The Sepia Saturday prompt this week shows a big collection of baskets. There may be other baskets hiding here and there in my photo albums, but what sprang first to mind to for me was picnics in my childhood. Especially when visiting my paternal grandparents, we often went on "coffee picnics" that included a proper old-fashioned basket.
As illustrated by my mum in my first photo album:
This is from June 1957, so I'm around 1 year + 10 months old here. (And as you may conclude, a bit of rain didn't stop us!)
Some time in the early 1980s, I inherited three of my grandmother's sturdy old baskets - spotted, dusty and worn, but still intact. I cleaned them and painted them with egg oil tempera (of my own mix); and I am using them still. I keep a lot of baskets in different sizes around my flat as I find them very useful for storing all those little things that otherwise just tend to spread themselves out all over the place.
The three above are those that belonged to my grandmother (and were "old" already in my early childhood). The blue one (originally unpainted) is the biggest, and that may be the one that was used for picnics. Nowadays a decorative holder for "various" stuff in my living room. The green one (also originally unpainted) is slightly smaller. I use that for my "gardening" stuff, and it lives in a nook by the door to balcony. The third one (smaller still) had original flower decorations on its sides which I wanted to keep, so I just painted the handle and rims on that one. That one too sits on a sideboard in my living room.
Periodically over the years, I have painted some more (smaller) baskets, which I bought (new) for that purpose. (Sometimes using hobby paint, easier than tempera as it dries faster.) Taking a turn round my flat, I found all these still in use... (The red one in a cupboard, but it will change places with the yellow one in winter - on my kitchen table.)