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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....
Wanna come?

Check out Colorado Lady's blog for other Vintage Thingies Thursday posts.
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  1. I had a nice one, but only good for picnic for 2, so I gave it to my daughter.

  2. You have a nice collection of baskets. Isn't it wonderful we do not all want to collect the same thing. You can do so many different things with those baskets.

  3. I love your picnic baskets. I don't have any--it must be that I haven't seen any nice ones for sale.

  4. Those are great picnic baskets. Such pretty colors! They sure have a lot more style than a cooler.

  5. Love your vintage picnic baskets! I have a basket just like your green one and I have used it for picnics. Happy VTT!

    Susan and Bentley

  6. Oh, I'm SO envious. I love baskets in general and picnic baskets in particular. I just love the way they look but never thought about "collecting" them. Yours are beautiful!! I am especially fond of that dusty ol' green one. You are so right about their many uses; another thing I hadn't given much thought to. Hmmmmmm, maybe I'll give this collecting idea some consideration. Then again, where in the heck would I put them? Covetingly yours ~ Dawn

  7. I love your baskets, I never find any like these. I have one type of picnic basket, and it is rather flimsy...not as nice as these! Have a great VTT!

  8. I LOVE your picnic baskets (you'll have to check out my VTT for today, lol). I have one like the top picture and I also have a green one like yours although it didn't have all the dishes included. Mine sit under a bench and hold overflow dishes and table linens. Great post :)


  9. Those are so charming! And yes please, I'd love some cherry pie. :)

    Happy VTT!

  10. Yes! Love the baskets. I'd like to have just one they are gorgeous!

  11. What a lovely collection of picnic baskets! I've never seen a green one. (And yes, you should just leave it up there--we'll admire it from afar.) When I first began reading about your picnic baskets, I thought to myself what a wonderful thing to keep sewing supplies. Then I read that is indeed what you use one of them for. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. I just bought an old basket today for $2.00 at a rummage sale! It had the dishes included, too. It's a different style than yours, though. It opens like a suitcase instead of having the hinged lids. I'd like to start looking for some like yours. What fun they will be to collect. :-) Sue

  13. Count me in for the picnic! Sounds like a perfect day...

  14. Terrific picnic baskets! They are just wonderful to look at and from what you wrote handy too!

  15. What a lovely collection! And yes, I do wan't to come, a picnic sounds like just the ticket right now. Hmmmm, you've given me a great idea.

  16. What a nice collection of picnic baskets. Wish I lived close enough to take you up on your offer of cherry pie. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  17. What a wonderful set of picnic baskets. And of course, i'd love to come over for a picnic. Just say when and where :D
    Warm wishes from Scotland.


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