The value of your Longaberger basket depends on several factors. The answers to the following questions will help you begin to more accurately determine its value.
Now that you know what questions to ask, let's take a closer look at how to answer them.
Is your basket from a specific collection or is it a regular line basket?
Regular line baskets are sold for an extended period of time. Several regular line baskets such as the Market Basket and the Bread Basket have been around for quite some time and are still available today. A series of baskets produced either on a yearly basis or for a very limited time is called a collection. If your basket is part of a collection it will most often increase the value of your Longaberger basket.
Examples of Longaberger Basket collections include:
Note: Some of the specialty baskets Longaberger has made are referred to as “Feature Baskets.” These are not normally part of a series. Some examples of feature baskets include the John Deere Basket, the Boo Basket and Grandma Bonnie’s Two Pie Basket.
What is the year and stain of your basket?
Older baskets are generally worth more than newer baskets. You can determine the year of most Longaberger baskets by looking at the bottom of the basket. Many stains such as the Classic stain are no longer available and may increase the value of a basket. Some baskets are unstained or have a color weave which can also play a role in their value. Of course, the condition of any basket, regardless of its age or stain, is a major factor in determining its value, which leads us to the next question.
What is the condition of your basket?
Longaberger baskets are made by hand and minor inconsistencies in the weave or stain of a basket can often be attributed to the fact that it is handmade. Many collectors feel that these slight inconsistencies contribute to the character of the basket. The best way to judge the condition of your basket is to examine it closely in bright light and from all angles.
The condition of your basket has a lot to do with its value. A basket in poor condition will have major defects such as broken, cracked, or missing weaves and this will obviously decrease its value.
What accessories does your basket have?
The original Longaberger basket accessories such as the liner, protector, tie-on, or lid add to the value of a basket. Of course, the condition of the accessories must be graded along with the basket to determine the final value. Baskets and accessories that come in the original bag or box and include the original product, information, inspection, or care cards are generally worth more than those that do not.
Is your basket signed by a member of the Longaberger family?
Baskets that bear the signature of a member of the Longaberger family are generally worth more. Dave's signature is usually the most sought after. Grandma Bonnie's signature is held in high regard by many collectors as well and baskets signed by Tami and Rachel Longaberger are gaining in popularity. Other family members whose signatures can be found on baskets include Genevieve or Jenny, Wendy, Jerry, Dale or Larry, Maryann, Judy, Ginny, Gary, Carmen, and Jeff.
After you have examined your basket and answered all of these questions, you will still need a resource that gives average and high market values for your basket. The best place to find this information is The Bentley Collection Guide. You can learn more about this guide by visiting http://www.bentleyguide.com/bentley/. If you still have a question or two, it's ok; the Bentley Guide is full of pictures and can help you to identify the collections, specialty baskets, and even stain colors.