These are my favorite yard sale finds: sweet grass baskets.
They are handmade of long leaf pine needles, Sweetgrass, Palmetto leaves and Bull Rush. Descendents of West African slaves craft these baskets and sell them along the coast of South Carolina.
When we first visited Charleston, I could not afford the steep prices these baskets command. What a surprise when I came home and found a multi-looped example for $1 at my favorite thrift store!
Since that day, I have been able to pick up almost twenty of these special treasures, each under $5.
I guess people buy them for souvenirs and gifts whose value is later forgotten. I'm so glad I've been able to save some of these art forms and enjoy their unique textures in my home.