Cambridge Christmas market – Watson Bay Sunday 26th November 10 – 4pm

Wahroonga  Fair Day – Wahroonga Village Sunday 3rd December 10.00-4pm

SLM Hyde Park Fare – Hyde Park Barracks Thursday 14th December  4- 9pm

Hard to find Xmas market –  Entertainment Quarter 17th December 10- 3pm

 

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