For years I have been searching for a vintage sewing basket. I know what I have been hoping to find. Wicker basket, firm fabric covered top, similar to the signature Cath Kidston sewing baskets. Only I want old, vintage, well loved. I have seen my dream basket, but it is usually in a background shot of someone's sewing room or studio on a blog or in a magazine. Never front and center, never for sale, just perfectly perfect and out of reach.
This week I came across the cutest sewing basket I have seen in person to date and snatched it up for $12. Wicker basket, firm wood lid, bright floral decal. I love it.
It is adorable inside and out. The label inside says "Princess, Algonquin Illinois". I was hoping to research the history of my new find, but my google search didn't reveal any info. about the company, just many more listings on etsy and ebay for more of these cute baskets. Soft pastel colors, nice floral lids and even a few with poodles on the sides! My search also revealed that mine is missing the original cording which went through the holes you see in the bottom and lid to form handles. Hence the $12 price I guess!
I'm happy to have finally found what I was looking for. And, I will keep my eyes open for another with the original cording intact to hold the lid on (isn't this how collections get started?). Until then, if anyone knows anything about the history of these cute baskets, please let me know.