Here is our March update. Autumn has arrived and this year is well underway!!
At this stage most of the major events that we would normally do, are not proceeding. Sadly for us there is no Burrawang market on Easter Saturday this year. Luckily our weekly markets continue to be going very well as shopper embrace the markets again. We really hope that we see you at one of the markets some time soon.
The pompom baskets are just the fun and bright tote that we need as we get ready to say good by to summer. The basket is a classic sized basket with multi coloured pompoms and long leather straps that swing easily over the shoulder. Perfect for shopping, going to the markets, those last beach days! Pop over to the shop to look at this basket or the rest of our range https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/pom-pom-basket/
We can be found at Cambridge markets EQ every Wednesday and Saturday in March. Each market day from 8am to 2pm.
We are at the Carriageworks Farmers market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month – this is 13th and 27th March. Each Saturday at the Carriageworks Precinct from 8am to 1pm.
Also find us at Le Marche Club Willoughby on Sunday’s 14th and 28th March from 8am to 1pm in Crabbes Ave Willoughby.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time to think about collecting little Easter eggs. We have something for you!! See all our small cute little baskets just perfect for little hands to collect any type of egg!!
So many options to choose from!!
All available on the Our Baskets page http://2ducktrading.com.au/product-category/market-basket/
Upcoming events – Easter Saturday market
Burrawang Easter Market – on Saturday 15th April in the streets of the delightful Burrawang village in the Southern Highlands. 2 duck will be in our traditional spot just across from the pub. With lots of baskets, St James tee shirts and great table linens.