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Did You Know | History of Tobacco Baskets & Tips {updated}

Hello! With the onset of popularity around reproduction Tobacco Baskets. I decided it would be fun to update/repost my Tobacco Basket post from December 20, 2011 {back when my blog was called Tina's place for this and that)  With a few updated pictures and some ideas and inspiration.

I do have to say that I was amazed when the first reproductions came out and the response of people saying they had never heard of Tobacco Baskets, especially with so many bloggers using vintage, antique decor and Pinterest

Short history:
First let me say that through my information gathering (research), I discovered that in certain areas they no longer call them tobacco baskets but warehouse baskets! 🤦‍♀️

It is believed that the first baskets were developed by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, when North Carolina became the primary area for tobacco raising around the late 1800's. Before the development of these baskets; tobacco leaves used to be shipped and delivered in barrels. This way of shipping made the inspection of the leaves rather difficult and the leaves were not kept clean either.  Once tobacco baskets came along the leaves were laid in a circular pattern with the steams facing out. A hook is secured to the center of the basket and they are hoisted in the air for ease of weighing and loading. READ MORE 
Unfortunately, North Carolina's tobacco warehouses and companies switched to using burlap after the 1980's.

Just in case someone has never seen tobacco leaves

Since these baskets were either owned by the warehouse or the tobacco companies the original baskets had their names stenciled or painted on the side. Another little piece of there character that to the charm!

Tips for use:
Honestly these baskets are so pretty that just hanging them on a wall is a statement within itself.

Like this image below....WOW!
I'm unable to find the original source for this image.
If any one knows please leave me a comment, so I can give
credit where credit is due.

Photo by Troy Rhone Garden Design - More traditional home design photos.
Cute, huh?

This is my basket from the original post back in 2011. I attached 2 faux plants in the corner, and at one time there was a large metal star, too. Until I found this plaque at Kirklands not long after we moved in here and replaced the star with it. It hangs on our screened in porch.

The wonderful thing about these baskets is they can be used anywhere, especially outside and there is no need to worry about the weather ruining them. In fact, it makes them more appealing.

Enjoy your day,


  1. I love those tobacco baskets and love what you did with yours. And if the weather won't bother it, that makes it even better, since I love to have stuff on my porch. Beautiful!!

  2. That is an awesome find! Looks great. Thanks for sharing and have a very Merry Christmas.

  3. LOVE your basket on the porch...I have one in my cottage (I like it too). Thanks for coming by to my party.


  4. The basket is so pretty! Welcome to blogging and thank you so much for linking up!
    merry Christmas!

  5. Love the baskets and finding out about the history of them. Welcome to blogging. Thanks so much for visiting my website. Just stopping by to say thanks. Happy Holidays!

  6. Hi Tina,

    I'm a North Carolina blogger, too! Nice to meet you online. I love your tobacco basket. I've lived in N.C. all my life, but I never knew what those baskets were. I see them around here and there on houses, sheds, and sometimes old tobacco barns. Yours looks wonderful with the Christmas greenery and your personalized plaque on it. That's a great idea for using the basket!

    Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your kind comments. I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas.


  7. What a fabulous idea. I absolutely love the basket. What you did with it was super creative it. I would love it if you would link this awesome post to our What's It Wednesday linky party.


  8. How cool is that?! You created a very charming piece that looks very welcoming outside.


  9. I love your basket! I am seriously kicking myself right now, because I passed on one while in the thrift store. I had no idea where I'd put it, but I should have bought it anyway! Silly Me!!

  10. I love those baskets! I haven't run into anything like that around here though, but they are really cool! Thanks for stopping by my blog, glad you found me so I could find you! your blog background is really cute too!

  11. What a fascinating post, Tina! Oh to get ahold of one of those baskets! My husband's relatives in southern Wisconsin (two generations ago) raised tobacco there. I should post the photos I have. Anyway, enjoyed your post and the great photos. :-)

  12. I loved reading this post on tobacco baskets. As a child of the fifties in south Georgia, I remember these well. In fact we still have one in the 100 year old barn on our farm. Yours looks so great with greenry I'd keep something green there all year. Ivy would be beautiful there for the spring and summer. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  13. Love the greenery inside yours,that is a great idea! I bought one when we were in the mountains last month, and had no idea what I would do with it. Well, it is in the shop for sale, but it may go faster if I copy you. Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  14. It's beautiful. Just perfect with the greens. Happy Holidays!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  15. LOVE your tobacco basket!
    Have always wanted one of those.
    Yours looks great by your door.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    So nice to meet you.
    Merry Christmas!

  16. I've always wanted a tobacco basket and have never taken the plunge to buy one. Maybe 2012 will be the year.

    I found your post on Potpourri Friday, linked next to mine, so I thought I'd visit. I'm a VA blogger.

  17. Love the tobacco baskets and what you did with yours!

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post at Potpourri Friday! Have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful Holiday Season!

  18. You are being featured tonight at Knick of Time Tuesday - thanks for linking up!

    Feel free to grab my "I Was Featured" button!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

  19. Love your tobacco basket and the history that goes with it. So nice to know they are still used in Maryland and that some things don't change. Thanks for sharing that little bit of history.

  20. Isn't that just a neat part of history! And they are really charming. Thanks so much!
    Having fun with the Junkin Joe party

  21. Thank you for linking up I am sure my readers will enjoy the story as well as your wall hanging!

  22. Here are some of the countries in which tobacco is grown, to produce your cigars.
    iqos cigarette buy


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