It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Want to go on a picnic?
I haven't done a Vintage Thursday for quite a while so I thought I would do one on my "picnic baskets". I don't really use them for picnics but I could. They are big, charming and obviously well made because they are all old and most of them are in very good shape. I have three that are very similar(above). Two of them are very similar. Even the lids open the same way and are hinged in the back so the whole lid lifts up and out of the way. The one on the upper left has a different pattern on the woven sides and hinges about 1/3 of the way across the top. It also has a fancy silvery strip around the top.
This one was my Moms. I like the texture and pattern on this one. The pale creme color is not like most picnic baskets so it might be newer. It's also in very good shape. Mom would carry her wonderful pies in it and anything that she was taking to someone's house for dinner. They are so handy for so many things and you can stack them. They are the perfect clutter collectors and good looking besides.
This basket was a "find". I bought it many years ago at an estate auction and I haven't seen one since that was similar. I don't remember what I paid for it, but I have never paid more than $20. for any of the others.
This one has all the plastic dishes, cups and utensils inside it and the handles and frame are wood. I love the green woven pattern. I would have showed you the inside but it's very high above a closet and VERY dusty. Taking it down would require a major cleaning project with a big ladder and I'm waiting until I pass away so I don't have to deal with it.
If you like these picnic baskets check this sight out. I would love to collect all of them but they're very expensive and I would have to find a place to put them. But, maybe just one?
I use these baskets for everything. I store my craft supplies in them. The grand kids have their special toys in one. I keep one in my bedroom for miscellaneous clutter. The green one sits up there collecting dust but ,one of these fine warm days, we might decide to pack a picnic and drive our new '38 Chevy sedan down to the river , spread a blanket and eat our lunch by the side of the Mokelumne River. We could use another one to pack the puppies in.
I might even make a cherry pie....
Check out Colorado Lady's blog for other Vintage Thingies Thursday posts.