Celebration of the 14th July!!
Join 2 duck trading co and many other great French focused business to celebrate the French national day. Excellent shopping, food, wine and entertainment for all. 8th July – Club Willoughby.
2 duck trading co.
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.
2 duck trading co
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.
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
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
Upcoming events May
All the best from 2 duck
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.
We are having a lovely break for part of January – much needed after the busy few months of October, November and December.
We are back at the markets from Wednesday 24th January – at Moore Park produce market and Carriageworks on Saturday 27th January. then pall our normal markets in February.
Baskets will still be available online during that time!!
See you at the end of Jan!! Happy holidays.
2 duck trading co
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
lots of love
Spring and don’t we love it!! While we wait for our new shipment of baskets to arrive we still have plenty of great baskets to enjoy getting out in the spring conditions. All our rectangle baskets are great for picnics and our classic baskets just swing over the shoulder and away you go!!
We are lucky enough to be off to France at the end of September for a month. More work on our little country house, some sourcing of product and a bit of holiday. We are back 22nd October. Our online sales and wholesales will be continuing as normal with a little help from our friends.
Basket of the Month
Large double handle basket – one of our favourite classic baskets. This and all our others over on the My Shop page.
We are in the season of spring fairs and special events – here is what is coming up this month!
Shore American Tea: Friday 8 September 8-2pm at Shore School North Sydney
Sydney Grammar Prep Family Fun Day: Saturday 9th September 1.30-5
Wenona Fair Day: Saturday 16th September, 10 -3pm, Wenona School North Sydney
Cambridge Market Sunday 17th Watson Bay.
Moore Park Foodies market: every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter until Wednesday 20 September.
Carriageworks Farmer Market: Saturday 9th September 8-1pm At the Carriagework Precinct.
Away in France from 22nd Sept to 22nd October. Back on deck 23rd October. Just in time to head down to Wagga Wagga for the annual CMRI Christmas fair 27th and 28th October.
As plastic bag free July draws to a close how wonderful to see some movement from our large supermarket chains regarding single use plastic bags. I can’t believe it has taken so long!!
I lived in France in the 90’s and single use plastic bags had been phased out many years before, so that a visit to the hypermarche saw shoppers arriving with their baskets and a collection of reusable bags to do their large shop. Of course the use of baskets is very common at the markets and in many village and towns across France. We need to do the same here in Australia! At 2 duck we are doing our bit!! Our baskets are very strong and do last – so you can shop at the super market or farmers market and carry all your shopping. You may need 2 baskets to fit it in!! Make the change if you haven’t already and get a basket. Use it, help stop the use of unnecessary plastic.
Basket of the Month
Life Instyle Melbourne
We are exhibiting this year in the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton at the August top boutique trade event. We can be found at Stand 1554 – in a very similar spot to last year. We will be featuring our new range of baskets but will have our classics on show too. The event is every day from Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August. For all our wonderful stockists pop in and say hello and see the baskets.
Markets for August
A day of beautiful Things
Club Rose Bay – Thursday 10 August from 10 – 3pm. Join me and a small collection of beautiful retailers with our wonderful wares. Find us just past the Lynne Park tennis on the corner of New South Head rd and Vickery Ave.
Rose Bay Farmer Market
15 August in Pannerong Park Rose Bay for this lovely market. From 8 til 2 pm.
Ascham Tennis Day Sunday 20th August – at Ascham school from 11 am until 4pm. School fete day and fair.
Loreto Kiribili Spring Fair Sunday 27th August – at Loreto School, Kiribili from 10 to 4 pm.
See you at the markets
July will be a busy month in the 2 duck trading calendar. Normally we are in France but this year we are here get to be part of the Bastille Revolution Festival and we are soo excited. We have lots of new St James styles coming for the festival. http://bastillefestival.com.au/bastille-festival-sydney-2017/
Basket of the Month
One of our favourite styles is our basket of the month. The medium rustic rectangle basket. A perfect size for shopping or even a mobile office. This is the basket we use for all our market admin. Made from the rarer dwarf palm leaf with short strong leather handles. This basket stands well and is the perfect size for daily shopping, a sport run or a trip to the bank. Visit this basket and the rest of the range over on the shop page.
Markets for July
Moore Park Foodies Market at the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter – this month we will be attending on 1st, 5th, 8th. Then 19th, 22nd and 26th July.
Carriageworks Farmers market
The festival is from 13th to 16th July in the whole Circular Quay precinct. 2 duck trading can be found at the French Emporium village in Scout Plaza right down near Circular Quay. We will bring our full range of baskets, St James tee shirts, hats, table linens and more.
Back to Newington Day: At Newington school, Stanmore – 29th July from 8am to 4pm. For our full range of baskets, St James tee shirts, hand crochet raffia hats and our beautiful table linens.
Up and coming:
August is coming around soon and 2 duck will be exhibiting once again at Life Instyle Melbourne. Visit us at our same spot Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th August in the beautiful Exhibition building Carlton for our new range of baskets for this coming Summer.
Merci et à bientôt