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.
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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.
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