Like a lot of you, I have this thing for old wire baskets. Originally for garden plants, this is one of my favorites.
I love the curves. Love the rust. Love the character. I use it mostly indoors.
The greatest benefit, beyond the purely practical of course, is how handy wire baskets are for displaying things. Sort of a glorified easel, and completely see-through.
But I don't mind if they don't contain anything at all! This chippy beauty hangs on the porch like a kind of sculpture.
I'm partial to old egg baskets too. I found this one at a roadside junk shop while driving through Colorado last summer.
But this old white one will never leave me. In a moment of weakness I put it in the shop, but then had to snatch it back again.
I really like the way a wire basket can support and anchor a vignette the way a tray can, but without the limitation of a flat surface.
I think the geometry of the wire attracts me as in this wire canning jar insert. I'm still searching for a suitable vintage bottle carrier at an easy price too, but that may be just a delusion. (A French one preferred.)
This old miner's basket with hooks to attach doodads would be perfect in a kitchen.
In fact, wire baskets are so perfect for storage that they tend to get wasted under a sink or in a closet somewhere around here where no one can see them! I have to go on a rescue mission now and then.
Is there anything more appealing than an old double handled market basket? I can't tell you how many times I have seen these in shops marked "Not for sale"!
This unusual tall wire basket (not vintage) is the only one I have with a fitted liner. But I think about making liners all the time. . . . (I'm a really good thinker!)
But I really do have a crazy attraction for old wire dish drainers. I want to buy every single one that I see!
They have endless possibilities for use in every room of the house. But especially for actual dishes!
And on the table for a buffet. . . .
This one displays wares in a shop. I think the really old mesh ones are my favorite.
This shallow wire basket that I use on my patio as a tray also started out life as a shelf merchandise basket in a store somewhere.
And of course wire is fantastic for fall displays!
But I haven't even shown any locker baskets yet!
( Maybe that's for some other time. . . .)
I hope there's a fantastic weekend waiting for you!
Perfect weather here.
Thanks so much for visiting!