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!
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.
So much to look forward to this month. Starting off with the celebration of the French National Day – 14 July. Plastic free July and the opportunity to really make plastic bags history.
We will be celebrating this year at the Bastille Market – Sunday 8th July at Club Willoughby. This will be a lovely boutique celebration, with a great collection of French shopping stalls, French food, wine, entertainment and much more. From 9am to 2pm.
Plastic bag free July
What a great initiative and way to capitalise on the move that the large supermarkets are making towards stopping the use of single use plastic bags. We are totally committed to this at 2 duck. At our markets in addition to our range of baskets, we have introduced reusable produce bags and smaller foldable jute and cotton bags. Pop in a check out our range at the markets.
Each pack contains 5 reusable bags in a fabulous range of colours.
Basket of the Month
Our fabulous classic market basket with long red leather handles – so bright and cheerful for the middle of winter and the celebrations. See this and all our baskets on The Shop page.
Markets for July
Cambridge Market EQ Find us there every Wednesday and Saturday during July (except Wednesday 18th) under the market canopy with all our great baskets, French food and more. Join us for all the fun on 14th July as the market celebrates Bastille Day. With competitions and giveaways.
Find us at the Carriageworks Farmers market Saturday 14th and 28th July. At the Carriageworks Precinct from 8am to 1pm.
We will be in our usual spot on Miller Street on Saturday 21st July. 8am to midday. Basket and French linens old and new!
Coming up and I truely can’t believe we are nearly there!! Life Instyle Melbourne from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th August.
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.
We have arrived at December and the final month of the year!!
We still have lots of markets, some great events and one more pop up shop for the year to come. Plenty of baskets, St James teeshirts online too.
Online orders – we are posting everyday at the moment and will make every effort to get parcels out as quickly as possible.
Basket of the month
A festive change to the classic market basket with long red leather handles. A perfect beach, market and every day tote baskets with long leather handles for over the shoulder carrying. See this and many more on the baskets section of the shop.
2 duck Pop Up shop @frenchclass
After the classes are finished at frenchclass we are popping up for the last week before Christmas Monday 19th to Friday 23rd December.
For all our baskets, St James tee shirts, table linens, French vintage linen and more..
Markets for December
Moore Park Produce market every Wednesday and Saturday of December until the Xmas market on Wednesday 21st Dec. Market then re opening on Wednesday 11th January. We have a great range of French gourmet foods available at the market for the festive season and will be taking orders for foie gras, duck confit, snails. Call 0404259986 to order.
Carriageworks Farmers market
Saturday 3rd and 10th December from 8am to 1pm. For baskets only.
Carriageworks Christmas market Friday 23rd Dec from 4pm to 9pm for all the last minute Xmas shopping food, gifts, and more. We will have baskets, table linen….
Northside Produce market
We will be there Saturday 17th from 8am to midday for the final market of the year at Northside.
Wahroonga Street fair
Sunday 4th December in the Wahroonga shopping village. We are in our usual spot just on the corner of Redleaf and Railway Ave. Open from 10 to 4pm this is a fantastic annual shopping day.
Sydney Living Museum Hyde Park Barracks Christmas fair
Thursday 14th December at the Hyde Park Barracks from 4 to 8pm for foodie gifts and 2 duck wares and so much more.
Hard to Find & House and Garden Christmas market
Sunday 18th December at the Entertainment Quarter Moore Park – 10 to 5pm.
So many opportunities to shop before the holiday season.
Autumn is on it way, so are the April school holidays and of course Mothers Day.
2 duck trading has the perfect baskets to help you at the holidays and of course for every Mother.
Basket of the Month
The medium and large long handle basket are the classic in market baskets. Strong and durable with a thick leather handle and leather trim – they are prefect for everything that mothershave to do. To celebrate Mothers Day and for the month of April 2 duck trading has a fantastic special offer for these classic baskets and all our other baskets free shipping in Australia!! A saving of $15 per basket. Offer available from 1st April to 6th May. Pop over to our shopping page to get your basket now.
Our Markets for April
EQ Village market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8-2pm, in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter Moore Park. Visit us for our full range of fantastic French market baskets, St James tee shirts, gourmet French food, table linens – table cloths, napkins, placemats, runner, tea towels and more
CarriageworksFarmers market – Saturdays 9th and 23rd April for our full range of French market baskets. the market is open from 8am to 1pm.
Northside Produce market – Saturday 16th Aprilfrom 8am to midday for our full range of market baskets plusour French table linens and French vintage selection.