Bringing Europe Home

A Tisket, a Tasket, Go Shopping With a Basket

It’s a very “Little Red Riding Hood” thing to do… (and she was European, after all!)


I bought this charming basket at village “Sunday festival” in Bavaria. (Shops were never open on Sundays, so about once or twice a year they would allow shops to open, and make an occasion of it).  There were an array of baskets like this one for sale outside one produce stand,  and each basket was filled to overflowing with fresh vegetables.  Naturally, I made my purchase choice based on the basket, rather than what was inside it (as the basket would last me years longer than the vegetables would, anyway).  I did my daily shopping with it there, and I have continued that habit when we returned to Atlanta.

It makes my grocery shopping feel more like an outing and less like an errand.  It fits handily inside the grocery cart at my local store.  Any basket will do…

 …in fact, there was a large basket and tote bag display right outside the store


I fill her up and bring her home.

I admit–I do need to supplement with extra bags.

But the unloading and unpacking is still more pleasant this way.  And, many plastic and paper bags are spared in the process.


  1. I try to bring my own bags or a backpack with me when I can, but most of the time that doesn’t work out because I shop immediately after work. I love the idea of using a basket!

    • Well, we all do what we can! Those cloth bags I have are great, because I can fit them into my purse, which I can’t do with a heavier canvass bag. And thank you–I love my little basket. 🙂

  2. Gina

    love the cute basket. works well for our environment and those quick trips to the market.

  3. prairiesummers

    When we arrived here in Canada and brought our cotton bags to the supermarket, we often got a weird look. Thank goodness, things are changing!

    • I’m surprised you got weird looks for that! It is becoming more common here to bring cloth or canvass bags to the supermarket. What really gets me noticed, though, is that basket! I get comments about it all the time. 🙂

  4. That is the best kind of souvenir – one that is pretty and useful!

    • I never thought of it as a souvenir, but you’re right! I’ll bet you’re collecting a lot of souvenirs–do you have a favorite?

      • I have a purse that I bought in a market in Florence that is one of my favorites. When I carry it I think of Italy. That’s a good memory!

        • That’s a good one! And it reminds me–I had a wallet that I bought in Florence, and it reminded me of Italy every time I pulled it out (which was often). I used it so much, it fell apart! So, now I need to go back and get another one. 🙂

  5. This is indeed a lovely and artistically made basket. I am so happy to read about your care for the environment. In Denmark, plastic bags are by law forced to cost money now, in an attempt to minimize the number. Canvas bags are more and more common now, and some use of course baskets like you do. Another bonus by using a basket, could perhaps be less buying – and less thrown away afterwards. That is another issue which are being focused on now. Shopping is fun – and complicated at one time, it demands full attention. 🙂

    • Thank you for you comments, Denmark! There are a few “bagless” stores here, such as Costco and Ikea ( 🙂 ). Trader Joe’s gives a bit of an incentive to customers who bringing their own bags. I do remember that in Germany there was a small charge for bags–I wonder what the reaction here would be if all grocery stores started charging for bags?!

      • The price is about 0.3 – 0.5 US Dollar for a bag. It was accepted quickly, people just use canvas bags or the same plastic bag more than once.
        Perhaps you should call me my name, Birgitte, I think Denmark is a bit to heavy for my tiny shoulders. 😉

        • I’m happy to meet you and call you by name, Brirgitte! Thank you for your informative comments.

  6. donnar59

    I remember my Bavarian basket well, but I don’t know where it is. I know it came back with us, but I can’t recall the last time I saw it. I must go into the creepy basement to see if it is hiding there.

  7. donnar59

    I remember my Bavarian basket well, but I have no clue as to its whereabouts. Did I leave it there? I don’t think so. I have to go into the creepy basement to look for it.

  8. Love it! I can see why it livens up the drudgery!

  9. Bonita Babe

    I try to remember to replace my canvas bags in car, shopping ready. Never used a basket – but shopping for 1 now — Lovely veggie selections!!

    • Glad you’re also doing your part to save the planet, Babe!

  10. I love it! What a great way to bring home the veggies, I wish Trader Joe’s would adopt a wicker basket system…until then I will have to pick one up. 🙂

    • Thanks, Phoenix! Actually, I’m pretty comfortable packing my overflow groceries into the empty wine boxes at Trader Joe’s–they keep my cheap wine company. 🙂

  11. TBM

    I should try this since I hate grocery shopping…it might seem less like a chore. I usually bring my backpack so I don’t have to use plastic bags.

    • I used to do my shopping that way–with a backpack and a bicycle and my basket up front. I miss that!

  12. Lisa

    This is VERY cute!! Makes me want to walk to the store with a basket … walk home … and have a spring picnic in my backyard.

  13. Love the basket and the flowers behind it are gorgeous.

    • Thank you, Cloches! I do appreciate the way our local town tries to beautify our public areas.

  14. I used to think shopping baskets were old-fashioned, but have been bitten by the Bavarian bug and now use mine ALL the time! Lovely post! 🙂

    • Thank you, Cathy! Funny, isn’t it–everything old is new again…

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