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.
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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
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 I write the rain is pelting down and I am thinking of friends and stockists living and working on the East Coast – wow it is wet. This is from Sydney and I am sure it is much worse elsewhere. Seems like we have had unprecedented rains of late. This is giving new meaning to being wet ducks!! My thoughts are with those with roofs blown off and gardens and homes in turmoil!!
We will be away for part of April visiting Cambodia but our onlines will still be processed as normal. See the dates for all our April markets below. Of course it is Easter and we will definitely be at the Burrawang Easter Fair. Rain or shine for this favourite market.
Remember too Mothers Day is coming and there isn’t anything better to get a busy Mum than a French market basket! So many options to choose from on the Our Shop page. http://2ducktrading.com.au/product-category/market-basket/
Basket of the Month
A classic basket with leather trim and long handles. This basket is an variation on the original classic basket with leather trim as it has an extra woven rim and base for extra strength and stability. A medium size basket with long thick comfy leather handles it is perfect for all the carrying we do!! It is on special until the end of April for the fête des mêre.
Markets for April
We will be at Moore Park produce market Wednesday 5th and 26th and Saturday 1st, 8th and 29th of April. For baskets, fine French food, St James tee shirts and all our great table linens.
For Goodness Sake – Fair Farmers market at the Royal Randwick Racecourse Sunday 9th April. 8 am to 3pm. With our baskets, St James Tee shirts and a selection of table linens.
We will be at the market only on Saturday 8th April. For baskets.
Burrawang Easter market
Saturday April 15th from 8am to 3pm in the main street of the historic Burrawang Village. We are in our same spot as last year just across the road from the Burrawang Pub. We will have a big piles or 2 of baskets, our great St James tee shirts and plenty of lovely linens. See you there. Check the website for all the info there are some changes for parking and traffic.
http://www.burrawangeastermarket.com or check their Facebook page @burrawangeastermarket
Time to think about collecting little Easter eggs. We have something for you!! See all our small cute little baskets just perfect for little hands to collect any type of egg!!
So many options to choose from!!
All available on the Our Baskets page http://2ducktrading.com.au/product-category/market-basket/
Upcoming events – Easter Saturday market
Burrawang Easter Market – on Saturday 15th April in the streets of the delightful Burrawang village in the Southern Highlands. 2 duck will be in our traditional spot just across from the pub. With lots of baskets, St James tee shirts and great table linens.
Wow after such a full on summer it is lovely to have some relief from the heat. Perfect for our wonderful St James tops.
Made in France from lovely light weight cotton they perfect for the coming demi season. We have several styles; the 3/4 sleeve Galathee style specially for woman in white and navy or white with red stripes. Or the long sleeve unisex style Minquier. We also have a range for kids in the long sleeve Minquier style. So French!! So perfect.
Basket of the Month
As the weather turns rustic so too do our lovely baskets. This is a beauty – made of leaves of the dwarf palm tree and woven in a rustic style. This basket has a larger woven oval base and leather trim and long leather handles and a greener look to the palm leaf. You can find this rustic style in this classic shape and also our rustic rectangle baskets. Visit our shop for this basket and more..
Markets for March
Moore Park Produce market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm in the Showring
We are now at the the 2nd and 4th Saturday‘s of the month. 11th and 25th March at the Carriageworks Precinct from 8am to 1pm.
2 duck will be at Northside Produce market Saturday 18th March from 8am to midday.
For Goodness Sake Fair Farmers market at Royal Randwick Racecourse. It’s on every Sunday from 8 -3 pm. Starting Sunday 19th March.
2 duck is joining and we will be there Sunday 19th and 26th March.
Bye and see you at the markets. 2 duck
We love January – it is time to take a break, head to the beach with a basket (of course) and catch up on all the admin and stock taking that we couldn’t do before Christmas.
We will be back at the markets later in January so if you want a basket our online shop is the way to go!! Also a reminder that we have our fantastic St James tee shirts available on line. The 3/4 sleeve galathee top is perfect for summer evenings. Made of amazing light cotton they are wear so well. Available in white and red stripes too.
Basket of the month
Voila our lovely short handle classic basket! Perfect for everything – the beach, shopping, picnics. A medium sized basket with a thick, comfy short leather handle. This one and more is available over on the My Shop page.
Markets for January
We start back on Wednesday 25th January – just in time to pick up some gourmandise before Australia Day.
Our first Saturday back is 28th January. From 8am to 1pm – Wilson street Darlington. We have a new market cycle this year @ Carriageworks we will be there every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
Happy New Year to all
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