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Spotlight: Tobacco Baskets

Spotlight: Tobacco Baskets


Tobacco baskets have a rich history. They were used to bring tobacco to market back in the 1800s. Nowadays they have a stunningly rugged look and are a hot flea market collectible.

How to Find Tobacco Baskets

You can find vintage tobacco baskets both in person and online. Check out Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and Etsy. Then head in person to the flea market or your local vintage store. Scoring an original is like scoring a piece of history. 

tobacco baskets as decor
Photography by Jaki Hawthorne; home of Jenny Zacharewicz.

How to Save on Tobacco Baskets

Authentic tobacco baskets can be expensive—often over $100—so be aware of what you’re buying and how much you’re spending. You can get imitations that have all the look of the originals, but without the price tag. If you want to go that route, try a store like Hobby Lobby or Antique Farm House.

This area is teeming with vintage characters captured in an old dresser and tobacco baskets. Homeowner Liz Roth placed the neutral baskets alongside the colorful antique dresser she restored. “I used three varying sizes to create one large focal point,” she says. Photograph by Landon Wiggs.
Hallway looking into blue bedroom, with vintage furniture, fresh flowers and soft textiles
In homeowner Desiree Guy’s hallway, she added a basket on the wall to emphasize the darling vignette she has with a vintage cabinet. Photograph by Jessie Preza.

How to Decorate

Using tobacco baskets as art is a great way to add texture and dimension to a space. Pair them in groups of three or five for an impressive yet neutral gallery wall. You can also use them as centerpieces to hold vases of flowers or old books.

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