The Easter break is upon us and so is the school holidays. We are going to take a few days to do some road tripping into Victoria and hope to pop into some of our Victorian stockists on the way. The office will be closed from Tuesday 6th to Monday 12th April. All online orders will be posted when we return to the office on 12 April.
Baskets of the Month
Our reed baskets are a fun family of 3 baskets. Small, medium and large basket, all sold individually. The baskets are woven out of naturally occurring reed to make a more rigid style of basket. With handles long enough to go over the shoulder they make a perfect every day tote, office bag or hand bag. https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/reed-baskets/
We are at Cambridge markets EQ every Wednesday and Saturday in April, except Wednesday 7th and 14th April. We will be trading on Easter Saturday for any last minute French holiday treats, table linens.
Find us at Carriageworks Famers market on Saturdays 10th and 24th April. We are there every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
We will be at Le Marché-Willoughby both Saturday 11th and 25 April. Please note: for 25th April as the market will be on ANZAC day we will begin trading at 11am until 4pm.
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.
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.