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Easter and April here we come!

The Easter break is upon us and so is the school holidays.  We are going to take a few days to do some road tripping into Victoria and hope to pop into some of our Victorian stockists on the way. The office will be closed from Tuesday 6th to Monday 12th April. All online orders will be posted when we return to the office on 12 April.

Baskets of the Month

Our reed baskets are a fun family of 3 baskets. Small, medium and large basket, all sold individually. The baskets are woven out of naturally occurring reed to make a more rigid style of basket. With handles long enough to go over the shoulder they make a perfect every day tote, office bag or hand bag.  https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/reed-baskets/

Markets

We are at Cambridge markets EQ  every Wednesday and Saturday in April, except Wednesday 7th and 14th  April.  We will be trading on Easter Saturday for any last minute French holiday treats, table linens.

 

Find us at Carriageworks Famers market on Saturdays 10th and 24th April. We are there every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

 

We will be at Le Marché-Willoughby both Saturday 11th and 25 April.      Please note: for 25th April as the market will be on ANZAC day we will begin trading at 11am until 4pm.

 

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March Autumn update

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.

As the season changes, remember, we have the fantastic St James stripy tops all over on our shop! Classic and comfy from French cotton. These gems are still made in  France and are so authentic. https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/st-james-long-sleeve-minquier-top/

 

 

Basket of the Month

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/

 

Markets

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.

 

Merci

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Vive la France! It’s July.

 

 

So many events in Sydney to celebrate the National Day of France!  We call it Bastille Day in Australia, but in France it’s the 14th July. What ever it is called we get to celebrate all things French!! Find us at these great events!

Bastille Market Australia

 

First up in the Bastille Market Australia Sunday 7th at Club Willoughby from 9am to 2pm – a real celebration of everything French with excellent food, entertainment, French shopping and much more!

Le French Rose Bay market

For a 2 day celebration of everything French in Rose Bay at the Pannerong Reserve on 13/14 July from 9am to 5pm. Food, entertainment, music, shopping and more..

Bastille Day La Perouse Sydney

Come and celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Day with historical re-enactments, food and drink stalls, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family being held at the La Perouse Museum and grounds. At La Perouse on 14th July from 9.30-2pm.

 

Basket of the Month

 

It is time to celebrate our top selling basket – the double handled market basket. This basket comes with short and long strap handles and is the perfect shopper for the markets. Designed to be loaded up with the vegetables, baguettes and other produce and then easily carried over the shoulder or in the hand. It come in 2 sizes. Medium or large (pictured) for all your shopping. Pop on to the Shop page to buy this or any of our great baskets.

 

Markets

  Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge markets EQ – Moore park. We are there from 8am to 2pm. Please Note: We are exceptionally away Wednesday 24th, Wednesday 31st July and Saturday 3rd August. 

 

 We are here every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. For July this is the 13th and 27th July.

 We will be there the 3rd Saturday of the month – 20th July in our usual spot on Millar Street.

 

Upcoming events for August.

We will be heading to Melbourne for Life Instyle in the lovely Royal Exhibition building. From 1st to 4th August we are once again an exhibitor in the exquisite boutique wholesale event. For more info regarding our wholesale collection please contact us. Find us at Stand 1494.

 

Have a great July.

 

 

 

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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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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. Probably later in December at this stage.

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.

 

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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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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