From backpacks and totes, to mini kitchens on wheels – complete with insulated interiors and built-in MP3 players – picnic baskets aren’t what they used to be. Don’t get us wrong: we love modern kitchen conveniences and a comfortable shoulder strap, but sometimes stylish simplicity wins out.
To kick off outdoor eating season, we scoured Etsy for vintage vessels to pack our picnics in.
+ Above, an extra large wicker version with sturdy handles means you can pack enough to nosh all day. ($150 from Something Old Vintage)
+ Think insulation is a modern convenience? This large, dark wicker basket comes with a removable tin ice bin to ensure a chilled afternoon. ($50 from Collecting Carlton)
+ The warm woven wood and classic hinged lid on this classic basket is the of lazy summer days. Bonus: it comes with a second interior basket to organize supplies. ($49 from AM Radio)
+ Love the look of wicker, but not as much as clean lines? This kitschy metal “basket” has the best of both styles. ($18.48 from Gingers Girl)
+ A relic of the fab ’50s, this square-shaped picnic tin has a faux wood grain pattern and curved oak handles, with a sunny yellow interior. ($35 from Junk in Da Trunk Girls)
+ My pick of the pack: an emerald green metal beauty that’s seen its share of afternoons in the grass. ($29 from Bird in Hand Vintage Home)