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June at 2 duck

 

As our lives gradually come back to normal and we come out of isolation, we continue to have our range of French market baskets and lovely table linens to be available online and by appointment at  frenchclass in Glenmore Road Paddington.   Just call 0404259986 to make an appointment.

Winter is upon us  and while we don’t always think of market baskets in the cooler weather we can use them every day for some many different things. For those lucky enough to have a fire place many of the baskets can be perfect for your kindling or logs.  Otherwise they make lovely everyday hand bag like our beautiful round basket of the month below.

Basket of the Month 

This round basket really brings back our visits to Morocco and scouring the Medina looking at all the wares. We can’t wait to get back to Morocco but toting the round basket gives us that holiday feeling. It has a short handle  and plenty of space to pop your shopping.

https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/round-rustic-basket/

 

Markets

Update on the markets:The markets have started back up at Cambridge market EQ Moore Park –  on Wednesday and Saturday. At this stage it is mostly food – vegetable, meat, bread, flowers!  For more info please check the Bastille markets  facebook page to keep up to date –  https://www.facebook.com/cambridgemarketssydney

Northside Produce market starts back 6th June. For more info https://www.facebook.com/NorthsideProduceMarket

As yet there is no news  on the restart of Carriageworks Farmers market.

 

One for the calendar!

In July Sydney would normally be busy, with plenty of events, for the celebration  French national day – 14th July!   The Bastille Market Australia  at Club Willoughby is still planning to go ahead on Sunday 12 July.  They are planning a full celebration of everything French – food, shopping, wine  and more.   If public gatherings are unable to proceed at this time, they have back up date in September if the market can’t take place. For all the info  https://www.facebook.com/Bastille-Market-Australia-237692973632277

 

Take care and keep safe.

2 duck trading co

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May days & Pop Up shop

Hi all

How are you going with the lockdown times?

The 1st of May is one of my favourite French traditions Fete des Muguets. Everywhere we go in France we find people selling bunch of “lily of the valley”. Perfect with a basket.  I know I have posted this photo before but it is my favourite and we need favourites at this time. They bring good luck!!

As social distancing restriction are in place there are still no reputable markets operating at the moment. More news coming.

Express Post offer: With Mothers day fast approaching I am upgrading all my online orders to express post. Things have been pretty haywire with the post in these past few weeks so if you need an urgent gift we will do our best!

 

 

Basket of the Month

We are offering our wonderful red heart basket on special for Mothers Day https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/heart-basket/

 

Pop Up shop for Mother’s Day

We are having a small pop up shop for baskets, linen and St James tops in Paddington. Find us at frenchclass 32 Glenmore Road.

We are open by appointment Wednesday and Thursday, then all day Friday and Saturday. To make an appointment call 0404259986.

 

Markets:

As most of the market are still closed many of my markets are operating virtual shopping platforms.

Cambridge markets: https://cambridgemarkets.com.au  Cambridge market is planning on reopening for the  limited food/ essentials  only trade from 13th May then every Friday and Saturday thereafter.

Carriageworks Farmers markethttps://carriageworks.com.au/journal/carriageworks-farmers-market-online-ordering-directory/

Northside Produce market: https://www.northsydneycentre.com.au/courses/master/2113/northside-produce-virtual-market

 

Stay safe and well xx

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March for harvesting with your market basket!

 

This is truely the perfect time for a French market basket. It can be a harvest basket,  a shopping basket for all the wonderful produce, a going to the market basket or collecting flowers basket.

We are already in March and the beginning of Autumn – isn’t it amazing how time flies.  This is now the best time to use your French market basket from 2 duck to gather your autumnal abondance.

A beautiful bucket of roses collected from May Farms Flowers at  Cambridge markets EQ.  The perfect market buy.

 

In addition to our market baskets we also offered a range of sustainable produce bags and other reusable shopping bags to use alongside your market baskets.  It is a simple but practical step to take to cut out those unnecessary plastic bags by having some products bags in your basket.  See these over on My Shop  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product-category/sustainable-bags/

 

Basket of the Month

 One of our most enduring and classic market baskets  – the thick short handle basket is a shopping essential.  With an extra strong woven base and a doubled woven rim this is a sturdy market shopper. The short thick leather handle is so comfy for carrying a market or harvest load.  Feel like a real French market shopper!

See this and all our baskets on the My Shop page – https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/classic-market-basket-with-short-handles/

 

Markets for March

Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge markets EQ in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. All set up and ready to go from  8am until 2pm.

 This month we will be at Carriageworks Famers market on Saturdays 14th only From 8am to 1pm.

 

 

 

Merci

2 duck trading co

 

 

 

 

 

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February

Back to school mode is here and slowly our year moves into the normal work a day life. We have the perfect tote for you!

Basket of the Month

 Here is our beautiful rustic weave basket with leather trim and long comfy handles. A large basket with the narrow oval base it is the perfect carry all. The right basket for the shops, beach market or for every day use.

See this on our shop page https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/rustic-weave-trim-basket/

 

Markets

We are having a slow start to markets due to family matters we should be on track by February 15th!

Cambridge market EQ:  we will be back from Saturday 15th onwards.And then every Wednesday and Saturday there after.

Carriageworks Farmers market:  Find us there  8th February and 22nd Feb. From 8am to 1pm.

 

Merci

2 duck xx

 

 

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January

We are slowly getting the year underway here at 2 duck, very difficult not to be glued to the news outlets watching the awful devastation unfold on our beloved south coast. The scene of so many wonderful holidays. Bon courage to everyone facing so much devastation.

 

Our online sales are all open but we are not back to the markets just yet.

 

Basket of the Month

 The fun palm handle large oval basket – cute summer tote! Perfect for summer days.  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/oval-baskets-with-palm-handle/

See this basket and everything else over on  the My Shop page.

 

Markets for January

  We will be back at Carriageworks Farmers market on Saturday 11th January and plan a monster 2nds sale! We will also be there Saturday 25th January.

 

First Cambridge market EQ will be Saturday 18th January  then we will be there every Saturday til February.

 

Merci

2 duck

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Off to France!

Here is our little update for September and October.

We are lucky enough to have a trip to France mid September to mid October this year so please find all the details of our markets before we go and after we return.

If you want to catch up on our travels remember to follow 2 duck on Instagram @2ducktradingco  for our latest adventures.

 

 

Basket of the Month 

We have a fantastic range of  these basket/ tote bags. This one is the medium oval rustic palm leaf basket with a short sisal handle. Perfect for a day out, trip to the beach or popping to the farmers market.  See this and the other round and oval styles on the Shop page.

 

 

Markets

September and October

 Find us at Cambridge market EQ – 4th, 7th, 11th and 14th September.  We return the 23rd October every Wednesday and Saturday there after.

 Our only time at the market in September is the 7th. We return 9th November.

 We will not be at Northside Produce market at all in September or October back on 2nd  November. Apologies.

 

Upcoming Events

American Tea at Shore school – Friday 13th September – 9-2pm. Find us on the Chapel Lawn.

Spring Fair at Wenona School – Saturday 14th September – 9-3pm. We will be in the Undercroft area.

William Street festival  – Saturday 19th October William Street, Paddington.

CMRI  Christmas fair Wagga Wagga – 25th and 26th October at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

 

 

All the best

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August

August is here and Spring almost around the corner. We are just back from our annual trip to Melbourne and the Life Instyle trade show. Another great fair completed.

Coming up this month is the start of the Spring fair season we have a few great events. We are looking forward to a trip to France in Sept/October too.

Once again the baskets were so well received at the Melbourne trade fair.  It is alway so wonderful to think that they will be off around the country spreading their magic. With so many alternative carrying bags on the market I am heartened that people are still returning to our great baskets.  They are truely made in a sustainable way and by traditional artisans. So much of what is available now is not – masquerading as eco friendly but in fact not made from sustainable materials and or genuinely handmade.

 

Basket of the Month

 One of our newer baskets and a great tote for the market, school sport or soon enough the beach – our Reinforced Single Strap basket.  With a simple long strap handle  that swings easily onto the shoulder, strengthened by additional reinforcing,  this large basket is a perfect everyday carry all.  In addition this basket has a woven base for additional support so it stands very well.  Pop onto The Shop page for this and all our baskets.

 

Markets for August

 Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge markets EQ in the Showring. For all our great French gourmet foods, baskets, table linens and wonderful Made in Mada hats and St James tee shirts. Open from 8am to 2pm.

 

  We will be at the market the 10 and 24th August.  For all our baskets and sustainable bags. Open from 8am to 1pm.

 

 For the moth of August we can be found at the  North Sydney market  17th August. From 8am to midday.

 

Spring fairs

Sunday 25th August we are joining SCEGGS Darlinghurst for the Fabulous Green Festival on Forbes school event.  Open from 10 to 3pm Forbes Street Darlinghurst.

Friday 13th September – American Tea at Shore School. 9-2pm

Saturday 14th September – Wenona Spring Spring fair at Wenona School.

 

Merci

2 duck xx

 

 

 

 

 

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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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May

Wishing every one a very happy first of May! A day to wish happiness to all.  The tradition is to bring a lovely little bouquet to your nearest and dearest. It’s one of our favourite French traditions.

We are also getting ready to celebrate Mother’s Day and the place of Mothers in our lives. Whilst our great baskets are not the only for woman, they do make up the largest part of our client base. A basket is just the most perfect accessory in every womens life. From our classic baskets, round and rectangle baskets  to the blings we have got you covered.

 More French inspired fun – if you want to prepare for a French inspired Mothers Day join us at the La Belle Vie French market Sunday 5th May for all things French. Details below.

 

Basket of the Month

Silver sequins in stripes on our classic double handle basket – a fun touch of bling on a great classic basket. $65 for the month of May. See this and all our other baskets over on the shop page.

 

Markets for May

  Find us every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter from 8-2pm.  Saturday 11 May
Cambridge market is putting on a super special Mother’s Day event which we are delighted to be part of – there will Golden ticket giveaways and lots of  extra fun.

 

 We attend Carriageworks market the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Bringing baskets and full range of sustainable bags to the market. In May it is  Saturdays 11th and 25th, from 8am to 1pm.

 For May we will be at Northside on Saturday 18th from 8am to 12 midday.

 

 Join us at Taren Point school  Sunday 5th May to celebrate all things French with their now annual French school market. Food, wine, shopping, cheese, bread and so much more to share. from 9am to 3pm. This is a school fundraising event so come and enjoy.

 

Merci from 2 duck.

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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