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September heralds Spring!

We love Spring at 2 duck,  it is perfect for baskets and the promise of warm weather,  picnics, and all the things that baskets are meant for.

These days the outdoors is extra special. It is lovely to be out and about after being cooped up more than normal due to Covid 19.

New Shipment

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that by early October, we will have our full range of baskets back in stock.  We really miss our classic baskets when they sell out. Due to the strangeness of the year we have concentrated our order on the very popular and classic styles. There will be plenty of our wonderful double handled baskets and the classic baskets with and without leather trim. We also welcome back our trim basket with the leather buckle too.  Always a popular style.

We are thrilled to have an excellent stock of the fabulous baskets with the cherries too.

At this stage the shipment is due around the 6th October  so we should have it through customs and quarantine with in a week.  As soon as we are certain of the date we will update the website and let the shopping commence.

So until they arrive, it is business as usual for us and markets on Saturday!

For wholesales please contact us for the code to look at the collection: https://2ducktrading.com.au/contact-2duck/

 

Basket of the Month

Our single strap basket is beautiful size, at just a little smaller than our classic medium styles.  They are great for carrying shopping for just one or two people.  Coming with long leather strap handles, it swings easily over the shoulder as you head to the beach, the market or a picnic. This basket has an additional woven base to assist with stability, which makes it able to stand on its own when put down. A perfect everyday basket!  Find this basket and others on the website: https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/single-strap-basket/

 

Markets    Find us every Saturday at the Cambridge market EQ in Showring from 8am to 2pm.

We will be at Carriageworks Farmers market on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of September – Saturdays 12th and 26th Sept, from 8am to 1pm.

 

Le Marche Willoughby is a new produce market starting Sunday 13th September. It has a special accent on all things French plus plenty of local produce.  It will run the 2nd and 4th Saturday every month. Located in the carpark at  Club Willoughby – Crabbes Ave,  from 8am to 1pm.

 

À tres bientôt from 2 duck.

 

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June at 2 duck

 

As our lives gradually come back to normal and we come out of isolation, we continue to have our range of French market baskets and lovely table linens to be available online and by appointment at  frenchclass in Glenmore Road Paddington until late June.   Just call 0404259986 to make an appointment. We are here onsite so it is easy to meet you should you require a basket or St James teeshirt.

Winter is upon us  and while we don’t always think of market baskets in the cooler weather we can use them every day for some many different things. For those lucky enough to have a fire place many of the baskets can be perfect for your kindling or logs.  Otherwise they make lovely everyday hand bag like our beautiful round basket of the month below.

Basket of the Month 

This round basket really brings back our visits to Morocco and scouring the Medina looking at all the wares. We can’t wait to get back to Morocco but toting the round basket gives us that holiday feeling. It has a short handle  and plenty of space to pop your shopping.

https://2ducktrading.com.au/product/round-rustic-basket/

 

Markets

Update on the markets:The markets have started back up at Cambridge market EQ Moore Park –  on Wednesday and Saturday. At this stage it is mostly food – vegetables, fruit, meat, bread, flowers, spices and more!  For more info please check the Cambridge markets  facebook page to keep up to date –  https://www.facebook.com/cambridgemarketssydney

Northside Produce market starts back 6th June. For more info https://www.facebook.com/NorthsideProduceMarket

As yet there is no news  on the restart of Carriageworks Farmers market.

 

One for the calendar!

In July Sydney would normally be busy, with plenty of events, for the celebration  French national day – 14th July!   The Bastille Market Australia  at Club Willoughby is still planning to go ahead on Sunday 12 July.  They are planning a full celebration of everything French – food, shopping, wine  and more.   If public gatherings are unable to proceed at this time, they have back up date in September if the market can’t take place. For all the info  https://www.facebook.com/Bastille-Market-Australia-237692973632277

 

Take care and keep safe.

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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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March

It has been so great getting all the baskets out to everybody who so patiently waited!!

Now as we turn to Autumn and seasonal produce it is wonderful to see baskets of fruit and veggies full to the brim at all our famers markets. How about this beauty full of flowers too! Just had to share it from @lilyandco.

 

Basket of the Month

Trim baskets

These are such classic and favourite baskets. The medium and large leather trim basket with long thick comfy handles. Perfect for around the house, garden, shopping at the market or going to the beach. Find them and all our wonderful baskets over on the https://2ducktrading.com.au/shop page.

 

Market for March

 Find us every Wednesday and Saturday at Cambridge market EQ in the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter. From 8-2pm.

 

 For March we will be at Carriageworks Saturdays 2nd, 9th and 23rd from 8-1pm. One extra one making up for being away in February.

 

 Our Northside day will be 16th March from 8am to midday. Loads of baskets, linens, sustainable bags and more..

Coming up!

 

Loads of French fun for all.  Bastille market Australia is having a En Provence market Sunday 17th March from 9 til 2pm.

 

Well that is is from us at 2 duck – see you at a market some where!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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March

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2 duck for March

After the busyness of February and the trade fair we are back to our markets and planning for events and preparing for our next shipment.

Basket of the Month

Rustic Long handled basket

The baskets with leather trim and thick comfy handles are amongst the strongest and most durable in our range. This basket adds rustic charm to the classic style. Woven in the rarer dwarf palm tree leaf it has a rougher and more raw look. Made in the western part of Morocco nearer the coast it reflects the traditions of that area. This and all our baskets available on the buy basket online page – buy baskets

 

Markets for March

EQ

Every Wednesday and Saturday at the Entertainment Quarter market, Moore Park from 8-2pm. Please note we are away exceptionally Saturday 12th and 26th March. For baskets,  table linens, woven hats, coated table cloths, St James tee shirts and more.

Carriageworks

Saturday 5th March from 8 – 1pm for our full range of baskets.

Markets

Northside Produce Market on Miller  – Saturday 19th March from 8- midday, for baskets, French linens and more.

Burrawang Easter fair 

Easter Saturday – 26th March in the main street of Burrawang – Southern Highlands for a full street fair. 2 duck is in our usual spot just across from the iconic Burrawang Hotel. See you there!!

The market tales

Unfortunately due to some difficulties between the local community and Marrickville Council this event has been postponed!! Until later in the year. Such a shame as we visited the Precinct and thought it would be fantastic.

Merci 2 duck