March 9th

Abdullah shows his baskets for sale

Abdullah shows his baskets for sale

Abdullah shows his baskets for sale

My father jokes that if there is an African in the room, I can find and befriend him in no time flat. It seems whereever I go, I can find a friendly African face. This weekend, for example, I met Abdullah at the Scottsdale Farmer’s Market. If you are guessing that he was the only African in sight — you’d be right. The market is a hubub of pricey (while lovely) organic eats, crafts, cupcakes and Sweet Republic ice cream.

Ghanian baskets for sale at the Scottsdale Farmer's Market

Abdullah imports these baskets from his friends in Ghana and sells them for $30. I’m thinking they’d make pretty stellar Easter baskets. I’ve got to get back there to buy a few before the holiday arrives. It would be sweet to fill one of these with baked goods for my grandparents or books for a sick friend. I’m on a basket kick of late. I’d love a couple of these to use for shopping at the market too!

Ghanian baskets for sale at the Scottsdale Farmer's Market

Ghanian baskets for sale at the Scottsdale Farmer's Market

Or, you know, to carry Toto on my bike.


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25 Responses

  1. Those look like some pretty awesome baskets! Colorful, sturdy, they look like great Easter baskets. 🙂

  2. Very cool, and they would be awesome Easter baskets..

  3. Beautiful baskets! Very colorful and bright. They would be cheery in place they go!

  4. Those are beautiful!!! I covet them.

  5. Can you please let me know how I could get a few? I would love to get one for me and one for a friend.

  6. Those are stunning. I’ll take one for magazines and the like that accumulate on the living room floor!

    They also be good for kid’s toys, or gloves, toques and scarves that pile up at the front door in winter, or full of baked goodies, a bottle of wine and a beach blanket.

  7. If I weren’t REALLY watching my money right now I would ask you if I could send you money to buy one and mail to me! I particularly love that stripey one. They are gorgeous.

  8. Lovely! There is a family who sells similar baskets at Rhinebeck every year. I bought one two years ago and plan to get more this year. They’re so practical and pretty.

  9. AmyinAZ March 9, 2009

    I am generally just a lurker, but have to ask — Where is the farmers market you went to in Scottsdale? I went to one around the old town area and it was teeny tiny.

  10. I bought one that looks like it comes from the same place at a local farmer’s market here in Tucson a couple of years ago. I love it so very much. It is smaller and not much less than $30, so this looks like a real bargain and treasure to me.

  11. Wow, I am with everyone else, how do I get one or two, ok three of these? I do a girls weekend once a year and these would be perfect to fill with goodies for the girls. They are beautiful!

  12. These are so much fun!…and yours turned out great!! Thanks for sending me that link as well…I put it on my list of projects. 🙂

  13. Wow! They are beautiful and $30 is a STEAL!

  14. Oh my, those *are* lovely.

  15. Ooh I love these!! There’s nothing like a gorgeous basket! I am on the hunt for a few for around the house for books and such, wish I was in AZ!

  16. Looks like you could make some extra dough exporting those from the farmers market and out into the blogosphere. 🙂

  17. oooo i want 1 too… if you decide to do what atpanda says *hint hint nudge nudge*, let me know!

  18. You should help him get set up on Etsy ;o)

  19. Those are beautiful!!! I love the idea of using it at the market…that would be perfect!!! Great story!

  20. I am a basket-freak and these are fabulous. I could really use one for my books…He looks like a character, too. Delightful!

  21. Those are beautiful! And that certainly looks like Old Town–I recognize that big wheel in the background. I’ve never been to that Farmer’s Market, guess I might have to check it out!

  22. Michelle March 12, 2009

    I purchased a basket similar to those at an orchard and I continually receive compliments on it when I use it at the market. I never thought of using it for storage- what a great idea!

  23. Woah, what nice colorful baskets. Those are great.

    I’ve been meaning to ask you, in Mexico, are frogs considered lucky? I’ve got three kids there (not mine, but as good as if they were). that I was thinking of sending some candy frogs too. Someone at the candy store told me frogs were considered a symbol of luck there, so wanted to make sure before I send them. Wouldn’t be lucky for the candy frog to melt on the way, definately bad juju. lol.

  24. So pretty! Could you possibly send me one if I send you the money for the basket and shipping beforehand?