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Wire Baskets

Q: I am interested in getting some of the unique utility baskets you have in your kitchen. Are they one-of-a-kind or are these baskets fairly easy to find?
-- Sue Holden, Rosenberg, Texas

Martha found her hanging wire storage baskets in an antiques store on Long Island called Ruby Beets. Although they are not unique, they are sought-after collectibles and therefore can be hard to find. The best way to find baskets like these is to search antiques stores, flea markets, and tag sales in your area.

Wire is an extremely versatile, utilitarian material. Housewares crafted from wire reached their peak of popularity around the turn of the 20th century, and the most popular antique pieces date back to this period. Over the years, Martha has collected wire dish-drying racks, glass carriers, cooling racks for cakes and pastries, letter holders, wall-mounted organizers and note-holders, bottle holders, and more. Today you can find many modern reproductions of these pieces in kitchenware and housewares stores. Some of Martha's favorite styles, such as round and rectangular wirework trays, and wall-mounted organizers, have been reproduced for Martha Stewart: The Catalog for Living.