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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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April and Autumn

With autumn on it way, baskets just are perfect for foliage, harvesting and storing fruit and vegetables.  This is one of  our wonderful open weave baskets seen in Cedar Cicada Mudgee  looking beautiful – merci Lucy. Find this basket and many more over on the shop page https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/leather-trim-open-weave-rectangle-large/

We have a busy month ahead with many of our favourite weekly and annual markets. The highlight is the annual Burrawang Easter market which is alway a fantastic day for 2 duck trading. Burrawang is such a picturesque little village in the Southern highlands and we enjoy the fun of fair.

 

Wholesales

We have been really busy with wholesales in the last few week as everyone prepares for Easter and Mother Day. For all the info just email us on info@2ducktrading.com.au

 

Cute little baskets for Easter

We have these at the markets!

 

Sustainable shopping

As well as the baskets we have a great selection of sustainable jute bags and produce bags. Pop over to our Say No to Plastic Bags shop and make your selection.

 

Markets for April

Cambridge markets EQ on every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. Open from 8 am to 2pm this is the perfect destination for fruit and vegetables, flowers, great bread and much more. We are there every through the month. Away Saturday 20th April. For market baskets, linens, raffia hats and fine French food.

 

 Find us at the Carriageworks in April on Saturdays 13th and 27th from 8am to 1p. For baskets and sustainable bags.

 On every 1st and 3rd Saturday on Miller Street North Sydney find us in April on Saturday 6th April for the market and Sustainable Future. From 8am to midday.

https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/39/CLS108660/markets/a-sustainable-future-northside-produce-market

 

 

Events

Sunday 7th April: Cambridge Markets Sydney:  Cronulla Easter market 10-4pm Don Lucas reserve Wanda Beach.

 

Burrawang Easter market Saturday 20th April Easter Saturday in the main street of the Burrawang Village. From 9am to 4pm. Such a lovely day in the Highlands.

 

Love from 2 duck

 

 

 

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March

It has been so great getting all the baskets out to everybody who so patiently waited!!

Now as we turn to Autumn and seasonal produce it is wonderful to see baskets of fruit and veggies full to the brim at all our famers markets. How about this beauty full of flowers too! Just had to share it from @lilyandco.

 

Basket of the Month

Trim baskets

These are such classic and favourite baskets. The medium and large leather trim basket with long thick comfy handles. Perfect for around the house, garden, shopping at the market or going to the beach. Find them and all our wonderful baskets over on the https://2ducktrading.com.au/shop page.

 

Market for March

 Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge market EQ in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. From 8-2pm.

 

 For March we will be at Carriageworks Saturdays 2nd, 9th and 23rd from 8-1pm. One extra one making up for being away in February.

 

 Our Northside day will be 16th March from 8am to midday. Loads of baskets, linens, sustainable bags and more..

Coming up!

 

Loads of French fun for all.  Bastille market Australia is having a En Provence market Sunday 17th March from 9 til 2pm.

 

Well that is is from us at 2 duck – see you at a market some where!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!!

We can’t believe that it is January 2019 already.  Summer is finally here and so happy that our wait for baskets is almost over.

I had a quick swim at our local beach the other day and it was 2 duck baskets everywhere – such a great sight to see.

While we wait for the final few weeks for the container here is a sneak peek of  some of the new styles coming!!

The cute pom pom basket and a cherry basket. These two and more will be available very soon. Plus plenty of other styles and all our favourites too.

In the mean time we still have many great baskets on our site – just pop over to My Shop to see what is in stock.

Markets for January

After a little pause we are back at:

 Wednesday 16th January and will be there every Wednesday and Saturday through January.

 First market for 2019 is Saturday Jan 19th and we will be there 8am to midday.

 Carriageworks Farmer market back 19th January but our first market will be 26th January from 8-1pm.

See you at the markets and I will be shouting from the roof tops when the new baskets come in!!!!

Happy New Year

Miriam

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Tis the season to be jolly!

December is almost upon us, there are plenty of Christmas and festive markets and events ahead. We are having our 2 duck pop up shop from 21st December. Our best Christmas present this year will be the arrival of our baskets towards the end of December – a bit late but at least they are on their way. We can’t wait to have all our favourite back in stock plus some new ones!

 

 

Basket of the Month

 While we wait for the new shipment it is fun to have some cheery baskets to lighten the mood. A love heart basket is just the thing. Long red leather handles and 3 appliquéd leather hearts  on a classic market basket. See this and our other baskets on the My Shop page.

 

 

Markets and Event for December

 Cambridge Market EQ are on every Wednesday and Saturday til 22nd December. Every day 8am to 2pm.

The Super duper Christmas market is the 15th December and will be trading exceptionally from 8am to 5pm. With lots of extra stalls and an additional Christmassy vibe it is one for the diary. We have plenty of essential French Christmas products  coming in – great foie gras, saucisson, pates, duck confit and more. If you need any special products for the festive season please let us know and we can do our best to order them in.

 

  We are at the Carriageworks Farmers market  for the 8th and 22nd December. From 8am to 1pm. The 22nd Dec is the all out Christmas market and 2 duck will be in a different position than normal, in the central section but we will be there!!  With lots of baskets and some of our our great linens and additional stocking stuffers.

 Find us at the Northside Produce market Saturday 15th December from 8am to midday. With baskets, great table linens and more everything for the Christmas preparation.

 

   Wahroonga Street Festival – Sunday 2nd December 9-4pm.  One of our favourite annual fairs we will have loads of baskets, table lines, St James Tee shirts, and Raffia hats. See you there.

 

  Christmas Fare @ Hyde Park Barracks  Thursday 13th December  from 4-9pm. For a central city food orientated Christmas fare, pop up bar and great food.

 

 2 duck Pop up Shop – once we are popping up at frenchclass in Paddington from Friday 21st December to Monday 24th December. From 10.30-5.30 each day.

 

Merci 2 duck x

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November at 2 duck.

Apologies for a late market update! We have been busy and not in the office enough! As we hurtle toward the end of the year there will lots of opportunities to find us in a suburb near you! Yesterday we had a brilliant time at the French market at Killarney Heights primary school.

The Bad News – at this stage we do not have an arrival time for our new shipment. We have been struck by on going production delays and a transport strike this year, which has slowed everything down. We will keep you posted as soon as we know something. Probably later in December at this stage.

In the mean time we still do have stock of lots of great baskets so do pop over to the My Shop page and see what takes your fancy.

 

Basket of the Month

One of our favourites – the buckle basket with leather trim and long comfy handles. A classic basket with the addition of a buckle for additional security and long (70cms)  thick leather handles that swing easily onto the shoulder for easy trips to the beach or the market.

 

Markets for November

 Cambridge Market EQ is on in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. We are there every Wednesday and Saturday 8am to 2pm.

 2 duck trading co will be Carriageworks Farmers Market Saturday 10th and 24th November from 8am to 1pm.  For baskets and sustainable bags only. Some sale baskets as we clear space for the new stock for whenever it will arrive.

 

  You can find us the 3rd Saturday of the month – 17th November from 8am to midday with all our baskets, linens and sustainable bags.

 

Special events

 

Ravenswood Parents Christmas  lunch 16th November, Pymble Golf Course

Plumer Road Village Fair Sunday 18th November from 10 – 3pm – Plumer Road Rose Bay.

Popped Up at Kimo Estate – Shopping day Gundagai 22nd November 10 – 3pm. Raising money for Cystic Fibrosis.

 

Coming up in December

Wahroonga Street Fair Sunday 2nd December 9.00-3.00pm in the main Wahroonga Village.

 

All the best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

2 duck trading co

 

 

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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.

 

All the best from 2 duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October

We have landed back in Sydney in time for a few markets at the end of the month and of course our new shipment of baskets!!

Our birthday!!

It is also 10 years since we took over 2 duck trading co and we are so delighted to celebrate with all our new baskets!! Here is a sneak peak of our new full bling baskets in gold and bronze!!

 

 

Moore Park Foodies Market

Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th: in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter from 8-2pm.

 

CMRI Wagga Wagga Christmas Fair

We love coming down to Wagga Wagga for this lovely fair. We will bring down a great selection of baskets, table linens, St James tee shirts, crochets hats and more to be part of this fabulous 2 days event at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday and Saturday 27th and 28th October.

 

New Shipment

Any day now we will have the final clearance of the new shipment of baskets to bring to you. Once they are in stock we will be updating our website so keep an eye out for them

 

Markets in November

Coming up we have the fantastic:

FANS French market at Killarney Height on Sunday 5 November  – celebrating all things French!!

 

Iris Country Fair:  Saturday 18th November Frensham School Mittagong

Italian Street Festival: Sunday 19th November Glenmore Road @ the Intersection.

 

See you at the markets

2 duck