Flea Market Décor
Start your own collection of vintage baskets for display and stylish storage.
While woody tans and browns give off a rustic, earthy vibe, a brightly colored collection can bring cheerful panache to your space.
BASKETS HAVE A RICH HISTORY DATING BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS, with archaeological remains discovered in Egypt and the Middle East. Today, people around the world continue to practice the time-honored art of basket weaving, and vintage bargain hunters continue to practice the art of basket collecting. “I love to think of the stories they could tell,” says collector Emily Baker of Vine and Willow, “all the things they’ve held and the hands that have held them.”
Basket collecting is “a great way to have storage that’s stylish, too,” Emily says. “Smaller baskets are great to tuck in faux flowers and use as an accent on your mantel.” Bek Saleh of Precious Junk collects baskets for “flower picking, shopping, picnics and carrying water. The list is endless!” she says.
There are multiple features to consider when hunting for baskets. “I always look for quality woven baskets that aren’t easily broken,” Bek says. “In particular, I love woven trays and picnic baskets, reminiscent of times gone by.” While woody tans and browns give off a rustic, earthy vibe, a brightly colored collection can bring cheerful panache to your space.
“These days, displaying items en masse on a wall is very popular,” Bek notes, and Emily has a basket wall of her own. “It’s a collection of very different styles, textures and colors of baskets, all paired together and hung on the wall for an amazing statement piece,” Emily says. Regardless of how you style them, baskets are a vintage staple because of their stylish functionality.