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Sewing Baskets

I found these antique or vintage sewing baskets at my grandmother’s estate sale last weekend.  Not sure exactly how old they are or what they are made of, but I think they are fantastic!  I just imagine women in pretty dresses, sitting around using one of these to store their sewing supplies.  You know, the kind of stuff from Jane Austen novels.  Probably more likely from the early 1900s though.

The top of one is adorned with some glass beads and old Chinese coins as was the tradition for a while. 
I plan to try and clean them up a bit and maybe (depending on how valuable these ones are) store some of my less used sewing supplies in them. 
How awesome would it be to fill one of these up with sewing or knitting supplies to give as a Christmas gift to someone?  Ebay has several reasonably priced ones.  This article on Antique Trader suggests making a sewing kit as a unique bridal shower gift.  LOVE IT!

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