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Count down to the festive season!

Wow now it’s November – we have been to France and are now into the busy season! We have some many markets coming up – some with a French flavour or just good old fashioned local community events. Springs feel more like summer and this means lots of great trips to beaches, parks and pool are just around the corner. Perfect time for a new basket!

 

Basket of the Month

 One of our top selling baskets and a perfect baskets for one! https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/single-strap-basket/

Great for a trip to the shops or the market if you need a small shop for just for one trip to the beach! For this basket and the rest of our range pop onto the Our Shop page.

 

Markets in November

Find us every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter  from 8am to 2pm. Exceptionally away Wednesday 20th Nov as I am going to Gundagai (sorry).

  We will be back at Carriageworks Saturday 9th and 23rd November from 8am to 1pm.

 This month we are at Northside 2nd and 16th Nov from 8am to 12pm.

 

 

Special events we are attending in November!

French market at Killarney Height School  – Sunday 10 November.

  Fun in Rose Bay Sunday 17th November 10-3pm.

Pop Up Market at Kimo Estate – Gundagai.

 

Cambridge Xmas market at EQ – The Ultimate Xmas market Sunday 24th November 10-3pm in the Showring at EQ.

 

Wahroonga Street Fair – Sunday  1st December – Wahroonga Village.

 

Something for everyone!

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Off to France!

Here is our little update for September and October.

We are lucky enough to have a trip to France mid September to mid October this year so please find all the details of our markets before we go and after we return.

If you want to catch up on our travels remember to follow 2 duck on Instagram @2ducktradingco  for our latest adventures.

 

 

Basket of the Month 

We have a fantastic range of  these basket/ tote bags. This one is the medium oval rustic palm leaf basket with a short sisal handle. Perfect for a day out, trip to the beach or popping to the farmers market.  See this and the other round and oval styles on the Shop page.

 

 

Markets

September and October

 Find us at Cambridge market EQ – 4th, 7th, 11th and 14th September.  We return the 23rd October every Wednesday and Saturday there after.

 Our only time at the market in September is the 7th. We return 9th November.

 We will not be at Northside Produce market at all in September or October back on 2nd  November. Apologies.

 

Upcoming Events

American Tea at Shore school – Friday 13th September – 9-2pm. Find us on the Chapel Lawn.

Spring Fair at Wenona School – Saturday 14th September – 9-3pm. We will be in the Undercroft area.

William Street festival  – Saturday 19th October William Street, Paddington.

CMRI  Christmas fair Wagga Wagga – 25th and 26th October at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

 

 

All the best

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August

August is here and Spring almost around the corner. We are just back from our annual trip to Melbourne and the Life Instyle trade show. Another great fair completed.

Coming up this month is the start of the Spring fair season we have a few great events. We are looking forward to a trip to France in Sept/October too.

Once again the baskets were so well received at the Melbourne trade fair.  It is alway so wonderful to think that they will be off around the country spreading their magic. With so many alternative carrying bags on the market I am heartened that people are still returning to our great baskets.  They are truely made in a sustainable way and by traditional artisans. So much of what is available now is not – masquerading as eco friendly but in fact not made from sustainable materials and or genuinely handmade.

 

Basket of the Month

 One of our newer baskets and a great tote for the market, school sport or soon enough the beach – our Reinforced Single Strap basket.  With a simple long strap handle  that swings easily onto the shoulder, strengthened by additional reinforcing,  this large basket is a perfect everyday carry all.  In addition this basket has a woven base for additional support so it stands very well.  Pop onto The Shop page for this and all our baskets.

 

Markets for August

 Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge markets EQ in the Showring. For all our great French gourmet foods, baskets, table linens and wonderful Made in Mada hats and St James tee shirts. Open from 8am to 2pm.

 

  We will be at the market the 10 and 24th August.  For all our baskets and sustainable bags. Open from 8am to 1pm.

 

 For the moth of August we can be found at the  North Sydney market  17th August. From 8am to midday.

 

Spring fairs

Sunday 25th August we are joining SCEGGS Darlinghurst for the Fabulous Green Festival on Forbes school event.  Open from 10 to 3pm Forbes Street Darlinghurst.

Friday 13th September – American Tea at Shore School. 9-2pm

Saturday 14th September – Wenona Spring Spring fair at Wenona School.

 

Merci

2 duck xx

 

 

 

 

 

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Vive la France! It’s July.

 

 

So many events in Sydney to celebrate the National Day of France!  We call it Bastille Day in Australia, but in France it’s the 14th July. What ever it is called we get to celebrate all things French!! Find us at these great events!

Bastille Market Australia

 

First up in the Bastille Market Australia Sunday 7th at Club Willoughby from 9am to 2pm – a real celebration of everything French with excellent food, entertainment, French shopping and much more!

Le French Rose Bay market

For a 2 day celebration of everything French in Rose Bay at the Pannerong Reserve on 13/14 July from 9am to 5pm. Food, entertainment, music, shopping and more..

Bastille Day La Perouse Sydney

Come and celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Day with historical re-enactments, food and drink stalls, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family being held at the La Perouse Museum and grounds. At La Perouse on 14th July from 9.30-2pm.

 

Basket of the Month

 

It is time to celebrate our top selling basket – the double handled market basket. This basket comes with short and long strap handles and is the perfect shopper for the markets. Designed to be loaded up with the vegetables, baguettes and other produce and then easily carried over the shoulder or in the hand. It come in 2 sizes. Medium or large (pictured) for all your shopping. Pop on to the Shop page to buy this or any of our great baskets.

 

Markets

  Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge markets EQ – Moore park. We are there from 8am to 2pm. Please Note: We are exceptionally away Wednesday 24th, Wednesday 31st July and Saturday 3rd August. 

 

 We are here every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. For July this is the 13th and 27th July.

 We will be there the 3rd Saturday of the month – 20th July in our usual spot on Millar Street.

 

Upcoming events for August.

We will be heading to Melbourne for Life Instyle in the lovely Royal Exhibition building. From 1st to 4th August we are once again an exhibitor in the exquisite boutique wholesale event. For more info regarding our wholesale collection please contact us. Find us at Stand 1494.

 

Have a great July.

 

 

 

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June

The winter weather has arrived and you might think that baskets are just for summer. But the baskets make great storage around the house, are useful for harvesting vegetables and are perfect to head to the market for the winter comfort food we will all be needing.

 

Basket of the Month – harvest basket

 

Our rush baskets are strong and perfect for strong fresh autumn produce.  Totally hand crafted from rushes – pictured is the medium basket. Pop on to the  shop page to see this and all other baskets.

 

 

About the baskets

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.

 

Markets for June

 Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge market EQ in the Showring from 8am to 2pm.  For our full range of baskets, St James tee shirts, our wonderful selection of French pates, duck rilles and confit, French mustards and so much more.

 

   Please note that there is NO Market Saturday 8th June (due to a event on the whole site).  We will be at the market Saturday 22nd and 29th  June with a stack of EOFY sales.  Some great baskets hugely reduced.

We are back on Saturday 15th June. With baskets, sustainable bags and some of our great table linens. From 8am to midday.

 

On for the diary

 Bastille Market –  Club Willoughby Sunday 7th July for EVERYTHING French!! More to come.

 

Merci

 

 

 

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May

Wishing every one a very happy first of May! A day to wish happiness to all.  The tradition is to bring a lovely little bouquet to your nearest and dearest. It’s one of our favourite French traditions.

We are also getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day and the place of Mothers in our lives. Whilst our great baskets are not the only for woman, they do make up the largest part of our client base. A basket is just the most perfect accessory in every womens life. From our classic baskets, round and rectangle baskets  to the blings we have got you covered.

 More French inspired fun – if you want to prepare for a French inspired Mothers Day join us at the La Belle Vie French market Sunday 5th May for all things French. Details below.

 

Basket of the Month

Silver sequins in stripes on our classic double handle basket – a fun touch of bling on a great classic basket. $65 for the month of May. See this and all our other baskets over on the shop page.

 

Markets for May

  Find us every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter from 8-2pm.  Saturday 11 May
Cambridge market is putting on a super special Mother’s Day event which we are delighted to be part of – there will Golden ticket giveaways and lots of  extra fun.

 

 We attend Carriageworks market the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Bringing baskets and full range of sustainable bags to the market. In May it is  Saturdays 11th and 25th, from 8am to 1pm.

 For May we will be at Northside on Saturday 18th from 8am to 12 midday.

 

 Join us at Taren Point school  Sunday 5th May to celebrate all things French with their now annual French school market. Food, wine, shopping, cheese, bread and so much more to share. from 9am to 3pm. This is a school fundraising event so come and enjoy.

 

Merci from 2 duck.

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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.