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The History of the Longaberger Basket Company

The Longaberger Company's rich history began in 1919 when J.W. Longaberger began working for the Dresden Basket Factory in Dresden, Ohio. Being a quick learner with a natural aptitude he soon grew quite skilled in the art of basket making. Over time he mastered the tight weaving style that became his trademark. When the factory closed due to the Great Depression he took a job at a paper mill. However J.W. had found his calling and he continued to make baskets in his spare time. In 1936, J.W. and his wife Bonnie Jean accumulated enough money to buy the closed Dresden Basket Factory. They reopened the factory and named it The Ohio Ware Basket Company. This was a reference to the ware baskets that the Dresden Basket Factory had previously manufactured for the pottery industry.

Many years later in the 1970's, J.W. and Bonnie Jean's son, Dave Longaberger took notice that baskets were enjoying a new popularity. He asked his father if he would mind making a few baskets like he used to make in years past. J.W. made a dozen and Dave took them to a neighboring town. They were an immediate hit and a new family business was born. Dave founded J.W.'s Handwoven Baskets in honor of his recently deceased father. As the baskets grew more and more popular the company soon expanded to a larger manufacturing facility.

The unique distribution method of Longaberger baskets came about when Dave Longaberger analyzed the various sales models that the company had been utilizing. He realized that the most effective method of selling their baskets was through direct sales via home shows hosted by sales consultants. This way a consultant could take the time to explain the history and craftsmanship behind each handmade basket. It wasn't long before sales exploded and these collectable baskets became extremely popular.

Longaberger basket shaped headquarters buildingThe Longaberger corporate headquarters in Newark, Ohio is a very unique building since it is shaped in the form of a basket - and not just any basket but Longaberger's most popular basket, the Medium Market Basket! Dave originally envisioned all of the Longaberger buildings to be designed this in this fashion. Sadly, he died soon after its completion and his children who now run the company decided against designing any future buildings this way - leaving this singular building as a testament to their father's vision.

Over the last several years Longaberger has expanded their product line to include purses, jewelry and pottery. These have proven to be a very popular addition to the product line.

Longaberger baskets and accessories such as wrought iron furnishings, basket liners and protectors, WoodCrafts lids, handbags and jewelry continue to rise in popularity and value. The J.W. Longaberger Collection limited edition series of baskets are especially prized as once they are retired no more are produced. The Longaberger company is truly an inspiring American success story for collectors the world over!

What you see here is a sampling of all the Longaberger baskets and other collectibles available on eBay. If you don't see exactly what you're looking for use our site search to see even more items!

LONGABERGER OTE MINI WOVEN TRADITIONS LINER ONLY for PEN PAL  PENCIL BASKET USED

LONGABERGER OTE MINI WOVEN TRADITIONS LINER ONLY for PEN PAL PENCIL BASKET USED

$4.99

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LONGABERGER OTE KHAKI SOLID LINER ONLY for CARD FILE BASKET NIB

LONGABERGER OTE KHAKI SOLID LINER ONLY for CARD FILE BASKET NIB

$7.00

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 LONGABERGER OTE INDIGO DARK BLUE LINER ONLY for CARD FILE BASKET NIB

LONGABERGER OTE INDIGO DARK BLUE LINER ONLY for CARD FILE BASKET NIB

$7.00

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LONGABERGER OTE IMPERIAL STRIPE LINER ONLY for  SMALL KEY BASKET NIB

LONGABERGER OTE IMPERIAL STRIPE LINER ONLY for SMALL KEY BASKET NIB

$12.00

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Longaberger Vintage Ticking MAGAZINE Basket Liner ~ Brand New in Original Bag!

Longaberger Vintage Ticking MAGAZINE Basket Liner ~ Brand New in Original Bag!

$49.99

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Longaberger 2007 Classic Stain Spring Basket #18491 Liner, Protector, COA Card

Longaberger 2007 Classic Stain Spring Basket #18491 Liner, Protector, COA Card

$44.00

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  LONGABERGER OTE DENIM BLUE LINER ONLY for CARD FILE BASKET NIB

LONGABERGER OTE DENIM BLUE LINER ONLY for CARD FILE BASKET NIB

$7.00

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1994 Longaberger Gathering Basket-Swing Handles 18

1994 Longaberger Gathering Basket-Swing Handles 18" By 11"

$74.99

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LONGABERGER ORCHARD PARK PLAID LINER ONLY for TEASPOON BASKET NIB OTE

LONGABERGER ORCHARD PARK PLAID LINER ONLY for TEASPOON BASKET NIB OTE

$9.00

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Longaberger Classic Address Basket, Liner, Protector, Address Card Insert

Longaberger Classic Address Basket, Liner, Protector, Address Card Insert

$45.00

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1992 Initialed Longaberger Heartland Large Peg Basket with handle 

1992 Initialed Longaberger Heartland Large Peg Basket with handle 

$20.95

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Longaberger Heartland Small Purse Picnic Basket with Lid & Protector & Card 1992

Longaberger Heartland Small Purse Picnic Basket with Lid & Protector & Card 1992

$16.95

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LONGABERGER OLD GLORY PLAID  LINER ONLY for 2001 LITTLE STAR BASKET NIB

LONGABERGER OLD GLORY PLAID LINER ONLY for 2001 LITTLE STAR BASKET NIB

$7.00

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NEW Longaberger SMALL MARKET Basket LINER OLD GLORY Flag USA Patriotic 24015140

NEW Longaberger SMALL MARKET Basket LINER OLD GLORY Flag USA Patriotic 24015140

$19.90

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Longaberger Commemorative Christmas Collection Basket Ornaments

Longaberger Commemorative Christmas Collection Basket Ornaments

$15.59

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