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A tisket! A tasket! Check out these awesome picnic baskets!

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Lately, Lainey and I have had great luck at estate sales and have walked away from many needing to re-hit the ATM!!  One Saturday in June, we went to the mother of all estate sales – a house that had been used as storage for an antique dealer. It was filled to the brim!!  It took us several walk-throughs of each room to be able to see almost everything.  This tin picnic basket stood out immediately and I fell in love.  I had never seen a tin picnic basket and just loved the woven pattern.  I don’t have a lot of information about these particular baskets, but I’d guess they are from the 1950s-1960s.  The original plan was to only pick up one of the baskets, but the person working the sale gave us a deal we couldn’t refuse, and we had to get the other one.

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Besides using one of these baskets for an actual picnic, there are many other ways you can incorporate them into your home.  One idea would be to use it as a bread box in the kitchen.  If you don’t have a lot of cabinet or pantry space, bread boxes are a great way to stylishly store food.  My grandmother’s breadbox is where she always kept the cookies and her jelly beans!

If you are a crafts or sewing person, these types of baskets are a great way to store your scissors, fabric scraps, scrapbooking paper, etc.  Plastic tubs do the same thing, but don’t look as interesting!

If you had several baskets you could stack them on top of each other and use them as a table.  What is great about this is you can use each one to store things like photos, candles, or other things.

These baskets can also be used for picnics, of course!  It’s summer time and most cities and towns have outdoor concerts or events that are perfect for a picnic!  Grab a blanket, some friends or your hot date, and enjoy the summer evenings listening some music or watching an outdoor performance.  You don’t have to be a gourmet chef to put together a delicious picnic, just run to the grocery store and pick up some cheese, crackers, olives, and other finger foods and enjoy the fresh air and company.  I also recommend bringing a couple of bottles of chilled wine!  Worried about the heat and mosquitos?  Take the picnic inside and watch a classic movie while enjoying the food!

If you like these particular picnic baskets, you will be able to find them in our Etsy store soon!

~Emily

PS from Lainey: Am I the only one who keeps hearing “pick-a-nick” basket? Or are you a child of the 80’s, too?

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