Picnic in the Park

Vintage Picnic Basket | Storypiece.net

Oregon in the fall is my absolute favorite!  Not only is it time to bust out the boots, but the entire scenery becomes crazy beautiful.  The air is crisp and clean and the colors are truly amazing.  We live twenty minutes from downtown Portland, but only a stones throw from gorgeous farmland that is fun to visit in the fall.

Oregon Heritage Farm | Storypiece.net

However, months of rain will be hitting us soon and we are eager to take full advantage of the outdoor activities before that happens.  This includes an outing with this vintage piece.

Antique Picnic Basket | Storypiece.net

Not too long ago, I told you about the heirloom plates that Tyson and I brought home when we helped go through his grandparent’s things.  We also ended up with their picnic basket.

Vintage Picnic Basket | Storypiece.net

The basket is in stunning shape for being decades old and aside from needing to be cleaned, it is ready for a picnic in the park.

Vintage Basket | Storypiece.net

It’s been stored in a musty basement for some time and Tyson’s sister recommended that I clean it with a vinegar cleaning solution and a little time in the fresh air.

Wicker Cleaning Supplies | Storypiece.net

First I vacuumed as much of the dust as I could from the weave.  Then I spritzed and wiped down the entire basket with a (50/50) vinegar and water solution.  I was careful to be gentle as there are a few spots where the wicker is beginning to fray.  I also made sure not to saturate the basket and risk it warping in the sun.

The cleaning technique worked like a charm!


All set for a trip to the park.

Picnic in the Park | Storypiece.net

We don’t know if Tyson’s grandparents loved picnics in the park or how often they went, but the fact that they owned such a stylish piece for a lunch date in the sunshine seems just like them.  We are looking forward to making some memories of our own with it.

Picnic Basket | Storypiece.net

Are you a picnic kind of person?  What are some of your favorite fall activities? Have you been playing outside before winter is upon us?


  1. Stacey says:

    You’re so lucky to be able to not only HAVE seasons but to enjoy them. Oregon is beautiful but I especially love the fall. I probably never mentioned that my mom lives in Corvallis, my cousin in Eugene and Richie’s childhood best friend in Portland. We absolutely have EVERY reason to visit. Shame on us for not soaking up all that beauty (the state and the people!)

    Love the picnic basket!!! It really IS in amazing shape and now it’s so clean and ready for a fun afternoon. Tessa looks too cute in her little dress, flower in her hair and picnic basket. Picturesque!! What a special piece to have. I think we ALL need to go on more picnics these days. 🙂

    • Danielle says:

      Wow!! Lady, next time you are in the area, we need to meet up. There’s just so many festive things to do in the fall… It’s truly the best!

  2. Alex says:

    Look at stylish Tessa rocking that photo! I am not a big picnic person but I love Fall and will soak in any time outdoors during Fall even more so than summer b/c it’s so short and it’s beautiful to look at all the trees to stay indoors.

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks for being so sweet… Tess was happy to be my cute little model. :). Now we just need to hit up the corn maze when it dries out again.

    • Danielle says:

      I’m SO technical!! 😉

      The basket had such a fun detail that I wanted to capture, but video didn’t seem like the right thing.

      The molding in the background is the window seat that Tyson built. One of these days I’ll get a post written about that story… There was a carjack involved at one point.

  3. Gilit says:

    Alex and Victoria said it already!
    P.S. I’m a little nervous that your fab basket is going to eat me every time it comes down in the GIF

    • Danielle says:

      Hi Terry. Unfortunately, I’m not sure of the financial value for vintage picnic baskets and only have information on the care and maintenance of these antiques.

      Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!

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