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November at 2 duck.

Apologies for a late market update! We have been busy and not in the office enough! As we hurtle toward the end of the year there will lots of opportunities to find us in a suburb near you! Yesterday we had a brilliant time at the French market at Killarney Heights primary school.

The Bad News – at this stage we do not have an arrival time for our new shipment. We have been struck by on going production delays and a transport strike this year, which has slowed everything down. We will keep you posted as soon as we know something. In the mean time we still do have stock of lots of great baskets so do pop over to the My Shop page and see what takes your fancy.

 

Basket of the Month

One of our favourites – the buckle basket with leather trim and long comfy handles. A classic basket with the addition of a buckle for additional security and long (70cms)  thick leather handles that swing easily onto the shoulder for easy trips to the beach or the market.

 

Markets for November

 Cambridge Market EQ is on in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. We are there every Wednesday and Saturday 8am to 2pm.

 2 duck trading co will be Carriageworks Farmers Market Saturday 10th and 24th November from 8am to 1pm.  For baskets and sustainable bags only. Some sale baskets as we clear space for the new stock for whenever it will arrive.

 

  You can find us the 3rd Saturday of the month – 17th November from 8am to midday with all our baskets, linens and sustainable bags.

 

Special events

 

Ravenswood Parents Christmas  lunch 16th November, Pymble Golf Course

Plumer Road Village Fair Sunday 18th November from 10 – 3pm – Plumer Road Rose Bay.

Popped Up at Kimo Estate – Shopping day Gundagai 22nd November 10 – 3pm. Raising money for Cystic Fibrosis.

 

Coming up in December

Wahroonga Street Fair Sunday 2nd December 9.00-3.00pm in the main Wahroonga Village.

 

All the best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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.

 

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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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August

As plastic bag free July draws to a close how wonderful to see some movement from our large supermarket chains regarding single use plastic bags. I can’t believe it has taken so long!!

I lived in France in the 90’s and single use plastic bags had been phased out many years before, so that a visit to the hypermarche saw shoppers arriving with their baskets and a collection of reusable bags to do their large shop. Of course the use of baskets is very common at the markets and in many village and towns across France. We need to do the same here in Australia!  At 2 duck we are doing our bit!! Our baskets are very strong and do last – so you can shop at the super market or farmers market and carry all your shopping. You may need 2 baskets to fit it in!!   Make the change if you haven’t already and get a basket. Use it, help stop the use of unnecessary plastic.

 

Basket of the Month

 

 Stylish, strong and covered in a layer of jute – with long thick leather handles and leather trim – this basket is great. Perfect for a shopping. Fabulous rustic style!

 

Life Instyle Melbourne

We are exhibiting this year in the Royal Exhibition Building Carlton at the August top boutique trade event. We can be found at Stand 1554 – in a very similar spot to last year. We will be featuring our new range of baskets but will have our classics on show too.  The event is every day from Thursday 3rd to Sunday  6th August. For all our  wonderful stockists pop in and say hello and see the baskets.

 

Markets for August

 

  As we are in Melbourne we be back at the market from 9th August – every Wednesday and Saturday there after. From 9-2pm in the Show ring at the Entertainment Quarter Moore Park.

  2 duck with be in attendance at the Carriageworks Farmers market  12th and 26th August  from 8 to 1pm.

 

A day of beautiful Things

Club Rose Bay –  Thursday 10 August from 10 – 3pm. Join me and a small  collection of beautiful retailers with our wonderful wares. Find us just past the Lynne Park tennis on the corner of New South Head rd and Vickery Ave.

 

Rose Bay Farmer Market

15 August in Pannerong Park Rose Bay for this lovely market. From 8 til 2 pm.

 

  2 duck will be at Northside Produce market the 19th August. From 8 til Midday. Millar Street North Sydney.

 

Ascham Tennis Day Sunday 20th August – at Ascham school from 11 am until 4pm. School fete day and fair.

Loreto Kiribili Spring Fair Sunday 27th August – at Loreto School, Kiribili from 10 to 4 pm.

 

 

See you at the markets

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