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October

 

Unexpectedly 2 duck trading is off to France for the first 2 weeks of October. We hadn’t planned to go this year for family and other reasons but the fates had other ideas. So you won’t find us at the markets til 17th October at EQ. Apologies for those who are looking for us or want a basket. Online shopping is unaffected.

After that it is all hands on deck as we get ready for the arrival of our new shipment ( mid November), and take part in all the markets, events up until Xmas.

 

Basket of the Month

Time to start thinking festive thoughts and what better way than with a bling star basket. Our baskets of the month!! It also comes in gold and blue stars see them all over on the shop. This is a great basket that combines our famous double handled baskets (with the short and long handles) and all the style of the bling sequin star. Perfect. Also a great alternative while we wait for the classic baskets to be back in stock.

 

Markets

 

No North Sydney or Carriageworks market in October – sorry folks.

 

  We return to Cambridge market EQ on Wednesday 17th October and will be there every Wednesday and Saturday there after from 8am to 2pm.

 

William Street Festival

We are joining forces for the William Street festival with Ian from Ian Hadlow Antique Decorative Art to take part in the festival.

We will be bringing baskets, some fun brocante, loads of vintage linen teaming up with Ian’s treasures.  Saturday 20th October. 94 William Street.

 

 

CMRI Christmas market Wagga Wagga

We can’t believe it but it is almost time to  load up the duck truck and head down to Wagga Wagga for the annual CMRI Christmas Fair.

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club Wagga Wagga.

 

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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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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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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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April update.

As I write the rain is pelting down and I am thinking of friends and stockists living and working on the East Coast – wow it is wet. This is from Sydney and I am sure it is much worse elsewhere. Seems like we have had unprecedented rains of late. This is giving new meaning to being wet ducks!!  My thoughts are with those with roofs blown off and gardens and homes in turmoil!!

We will be away for part of April visiting Cambodia but our onlines will still be processed as normal. See the dates for all our April markets below. Of course it is Easter and we will definitely be at the Burrawang Easter Fair. Rain or shine for this favourite market.

Remember too Mothers Day is coming and there isn’t anything better to get a busy Mum than a French market basket! So many options to choose from on the Our Shop page. http://2ducktrading.com.au/product-category/market-basket/

 

Basket of the Month

 

A classic basket with leather trim and long handles.  This basket is an variation on the original classic basket with leather trim as it has an extra woven rim and base for extra strength and stability.  A medium size basket with long thick comfy leather handles it is perfect for all the carrying we do!! It is on special until the end of April for the fête des mêre. 

 

Markets for April

We will be at Moore Park produce market Wednesday 5th and 26th and Saturday 1st, 8th and 29th of April. For baskets, fine French food, St James tee shirts and all our great table linens.

For Goodness SakeFair Farmers market at the Royal Randwick Racecourse Sunday 9th April.  8 am to 3pm.  With our baskets, St James Tee shirts and a selection of table linens.

 

We will be at the market only on Saturday 8th April. For baskets.

 

Burrawang Easter market

Saturday April 15th from 8am to 3pm in the main street of the historic Burrawang Village. We are in our same spot as last year just across the road from the Burrawang Pub. We will have a big piles or 2 of baskets, our great St James tee shirts and plenty of lovely linens. See you there. Check the website for all the info there are some changes for parking and traffic.

http://www.burrawangeastermarket.com  or check their Facebook page @burrawangeastermarket

 

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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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