Wednesday, April 7, 2010

L IS FOR LONGABERGER BASKETS

Today's Letter is  L for Longaberger 

I am joining Jenny for ALPHABE-THURSDAY 

and Suzanne for VINTAGE THINGY THRUSDAY  over at COLORADO LADY          

Many of you I'm sure are familiar with Longaberger Baskets.  These handmade woven baskets are made in Dresden, Ohio and carry on a tradition started over 100 years ago.  I had seen these at homes of friends but never could afford one myself...until this one came into my sights at a Goodwill several years ago...
Hard to tell but this is a pretty large vegetable basket
It was sitting high on a shelf and I grabbed it and almost passed out at the $2.99 price...unbelievable!
Someone named Mat or the initials MAT made this in 1989.  I must say it was several years before I was able to buy another basket...I kept looking for bargains but as we know the Thrift Shops have gotten pretty savvy on pricing items.  So I turned to EBAY.....
I discovered these small baskets that were hostess gifts...I was able to win these three for a fair price!
Charlie joined in the photo session to let you know he wasn't going to be ignored...he fell asleep among the baskets...
 I like the little baskets and use them by my bed and on my end table for my little stuff...
These were also Ebay wins
This is called a Button Basket and came with a liner 
and protector
This one has a cute handle cover
This was bought new from a dealer, they were on sale at a very good price...I got the liner for this cracker basket on Ebay
The basket with a handle is a gathering basket and I also bought this new from the dealer
I got this Recipe basket, lid & liner on Ebay for a great price....one of my favorites and I use it all the time
These two little baskets are special
The tall one is a special edition for Breast Cancer and the other was a gift from a friend

These baskets are scattered through out my home and are used and loved.  I must admit I didn't realize I had so many until I gathered them for these photos.   I haven't bought one in awhile but I always keep an eye open for them at thrifts!

Hope you enjoyed my L post and for more informtion about Longaberger baskets you can go HERE

Be sure to go by Jenny Matlock and Colorado Lady for more fun Thursday parties!

Always,
Linda

56 comments:

Debbie said...

What a wonderful collection of baskets. I have always admired those, but never bought one:) Your kitty is cute too!~

Miri said...

Wonderful collection of Longaberger baskets! I've always liked them but felt they were rather pricy -I can't believe you found one at Goodwill!

Another's Treasure said...

I actually found a Longaberger basket for my mother-in-law at an antique shop for $10 around Christmas :) She loves them! Hope your week's going well!

Amanda

Julie Schuler said...

I am a sucker for baskets. I buy any kind anywhere. Then I fill it up with balls of yarn.

Brenda said...

I love these baskets also. I have the cracker basket but mine came with a little insert to divide of the middle. I actually use it to store all the different tea bags that are individually wrapped to get out when I have a guest for tea. I have a large round one but it is not being used right now. And I had a cute little one that my youngest daughter kept her marble collection in. It left with her and I think I saw it in with the grand kids things. Ouch...biting my tongue on that one. You are right though all the resale shops I have seen them in do know what they have.

Nancy's Notes said...

Great post on Longaberger baskets! Your collection is great!

Nancy

Elizabeth said...

What lovely baskets! Love the recipe basket.

LV said...

Yes, I am familiar with the Longaberger Baskets. In fact, I have several. I had a friend that had parties and of course I could not refuse to buy. They are pricey, but will last forever.

Postcardy said...

I would probably buy one if I saw it a thrift store. Your cat looks sweet with the baskets.

Julie Harward said...

I love baskets and have always had them in my home. Thanks for the info. about these...very nice. Come say hi :D

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Linda,
I enjoyed seeing your collection of Longaberger baskets. I have been collecting them for years and have the Christmas ones. I have found some at great prices also :) I've even sold a few. I keep thinking it's an investment!! haha
Deb :)

Jane said...

I lived in Longaberger country in Ohio for several years and have several baskets. In fact I bought a Longaberger basket in 1992 for my son's first Easter basket and we have used it every year. My husband used to laugh when my son was little and was running around collecting Easter eggs with his Longaberger basket. He said he was the only kid with a $50.00 basket! But it has now become a family heirloom and I hope one day he passes it down to one of his kids :-)
Jane

kim said...

I don't own any of those baskets, but I know they are very well made.

Coloradolady said...

These are wonderful! I don't have any, but I am always looking for them at Sales, I love the recipe basket, that is so cute!! Have a great VTT!

mbkatc230 said...

These are so beautiful. I bet you were doing the happy dance after find the first one at Goodwill. Just amazing, and you have an eagle eye! Kitty is so cute, glad that he decided to get in the picture :) Kathy

Viki said...

I have a bread basket that I bought at a party. I mostly use it though at Thanksgiving for rolls. There stuff lasts a really long time. Mine must be over 20 years old.

CC said...

Oh my!!! Your baskets are just beautiful..I think the recipe basket and the button baskets are my favorites. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

Susan said...

Wow ! What a lovely display of Longenberger baskets. Some day I will post my 2.00 baskets on my blog.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

These baskets last forever! Nice post!

jeff campbell said...

I have collected many baskets over the years, and actually have a Longaberger. I really like the angled one. Most of my baskets are either Native American or Southern Appalachian...thanks for your visit...

junkdreams said...

What a wonderful collection of baskets!!
Happy Vintage Thursday!
xojanis

mrs. c said...

My thought is " if you can't use you don't need it" and I use my baskets to serve food, display linens for guests and fix baskets!
I love you collect and would love to go to the factory!

Jo said...

I have never heard of these baskets before ... you have are really nice assortment of them in your collection ... i think i will have to keep an eye out for them!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Love your baskets. I've never been able to find a Longaberger that I could afford. I will keep looking ;-)

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Diann said...

You have a really nice collection Linda! I have to admit I do not have a single Longaberger basket! Can you believe that! LOL But, I do love them!

Welcome home! LOVE the picture of Charlie! That is one happy cat now that you are back!

Maureen said...

Your baskets are nice but your cat is so sweet! I often get that kind of assistance from mine.

Christy said...

I have more than I care to admit. I did buy most of them back when they were a little more reasonable. I use them for lots of things. I sometimes wish I had unloaded them back when they were actually worth something.

Nadeen said...

Longing for a Longaberger basket. Watch my DIL fill her house with them and they look exquisite. She uses them decoratively and practically. Her mother is a consultant for Longaberger.

Great going in finding Longaberger buys. They ARE expensive and you've done well.

Red Couch Recipes said...

I haven't heard of them before but they are really nice looking. Joni

Steph said...

Okay first the other Thursday post.... Your table.... It is so lovely. I love the greens and earth tones,the natural and yet elegant look, and the sweet birds. The Longaberger baskets are wonderful too. I can't believe what a find you made at Goodwill. It's so fun. Thank you for this great L post.

Charlotte said...

I have never really paid attention to baskets before, but I will now. Thanks 7 Happy VTT!

My name is PJ. said...

Linda, You have a Lovely collection of Longerbergers.

But Charlie's beauty far surpasses anything manmade. :)

Vonlipi said...

What a nice collection of Longaberger baskets! I love those. I having wishing for one for a very,very long time! Happy VTT!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I passed one up at the thrift store a few weeks ago. I used to weave baskets and have many around the house. I really didn't need another basket, but after your post I'm kind of sorry I passed that one by. I'm sure it's gone by now.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Gorgeous baskets! I love baskets, they're all over my house. It gives the impression that I'm organized without the actual organization part.

Ann said...

The little recipe box is my favorite. I've never purchased any, my Goodwill has never had one when I've been there or I would have snatched it up. Great collection.

Tracy said...

what a wonderfully useful collection. now why can't I collect something that can be beautiful and useful.
Love the cat. Also thanks for popping by

GardenofDaisies said...

Lovely baskets! I had a good friend who was a Longaberger rep.

Prairiemaid said...

Great post on Longaberger Baskets. Hey, I never thought about looking on eBay for these.

Love the Recipe Basket!

Amy said...

my old boss and friend loved those baskets. Always had parties and we got my old boss one for Christmas one year..

Jenny said...

How Lucky you are to have shopped so well and found such treasures.

This was an interesting post to me.

I've toured that facility.

I know I have some around the house here...but the one I use the most is the huge picnic basket of theirs!

It is big enough for a great big fun picnic and all the related stuff!

Thanks for participating in Alphabe-Thursday.

This was a great post!

A+

Jeanne said...

I do love Longaberger baskets too. The first one you shared, is the same one I bought several years ago for mega bucks. You found a bargain. You see it has a sleigh made of medal which fits that basket. I fill it with cards at Christmas. This year I filled it with soft angels and posted it on my blog. All of your baskets are awesome. such a lovely collection to be proud of.

Have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Jeanne

VKT said...

I have a number of Longaberger baskets that I never use. Your post gave me the idea of posting them on ebay. Thanks for the suggestion.

This is my first time participating in alphabet Thursday! What fun!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

What a delightful collection of Longaberger! I have several that I enjoy very much in my craft room. I love the kitty, too. I am the new kid in class hopping over from Alphabe-Thursday and am so happy that I did! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and hope you will do the same. until later...

CountryBlessings@Lakewood said...

Charlie the Cat makes a perfect model for your baskets. I can tell the size of them much better. :)
Blessings,
Cindy

MrsJenB said...

I can't say that I was ever familiar with Longaberger baskets before this, so thanks for the education! :-) I am a basket nut, though. I practically collect them. My husband is just as bad!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I like all your Longaberger baskets but I think the one with the "recipes" lid is my favorite! Did you ever see the Longaberger headquarters? It is shaped like one of their baskets! Really cute!

Tina said...

I used to sell Longaberger, for 9 years. Glad you got some good bargains. The large vegetable for $2.99??? Unbelievable. I have 138 baskets at last count, but have started to give them away as gifts. We've been doing some uncluttering, and when I dismantled my Longaberger office to let The Engineer have an office for his eBay business, obviously all of those baskets needed new homes...Nice to meet a fellow fan.

laterg8r said...

what sweet baskets, my kids would ruin em LOL :D

Short and Sweet said...

I, too, have enjoyed Longaberger baskets for some time now. My daughter used to sell them but with 2 children she had to give up the basket business. You found some wonderful beauties at great prices. Keep up the good work.
Loretta

Marina said...

great basket!! Love the photo with the sleeping kitty :-)

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mub said...

I'd heard of Longaberger baskets before but I didn't know any of the history behind them. I LOVE the recipe basket. Very cute =D

Christy said...

i have a very small basket, but had no idea of the history. mine was a gift and i love it. thanks for the background on these wonderful treasures.

Pondside said...

I've seen similar baskets, but don't know if they are the same trademark as yours - they are lovely. There's something special about a household item that is both functional and beautiful.

Melinda Cornish said...

Look at Charlie loving on that basket....What a deal you got on the one at the thrift store!

Chatty Crone said...

I have a friend who sells them - they are mucho expensive. sandie♥