Eggs in a Basket

Someone asked me the other day how I go to things like Christie’s and not return home with all kinds of stuff.

I told them it was because I didn’t want my house to become the cluttered, claustrophobic mess it used to be again. Which is true. What’s also true is I have nowhere to put anything else.

If I get sick of something I own I don’t really have a lot of room to “stash it” until I feel like looking at it again. I have a basement but 20% of it is filled with tools, 70% with Christmas decorations and the remaining 10% with body parts and bones. You think I’m joking. I am not. More on that in a later post.

So when I go somewhere like an antique show or flea market, I usually go with a mission. One or maybe two things that I’m specifically looking for. In the case of Christie’s antique show this year I knew exactly what I was going for.

Inspired by a room styled by Heather Bullard (contributing editor to Country Living Magazine and sponsor on this site) I knew I needed an antique egg basket.


Now, I needed this egg basket for the obvious reason … I have eggs. And pretty ones too. But I also needed a wire egg basket because I just knew in my head if I bought one, my kitchen would instantly be transformed into the picturesque retreat as seen above. I just knew it would.

Oh.  I was also on the hunt for a bone coloured crock and a few wooden spoons,  a blue glass thingamabob, some wooden crates,  a vintage cookbook and some fresh picked, countrified produce.

I spotted the blue glass thingamabobs but for some reason unknown to me (probably cheapness) I didn’t buy one.  I regret it.  I found a few crocks but they had too much of a grey tinge so I didn’t buy them.  Ditto on the regret.   I decided I had enough vintage cookbooks, couldn’t find any spoons, and the one woman who had some fresh produce on her sandwich became surprisingly alarmed when I tried to pick a tomato off it.  So I left her and her tomato alone.

After 5 hours or so of wandering around Christie’s what I *did* come home with was a belly full of french fries and a single purchase.

Not an antique, but a “vintage” (code word for oldish) wire egg basket.

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It’s not my dream egg basket by any means.  Yes.  I have a dream egg basket.  It’s a little too new, a little too perfect, a little too clean.  The shape isn’t quite squat or curvy enough, but for $20 it’ll do until I find what I’m really looking for.  I like the fact that it has legs on it like the one in the kitchen Heather styled.  I also like that it does indeed … hold eggs.

Here’s another shot of me pretending to gather eggs in my basket.

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I’d already gathered my eggs that day and from what I remember I didn’t use a cute egg basket.  I just shoved them into the pocket of my hoodie.

I’m not above taking a pretty picture, but you may as well know the truth behind it.

The other sad truth is, while I’m fine with the idea of keeping the eggs on the counter in a basket, as opposed to in the fridge, the fella will have none of it.  Just the thought of it sends him into fits which include (but are not limited to) pretend vomiting, actual gagging, icky faces and stomping his foot while thrusting his hand forward at the same time while he says NO in 14 different languages.  Most of them made up.

So even though I know as long as you don’t wash the “bloom” off an egg you can keep it on the counter, the fella can’t deal with it.  So, as I mentioned, the other sad truth is, in actuality, my egg basket will be holding fruit.

And maybe …. the odd bit of fresh picked, countrified produce.




  1. Jacinta says:

    We never kept our eggs in the fridge growing up… always in a basket on the counter. After moving i thought it quite strange that people kept them in the fridge! They were always washed also, because usually they were quite poopy. I now keep them in the fridge, but only for lack of counter space. xo

  2. Sarah says:

    I just recently started (obsessively) reading your blog. I LOVE IT. You can tell because I used all caps.

  3. Laura says:

    You see it, you want it, you buy it, you got it! Chant that next time.

  4. Amanda says:

    I see your toenails still are looking pretty!! Jealous!!!! All my polish wears off the little toes in a week leaving me looking like a weirdo that only paints her big toe… but now for a comment that is related to your post…

    I like your new egg basket!! and what is the “bloom” that you would wash off? Feeling kinda dumb here… My family has a farm and they even have chickens. However I grew up in town and only really learned about how to grow wheat šŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Amanda – The bloom is a really thin “skin” that you can’t even see. It keeps the egg bacteria free by stopping air/dirt/etc. from getting through the shell and into the egg. ~ k!

  5. Err… ummm… what is egg bloom? And why shouldn’t it be washed off an egg? And how long can eggs sit on a counter before they’ll go bad? Inquiring divas wanna know.

    – Gitana the Creative Diva

  6. Gayla T says:

    Well, I’m glad to see you survived the hostile take over attempt from yesterday. Since you are still here posting I assume you won! Yippeee! There was no hope of those two being even half as funny as you are. Your little egg thingy is really cute. I have one but it’s like a 2 gallon bucket with holes in it. Mine is for serious egg production otherwise it would take weeks to fill it up. I really expected much more stuff to have come home with you but you are wise to only buy what you have room for. I have a new policy that if something comes in the front door something has to go out the back door. Unfortunately that just means it goes into my two car garage or down in the basement. I love stuff. I buy things I’m going to work on when I retire which I did years ago. However, how could I be expected to pass up an antique brass bed for only $10 and I’ll get it polished up one of these days. Or not! I can just admire it every time I go in the garage so that can count as a ligitimate use, right? Yes, right!

    • Karen says:

      The first step is admitting you have a problem. Wait … did you actually admit to the problem? Or did you justify it. I can’t remember. Brain’s still a bit foggy from bad lettuce someone force fed me yesterday. šŸ˜‰ ~ k

  7. Molly says:

    Under German regulations (and these may be EU-wide) for commercial producers eggs can be kept up to 18 days without refrigeration AND they must not be washed. Washed eggs loose their quality grade A status because they are extremely prone to bacteria penetrating the unprotected shell. Just keep them out of the sun.

    That said, the eggs we buy in supermarkets are unwashed and I’ve never heard of anybody who washes those eggs before putting them into the fridge. And hey, we’re still alive šŸ˜‰

    I’m in doubt your (beautiful!!) eggs will become that old at all.

    • Sara says:

      I wash mine just before I use them…but my only reason I have for that is that my mom did it (and her mother did it). If it’s a bacteria issue, I guess I should start washing them immediately after bringing them home. Oops! Well, I’ve lived 32 years so far, dirty eggs be damned.

  8. Eleanor says:

    In New Zealand supermarkets don’t keep eggs in the fridge, they’re just on the shelf like everything else. I reckon you tell the fella to do some research, and that you’ll talk once he gets himself some science.

  9. Love the kitchen photo. I do have the bone colored crock on my counter. Bought it in a Seattle antique shop about 28 years ago.
    So once you find the ideal wire egg basket. Could you blow out the eggs, Easter style and leave those in the basket on the counter? Then the fella will stop gagging.

  10. Susan says:

    I too only try to buy what I need,,,,I needed stuff for the store! I got nothing except a mirror that has Robin Hood on it. I didn’t need it but who else has a Robin Hood Mirror? What I needed was more chairs and a bottle opener thingy that screws to the wall or in our case, cabinet. I found one but it was pristine in the original box. $75.!!! Original! I didn’t need it that much! But I hunted for one and found one at a car flea market. It is not pristine and not in the original box that I was told was worth thirty bucks but I paid a measly $15!! Still too much but I find out now that they are as scarce as hen’s teeth! A real collectors item! I have also found it better to go to these shindigs with a purpose as it is more fun to search out a trinket or two. An egg basket would look real good on my cabinet….I must go trinket hunting! I NEED a new, old egg basket! šŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Sue – Have you tried Ebay or Etsy for the bottle opener? I can’t imagine shipping would be very much on it. ~ k!

  11. Natika33 says:

    Hi Karen,

    In case it helps convince the fella, I’m a trained microbiologist and worked in the field for 7 years. Eggs are sterile on the inside, meaning they can’t go bad unless the shell is cracked. The shells will get thinner over time and tiny cracks you can’t see may develop, but this takes time…I’m talking weeks maybe months. Assuming you eat your eggs within a week or so of collecting them, washed or unwashed, they will be perfectly fine on the counter.

  12. cred says:

    I love the basket and I want one, too. But I also need the chickens first. Store bought eggs are washed and then sprayed to seal them but I wouldn’t leave them on the counter.

    How do you clean your eggs so that they’re pretty but still have the bloom so that they are safe to leave unrefrigerated?

    -I laughed out loud about stealing the tomato AND imagining the fella having a bit of a fit over room temp egg storage.

    • Karen says:

      Cred – My eggs usually cone out pretty clean so I don’t need to clean them up very often. To clean them but not remove the bloom just rub them a little bit with a dry paper towel or tea towel. ~ k!

  13. marilyn says:

    thats pretty nice karen, prob if u left it out in the rain a few times it would look older..

  14. All those things are conceptually yours Karen, you just didn’t have to hand over money for them. Discernment is the hallmark of character (and cheapness).

  15. Jillian says:

    You are a modern day Laura Ingalls! lol I love the look. Now you need some antique cookbooks so you can learn how to make things like “stuffed heart” and “foamy egg sauce”. Seriously, I have a few pre-world www2 and they are amazing! Good old fashioned eatin’ to match your kitchen. Love your style Karen!

  16. J9 says:

    I buy eggs from Zehrs but I now I want an egg basket. What do you think would happen if I took the eggs out of the egg carton at the store and took them to the cashier in an egg basket?

  17. Barbie says:

    I SO understand your philosophy of “don’t bring any more STUFF home that you don’t TOTALLY need”! We are currently in the process of purging out so much stuff it is overwhelming! Can’t breath! We went to a local and (yearly) antique/junk sale that everyone loves here “Farm Chicks” and broke our rule last weekend…bought an antique sink for our garden…..we came home and repented! ha! sold it to the neighbor the next day (while I clenched my teeth and cried) …..the fact was there it sat in the barn next to all the other STUFF that we have no room for. The sickness MUST stop! LOL
    I do LOVE your egg basket though….maybe I’ll go buy one today! ha ha ha ha ha! See? I’m sick! I may need a 12 step recovery group for this. šŸ™‚

  18. This is a case of when it is very ok to put all your eggs in one basket.

    I am mean because I plan to tell you that I have a few antique egg baskets. My most precious is a miniature child’s basket that I found at a French flea market. HAD to have it.

    It’s here:

  19. Sue From Vermont says:

    What a lovely photo of all your eggs in one basket! And they say not to do that . . .

  20. Alex says:

    I know this is about eggs, but your kitchen is perfection. I wish more designers would keep original cabinets and work with the interiors. They have a hell of a lot more character than their replicas. Excuse me, I have to go PIN that now.

  21. jamie says:

    i think it’s awesome that in europe, all the eggs are on the shelf even in the grocer. yay for quality eggs! i wish i could have chickens, but silly hoa.

  22. Sherri says:

    I would be in grave trouble if I went to Christie’s or any decent flea market. I may have a small list of things in my mind that I need, but once I’m turned loose among the stalls, suddenly half of what I see becomes a need instead of a want. So how do I deal with it? I don’t go to such places more than once a year and I take only the amount of cash with me that I can afford to part with. Sort of the same trick a wise person should employ when they go to the casino. In spite of that, I need to purge my possessions again this summer. I need to simplify for sanity’s sake…my sanity! Wanna come to my yard sale? Bring lots of cash!

  23. I love the basket and all the uses it could have. Man those eggs are such a pretty color too. BTW your toes are cute in the picture.

  24. Maureen says:

    You could blow the insides out of some of your pretty eggs and keep those in the basket. I mean the empty shells, not the inside stuff.

  25. CC says:

    When I went to mexico on a vacation, years ago I saw these sweet villages and litterly cases of eggs stack near the outdoor kitchen, fresh eggs from the chickens running around. I kept thinking why are they not in a refrigerator like we must do at home? I love the basket idea, and I bet cooking them at room temp is better too.

    My other question would be butter, does it stay in the fridge or out? and oh YEA KAREN I ADORE YOUR BLOG IT MAKE MY DAY..

  26. Ruth says:

    Well, I’ll be…. I never knew there was actually such a thing as an ‘egg basket’!

    We raised chickens when I was in high school, and all we ever used for egg collection was whichever mixing bowl or ‘pudding pan’ was handy.

    Now I feel deprived… our egg collection days would have been so much brighter with a designated egg basket. Ah well… :-/

  27. Kate S. says:

    I have an adorable egg basket I picked up at an antique show several years ago and mine hold porcelain eggs . . . my husband was totally on board with real eggs being stored in the basket and left on the counter and, not surprisingly, so were our Border Collies. The first time we came home to smashed eggs being surreptitiously lapped up through a wire basket the eggs went back into the refrigerator: )

  28. Nicole2 says:

    I totally disagree with you Karen. That basket is sheer perfection. Sheer. Gorgeous and perfect. Especially with all those pretty, soft-coloured eggs in it. It makes me happy to look at it.

    Tell the fella to get over his eggs-left-on-the-counter aversion. It’s not manly.

  29. Shauna says:

    I think my husband would freak out too if I left our eggs on the counter. He’s constantly telling me how gross it is that I don’t wash them. I keep saying I don’t want to wash off the bloom and then I think he turns off because he thinks I’m talking crazy talk. Maybe I’ll send him this link to straighten him out;)

    • Shauna says:

      Oh my gosh, I just had to share. First, my comment above. I sent this link to my husband as an explanation for why I don’t wash off the bloom. This was his reply:

      “Bloom is a strange name for chicken vaginal juices and somehow makes it more unappetizing, I will just plan on washing them before I use them then. During winter I could see leaving them out, during summer Iā€™m with her fella.”

      I know I can post this here as opposed to many other blogs – the tampon popsicle and the chicken close-ups make me feel safe that your readers can not only handle it, but will likely laugh as well.

  30. Deborah says:

    As I Realtor – I could sell that kitchen (AND THE HOUSE!) in 1 day….I know plenty of people that would kill for your *old* place….wanna talk turkey? Er.. I mean chicken? LOL!;P

  31. Rita says:

    Okay, I have to have one now. It fabulous!

  32. Emily J says:

    Dang it. I thought I was All Set with the perfect white ceramic egg cartons that I found. Ready to haul off and build both my brooding box AND that gorgeous coop.
    But, NO.
    NOW I need a vintage egg basket.
    in the worst way.
    Thanks, Karen.
    Now you’d better post that photo of my cat on the toilet.

    • Karen says:

      You DO need the basket. You really do. I know the exact white ceramic egg cartons you’re talking about because I ALSO thought they were the perfect egg vessel. They are not. šŸ™‚ ~ k

  33. Thanks for sharing your find. Like the basket. Love the eggs. Oh I want some Ameraucanas… or my very own Cheez Whiz.

  34. kelliblue says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Nicole2, too! Your egg basket is lovely, and is a veritable Easter dream with those beautiful colored eggs inside it! Can’t imagine your ‘dream’ basket could look any purtier than the one you have now.

    p.s. but I do agree with keeping eggs in the ICEBOX! (ha! how’s that for old terminology?)

  35. Leona says:

    First time poster now scary avid fan. Saw a post of yours this AM opening a wine bottle on a tree…LMAO! Now, this wealth of knowledge on egg bloom! I had no idea and I grew up with the darling little cluckers.

    And, just when I thought it could not be any better…Wow! “….must have french butter dish.” in best Zombie voice!

    You can bet, I’ll be Baaaach! You can continue to be Mozart.


    • Karen says:

      Welcome Leona! Sometimes I yell at people and swear. Other times I’m nice and friendly. I’m kind of a crapshoot. ~ karen!

  36. Anj says:

    Hi Karen
    Beautiful pastel colour eggs make delicious eggs benedict for Father’s Day breakfast. Thanks so much!

    A word of caution apparently even extremely cute 8 year old giggly red heads cannot wake Daddy up just to show him how beautiful pastel colour eggs are before they are cooked. Grumpy Daddy almost didn’t get Father’s Day breakfast.

    • Anj says:

      Also forgot to say she washed out and saved the egg shells because they were too beautiful to throw away.

      • Karen says:

        LOL. Renee did the same thing! Glad the eggs were good. I eat one every single day. Scrambled with a piece of whole wheat toast at 11:00 a.m. šŸ™‚ ~ k

  37. JoAnna says:

    found your website, I’m loving it! Many thanks

  38. Nicole says:

    When I was in Germany a couple weeks ago, the eggs in the store were just on a shelf, not a cooler.
    Bread and eggs were beside each other in the same aisle. The cartons were smaller as well, not a dozen. The yolks were a nice orange, not the pale ones like we have here.

    I love your website, my daughter is shocked that there is someone else with the same taste as me.

  39. Ruth says:

    I too have an egg basket that is holding my daily lemons…mostly due to the fact that my girls have not started laying yet but I doubt it will ever hold eggs but I will probably end up with another one for egg purposes because in my opinion everyone needs two egg baskets šŸ˜‰

  40. Alicia says:

    Thank God that I have found your blog. You have clued me into all the things that I must have. Vintage wire egg basket, chicks (which I now have), coop (which I don’t have) and possibly a goat.

    Thank you. My husband doesn’t thank you ( he has to build the coop).

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