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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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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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December festive update

A quick hello from 2 duck in the final days of the pre Christmas rush.

Express shipping 

We will be offering a free upgrade to express shipping until Thursday 22nd December.

Last markets for the year

Carriageworks Twilight Market Wednesday 21st Dec from 4 to 9pm.

Le Marche- Willoughby Thursday 2.30-7.30pm

Cambridge market EQ on Xmas eve,  8am to 2pm.

Markets in 2023

We will be back at:

Carriageworks Farmers market on the 21st Jan.

Cambridge markets EQ  on the 21st Jan.

 

Online shop:

Our online shop will be open right through Xmas and New Year and we will post on days that the Post offices are open.  Probably Wednesday or Thursday 28th  or 29th December and then after the New Year holidays.

 

Wholesale orders:

Need a top up of baskets. No worry! We  will be processing wholesale orders after New Year when Aramex start deliveries up again.   We will be closed for the public holidays.  Need to save up those holiday days for another trip to France later in the year.

 

We hope everyone has a joyful and happy Christmas and festive time then a restful and fun celebration of the New Year what ever it may bring.  Thanks for the continues support of 2 duck trading co and our wonderful baskets.

Merci encore

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December news.

 

Well I won’t pretend it has been an easy start to December  – didn’t plan on getting Covid to slow us down. It was such a disappointment to miss a few markets especially Wahroonga Xmas fair.  However we are on the road to recovery and will be back at the markets this coming weekend. There is still plenty of times to catch up with us until Xmas and the holiday season. For all our events and markets see the info below.

We will be posting baskets online right through the holiday season too.  If the Post office is open then, we will post.

Wholesales

For those who haven’t ordered it is not too late to do so.  We are packing orders most days and do our best to get them out as quickly as we can. Better in your shops than our warehouse.  Don’t delay though as the  delivery cut off times are coming.  If you are not on our list just drop us a line via our contact page https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Baskets of the Month

 

Got to feel a bit festive now that it is December,  and you can’t go past a cherry basket!  We have 3 sizes of cherry baskets so there is is something for everyone.  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/cherry-basket/ Pop over to the shop and check them out.  Especially for the super cute mini cherry baskets.

Markets

 

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  We are at Carriageworks on Saturday 17th December from 8am til 1 pm. As well as back  for the annual Xmas twilight market on Wednesday 21st  December.

We are attending Cambridge market EQ every Saturday til Xmas.  Find us there for baskets, St James tops, great saucisson, French linens, French gourmet treats,  hats and more.   Saturday from 8am to to 2pm.

Our last market will be Xmas Eve.  Then we taking a short break.

For the folks in the city Quays Quarter Lane Market  Custom House Quay,  will be back in December,  we will also be attending the 2nd market  on 14th December from 8am to 2pm.

Le Marche – Willoughby  This is another big month for Le Marche. We will in Willoughby for the Sunday 11th December market and for the Xmas Twilight market on the 22nd December.

 

 

 

Lots of love for the festive season 2 duck x

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Wow it’s nearly November!

Incredible, it is nearly November where has this year gone???

We are in the last few days of October so first thing to say is Happy Birthday to us at 2 duck trading co – we are 15 years old!! It was a quite a life changing moment when we took over 2 duck trading co from Chris and Tessa back in 2007 fitting in perfectly with our French inspired ethos and it has lead to amazing adventures to France and Morocco plus a wonderful time building our wee business here in Sydney. We have meet so many people, made life long friends and feel just as passionate about our wonderful market baskets as we did at the beginning.

To celebrate from today until 31st October we are offering free shipping on all baskets orders. Just pop FREE SHIPPING into the coupon section when you make your order.

November will see a return of many beloved and fabulous events sadly missed during the pandemic. Starting off the wonderful French fair at Killarney Heights school. See below for all the markets and events coming up.

Wholesales

Since the arrival of the baskets (thank goodness) we are been furiously getting out wholesale orders to all our lovely patient customers.  For those who haven’t ordered it is not too late to do so. We are packing orders most days and do our best to get them out as quickly as we can. Better in your shops than our warehouse. If you are not on our list just drop us a line via our contact page https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Baskets of the Month

What to choose for our basket of the month – it is just so brilliant to have them all back in stock.  In the end I just can’t go past our wonderful classic double handle baskets.  This is such a staple of our markets. The short and long handles makes this basket so versatile for every day use. We have missed them while we waited for the new order to arrive and they are selling like hotcakes! Pop over to the shop page for these great baskets plus many more  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/double-handle-basket/

Markets

 

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  We are at Carriageworks every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.  For November this is the 5th and 19th November. From 8am til 1 pm.

We are attending Cambridge market EQ every Saturday til Xmas.  Find us there for baskets, St James tops, great saucisson, French linens, French gourmet treats,  hats and more.   Saturday from 8am to to 2pm.

Cambridge markets  will also be holding the;

Quays Quarter Lane Market  Loftus Lane  and  we will also be attending the inaugural market on 9th November from 8am to 2pm.

Plumer Road Fair in Rose Bay is back on 20 November, Plumer Road from 10 to 4pm. A very small and select little market in the Plumer Road shopping precinct.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby  This is another big month for Le Marche. We have the regular Sunday market on Sunday 13th and 27th November at Laurelbank House in Willoughby,  plus we will have our fantastic Christmas Twilight market on Friday 18th November at the central courtyard of Macquarie Uni Campus. Plenty of space, parking for this great event.

Coming Events 

French market  Killarney Heights Public School – Sunday 6th November.

Popped Up at Kimo 

We are back at the Kimo Estate just out from Gundagai,  for this beautiful event – Popped Up at Kimo from 10-3pm. It will be a fantastic collection of beautiful small businesses and artisans showcasing their wares for a great cause. So happy to be going back to this event.

On for the diary

Wahroonga Street Fair Sunday 4th December. Back in the Wahroonga Village after 3 years!!

 

Phew I hope we are still standing after all this! Take care from 2 duck.

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August

Gosh time is racing by and we are in August already.  We are just back from the brilliant trade fair –  Life InStyle Melbourne and are eagerly awaiting our next shipment so we can send out all our lovely baskets. It was a real joy to reconnect with many of our long term clients and a bonus to meet many new ones. With so much uncertain news and talk in the retail world it was great to be seeing our supportive clients again and be doing face to face orders. We feel strongly that our baskets are an essential part of every day living and it was lovely to see this reflected in the comments from our stockists.

Baskets of the Month

 Kids baskets are a great way of getting children into basket life. It is so cute for kids to have their own baskets and mini me with their parents.  These small woven baskets are also handy for storing  food or other items around the house. Pop over to our shop for these great little baskets. https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/baby-basket-with-sisal-handles/

Wholesales

Our lace basket is back again after being  very popular last year. If you didn’t make the trade fair and still want to place an order for baskets in the lead up to new container arriving (some time in late September)  please pop on to our wholesale page and have a look at what is available and drop us an email. https://2ducktrading.com.au/wholesale-2021/

If you are not on our email list and would like to be, send us through a contact form and we will add you to the list. https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

Markets

 

  Carriageworks Farmer Markets –  From August we will be changing our days at the market and coming to Carriageworks every 1st and 3rd Saturday.  So find us both the 6th and 20th of this month for baskets.

We are attending Cambridge market EQ every Saturday in August – so find us there for baskets, St James tops, great saucisson, French linens, hats and more. We have started receiving long awaited St James tee shirt stock (finally) including some great ones for kids  in both white and blue stripes or white and red stripes.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby  this month we will be at Le Marche Sunday 14th and 28th August. For baskets, St James tops, and French linens and French fun.

 

Keep safe and well and see you at the markets soon.  2 duck

 

 

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July

Well all good things must come to an end!  Sadly our trip to France is almost over, it has been a most wonderful time reconnecting with our wonderful spot in Drôme.  Now we are getting ready to pack our bags and close up our darling wee house in France and head back to Sydney.

The good news regarding baskets, the new container is now on it’s way. We don’t have an ETA on the arrival date – probably some time in September.  We will back and be getting right back into markets and preparation for  Life Instyle Melbourne.

Wholesales

2 duck trading  will be attending Life Instyle Melbourne at the end of July. Find us at Stand 2126 in the glorious Royal Exhibition building from Thursday 28th – Sunday 31st July. Here is a sneak peak of what is coming. So cute.

 

Baskets of the Month

Even though it is the winter months, a basket is still the perfect accessory for shopping and collecting your fresh produce. The buckle basket is ideal  as a daily tote or carry all. Pop over to Our Shop page to see this and all our other baskets. https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/classic-trim-basket-with-buckle/

 

Markets

 

 We return to  Carriageworks Farmer Markets 23rd July.  Then from August we will be coming to Carriageworks every 1st and 3rd Saturday  starting Saturday 6th  August.

Find us  back at Cambridge markets EQ from Saturday 16th July.

 

Le Marche – Willoughby  –   We return Sunday 24th July to continue to celebrate Bastille day and the Fête Nationale.  Apologies we won’t be able to make the 10th July due to unforeseen circumstances.

 

See you very soon x