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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.

 

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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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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

 

Keep dry.

Miriam

 

 

 

 

 

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Autumn is coming!

Wow after such a full on summer it is lovely to have some relief from the heat. Perfect for our wonderful St James tops.

Made in France from lovely light weight cotton they perfect for the coming demi season. We have several styles;  the 3/4 sleeve Galathee style specially for woman in white and navy or white with red stripes. Or the long sleeve unisex style Minquier. We also have a range for kids in the long sleeve  Minquier style. So French!! So perfect.

 

kids minquier Galathee n/m

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Basket of the Month

Rustic Long handled basket As the weather turns rustic so too do our lovely baskets. This is a beauty – made of  leaves of the dwarf palm tree and woven in a rustic style. This basket has a larger woven oval base and leather trim and long leather handles and a greener look to the palm leaf.  You can find this rustic style in this classic shape and also our rustic rectangle baskets. Visit our shop for this basket and more..

 

Markets for March

MPPM

Moore Park Produce market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8am to 2pm in the Showring

Carriageworks

We are now at the  the  2nd and 4th Saturday‘s of the month. 11th and 25th March at the Carriageworks Precinct from 8am to 1pm.

Northside markets

2 duck will be at Northside Produce market Saturday 18th March from 8am to midday.

 

New Market!!!!

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For Goodness Sake Fair Farmers market at Royal Randwick Racecourse. It’s on every Sunday from 8 -3 pm.  Starting Sunday 19th March.

2 duck is joining and we will be there Sunday 19th and 26th March.

 

Bye and see you at the markets. 2 duck

2 duck tea towels

 

 

 

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Holiday time!!

We love January – it is time to take a break, head to the beach with a basket (of course) and catch up on all the admin and stock taking that we couldn’t do before Christmas.

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We will be back at the markets later in January so if you want a basket our online shop is the way to go!!  Also a reminder that we have our fantastic St James tee shirts available on line. The 3/4 sleeve  galathee top is perfect for summer evenings. Made of amazing light cotton they are wear so well. Available in white and red stripes too.

Galathee n/m

 

Basket of the month

 

TD001 Basket Photography 1 Voila our lovely short handle classic basket! Perfect for everything – the beach, shopping, picnics.  A medium sized basket with a thick, comfy short leather handle. This one and more is available over on the My Shop page.

 

Markets for January

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We start back on Wednesday 25th January – just in time to pick up some gourmandise before Australia Day.

 

Carriageworks

Our first Saturday back is 28th January.  From 8am to 1pm – Wilson street Darlington. We have a new market cycle this year @ Carriageworks we will be there every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

 

Happy New Year to all

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April

Autumn is on it way, so are the April school holidays and of course Mothers Day.

2 duck trading has the perfect baskets to help you at the holidays and of course for every Mother.

 

Basket of the Month

Classics
Classics

The medium and large long handle basket are the classic in market baskets. Strong and durable with a thick leather handle and leather trim – they are prefect for everything that mothers have to do.  To celebrate Mothers Day and for the month of April 2 duck trading has a fantastic special offer for these classic baskets  and all our other baskets free shipping in Australia!!  A saving of $15 per basket.  Offer available  from 1st April to 6th May. Pop over to our shopping page to get your basket now.

 

Our Markets for April

EQ Village market every Wednesday and Saturday from 8-2pm, in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter  Moore Park.  Visit us  for our full range of fantastic French market baskets, St James tee shirts, gourmet French food, table linens – table cloths, napkins, placemats, runner, tea towels and more

St James top

Carriageworks Farmers market – Saturdays 9th and 23rd April for our full range of French market baskets. the market is open from 8am to 1pm.

Northside Produce market – Saturday 16th April from 8am to midday for our full range of market baskets plus our French table linens and French vintage selection.

 

See you soon.

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