Weekly Feature #39— Versatile Useful Beautiful Baskets

Weekly Feature #39 - Baskets

A Basket For Every Need and Style

There is nothing more homely, more utilitarian and useful than the humble basket. Yet, these ubiquitous objects have achieved such grace and beauty of form and function that they have been elevated to fill a niche of self-expression and style in our homes. Baskets have been around nearly ten thousand years as far as we know. The earliest baskets may have been pieces of tree bark, large leaves or other plant material woven together to form containers for harvesting fruits and vegetables. As the techniques for weaving and assembling baskets progressed, they became steadily more complex and ornate. 

Different weaving and assembling techniques appear around the world, as well as the materials used, depending on what was available to the indigenous basket weavers. Baskets are made of materials as diverse as wicker, straw, rattan, grass, metal, bamboo, wood and palm fronds. You can probably think of some others. 

Baskets are as beautiful and useful as they are diverse, and few homes don’t boast at least a few of these versatile containers. Like other objects, style, fashion and availability determine what sorts of baskets we collect and use. I am currently crushing over the baskets used in the 1960s and 70s. I just bought two large specimens, one urn shaped and the other an open weave table for my Florida room.

When doing some research recently, I came across a style, attributed to Justina Blakeney (designer, artist, and author of The New York Times best-selling book The New Bohemians) that I instantly fell in love with. Her Blog— Jungalow, A Bohemian Lifestyle blog— has provided me with fresh inspiration in my own home and for our Etsy shop. Jungalow is my word of the week. 

Baskets and plants abound in the Jungalow World. Here are some vintage offerings from our shop— just a few of the many possibilities out there.

Put it in a Basket


Tribal Bohemian Vintage Woven Wicker Basket with Attached Lid: Carved Wood Base and Front MedallionTribal Bohemian Vintage Woven Wicker Basket with Attached Lid: Carved Wood Base and Front Medallion~ $12.00

Rectangular hinged lid storage basket. Woven wicker in a tribal style design. On a carved wood base with a square wood medallion on front of lid. 

7 1/2 inches tall. 7 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches across. Overall very nice condition. May be slightly sun faded. There is some darkish spots of discoloration on top of lid, probably being dusty or dirty. May clean off. I removed some with a light cleaning.

Great boho/bungalow/jungalow accent piece.

Woven Wicker Round Scoop Basket with Handle

Woven Wicker Round Scoop Basket with Handle~ $15.00

Pretty brown woven wicker scoop basket. The round basket’s top diameter is 10 inches and the bottom 7 inches. Between 2 3/4 and 3 inches deep. The looped handle extends 6 inches out from top of the basket. Use for displaying some of your favorite things or hanging on a hook. Very nice vintage condition. Bohemian/Bungalow/Jungalow decor.

Woven Wicker Tea Cup and Saucer Vintage Plant Basket

Woven Wicker Tea Cup and Saucer Vintage Plant Basket~ $11.00

Cute stylized woven wicker plant or sundry basket shaped like a tea-cup sitting on a saucer. Sweet container for your favorite plant on a sunny shelf or wide window ledge. 

In very nice vintage condition. Cup section of basket is 9 inches in diameter and about 4 inches tall. Saucer section is 10 inches in diameter. A warm golden brown color.

For more detail, see photos.


Woven Wicker Rattan Vase: Three Tone Intricate Weave Boho Jungalow Basket with Plastic Insert

Woven Wicker Rattan Vase: Three Tone Intricate Weave Boho Jungalow Basket with Plastic Insert~ $22.00

Gorgeous woven wicker rattan vase.

It has a plastic insert for water and fresh greenery, but would look good with dried or faux filler also. It is about 7 1/4 inches tall- 3 inch diameter base and about 4 1/34 inch diameter bulb. The top diameter and insert width is about 1 3/4 inches.

Overall in very good vintage condition. See photos for more detail.






Extra Long Rectangular Woven Wicker Pocket / Hanging Basket


Extra Long Rectangular Woven Wicker Pocket / Hanging Basket~ $14.00

This wicker pocket basket with hanging loop is a full 12 1/4 inches long. 5 inches by 2 1/2 inches across. Long Rectangle.

Two tone woven wicker with a wrapped wood reinforced top rim and sturdy hanging loop. Very good vintage condition.

Looks great filled with greenery or long stemmed cattails, etc.

Bohemian/Bungalow/Jungalow style.





Primitive Woven Wicker Rectangular Wall Pocket / Hanging Basket

Primitive Woven Wicker Rectangular Wall Pocket / Hanging Basket~ $10.00

Prim / Primitive Hanging Basket or Wall Pocket. Fair vintage condition. Some fading and discoloration. See photos for more detail. 

Back panel is 9 inches tall. Basket or pocket is about 4 1/2 inches tall. 8 1/2 inches by 5 inches across. Great for displaying yarn or sewing notions, or on a patio or wall for plants. 




Looking Forward

That’s our Weekly Feature! For these amazing baskets and more to come, as well as lots of other #VINTAGENIRVANA visit O Deer Mercantile Etsy Shop. We love it when you stop by. Stay tuned later this month for our Jolly Hollyday Sale! We’ll be offering a 15% discount pretty much sitewide (clearance not included) to kick off the holiday shopping season from November 20th through December 1st.

Next week I will post about our newly painted family room. The fireplace redoux was the first step. Now we have painted the entire room, covering the very dark paneling. As soon as we get the room pulled back together, we’ll reveal the results of our efforts. I can’t wait!

Till next time…

PinMe 🙂 

Weekly Feature #39 - Baskets