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Count down to the festive season!

Wow now it’s November – we have been to France and are now into the busy season! We have some many markets coming up – some with a French flavour or just good old fashioned local community events. Springs feel more like summer and this means lots of great trips to beaches, parks and pool are just around the corner. Perfect time for a new basket!

 

Basket of the Month

 One of our top selling baskets and a perfect baskets for one! https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/single-strap-basket/

Great for a trip to the shops or the market if you need a small shop for just for one trip to the beach! For this basket and the rest of our range pop onto the Our Shop page.

 

Markets in November

Find us every Wednesday and Saturday in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter  from 8am to 2pm. Exceptionally away Wednesday 20th Nov as I am going to Gundagai (sorry).

  We will be back at Carriageworks Saturday 9th and 23rd November from 8am to 1pm.

 This month we are at Northside 2nd and 16th Nov from 8am to 12pm.

 

 

Special events we are attending in November!

French market at Killarney Height School  – Sunday 10 November.

  Fun in Rose Bay Sunday 17th November 10-3pm.

Pop Up Market at Kimo Estate – Gundagai.

 

Cambridge Xmas market at EQ – The Ultimate Xmas market Sunday 24th November 10-3pm in the Showring at EQ.

 

Wahroonga Street Fair – Sunday  1st December – Wahroonga Village.

 

Something for everyone!

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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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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

 

 

 

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They have arrived at last!

We have finally unpacked the new container and have all our baskets now updated and back in stock on the My Shop page. It is so great to have all our favourites back in stock plus some new ones as well. 

Fete de l’amour

We have the perfect baskets to celebrate. Silver, gold and the red heart baskets or any of the other options.

 

Markets for February


Cambridge market EQ – we are there every Wednesday and Saturday (except weekend of 23rd February) 


Carriageworks Farmers market – find us Saturday 9th February from 8-1pm.


Northside Produce market  – we will be there Saturday 16th from 8 – midday in our usual spot.

 

We have had a few glitches with our website this week but everything is back to normal now – happy shopping!

 

Miriam

 

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Happy New Year!!

We can’t believe that it is January 2019 already.  Summer is finally here and so happy that our wait for baskets is almost over.

I had a quick swim at our local beach the other day and it was 2 duck baskets everywhere – such a great sight to see.

While we wait for the final few weeks for the container here is a sneak peek of  some of the new styles coming!!

The cute pom pom basket and a cherry basket. These two and more will be available very soon. Plus plenty of other styles and all our favourites too.

In the mean time we still have many great baskets on our site – just pop over to My Shop to see what is in stock.

Markets for January

After a little pause we are back at:

 Wednesday 16th January and will be there every Wednesday and Saturday through January.

 First market for 2019 is Saturday Jan 19th and we will be there 8am to midday.

 Carriageworks Farmer market back 19th January but our first market will be 26th January from 8-1pm.

See you at the markets and I will be shouting from the roof tops when the new baskets come in!!!!

Happy New Year

Miriam

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September and Spring!!

Once we come to September it is Spring and the perfect time to dust off your baskets for markets, picnics etc. This is a busy month for 2 duck with Spring fairs and events. Plenty of opportunities to find us some  where in your local neighbourhood.

 

Basket of the Month

Our rectangle baskets are just perfect for shopping, picnics and outings. A practical size that is not too big but easy to carry loaded up with produce. Short leather handles soft and comfy for carrying. A rectangular base that is handy as the basket stands well. See this and many more over on the Shop.

Please note: We do have a few styles out of stock ( sorry) they are arriving in early November.

 

Markets for September

 

 Cambridge Market EQ is on every Wednesday and Saturday and we will be there every day! Find us at the front of the market from 8am to 2pm.

 We are at Carriageworks Farmers market every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This month it is 8th and 22nd September from 8am to 1pm.

 

Find us at the Northside Produce market the 3rd Saturday of the month 15th September. From 8am to midday.

 

 

Events

Martin Place market – Friday 7th September in Martine Place from midday to 7pm.

A day of beautiful things – Turramurra Masonic Hall.  Thursday 13th September.  We are joining this lovely fundraiser in aid of the NSW Farmer Drought Relief.

Shore American Tea – Shore School North Sydney Friday 14th September, find us on the Chapel Lawn. 9 til 2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming events!

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.

 

2 duck trading co.

 

 

 

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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.

 

2 duck trading co