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    InfamyInfamy
    Basket obsession. A confession.
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:15 PM
    Basket obsession. A confession. 23rd Oct 09 at 1:15 PM
    Ok, so maybe a weird title to a thread but it is true.
    I have a basket obsession. It all started when I was young & my Nan had a wicker basket on wheels with a walking stick handle. I used to wheel it round the garden and fill it with fallen apples.

    I love going shopping with a wicker basket popping into local little shops. Going to the Health Food shop to refill my Ecover bottles. I am sure it helps with money saving cos I can see whats in my basket, also I shy away from too much packaging and fruit & veg can go in loose.

    I also have a selection of baskets in the coat closet with dusters, shoe cleaning stuff etc.

    My OH hates this obsession!!! I am banned from buying any more!

    Do I have a problem? I thought it felt very OS, what do you think?
    :confused:


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  • tabitha67
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:19 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:19 PM
    I see no problem with your 'obsession'. I also covet baskets and have 7 or 8 of them on top of the dresser in the dining room, ready for serving bread, carting stuff outside when we eat in the garden and displaying fruit/veg. I have basket envy over your wheely basket with walking stick handles.

    I also buy bowls of every shape and size and decoration - for serving pasta and soup, for displaying fruit and eggs, and just to look at. I would rather have a bowl or a basket than a bottle of perfume or expensive lingerie.

    My DH thinks I'm slightly odd with my love of baskets and bowls. Maybe we should start a club.
  • muppet83
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:25 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:25 PM
    I think its brilliant, far more practical than a carrier bag! and last far far far longer!
    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 23rd Oct 09, 1:27 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:27 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:27 PM
    I think you are a basket case

    Seriously I can't see what is wrong with using baskets. I have lovely old-fashioned shopping basket that I use at the farm shop although it is currently storing quinces in the garage and a big log basket that I use in the garden for garden rubbish. I'd definitely like more. They are so much nicer than plastic containers or bags and very environmentally friendly.
    • merlin1
    • By merlin1 23rd Oct 09, 1:32 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:32 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:32 PM
    funny this thread should come up, my friend and i were talking about our sons the other day, we have 1 each and hers has just started secondary school and he's doin what we called home economics when we were at school. mine starts secondary next sept.

    now, me and my friend have been best friends since we both started secondary(20yrs ago), and i asked her if she sends her boy in with the basket of cooking ingredients on cooking day like we did??? we did laugh!

    one of our fondest memories is packing our baskets with small amounts of ingredients in little bags/tubs, putting in our crisp white aprons, and covering it all with a red or blue gingham patterned t-towel tucking the edges in nice and tight

    i too love baskets!

    eta - i love the sound of a basket when you put things in it, you know that gentle 'creak'? must be something from childhood....
    Last edited by merlin1; 23-10-2009 at 1:37 PM.
  • valk_scot
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:43 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:43 PM
    I love baskets too and am a total sucker for buying new ones. My best effort though was when I decided to frow a clump of willow in the allotment and go to basket making classes, so I could make my own. Well, three years of growing willow later it finally dawned that 1) the willow I was growing on the allotment was so healthy and thick it was only going to be good for making hefty furniture and 2) though I could make a perfectly respectable basket by then, it took me ages and in fact I didn't actually enjoy it that much. Plus it hacked up the skin on my hands, which meant I couldn't spin properly.

    So I killed the willow on the allotment and no longer go to basketweaving classes. I'm using up my willow harvest for the last three years making bean supports (got enough for 20 years or so) and I'm back to buying baskets, lol.
    Val.
  • InfamyInfamy
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:44 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:44 PM
    One basket he didn,t moan about was when I got my step through bike off of Freecycle. Next car boot I found an oval basket just right for it and attached it with (wait for it...) cable ties & an old belt!!! When we went for a cycle ride he put his jumper in my basket!!!

    I wish I still had my Nan's pull along basket. Would be handy for carting the washing to the line!!

    Thanks all....I'm glad Im not alone. Perhaps we should start a support group...or better still a revolution...far better then cotton bags!!
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  • Olliebeak
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:50 PM
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    • 23rd Oct 09, 1:50 PM
    [QUOTE=InfamyInfamy;26235665]........It all started when I was young & my Nan had a wicker basket on wheels with a walking stick handle...../QUOTE]

    Thanks for that memory, Infamy .

    My Nan had one of these too - bought from the local 'Blind School' workshops and it had a cover like the thing off the bottom of a birdcage . Bit of a beggar getting it on and off the bus - had to grab the 'walking stick' bit with both hands, bend your knees, big deep breath and 'hoik' it up the step on the bus. Fingers crossed all the way home that it didn't topple over in the cubbyhole under the stairs on the bus - those old-fashioned ones with the platform at the back .
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    • By NualaBuala 23rd Oct 09, 2:26 PM
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    I love baskets too - I've always wanted a "proper" shopping basket but I don't know where to get one. And cloth bags are more practical for stuffing in pockets or my handbag I suppose. But baskets look so nice!
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    • Bronnie
    • By Bronnie 23rd Oct 09, 2:39 PM
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    funny this thread should come up, my friend and i were talking about our sons the other day, we have 1 each and hers has just started secondary school and he's doin what we called home economics when we were at school. mine starts secondary next sept.

    now, me and my friend have been best friends since we both started secondary(20yrs ago), and i asked her if she sends her boy in with the basket of cooking ingredients on cooking day like we did??? we did laugh!

    one of our fondest memories is packing our baskets with small amounts of ingredients in little bags/tubs, putting in our crisp white aprons, and covering it all with a red or blue gingham patterned t-towel tucking the edges in nice and tight

    i too love baskets!

    eta - i love the sound of a basket when you put things in it, you know that gentle 'creak'? must be something from childhood....
    Originally posted by merlin1


    Hmm! Yes, I remember that too. And the nightmare of trying to carry it fully loaded with a pyrex dish of something sloppy, while standing up all the way home on the bus. Trying to manoeuvre it around other standing passengers as you rushed to get off at your stop. Snagging your new tights with it , if you were lucky enough to get a seat and had to put it on your knee and the broken bits gouging scratches on myself and others, as it started to fall to bits by the Upper Vth. Ah yes! I remember it well!
    • merlin1
    • By merlin1 23rd Oct 09, 2:44 PM
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    Hmm! Yes, I remember that too. And the nightmare of trying to carry it fully loaded with a pyrex dish of something sloppy, while standing up all the way home on the bus. Trying to manoeuvre it around other standing passengers as you rushed to get off at your stop. Snagging your new tights with it , if you were lucky enough to get a seat and had to put it on your knee and the broken bits gouging scratches on myself and others, as it started to fall to bits by the Upper Vth. Ah yes! I remember it well!
    Originally posted by Bronnie
    doh! i forgot about the bad bits!!!

    you've got it!!!
  • InfamyInfamy
    I love baskets too - I've always wanted a "proper" shopping basket but I don't know where to get one. And cloth bags are more practical for stuffing in pockets or my handbag I suppose. But baskets look so nice!
    Originally posted by NualaBuala
    Car boots sales have always been a good source for me.....or ask for one on Freecycle!
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    • lora
    • By lora 23rd Oct 09, 3:31 PM
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    Thought it was only me who loves baskets. I like picnic hampers, shopping baskets,log baskets, any kind of basket-that's me.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 23rd Oct 09, 3:58 PM
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    LameWolf
    Do dog-baskets count? I like those, as long as there's a dog to go with them.

    I have wicker waste baskets (polythene lined) in the bedrom and the bathroom, and I think they look nice with the pine stuff that's also in those rooms.
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    • taurusgb
    • By taurusgb 23rd Oct 09, 4:31 PM
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    taurusgb
    My name is Lynda and I have a basket fetish..................


    http://www.greatbritishbaskets.co.uk/subprod/shopping-baskets-0001748.aspx
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    • NualaBuala
    • By NualaBuala 23rd Oct 09, 4:36 PM
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    NualaBuala
    Car boots sales have always been a good source for me.....or ask for one on Freecycle!
    Originally posted by InfamyInfamy
    Great idea - though who would be mad enough to get rid of one?!

    My name is Lynda and I have a basket fetish..................


    http://www.greatbritishbaskets.co.uk/subprod/shopping-baskets-0001748.aspx
    Originally posted by taurusgb
    Oh, they're lovely! I want them!
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  • InfamyInfamy
    My name is Lynda and I have a basket fetish..................


    http://www.greatbritishbaskets.co.uk/subprod/shopping-baskets-0001748.aspx
    Originally posted by taurusgb
    God! Those baskets on that link are GORGEOUS!!!!
    My name is Penny-Sue and I have a basket fetish.......Hello Lynda!
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    • taurusgb
    • By taurusgb 23rd Oct 09, 4:57 PM
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    God! Those baskets on that link are GORGEOUS!!!!
    My name is Penny-Sue and I have a basket fetish.......Hello Lynda!
    Originally posted by InfamyInfamy

    Hello Penny-Sue ... it's so nice to meet another sufferer, and It is nice to know I am not alone.

    I have baskets on top of the fridge for shopping trips and storage. Baskets on top of, and piled down the side of the kitchen dresser. I have them full of cross stitching projects completed, projects half completed, projects unstarted and full of cross stitch fabrics for future projects. I have them on top of bookshelves with candles in. Under the TV cabinet with magazines, newspapers and user manuals in. I keep my underware in one, my socks in another, and my jumpers in a third and have a myriad of small baskets on top of the bedroom bookshelves with "stuff" in......oh yes - and I collect books too...3,000 plus at the last count.
    People Say that life's the thing - but I prefer reading
    The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell jnto the Thames it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity - Benjamin Disreali
    • kittie
    • By kittie 23rd Oct 09, 4:58 PM
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    I have 12 wicker baskets ranging from small to large and in all shapes. They are on top of my kitchen wall units and I use them for storage, they also look wonderful
    • kittie
    • By kittie 23rd Oct 09, 5:00 PM
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    does anyone remember the gondola baskets? Ooooh how I envied the girls at my school who chose home economics and who got to bring these to school for their cookery lessons

    oh they are on that site. My baskets were all more expensive but were hand made in the uk and I got them all over the place. My first one was about 40 from a stand at a country show in 1974. It is still just as gorgeous to look at and handle
    Last edited by kittie; 23-10-2009 at 5:02 PM.
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