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July

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.

 

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June

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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May

In May we celebrate Mothers. At 2 duck we feel supporting Mothers is our number 1 activity!!

We have a wonderful selection of baskets that are perfect for all the pursuits of the mothers in our lives.

Please pop over to the shop and make your selection. We are running our $10 off special until Mother’s Day – 13th may.

 

Basket of the Month

 

The medium lace trim basket is my personal favourite. Featuring the fine delicate weaving to make the lace trim. It comes in 2 sizes small and medium – both with thick long comfy leather handles and the beautiful fine lace work border. See this basket and many more on the My Shop page.

 

Markets for May

 

 

 

 The Market at the Entertainment Quarter  is on every Wednesday and every Saturday and we are there from 8am to 2pm. Find us in the Showring. Please note that we are away Wednesday  23rd May for family reasons.

 

  Carriageworks Farmers Market is on every Saturday.  We can be found there on 12th and 26th May this month.

 

 

Northside Produce market is on from 8am til midday. The market is on the 1st and 3rd of every month. You can find us there on 19th May.

 

Have a great month of May.

Miriam and Martine 2 duck trading co xx

 

 

 

 

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April

Mother’s Day is coming in early May – we have the perfect Mother’s Day presents which are beautiful, practical for many Mother’s daily lives and ethical too. What better place to get a pressie for your Mum.

As the Autumn days come on us we notice we are selling more baskets for harvesting and gathering fruit and vegetables. We love hearing how you are using the baskets. So do send us your photos. We think our baskets are perfect for loads of autumn goodness. Especially the newly uploaded rush baskets – see this basket pictured plus the whole range over on the shop.

 

Basket of the Month

 Our fantastic jute basket is our feature basket and also on special for the month of April!!  Pictured is the long handle leather trim basket with the added strength and style of the jute covering.  A charming rustic delight. Also available in short handle style too. See this and all our other great baskets over on our shop page.

 

Markets in April

 EQ market at Moore Park is on every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm. Market closed ANZAC day.

 Carriageworks Farmers market is on every Saturday you can find us on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This month that is 14th and 28th April. The market is open from 8am to 1pm sharp.

 

 Northside Market is on 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month in Miller Street, North Sydney. We are there on the 3rd Saturday 21st April.  From 8am to midday.

 

Upcoming events May

 

  We are participating in the Argyle Affair – a curated shopping event in Camden. Every day from 9-3pm.

 

All the best from 2 duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

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October

We have landed back in Sydney in time for a few markets at the end of the month and of course our new shipment of baskets!!

Our birthday!!

It is also 10 years since we took over 2 duck trading co and we are so delighted to celebrate with all our new baskets!! Here is a sneak peak of our new full bling baskets in gold and bronze!!

 

 

Moore Park Foodies Market

Wednesday 25th and Saturday 28th: in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter from 8-2pm.

 

CMRI Wagga Wagga Christmas Fair

We love coming down to Wagga Wagga for this lovely fair. We will bring down a great selection of baskets, table linens, St James tee shirts, crochets hats and more to be part of this fabulous 2 days event at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club on Friday and Saturday 27th and 28th October.

 

New Shipment

Any day now we will have the final clearance of the new shipment of baskets to bring to you. Once they are in stock we will be updating our website so keep an eye out for them

 

Markets in November

Coming up we have the fantastic:

FANS French market at Killarney Height on Sunday 5 November  – celebrating all things French!!

 

Iris Country Fair:  Saturday 18th November Frensham School Mittagong

Italian Street Festival: Sunday 19th November Glenmore Road @ the Intersection.

 

See you at the markets

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September

Spring and don’t we love it!!  While we wait for our new shipment of baskets to arrive  we still have plenty of great baskets to enjoy getting out in the spring conditions.  All our rectangle baskets are great for picnics and our classic baskets just swing over the shoulder and away you go!!

We are lucky enough to be off to France at the end of September for a month. More work on our little country house, some sourcing of product and a bit of holiday. We are back 22nd October. Our online sales and wholesales will be continuing as normal with a little help from our friends.

 

Basket of the Month

Large double handle basket – one of our favourite classic baskets.  This and all our others over on the My Shop page.

 

 

Markets

We are in the season of spring fairs and special events – here is what is coming up this month!

Shore American Tea: Friday 8 September 8-2pm at Shore School North Sydney

Sydney Grammar Prep Family Fun Day:  Saturday 9th September 1.30-5

Wenona Fair Day: Saturday 16th September, 10 -3pm, Wenona School North Sydney

Cambridge Market  Sunday 17th  Watson Bay.

 

Regular markets: 

Moore Park Foodies market: every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter until Wednesday 20 September.

Carriageworks Farmer Market: Saturday  9th September 8-1pm At the Carriagework Precinct.

 

Away in France from 22nd Sept to 22nd October.  Back on deck 23rd October. Just in time to head down to Wagga Wagga for the annual CMRI Christmas fair 27th and 28th October.

 

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Off to France

Time for our annual pilgrimage to France.  This little house needs some more love and attention. We are back from France mid July but all our online sales are still operational in our absence. We will be collecting more vintage linen and checking out all the latest trends. Follow us on Instagram for our adventures.

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Basket of the Month

Our most classic and iconic basket – the double handle market basket. Equipped with short and long leather strap handles this basket is perfect for everything! It is our most popular basket! We love it. Strong, durable, made for carrying loads of shopping this is the one you see everywhere in France. Loaded with baguettes, flowers and veggies and more. A real worker. See this basket and all the others on our shopping page.

 

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Markets in June

Moore Park Produce Market (formerly EQ Village markets) @ the Entertainment Quarter Moore Park – Saturday 4th June 8-2pm.

Carriageworks Farmers market Saturday 4th June 8am -1pm.

 

July

Moore Park Produce Market @ Entertainment Quarter from 20th July – every Wednesday and Saturday 8-2pm.

Carriageworks Farmers Market – Saturday 23rd July 8-1pm

Back to Newington Day – Newington School Saturday 30th July 8.30-4.pm in the Centenary Hall.

 

See you when we are back from France.

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May

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Every where in France in May is the mois du Muguet – the festival of the Lily of the Valley. It heralds the beginning of spring and is one of my favourite traditions in France – everyone gives you a bouquet of muguet as gift of good luck. We will be in France from mid June for a few weeks and and so look forward to getting back in touch with these charming traditions.

Free shipping  – reminder that our offer of free shipping on baskets goes until this Friday 6th May.

Website – we are continuing our revamp of the website and will be bringing more products – the St James tee shirts and our lovely linens. Keep checking back to see what is new.

Basket of the Month

Rustic rectangles

The rectangle baskets in rustic weave our one of our most popular styles and an on going favourite. Woven in the rustic weave from the dwarf palm tree leaf they are strong, durable and so practical. With short thick comfortable handles they are perfect for every type of carrying – shopping and more. Pop on to the buy a basket page  for these baskets and many more.

 

Markets for May

EQ Village market under the canopy @ the Entertainment Quarter Moore Park – every Wednesday and Saturday in May (except Saturday 28th May) from 8am to 2pm.

Carriageworks Carriageworks Farmers market @ the Carriageworks Precinct  Wilson Street Darlington Saturday 7th, 14th May and 4th June from 8am to 1pm. For our 2 duck baskets only.

Northside marketsNorthside Produce Market on Miller Street  Saturday 21st May from 8am to midday.  this fantastic market is going twice a month. Due to existing commitment we will continue on the 3rd Saturday of the month for the time being. But please support this great market this coming Saturday 7th May!!.

Ascham Tennis and family Fun day  @ Ascham School Saturday 22nd May

 

Muguet 3 a little more – good wishes can never hurt!!

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March

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2 duck for March

After the busyness of February and the trade fair we are back to our markets and planning for events and preparing for our next shipment.

Basket of the Month

Rustic Long handled basket

The baskets with leather trim and thick comfy handles are amongst the strongest and most durable in our range. This basket adds rustic charm to the classic style. Woven in the rarer dwarf palm tree leaf it has a rougher and more raw look. Made in the western part of Morocco nearer the coast it reflects the traditions of that area. This and all our baskets available on the buy basket online page – buy baskets

 

Markets for March

EQ

Every Wednesday and Saturday at the Entertainment Quarter market, Moore Park from 8-2pm. Please note we are away exceptionally Saturday 12th and 26th March. For baskets,  table linens, woven hats, coated table cloths, St James tee shirts and more.

Carriageworks

Saturday 5th March from 8 – 1pm for our full range of baskets.

Markets

Northside Produce Market on Miller  – Saturday 19th March from 8- midday, for baskets, French linens and more.

Burrawang Easter fair 

Easter Saturday – 26th March in the main street of Burrawang – Southern Highlands for a full street fair. 2 duck is in our usual spot just across from the iconic Burrawang Hotel. See you there!!

The market tales

Unfortunately due to some difficulties between the local community and Marrickville Council this event has been postponed!! Until later in the year. Such a shame as we visited the Precinct and thought it would be fantastic.

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