The Amish Don’t Use Electricity... Are You Amish?
Our family simply operates the online marketplace for the finished baskets from the three families who are crafting the baskets.
We are not Amish ourselves. Our family has simply been friends with the Amish in the community for over 30 years. We started doing this for them when it was becoming obvious over the last several years that their tradition of basket weaving, that has been handed down in their families from generation to generation was beginning to look like it may become a lost art because of the need for more demand for their finished baskets which would allow the families to subsidize themselves with their craft.
That is why we started and operate the website.
You can read more about each of the Amish families in our local Old-Order community who craft the baskets shown on this website Here.
Where Are You Located?
Our Amish community is located on the border between Iowa and Missouri. The Amish families who weave the baskets that are sold on the AmishBaskets.com website weaved their baskets in the Ohio area originally but have relocated here in our Midwestern community over the past couple of generations. Click Here to read more about the families who weave the baskets.
Do You Have A Retail Store?
We ship out of a central shipping barn. The Amish families try to keep at least a few of each of their regular selection of baskets woven and in the shipping barn, so they can be shipped out right away to their customers who order baskets. Everything is shipped from here in our shipping barn, so we do not have a retail storefront.
Can I Add A Gift Message To My Order?
Yes, of course! On your shopping cart page as you check out you will see a text box labeled "Order Notes or Gift Message". Anything you type in that box will be included in the shipping box as a personal message from you.Also note that since a large number of our orders are sent as gifts, we never put any type of invoice or pricing in any of the boxes we ship. (All receipts and shipping information is emailed directly to you only.)
Do You Have Any Other Colors Or Finishes Available?
The Amish families here in the community all use the one stain color.
Although, we do have a few customers (and especially many interior-design firms) that purchase their baskets "unfinished". This way you get the raw wood and you can stain the baskets with a Minwax® stain in your choice of stain color.
We have a sheet of directions and some sample material we send out with any unfinished baskets when they are shipped. This information walks you through staining the baskets and lets you test your stain on actual basket material before starting to stain your own baskets.
For additional information on staining a basket, here is a link to a very nice lady we found on Youtube doing a video about staining a similar style of basket Here.
If you do choose to have your baskets sent unfinished, simply write in the message area on your shopping cart to "Please send these baskets unfinished". Keep in mind that it takes about 2-3 weeks to get baskets custom made with no finish.