Flea Market Décor

COL­LECTIBLES

Start your own col­lec­tion of vin­tage bas­kets for dis­play and stylish stor­age.

- BY STEPHANIE AGNES-CROCK­ETT

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.

 ??  ?? Emily Baker’s col­lec­tion of bas­kets is filled with a va­ri­ety of tex­tures. Some have an open weave, and oth­ers are more tightly bound, but all will be use­ful stor­age ves­sels.
Emily Baker’s col­lec­tion of bas­kets is filled with a va­ri­ety of tex­tures. Some have an open weave, and oth­ers are more tightly bound, but all will be use­ful stor­age ves­sels.
 ??  ?? left: For a nat­u­ral state­ment piece, fill a vin­tage bas­ket with flow­ers or green­ery and hang it on your wall. Smaller bas­kets will look nice hang­ing from a row of hooks.
left: For a nat­u­ral state­ment piece, fill a vin­tage bas­ket with flow­ers or green­ery and hang it on your wall. Smaller bas­kets will look nice hang­ing from a row of hooks.
 ??  ?? top: Vin­tage bas­kets come in all shapes, sizes and col­ors, which is ev­i­dent in Bek Saleh’s col­lec­tion. The more vari­a­tion you have, the more fun tex­ture your dis­play will pro­vide.
top: Vin­tage bas­kets come in all shapes, sizes and col­ors, which is ev­i­dent in Bek Saleh’s col­lec­tion. The more vari­a­tion you have, the more fun tex­ture your dis­play will pro­vide.

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