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February at 2 duck

January always seems to evaporate in the haze of lazy days at the beach and catch ups with friend and families.  Now we are in February and the world is getting back to normal, kids headed to school and the weekly routines prevail. This means it is time to head back to the markets for the weekly vegetable shops and all the other goodies on offer.

Baskets of the Month

A classic basket is always a hit in every situation. The weekend market, trips to the beach or the pool. The classic short handle basket is the right basket everyday.  Woven with an extra reinforced base and strengthening around the rim. This basket can do the hard work every week. Short but soft handles mean you can load it up without sacrificing comfort.  Pop over to the shop for this or one of our other baskets. https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/classic-market-basket-with-short-handles/

Markets

 Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  We will be at Carriageworks Saturdays 3rd and 17th of February.  Open from 8am to 1pm the market is at top destination for fresh local produce, great food options and of course a 2 duck basket. 17th February we will have a further moving to France sale. So be quick to grab a bargain. Next market 9th March.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby –   Every 2nd  and 4th Sunday at the Laurel Bank Cottage is Le Marche – Willoughby .  A full Sunday morning celebration of everything French.   Join us on Sunday 11th February with all the other artisans, food producers. We are in New Zealand, so away Saturday 25th February.

 

Have a  great month  from 2 duck.

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January update

Happy New Year everyone!  Here we are in January 2024, a year heralding some some big changes for us at 2 duck.  Until then we are still business as usual.  We are still happily posting baskets, doing a few wholesale orders and getting ready to head back to the markets later in January.  As we have done for a few years now our first Carriageworks Farmers market starts with a huge warehouse clearance.  After the busy festive time, the piles of 2nds and odd shaped baskets have built up. So we look forward to a sale day to share the love.

 

Baskets of the Month

Large trim basket

What better way to get through the beaching summer months of January/ February,  with our large trim basket over your arm. Our large classic trim basket with long comfy handles and leather trim for extra strength is perfect for toting towels and swimmers and all the other things for the beach.  Made of fully sustainable palm leaf, the basket is only too happy to carry damp swimmer and towels. Care tip: Just shake out the sand and let the basket dry off afterwards.   Head over to the shop page for this basket or our other great styles.  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/large-classic-trim-basket-with-long-handles/

Markets

 Carriageworks Farmer Markets –    We will be back in January on Saturday 20th and treating you to a warehouse sale to kick off the year.   We have huge piles of 2nds baskets at great discount prices.  After that we are there on our regular 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Carriageworks Farmers market is every Saturday from  8am to 1pm.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby –  starts again on Sunday 28th of January.  Open from 8.30-1.30pm.   We will have baskets, St James tops and our table and other French vintage linens. Can’t wait to be back.

Happy New Year again,

2 duck x

 

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December and the festive season

We are almost at the last month of the year and getting ready for December and the festive season.  We have so many wonderful things to help you celebrate. Our gold baskets is just the total bling needed be bright and sparkly. There are so many markets coming up with all our range of table wares to make the perfect festive gathering.  Visit us at one the markets to see our lovely tablecloths  –  see all the details for the markets below. We are super excited to be back at the Wahroonga Village fair this year and will have a few treats on offer for our lovely clients.

Big News

It is with an equal measure of excitement and sadness that we announce that next year we are moving to France.  We are following our hearts and are fulfilling a long held dream to live permanently in France and our gorgeous little home @la_grange__drome. We will also be much closer to our son in the UK.

We have been busy with 2 duck trading for over 16 years – which has lead to the most amazing friendships, exciting travels and wonderful connections with our stockists, suppliers and customers. Running a small business is the most varied work, that truly means that no two days are the same. While we won’t miss waiting for containers of baskets, or getting up early for markets,  we will miss the warm and special relationships we have made with all of our customers. We have been so grateful for your support of 2 duck and our wonderful baskets.  
For now we are still selling all our current stock until March when we will  say adieu to Australia and bonjour to France.  We still do love our baskets and will look at ways we can operate in France. Stay tuned.

Baskets of the Month

We just can’t go past some glitter for the festivities, get our full gold basket to celebrate over the summer! Our gold basket is completely covered in gold sequins and has the handy double strap carrying options for a perfect day out. See this basket and more over on the shop  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/gold-basket/   Remember we have free shipping until 19th December.

Wholesales

We are still sending out wholesales orders every week so don’t delay as the delivery cut off dates will start in early December.  We will be open in early January for top up orders too.  As soon as the delivery services open again we can re stock you for the summer.  To make your first order contact us via the contact form https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Markets

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –   In December find us on Saturday 2nd December and then again at the Christmas market extravaganza on the 23rd December.   Carriageworks Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to  1pm. We will be back in January on the 20th.

 

 EQ markets-    For December we will be at the market only on Saturday 16th December.  This will be our last market at EQ after 19 years so do come and see us for the last time.   We will have our full range of baskets, St James tops, linens and more. The market is from 8am to 2pm.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby –   Find us at this gem of a Sunday market on Sunday 10th and 24th December.   We will have all our favourite baskets, St James tops, fab raffia hats and great table linens and a few of our French vintage linens finds from our time in France.  We had this lovely write up in Time Out this week https://www.timeout.com/sydney/shopping/le-marche?fbclid=IwAR1KbHV9zxS99dYkk1leJtfsQelG-ypzvDJ1Jztf6MPnkl9zW0Iv696LUrY.

 

Dates for December

Bastille Market: Paris to Manly Xmas market:  Saturday 2nd December  St Paul’s College Manly,  from 3-8pm. French food, shopping,  a few bubbles what more could we want!

Wahroonga Village Fair : Sunday 3rd December,  In the Wahroonga Village in our usual spot.  Event is from 9am to 4pm. We are in the same spot on Railway Ave. We will have a few sale baskets and some French vintage  sheets on sale too.

Double Bay Christmas Fair:  Saturday 9th December Guilfoyle Park  from 10.00am to 2pm.  A new boutique Christmas market with lots of Xmas fun for all.

 

Stay safe and happy this December

2 duck trading co x

 

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November at 2 duck

I think I say this every year, but really how can it be almost November and getting to the pointy end of the year.   Please find the update of all our goings on at 2 duck trading co for November. It is a busy one.

We are just back from a fantastic 2 days in Wagga Wagga at the annual CMRI fund raiser. I love the chance to get out of town and visit our wonderful country clients. Happily we get to do it a few more times this month with trips to the Iris Country Fair at Frensham school, Mittagong and also Popped Up at Kimo just out of Gundagai on the  gorgeous Kimo Estate.  All the details below.

Baskets of the Month

One of my favourite styles and a basket so practical, it is a must have! Our medium rustic basket with short handles.    This baskets is woven in a rectangular shape for the rustic palm leaf – it super practical and very strong. Pop over to the shop for this and all our styles –    https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/medium-rustic-basket/

Saint James tops

We have great stocks of the Saint James tops too, perfect for all the French events coming up.  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/galathee/ We also stock the long sleeve Minquier Moderne  – perfect for chaps as well.

Wholesales

There is still plenty of time for wholesale orders in the lead up to the festive shopping season. Don’t delay though as those baskets are better in your shops than my warehouse!!  We have excellent supplies of all the classics  plus a few of the fun ones too –  https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/ If you have never ordered before drop us a message and we will get you set up for wholesale ordering.

Markets

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –   For November find us on Saturday 4th November.   Carriageworks Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to  1pm and we are usually there, the first and third Saturday, but are exceptionally away on 18th November for a special country event.

 

 EQ markets-    For November we will be at the market Saturdays 11th and 25th November.  Find us under the market canopy area near the vegetables or flowers.   We will have our full range of baskets, St James tops, linens and more. The market is from 8am to 2pm.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby –   Find us at the Sunday gem of a market on Sunday 12th and 26th of November.   We will have all our favourite baskets, St James tops, fab raffia hats and great table linens and a few of our French vintage linens finds from our time in France.

Events Coming Up for the calendar.

FANS French market –  Sunday 5th November at Killarney Heights school  for the annual celebration of all things French in the North! Incredible French food, shopping, entertainment it is all total festival of all things French. Not to be missed.

Iris Country Fair – Frensham Campus Saturday 18th November – we are delighted to be taking part in the Iris Country Fair – normally a once in  5 years event  it has been quite a while since the last one.

Popped Up at Kimo – Thursday 23rd November at Kimo Estate Gundagai. A fabulous country shopping day in the grounds of Kimo Estate. Open from 10-3pm this is a beautiful event.

Dates for December

Paris to Manly Xmas market:  Saturday 2nd December  St Paul’s College Manly,  from 3-8pm.

Wahroonga Village Fair : Sunday 3rd December,  In the Wahroonga Village in our usual spot.  Event is from 9am to 4pm.

Double Bay Christmas Fair:  Saturday 9th December  Guilfoyle Park  from 10.00am to 2pm.

 

See you at an event soon.

2 duck xx

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October update

For this October update,  I am taking refugee in my office away from the searing heats we have been experiencing this mid September. Wow it is incredible that we are already facing such extreme temperatures. Thankfully I am getting back into swimming most days and my trusty 2 duck basket comes with me every time.  October is really the start of the busy season and we have quite a few special events coming up. We are also away at the beginning of October celebrating my Mum’s 80th birthday,  so there are few markets missing early October.

 

Morocco update: in the wake of the devastating earthquakes near Marrakech and in the Atlas Mountains we have been reminiscing about our visits to this wonderful country. We were lucky enough to spend a day trekking up to a gorgeous berber retreat, having lunch and and then come down through a number of hill villages. These are such special memories so we were so sad to know that these areas had been badly affected. To our relief all the artisans based near Marrakech, who do the leather work on the baskets, were unharmed during the quake.  Whilst the city of Marrakech may be bouncing back, the surrounding areas will take some time to recover. Our thoughts are with the people of Morocco.

Baskets of the Month

A perfect basket for Spring – our single strap basket.  A great option for those that aren’t required to carry for the multitudes! This is a small/medium basket with long strap handles that go so easily over the shoulder. Perfect for a Turkish towel, water bottle, sun block and your favourite book. See this and all our baskets –  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/single-strap-basket/

Wholesales

Don’t forget to  stock up on baskets, as we head to the festive and summer season. To look at our full wholesale range send us a contact request https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Markets

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  find us in October on – Saturday 21st.  Carriageworks Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8am to  1pm and we are usually there, the first and third Saturday, but exceptionally away the 1st Saturday – 7th October  (got to celebrate my Mum’s 80th after all).

 

 

 EQ markets-   Whilst there may be a change in management at the markets at EQ,  you will still find the same market traders at this favourite market. For October find us on there Saturday 14th. We will be away exceptionally on Saturday 28th in Wagga Wagga.  Find us under the market canopy area near the vegetables or flowers.   We will have our full range of baskets, St James tops, linens and more. The market is from 8am to 2pm.

Le Marche – Willoughby –   In October we will be at the market on Sunday 22nd October.   We will have all our favourite baskets, St James tops and great table linens and a few of our French vintage linens finds from our time in France.

Events Coming Up for the calendar.

CMRI Christmas Fair Wagga Wagga  – 27th and 28th October, join us and many other wonderful stallholders at the annual CMRI Xmas fair at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club for this much anticipated event.

FANS French market –  Sunday 5th November at Killarney Heights school  for the annual celebration of all things French in the North!

Iris Country Fair – Frensham Campus Saturday 18th November

Popped Up at Kimo – Thursday 23rd November at Kimo Estate Gundagai.

 

Take care and keep cool

2 duck

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September at 2 duck

Welcoming Spring

September, what a perfect time to return to Australia and be back in Sydney.  Spring is just around the corner and it is the right time to head out to the markets, pick up a new basket and get ready for the warmer weather.  We are also glad to be missing the latest heatwave in France too. 40 degrees in our village this week.

September always bring a few spring fairs and we will be back at Shore school American Tea mid September.  See below for markets and events.

Early September is also has father’s day, and whilst most people might think that baskets are only for woman – mothers actually we think baskets are for all! Our basket of the month is makes a great present for Dad.

Baskets of the Month

 

This is the perfect basket for everything!  Ideal for shopping, an everyday tote, a picnic – you name it this one has you sorted.    We love the rectangle shape of this basket. It is woven in the rustic weave with the leather trim for strength and with short comfy leather handle  for ease of use. To see this basket and our full range pop over  Our Shop for the baskets   https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/medium-rustic-basket-with-brown-trim/

Wholesales

Is it time to stock up on baskets, as we head to the spring and summer season. To look at our full wholesale range send us a contact request https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Markets

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  find us in September   – Saturdays  2nd, 16th and 30th.  Carriageworks Farmers Market  is open every Saturday from 8am to  1pm and we are there the first and third Saturday.

Cambridge markets EQ  We are back to the markets  two Saturday a month. Find us on  9th and 23rd September under the market canopy area near the flower at the Entertainment Quarter.  We will have our full range of baskets, St James tops, linens and more. The market is from 8am to 2pm.

Le Marche – Willoughby   For the month of September we are there on the 10th and 24th.   We will have all our favourite baskets, St James tops and great table linens and a few of our French vintage linens finds from our time in France.

Shore American Tea

Friday 8th September  8am to 2pm, at Shore School North Sydney, find us on the Chapel lawn.

See you at a market some time soon.

2 duck x

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August update

Return to Sydney

Our wonderful sojourn in France is coming to an end (can’t believe I am writing this) and we are preparing to close up our lovely wee house and return to Sydney!!  We have visited so much, been visited – 16 visitors during the time, cooked, eaten, drank, and enjoyed the delights of our corner of Drome. Everyday using a fantastic 2 duck basket as we went to the market and shops.

It will be devastating to leave but also wonderful to be home too.

Due to family commitments here in France we are not doing the Life Instyle trade fair this year., however we are ready to take your wholesale orders when they come.

We are coming back with a variety of markets and events when we get back,  see all the info below.

 

Baskets of the Month

This basket has been my trusty handbag everyday shopper all around France and Italy.  The baby bucket basket. https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/small-bucket-basket/ Shop this basket or any other over on our shop.

Markets

 

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  find us in August on Saturdays  5th and 19th.  Carriageworks Farmers market  is open every Saturday from 8am to  1pm.Cambridge markets EQ  We are back to the markets late August – Saturday 26th. We will have our full range of baskets, St James tops, linens and more. The market is from 8am to 2pm.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby  It will be so great to be back at the best little French market on the North Shore. Come to see us in August on Sunday – 13th and then on 27th, we will have all our favourite baskets, St James tops and great table linens and few of our French vintage linens finds from our time in France.

Events coming up

Back to Newington fair – Saturday 12th August, at Newington School. 8am to 4pm.

American Tea – Shore School, Friday 8th September  8am to 2pm, find us on the Chapel lawn.

 

See you somewhere in Sydney x

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April news

With April, Easter is upon us and we do have some fun markets over the Easter weekend.  We are so delighted to be back at the Burrawang Easter Fair in the historic village in the Southern Highlands. We have missed three of these wonderful events due to Covid and the wild weather over the last few years so we are thrilled to back this Easter. For the info see below in this post. We also have the fabulous Le Marche Willoughby on Sunday which will be a real cracker for Easter.

We are counting down our markets until we head to France in late April.  See our list below.

Our online shop will be open while we are away in France and we will  be posting orders on a weekly basis  (or more depending on the volumes of orders).

Remember Mother’s Day is coming up too,  so order your baskets soon to have the best present ready for Maman.

We return from our adventures in France and to the markets in early August. No doubt with plenty of tales to tell.  We are so looking forward to being back in our house and reconnecting with  our village.   Most of all we can wait to see our son in Uk and spending time with with our French and Italian families. To follow our French adventures check us our on instagram @2ducktradingco or our house account @la_grange_drome      La belle vie!

Baskets of the Month

With the arrival of cooler weather, everyone turns to more cooking and the necessary shopping for fabulous home prepared meals. One of the best baskets is our rectangle rustic basket.  With short strong leather handles and the squared design it is perfect take to the market or shops to load with produce.  Also handy for school sports and all the toting of kids paraphernalia. So strong but stylish, pop over to our shop now to get yours https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/medium-rustic-basket/

Markets

Find us:

Burrawang Easter Fair – Saturday 8th April.  For all the info-   http://www.burrawangeastermarket.com

Le Marche- Willoughby – Sunday  9th April

Quay Quarter market –  Wednesday 12th April

Carriageworks Farmer market –  Saturday 15th April

 

 

Much love and see you at the markets when we return in August x

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Easter Update

Easter update

Easter is  coming and it is time to get ready. We have so many great little baskets – so perfect for Eater egg hunts.   Pop over to our shop page and see all the options or see below for all our markets. Here are a few great options.

A sparkly one

https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/baby-silver-heart-basket/

A cherry one

https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/baby-cherry-basket/

 

Classic baby baskets

https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/baby-basket-with-leather-trim/

Small rectangle baskets

https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/small-open-weave-rectangle/

Markets

Find us:

Carriageworks Farmer market –  Saturday 18th March &  April 1st

Cambridge market EQ – Saturday 25th March &  April 1st

Le Marche- Willoughby – Sunday 26th March  & 9th April

Burrawang Eater Fair – Saturday 8th April.

 

Enjoy the chocolate x

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Marching along

Wow March already!

 

Already we are into March,  Autumn and the beginning of the change of seasons. Gosh the time goes so quickly.   Please see our update on the goings on with 2 duck trading co this month.    We have all our regular markets plus looking forward to the Burrawang Easter market in early April.  Even though the year moves along quickly,  I am thrilled in one way,  as our trip to France and our little French house comes so much closer. We are off late April and will be back in August for more basket fun.  To follow our French adventures check us our on instagram @2ducktradingco or our house account @la_grange_drome

Baskets of the Month

Our wonderful rush basket makes the perfect harvest basket for all the garden produce. It is also an amazing basket to have around the house. So versatile, this baskets is made of rushes in a very rustic style. See this and the other baskets over at the shop https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/rushes-basket-medium/

St James

We have a full range of Saint James trans seasonal tops in stock at the moment.  The classic Galathee 3/4 sleeve in white with a navy stripe is the ultimate French classic and  is just perfect for the weather right now. Shop our full range over on our shop page.  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/galathee/

Wholesales

To look at our full wholesale range send us a contact request https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Remember Easter is coming and we have super cute little baskets for collecting Easter eggs and other little Easter bunny treats.

Markets

 

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  find us in March on Saturdays 4th and 18th.  Carriageworks Farmers  market  is open every Saturday from 8am to  1pm.Cambridge markets EQ  We are back to the markets every Saturday in March. We have our full range of baskets, St James tops, linens and more. The market is from 8am to 2pm.

We will be away on March 18th due to the fabulous Ministry of Sound event on the Showing that day. Making way for music.

 Quays Quarter Lane Market  Custom House Quay,  this market will be back March 8th from 8am to 2pm.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby The best little French market on the North Shore. Come to see us in March on Sunday – 12th and 26th March.  We will have all our favourite baskets, St James tops and great table linens.

Events coming up

Burrawang Easter market – we are so delighted to be going back to the Burrawang Village for the famous Easter market, Saturday 8th April. We are in our usual spot across from the Burrawang Pub in Hoddle Street. See you there.

 

Happy March, love,