Many years ago I had the wonderful oppotunity
to travel to Dresden Ohio, home of Longaberger.
If you've never been and love baskets
and handmade products it's a trip I
Upon driving into town and seeing this
amazing building you know you're in for a treat.
While visiting the 'Homestead' I encourage you
to take the time to tour the factory
and watch the weavers at work.
Watching each basket be woven by skillful hands
gave me an appreciation for 'Made in the USA'
that had eluded me before. After each basket is made it
is marked with the Longaberger logo and dated
and initialed by the weaver.
While in Dresden I visited this site...
I have my own scaled down version at home!
Over the years I came to own
many of these handmade baskets,
some were gifts others I purchased myself.
Here are just a few others I own.
While I admire the craftmanship, these baskets
are made to be used and stand the test
of time. I have had my baskets for
over 10 years and use them
around the house for everything from
storage to serving food to guests.
If you like to read non-fiction and autobiographies
then this book is one I highly recommend.
It not only tells of the humble beginnings
of this now large American company
but also gives you some insight into
great business practices and
how this country can and should support
'Made in the USA.'
(photo courtesy of Amazon.com)