Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Gatherers

 Remember this antique 
Burlington Basket 
that I shared 
with you last summer?

Well it is always being useful,
helping me gather things 
to take to
dinner at a friend's house,
to a picnic,
 or even to take "smalls" 
to the shop.

Patented in 1902 and called a "Refrigerator Basket".

The inside is galvanized and the lift off top is hinged.

For hundreds of years
baskets have been gathering
all kinds of things.

French grape harvester  (link)

Antique Adirondacks basket ..... for more info Link

French artickoke baskets   (link)


Antique Woven Egg Basket
An antique egg gathering basket from Etsy.    Link

Antique Fly Fishing Creel/ Primitive Basket
This little beauty might have gathered up some fishies for dinner!   Link

French handmade market shopping basket, vintage wicker basket for Easter
Love the double braided rim on this one.     Link

This is new but truly gorgeous.  Link
This is an antique Cherokee basket.  I wonder what they gathered in this?     Link

after looking at 
all of these 
it makes me wish 
we could all just ditch
the plastic and paper bags
 we now use to 


and go back 
to the simple

What do you think?
Want to start a new trend with me?



Our French Inspired Home said...

Love the first basket. We have one very similar. I got to have an artichoke basket. They look awesome.


I love all the baskets, I have a soft spot for them! I gave away some years ago and lately, cause of my lack of space for them, they need lots of space. Loving the 1902 one! How've you been pretty friend? I'm back from staying almost a month with my grandgirls..anyway, I'm back home and wishing you and your family a very happy Dad's Day weekend.

Linda said...

Beautiful baskets. I'm with you there. Get rid of all the plastic bags and lets start using the baskets.

NanaDiana said...

I love all the baskets. I have a grape harvester basket that belonged to my grandmother. I never knew what it was. The handle has it's original green paint on it-the rest of the basket is natural. Thanks for the basket lesson & photos. xo Diana

The enchanted home said...

These baskets are ALL the look of old vintage baskets, they make amazing accessories to decorate with and around.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I have never seen a galvanized basket? That is a wonderful piece. The oldest one I have is an egg basket that belonged to my Great Grandma and I remember my Grandma kept rags in it in the garage. Love the patina on the wood handle.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

These are all wonderful. Baskets never seem to loose their appeal...and usefulness. Some of these I have never seen before, such as you lined one ~ very interesting. Thank you.

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At Home in English Valley said...

The first basket made me swoon! I collect baskets like this but have never seen one lined like yours. Baskets are something you never can have enough of...great for storage, a picnic in the park or an evening at Ravinia! Thank you for sharing yours. Love, Penny

Bliss said...

My fav is the one with the galvanized interior. I would need 4 of that kind for keeping my perishables cool on the return trip from gathering groceries.


Garden, Home and Party said...

I'd love to think we could all use baskets for our groceries...I buy too much at one time but it would be fun to try...I'm in. The fish basket and the French artichoke basket are my favorites.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Beautiful baskets, Alison! I have been buying baskets myself many lovely styles out there!

Rose L said...

Baskets are so cool. I would use for small item shopping maybe, but most grocery shopping would damage them and they would also be too bulky to lug around through the store.
Check out the pine needle baskets here:
and these basket lamps:

michele said...

i love the baskets too! it takes them years to get that look which makes me appreciate them even more!

i'm in.


5th and State said...

YES, let's start a trend! in the villages of rural england the ladies still carry baskets as they go from the green grocer, bakery, charming........

love your examples allison

Anonymous said...

That first basket is a beauty. I'm all for getting rid of plastic bags.

Keeping it Cozy said...

Me too! I love all of these baskets... I'm always on the lookout for antique baskets. They are beautiful and so useful.

Brenda @ Keeping It Southern said...

Any suggestions how to clean wicker? I have Pottery Barn wicker chargers that have been in storage and smell musty.