Simple Cottage Vignette – Harry and David Baskets
Its been so hot and humid here that I’ve been staying inside except in the very early mornings. But then I head out later in the day to water the gardens. But, in this heat, their transpiration rate is very high and need more water just like humans.
I nestled vintage teacups and a creamer which I used as a fern plant holder, in the basket. The Harry and David basket made in the 50’s.
One of the most famous names in the mail order business today owes its existence to the world’s greatest financial disaster. The story is that Medford orchardists Harry and David Holmes, unable to sell their fruit to a nation racked by the Great Depression. They decided to take some of their choicest Bear Creek Orchards Comice pears to New York in the early 1930s.
Then they sent boxes of the pears to the captains of industry, along with a sales letter. Within a day orders began pouring in. People were just blown away with the “quality”.
A pretty basket with a lattice type border around the top. I found this one thrifting in Crawfordsville, IN at a rally this year for $6.00. Ebay has it listed as $25.00.
The Holmes brothers learned another valuable lesson that winter in New York, one that has taken the company to where it is today. “Only pack your very best fruit, and charge handsomely for it.”
Seventy years later, Bear Creek Corporation has developed into a $500 million business. Their gift pack line includes hundreds of products. From fruits and vegetables, much of which is outsourced, to Moose Munch caramel corn, tabletop Christmas trees, and to delicacy baklava.
Lucky for me I found another Harry and David basket at the thrift store while volunteering, 75¢. We had three birds nest this Spring and I brought them inside to be used for fern pots!
The company also has a mail-order rose, bulb, and perennial plant division, Jackson and Perkins, which is headquartered in California.
Before I forget let me show you the rest of the vignette.
A beautiful lace tablecloth, found that last week volunteering ($5). Then a vintage book laced with pink pearls and a rose clock.
Simple vignette of lace with a vintage book, pink pearls and a pretty clock.
Next a Boyd Bear…someone donated over 100 Boyd bears to the thrift store and I just had to pick up a few!
Its so much fun creating simple summer vignettes..