Vintage French Lidded Basket

1.16.2015



I love these old lidded baskets like these by Vintage By Nina.

I have had the old French basket on the bottom for several years before I even knew what French Country style was. I just liked baskets and had to have this one when I saw it on vacation. The one on top is and old fish basket that I found at Scott's Antique Market a few years ago. I'm always on the lookout for more of these, but they can be quite pricey.

On our recent trip to Franklin, Tennessee I spotted another one.

I had to go closer and check it out. There were things displayed on top of it, but I just moved all of them so I could examine this more.

This basket is really old and it has a tag on top written in French that is falling apart. 

It is not in real good shape, but neither would I be if I was really old. Mr. Savvy is going to work on it a bit soon and make it a bit stronger. The long board needs to be attached to the bottom. It came off when we moved it.

It is discolored and only has the handle on one side, but that's okay with me.

The latches on the front are in real good shape.

This is the largest one I have found.

I have added the smaller fish basket to the top of this one.

Because this one is a bit rickety it wasn't too pricey.

These are great for storage. I can always use more storage.

I wish you could have seen Mr. Savvy's face when he first saw this old basket and had to carry it down the stairs at the store and put it in the car.

Priceless :)

He's so much fun to shop with....not! He sits in the car and naps.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the thrill of the hunt if you go antiquing!

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34 comments:

  1. Oohh - love that basket Kim! I would have snatched it up too. Have a great weekend!

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  2. Don't know if we will be antiquing this weekend or not, but I am one lucky gal because my hubby LIKES to go antiquing!! He actually collects a few things himself. Supposed to be beautiful tomorrow and fairly warm, hoping to get outside!!

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  3. Kim,
    Awesome!!!! Love both of these baskets. What is it about baskets with character stacked. Just makes you smile to look at them. Great find on this one.
    Kris

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  4. Lucky you!! I love those baskets but haven't had any luck finding one...I keep checking ebay but between the price of the basket and then the shipping cost the price is way up there!! They look great in that spot Kim.

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  5. Oh, Kim, I can so relate to how your Mr. Savvy is with your shopping - mine reads in the car. Love your basket and the tag! The tags, the notes (and in French!) are the kinds of things that make my heart go pitter-patter, esp when it's in an old purse. I passed up a really nice French trunk/basket recently at an estate sale - it was $40 and I wasn't in the mood to carry it and clean it, so I left it behind. It's always the ones you leave that you regret......
    Great purchase, with or without any additional work.

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  6. Wonderful baskets.....I can't believe one even had the tag still attached!!! I have three stacked in my living room and they were a little on the pricey side. I store pillow covers in mine since they are in delicate shape. LOL!!! My husband like to go shopping for antiques but it can often backfire because he has an opinion on everything I buy and sometimes he doesn't have the vision for items that I do.On the other hand he often finds things that I have overlooked so it all works out :o) Have a great weekend!!!!
    ~Des

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  7. Kim, the basket is really a find! The older and rickety I get the more I appreciate things just like me!!!

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  8. Great find Kim-nothing wrong with showing your age right?

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  9. That is a beauty! I would love to find a big one for a coffee table but as you said it will be pricey! Love the texture and character they add!

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  10. SO pretty! I've been wanting to buy one!

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  11. Wow...what a great find Kim....I love the basket, but I must say that my favorite part of the basket is the card...have you researched on what it says?....and yes, I can just imagine Mr. Savvy's expression as he took that basket down the stairs!....

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  12. LOVE 'em, Kim! And, I'm almost crying (tears from laughing) imagining Mr. Savvy's face. I think I see his mirror image sometimes. ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  13. Love the baskets also

    Glad the hubby goes antiquing even if he sets in the car, does Miss Bailey go along also?

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  14. Hi Kim! I laughed when I read your post. If Mr Savvy's face looks anything like the expression on David's face when I shop, I know what it is. David naps in the car while I shop too. Last time we were in Houston I wanted to stop in an antique shop. David read the entire Wall Street Journal and napped. He doesn't mind if I shop, but he hates it. Bentley hates it too. Love your baskets.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  15. Great find Kim! Even if it is rickety, linen can still probably be stored well in it and even if there's no storage function whatsoever, they still look lovely on display!

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  16. I cracked up when you talked about Mr. Savvy's expression!! My Joe would have had the exact same expression:) LOVE the basket. YOu have such wonderful collections.

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  17. Fabulous find, Kim...I cant resist a great basket either. I love the sweet card attached to yours; any idea what it says? Jane

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  18. Sorry, but I'm so glad someone else's husband is not a joy to shop with either. Mine brings a book and sits in the hot Texas sun in the middle of August rather than go in a shop or IKEA with me. He hates the floral smells some shops have, but can spend hours in Guitar Center.

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  19. I like them too. I had one in my shop forever...finally my design asst bought it. I should have kept it but no place for it at the time. But now I have rearranged and I could have used it afterall. xox

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  20. Love the baskets! I tried to check the Internet to see when the "département" stopped being written on addresses to date the bigger one, but so far I had no luck. (In the address, "Loire" is a département and now we don't write it anymore, we have postcodes).

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  21. Oops, just found that postcodes appeared in 1964. So the basket is older than that, but I guess you knew that... I was hoping to find something more precise.

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  22. Mine sits in the car too! And I know mine would say, what do you want that old thing for? Now I ask you, do we ask them what they need that new tool for? Whatever!! Love the basket!!

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  23. I just found a round lidded basket and love the storage it gives! Your collection is great!

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  24. Love your new vintage French basket! Who cares what shape it's in? Almost burst out laughing when you described your husband's expression!

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  25. Baskets for storage are hard to resist. Congratulations on such a wonderful score.

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  26. I would've loved to see Mr. Savvy's face! :) Those baskets are gorgeous! It looks like you're turning me into a French Country Style addict, I love all of your finds!

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  27. I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year, we are only just surfacing in New Zealand as we get a long break over the summer...yes its been around 81 degrees farenheit for the past month and rained the first time last night. I do love the basket you bought, its gorgeous and the older ones have so much character about them. I have a few dotted around the house and one under my hall table where I am trying to encourage my other half to not leave his shoes on the floor but in the basket out of the way.

    I look forward to more lovely posts and photos from you this year :)

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  28. Had to chuckle...my father wasn't a great shopper, either. He'd sit in the car and read his paperback books.

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  29. Hi Kimmie and what a great basket! You always find the best things. I love them stacked like that. I can just see Mr. Savvy napping away while you're having a ball! Thanks so much for popping in to see me and your kind words.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. My husband does the exact same thing! He is fine letting me shop.But he won't go inside. Love your baskets! I found one last year at a yard sale for 1.00...crazy!

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  31. I love your french baskets! I collect them also! I was laughing hysterical when I read your post about your husband. My husband must be his brother! lol YOU were in Franklin antiquing....that is where I live. Which store is your favorite? When I read your post about carrying the basket down the stairs...I thought you were in Winchester!! Enjoy the holidays and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Oh, you live in my favorite town. My son lives in Nashville so I get to visit Franklin when we visit him. It was Winchester. Love that store.

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