The Everything Basket

Melissa SandfortAgricultural Anthropology

Do you have a favorite bag or basket or box that you use in the house to carry laundry or magazines or a stack of papers to be filed? I have a linen bag inside for just that reason, and a 5-gallon bucket outside for the same. Outside I fill my bucket with weeds from the garden, leaves and sticks, trash to be hauled to the burn pile and anything else I can think of.

It’s the “everything basket”.

That’s what I call this old fruit basket. When grandpa first acquired it, it came filled with apples or pears. He then kept the basket and on a daily basis you can see him hauling it across the front yard filled with grass clippings, leaves, weeds and any other yard waste he may find.

I believe grandma has another one for taking laundry and clothes pins out to the clothesline and to hold gardening hand tools in the garage.

I think they’re pretty handy old baskets. Back then, they thought of everything.

Until our next history lesson …