The Handmade Royal Sussex Trug Giveaway

May 19, 2020

The Sussex trug, originally called the trog originates back to 1829 in Herstmonceux, England.

Designed by Thomas Smith based on the idea of an old Anglo-Saxon product known as the trog, he modernized it and called the wooden vessel that became light and more versatile the trug.

The trug was used on farms in the Sussex area to measure grain, beer and milk. They came in several sizes as to designate several ways of measuring – pints, gallons and bushels.

But it was in 1851 when Thomas Smith traveled to London to visit and display his trug (made of chestnut and willow woods) at the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park where the Crystal Palace was built that changed the trug’s future.

Enter Queen Victoria.

Upon visiting the show on the first day, she became quite intrigued and interested in Smith’s Trugs. So much so, she ordered several as gifts for members of the Royal Household. Ever since this fateful day, the trugs, these Sussex trugs, have become known well-beyond the county of Sussex and have been internationally recognized.

The successor of Thomas Smith Esq. is the Cuckmere Trug Company, still based in Herstmonceux, Sussex. And the trug seen above (on the left) is one of their famed and beloved items.

Handmade, in their own Sussex workshops, signed, stamped and dated as to its authenticity, to have one of one’s own is to have a piece of British history. (Shop for all different sizes for vegetables, flowers, cucumbers, wine and more here.)

Four of many different sizes, each made of willow and chestnut wood.

~for flowers~
~for vegetables~
~for cucumbers or wine~

Made with copper nails and willow and chestnut wood, each detail is thoughtful, intentional and creates an extremely sturdy and well-made basket. And that’s just it – they are made to be used. They will last. While you may be tempted to keep them inside and only use them as decoration, I would encourage strongly you to get them dirty, place actual plants and flowers cut or pulled from the earth in your garden. Water is fine as it will add to the patina. Enjoy for a lifetime and let the trug tell a story of your gardening journey, your journey working and appreeciating and savoring Mother Nature.

Currently Thomas Smith, where these Royal Sussex Trugs are made and shipped from is not shipping to the United States due to our current situation. This is temporary; however, I was lucky enough to find size four available prior to the shutdown and have one available for a lucky winner of today’s giveaway.

Today, I am offering TWO giveaways. One is, until now, unannounced.

As you can see below and at the top of the post, there are two trugs. The one on the left is the true Royal Sussex trug. It measures 15″ x 7″ and can hold one gallon (valued at @ $84). The trug on the right is made right here in Oregon. Barber’s Myrtlewood Baskets. In fact I spoke with the small business directly which is located in Coos Bay, and they handmade this particular basket just a day before it was shipped.

~On the left: the Royal Sussex Trug, made in Sussex by Thomas Smith’s company; on the right: Barber’s Basket’s Myrtlewood Trug, made in Coos Bay, Oregon~

This large trug made of Myrtlewood measures 20″x 12″ with a 10″ handle. Made with copper nails just as the original Royal Sussex Trugs are, this is also an extremely sturdy basket. Myrtlewood, in case you have not heard of it before, is indigenous to a small area in Pacific Northwest and is rare and difficult to find. The wood is durable and strong, and beautiful as you can see when finished and made into a basket.

I wanted to showcase both the original Royal Sussex Trug and the Myrtlewood Trug so you can learn of the original of this traditional garden basket to welcome into your everyday garden routine, but also, especially for fellow Oregonians and Pacific Northwesterners, introduce you to a local business that makes a gorgeous English-inspired product right in your own backyard.

Have a look at more images of each of the trugs.

A single piece of wood wraps around as the handle.

Two “feet” run across the entire bottom horizonally to secure the basket and enable it to sit securely.

~copper nails secure the basket~

~overlapping wood creates a solid bottom for the basket.~

~use for vegetables or flowers~

Copper nails to secure the basket.

Copper staples as well.

~for size comparison, side by side.~

Now to the giveaway. So how is going to work?

Well, this is a giveaway for the supporters and engagers of TSLL community.

What does that mean? ONE trug basket will go to a TSLL reader who has commented at least once prior to this post (not for a giveaway) and contributed positively to TSLL community. Whether something as simple as saying hello and thank you, sharing a detailed comment or even gentle constructive criticism to improve the blog, but also remembering the creators (okay, me) are human, if you have made at least one of these comments since the founding of the blog in 2009 (I can quickly check and confirm on my end so long as you use the same email address), you may enter to win one of the trugs. The SECOND trug basket will go exclusively to an AD-FREE SUBSCRIBER (must be a paid subscriber by Friday May 22, 2020). Whether you are a monthly or yearly subscriber, you may enter the giveaway.

I wanted to offer a giveaway as a way of thanking the many hundreds of thousands of readers who over the years have chosen to positively and civilly engage in conversation here on TSLL. It is becoming a more common practice to do away with the comment sections on blogs, but I have not chosen to do this as I can honestly say, the civil engagement is de rigueur. Over the past 10 years I have deleted maybe 1-2 comments each year that were hurtful or inapprioriate (from actual people, not bots) which speaks highly of the quality of community you all bring to this space. For that practice and elevated discourse, I am sincerely deeply grateful. Thank you.

I know MANY readers of the blog do not comment (I myself am not a big commenter on other blogs, but I do enjoy many blogs immensely); however, that is why I am opening up this window to at any time in the past 10 years. Life gets busy. You stop by the blog to enjoy, not to have a conversation but rather to step away from whatever moment you wish to take a breath from. Please know, I completely understand this and do not expect comments on most posts as they are written to be enjoyed, thought-provoking, motivating or to introduce something of interest. In offering this opportunity, I wanted to encourage you should you ever be compelled and inspired to comment and let you know this is a welcoming, kind, intelligent, open-minded community, and you can safely engage. If something speaks to you, if something sparks an idea, a memory, anything that just grabs you, I hope you feel comfortable to share as we move foward. I monitor every comment and do my best to continue to create a space readers feel at ease being a part of. So thank you, and good luck as you enter today’s giveaway.

Secondarily, but just as importantly, the Ad-Free Subscribers who support the blog monetarily with their regular monthly and yearly subscription dues – I am tremendously grateful for your choice to support the content on this blog. More than 100 TSLL readers have chosen since this opportunity began to support the blog, and in so doing enjoy a blog reading experience which is more enjoyable and offers quicker load-times on any of your devices (as well as exclusive giveaways during each of TSLL’s themed weeks during the year – French and British, such as this on).

If you have been considering supporting TSLL blog as you find yourself visiting the blog on a regular basis, now is a GREAT time to become a subscriber as I am offering two different opportunities: one will give you a reduced rate for the duration of your continued subscription and the other will give you one month free of TSLL ad-free reading (you will not be able to enter today’s giveaway if you choose this option).

  • Monthly Ad-Free Subscription
    • Enjoy the first month FREE, when you subscribe during British Week. Each following month the regular $6.99/mo will be charged to the account you register with. Use the promo code ONEFREEMONTH
    • If you would like to enter today’s giveaway and would like the monthly option, simply do not use the promo code, and you will be automatically entered.
  • Yearly Ad-Free Subscription – The BEST MONEY SAVING DEAL
    • Pay only $60/year (regularly $69.99/yr), which breaks down to $5/mo when you use the promo code YEAR60Ad. (you will automaticaly be entered into today’s giveaway)
  • Learn more about TSLL’s Ad-Free reading experience in this post.
  • REMEMBER, if you choose to be an ad-free subscriber, once you have paid, you STILL must sign-in each time you visit the blog in order to enjoy reading ad.
  • If you would like to purchase your own Trug, you can find the links to both companies in TSLL’s Shop in both the Decor and Kitchen section (go to the menu under the Blog Header, find TSLL’s Shop, view the drop-down menu and click on Decor and/or Kitchen)

The Ad-Free Subscriber who is randomly selected (you must leave a comment to enter – please make sure the email you leave a comment with is the same associated with your subscriber account) will have the opportunity to choose the trug of their choice from the two seen in the pictures on today’s post. The second trug will be given to the second winner (non-ad-free subscriber, but awesome commenter on TSLL :)).

Please note there is still one more giveaway for EVERYONE to enter, as well as one more giveaway that will be exclusive to weekly newsletter subscribers.

HOW TO ENTER to win your own Garden Trug:

  • Leave a comment on this post (please do the following if you are an Ad-Free Subscriber):
    • Indicate which trug you would prefer.
    • If you are NOT an ad-free subscriber, all you need to do is leave a comment.
  • Enter by Saturday May 23rd by Noon (Pacific Time).
  • Stop by the blog on Sunday May 24th to see if you are the lucky winner. If you are the lucky winner and do not claim your prize by Tuesday May 26th, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

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99 thoughts on “The Handmade Royal Sussex Trug Giveaway

  1. Love the trug on the left. Thanks for sharing the history. It’s great to learn something new to be able to share with friends and family. Would love this for cut flowers. Just recommend your blog to an acquaintance that just moved from DC to Bend.

  2. Wow, these are gorgeous and whomever wins them is very lucky indeed. I believe that I have commented on the blog. I am not an ad free subscriber but am certain I have commented on your IG posts as well as stories, which truly brighten both my feed as well as my day. Thank you for continuing to offer thoughtful, well crafted, high quality content. It’s a real pleasure and inspiration to watch your everyday adventures (and, I won’t lie – I really love Norman and Oscar). 🙂

  3. The trug basket makes my heart sing. Very thankful for your blog and all the wonderful inspiration you give to your readers. I look forward to new podcasts and listen weekly.

  4. Thank you, Shannon, for all the ways you have inspired me to truly pursue a simply luxurious life. I tend to comment more via IG- I think the first time was just this past winter- you were watching Charlie Brown Christmas, and I knew that had cemented our kindred spirits! 😊 I believe I have also commented on the blog as well. Fingers crossed I am fortunate enough to win one of these delightful trugs- I promise to put it to good use and not just sit on a shelf to view from afar!!

  5. I have never heard of a trug until now! That’s why I LOVE reading your blog! I’ve been a listener of the Podcast since year 1 and it’s truly enriched my life. I’m pretty sureI have commented on past blog posts, but I defiantly comment on Instagram and have reviewed the podcast! So excited to do a little more research myself on these interesting baskets! I have peonies in my yard that are about to bloom and I would love to have something like this to take them in!

  6. I found your blog when I was in law school and absolutely burned out. The blog was such a serene, peaceful mental break for me between study sessions. Thank you for all that you do.

  7. These are beautifully crafted pieces and whoever wins each piece will surely love! I am not an ad free subscriber nor can I remember if I’ve commented much before this current British week, but I wanted to say thank you and that I can truly only imagine you have the loveliest subscribers and followers because what joyful life you write and share!

  8. Shannon, how kind of you, what a lovely treasure of a give-away! Both trugs are gorgeous, but I have to say, the color and patina of the Myrtlewood trug from Oregon really caught my eye. The herbs and veg from my garden will make such an entrance into the kitchen! 😀

  9. I LOVE these, they are beautiful!! I think the Myrtlewood is my favorite though. I must say, I have recently found your blog (I have been a big fan of your books prior, but am not the biggest computer user so I am a bit late to the blog) and I am a month old subscriber. I want to tell everyone that it is really worth it!! I am able to just absorb myself in your wonderful pictures and words without distraction!! I am also completely new to Instagram, and I love your posts there as well!! Thank you for all you do! I am finding new ways every day to elevate my life!

  10. Hi Shannon, the Royal Sussex Trug would be really nice to have! I’ts a perfect size for my petite frame and I’m already imagining ways of using it. Excited :))

  11. Thanks for the ongoing history treats in British week! I’ve been a long-time reader and can’t even count all the walks I’ve taken while listening to your podcast- such a welcome haven! I’m fairly certain I’ve commented on your blog, and definitely have done some Instagram interactions. I’d love to win a trug, but beyond that, I really do appreciate all the culture, style, and beauty your work brings into my life!

  12. What a generous giveaway and so interesting to read the history of the trug! I’ve actually had one on my wish list for a while, and now I know more about them.
    Love the idea to giveaway to someone who has contributed to the discussions that happen in the comments. (And secretly glad I have contributed). Whenever I read your posts I always enjoy reading the comments too as they are very engaged !
    Enjoying British week so far!

  13. Hei Shannon! I was not aware of this traditional basket and I really adore them. The small one would really go with my small balcony. It would ad a hyggelig piece beside my water-can for my flowers.

  14. Trugs are really useful for so many gardening tasks, as well as looking beautiful.
    They really fulfil the ‘ have nothing in your house that you do not believe to be beautiful or useful ‘ William Morris quote 😊
    Thank you for another lovely blog post Shannon .
    Would love to win 🥰
    Best Wishes from the UK
    Anne

  15. Good morning Shannon These Trugs are beautiful, the Trug made in Bend would be a very special addition to my home. With best wishes from England, Sue.

  16. I bought a trog last year during British week it is beautiful particularly when filled with bright red apples or purple plums or those bright first tomatoes from my garden thank you for bringing this to my attention Diane Marie

  17. These trugs take me to Jane Austen’s gardens, to her charcarcters’ joy of nature…I think they’re perfect for flowers setting, but also useful for fruit and vegetables.
    So, yes, I need one!! They are all so pretty. I wish I will win one!
    Have a nice day and thank you for your post,
    best wishes from Italy,
    Deborah

  18. What a lovely post! I thoroughly enjoyed learning the interesting history of the trug and your beautiful photos. I believe I have commented in the past as I have been a reader for several years. I so appreciate all of the wonderful content you bring!

  19. Thank you for introducing me to these wonderful businesses. Win or not, I will be eagerly awaiting the re-start of shipping from England again!

  20. Just beautiful…and your thought to support a local business, lucky you one in the NW, was very heart warming…love the trug of myrtlewood!

  21. Thank you for always bringing the most beautiful things to my attention. I have purchased bags, raincoats, books and watched movies that I wouldn’t have known about, if it wasn’t for your posts. My friends think I’m a world traveler because if it. Lol btw I love that wallpaper.

  22. Giveaways or not, I truly find your blog to me one of the most refreshing havens of the internet. I often send people your way for posts on paris, linen sheets and general warmth. Thanks for all you continue to do. Stay well’

  23. What I think I like the most is that you put the history of the items. I’m a history buff so that geeks me out. I’m also a history teacher in NJ. I love England. Thanks for your blog and what you do for us, the readers.

  24. As others have commented I learn something new very often reading your blog. It has changed my life and I look forward to it all. Thank you for sharing so much of your world with all of us. I too enjoy the dogs very much (I have a King Charles as well).

  25. Shannon, you have such a beautiful way of showcasing these trugs and flowers. Both are so lovely!

    Elaine

  26. Thank you so much again, Shannon, for introducing me to a product I hadn’t known of but will certainly enjoy! I very much hope to win a beautiful trug, but confess I will likely buy one or both if I don’t ;). I can picture them both in my home, and would be delighted with either, although if pressed to choose I would have to pick the Sussex Royal. As a proud commenter and ad-free subscriber, I enjoy your blog very much, especially the tone with which you write it. I appreciate how you keep it positive and inspirational, even when addressing a not-so-positive subject, and the range of topics you cover. From your blog I have discovered everything from clothing to authors to the best French butter (and a butter keeper to store it!). Thanks for enhancing my life in the best possible way! :))

  27. Hello Shannon – I am so enjoying British week as I have become smitten with all things from the UK. Enough with minimalism! Give me wallpaper, block print fabric lamp shades, floral throw pillows, cottage gardens and a Trug! I have a small 4×4 veg garden with surrounding borders of roses and lavender. I am currently using an old sieve for my harvest but dream of gathering veg and flower in a trug. Thanks for the chance!

  28. I’ve never heard of trugs until this post. I am thankful that I always learn something new through reading your blog. These are beautiful nicely made pieces. Would love to own one!
    Thank you for your inspiration!

  29. I am so happy to learn the history of trugs! It makes me appreciate their beauty and details all the more!

  30. Shannon, thank you for the inspiring content you continue to put forth, especially during these trying times.
    One positive outcome of this pandemic is a renewed interest in gardening. The Royal Sussex Trug would be beautiful addition to our garden and household.
    Warmest Regards, Maureen

  31. Thank you for yet again encouraging civility and an uplifting experience! It’s why I look forward to each of your posts, Shannon. These are beautiful trugs and I was glad to learn their name, as I’ve seen them in other places. What a thoughtful giveaway!

  32. Good morning Shannon. These trugs are beautiful and it’s interesting to learn of their history. I think they are both beautiful and would love either one!

  33. I have a hand me down woven basket I use in my garden but it is more a “picnic” style. A trug would be a lovely addition to help when I harvest all those flowers & herbs you’ve encouraged me to start from seed 😉 Thank you as always for your authentic and positive inspiration. Have a wonderful day and I can’t wait to see what else British Week brings.

  34. I’ve seen these before but didn’t know their name or history, how very cool! I’m glad you explained them because I definitely assumed from their design they were collapsible hahaha.

  35. I had seen trugs before, but never knew their name or the history behind them. They are both gorgeous 😊

  36. Thank you for the history lesson of the trug. I have commented in the past.

  37. This is a wonderful give-away! I’ve always admired the quintessential English trug, but I never knew the history behind it. Very interesting. Both trugs are beautiful and well-crafted, for sure–and I would be thrilled to have either one. I’m a long-time reader and have commented (and emailed) in the past, although I just changed my email address in the last month due to changing internet servers.

  38. Your blog is such a happy place for me on the internet, thank you for all that you do, create, and share! I loved the history and details your provided about the trugs, both are stunning and I would be delighted if I won either one of them.

  39. Enjoyed learning the history of the trug…I commented once in the past about some books we enjoy in common….thank you for this opportunity….the first time I learned of your blog was in a neat store in Newport OR, the owner was telling me about the fun things she was listening to on your podcasts, that was several years ago now.🌸

  40. Hi Shannon, your detailed history of the trug is so well done, informative and enjoyable. It is a beautifully designed utilitarian piece. My neighbor grows dahlias for competition. He offers me access to his garden during the growing season. I can’t stop cutting once I start. This trug would be wonderful to have. I never know what to use. Thank you for your consideration.

  41. So nice to hear the history and the uses for different sized thugs-who knew to measure milk?! The locally made trig is very pretty, my favorite detail of any is the copper nails used. But they are definitely beautifully constructed

  42. Both baskets are so beautiful – truly heirloom pieces, even for those of us with black thumbs ; ) Fortunately, my husband grows the plants so I can take a lovely trug out and collect them! Either one would be a delightful treat!

    1. I have seen Trugs before in a few decorating magazines. I always thought they were very versatile. However, I did not know their proper name or the history of Trugs. I must say this info was very interesting. I usually don’t leave comments but I did one time when you were making croissants. I was so impressed.

  43. Never heard of these before. They are beautiful and well designed. thanks for sharing them. I have commented on the blog before.

  44. Thank you for understanding not many people are big commenters. Both trugs are simply divine and look so natural and elegant in your mudroom. We recently relocated (thankfully before the shut downs began) and I spend my days with my toddler installing new flower beds. You are truly an inspiration in so many aspects. Thank you Shannon.

  45. This is not an easy decision! I think I would choose the Barber’s Basket because my heart is with my family in Oregon, especially these days.
    Thank you for this offering…and always, for a view of your lovely mud room!

  46. I love these! I was just thinking to myself “I need a garden basket!” as I was planning out all my vegetables that I’m planting this weekend! I love both and they are gorgeous, but I love the coloring of the Royal Sussex Trug! Thank you so much Shannon! I’ve been an ad-free subscriber for a little over a year and I love your blog, IG, and podcast! Lots of love from this ER nurse to you!

  47. That willow wood trug is beautiful! When it comes to bringing in flowers, that looks like the right tool for the job. Cheers to the second day of British Week!

  48. I think I may have commented before on the blog, I tend to me more of a silent listener. I do know I for sure have commented on your IG posts in the past! Congrats to whomever wins this amazing Trug!

    1. The links are with the mention of each of the companies shared in the post. Simply click the name of the company and you will be taken to their homepage. 🙂

  49. I’ve been considering being an Ad Free Subscriber for quite a while. A good old fashioned contest put me over the edge. 🙂 Subscription complete. Thanks for the awesome giveaways. I really like the Royal Sussex on the left. Mostly because I don’t have an edible garden and will use it for flowers mostly if I win. Even if I don’t these are beautiful and going on my wishlist. Thanks!

  50. I love your blog. It is so wonderful to escape for a while. Your reading recommendations have always been “spot on” and your photos are incredible!

  51. I’ve lusted after trugs for years! I believe I made a comment regarding cooking (stands to reason). I usually just enjoy your lovely and inspirational writing!

  52. Those are delightful and can be used for magazines also, and just so many things! I like the lighter colored one. Thank you for the chance!!:)

  53. I actually love the USA made trug. The myrtle-wood is so beautiful. In fact I never knew what these baskets were called before. Thanks for these kind of odd little posts where I learn something completely new.. I think my mom would love one for the garden. I would use mine for getting flowers and baguettes from the store!

  54. What a pair of beauties Shannon. I am a novice basket.maker and have a small collection but Trugs are out of my league. I lived in the village neighbouring Herstmonceux where the Sussex Trug was created and had the pleasure of observing enviously the crafters in their tiny studio on numerous occasions. As I already have two Sussex trugs I would love the Myrtlewood to add to my collection . I agree with you that the baskets should be used outside to give them the patina of use😊

  55. So I purchased my first Sussex trug about 25 years ago. I had a dear friend that loved it so much that when I relocated across the country, I gave it to her. I recently found a trug at our local thrift store and I featured it today on social media in honor of TSLL’s Annual British Week. It’s not close to the craftsmanship of the true trug or Barber’s Myrtlewood Basket. So to whomever is the blessed winner, treasure it and as Shannon points out – USE it!i

  56. Love this blog— been listening to your pod casts for years, signed up last week for ad-free, knowing British week was here— and loved the reminder— you STILL must sign-in each time you visit the blog in order to enjoy reading ad free.—I’ll get this figured out! Keep safe and inspiring!

  57. What a fun giveaway! I’m just about to harvest my first round broccoli (started from seed in Jan!) and this would be perfect.

  58. Thank you Shannon I enjoyed learning about the trug. I am loving this week in Great Britain, no jet lag. .) my husband and I vacationed in Oregon last September, such a beautiful state. Blessings, Dallas

  59. It was so interesting to read about the history of the trug. I have seen them but did know their name or anything about their history. TSLL is both entertaining and educational. I like both trugs but would chose the smaller willow one as an ad-free subscriber. The myrtlewood one is beautiful as well. Having spent summer vacations in Oregon as a child, I recall seeing myrtlewood In gift shops. I also believe I have left a few comments over the past year. Thank you Shannon.

  60. Very interesting to learn about trugs. I’d be delighted to receive either of them. They are gorgeous!

  61. The trug baskets are gorgeous (and handy), such craftsmanship. I do occasionally comment on the blog. I believe the last time was regarding your mud room. (A post I have revisited several times for inspiration)

  62. I just want to personally thank you for creating TSLL.
    I have been a long time reader, listener, And follower of all of your content, books, podcasts, blogs, IG stories… and I realized that I have never really thanked YOU for inspiring me in so many ways to pursue a simply luxurious life.
    I don’t normally comment here or on any sites, but I Realized that I needed to tell you how much you continuously And positively impact my life in so many lovely ways.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love all of your creative content and i look forward to each of your postings, it is a balms for my soul.
    Xoxo,
    Karen

  63. I’m a very happy subscriber (annona26@gmail) and I love the original English Trug! And I love that I learned something new today. Quite jealous of the peonies you have, I am dying to get my hands on some here in Texas! So far, they have not arrived in the market.

  64. Either works for me. Both lovely. Loved that background details on both. I really enjoyed both your books and these post. The This and That ones are my favorite.

  65. Shannon, loved hearing the history of these Trugs. You always inspire me to to explore more areas of my life by your blogs!

  66. Thank you for sharing the history of the Trugs. They look so beautiful in the photos with the flowers placed in them. Your British Week is wonderful.

  67. Shannon,
    You’ve convinced me that I need a Trug for my veggies. I’m always trying to balance a basket without a handle as I pick…not piratical, but a situation I never addressed…silly me!
    Thanks for your time and effort you put in to this wonderful blog!

  68. Those are both lovely Shannon. Thanks for all your excellent content. Much appreciated by me. The smaller Trug would be fab!

  69. Thanks for introducing us to these beautiful (and useful) trugs! They look like they would make perfect centerpieces when filled with fruit or flowers.

  70. Those are absolutely lovely! I have the perfect spot for one 🙂 I visited Britain for the first time last June and absolutely fell in love… can’t wait to return!

  71. I LOVE these trugs! They are so beautiful! I would be so thrilled to have either of them. I was just reading about trugs in the latest issue of Country Gardens magazine! What a unique basket, I had no idea! I love your blog and how you are inspired by all things French and British. I am too 😀 hope you have a wonderful summer!

  72. I love these trugs. I’m not sure if I could say I have a favourite, as they are both beautiful.

  73. Wow, it is like choosing between children! 😉 I think I would choose the Barber’s Basket’s Myrtlewood Trug but they are both stunning in the beauty of their simplicity, craftsmanship and practicality. Like many families right now, my family has started our first garden this summer and this inspires me even more. Thanks Shannon!

  74. I can imagine displaying my farmers market finds in this beautiful trug. I love following your blog with all it’s inspirations, suggestions, and recipes, and I love following your travels and your walks and paddleboard adventures with your dogs.:)

  75. As I’m just now planning a new vegetable garden, this beautiful Trug would be a well used and welcome addition. Thanks for all you do!

  76. How delightful! I never knew the history of the trug before today. (Yes, I’m a few days late… it has, unfortunately, been a hectic week!). I have no preference as to either, I think they both are lovely, and as someone else has undoubtedly commented, both pieces look extremely well-made and as though the artisans take true pride in their work. Either one would be a delight.

  77. Trugs have always been workhorses for me…I can now see them in another light! Thank you Shannon. As I qualify for the special perk, the light colour, please.

  78. Enjoying your garden is that much simpler with a trug! Getting in the dirt has brought joy to my morning and I’m thrilled to see others enjoy the same.

  79. Trug … such a strange word. I’ve never heard it before. If selected, I’d choose the Myrtlewood trug. Seems you’ve gone all in on your Anglophilia as a homeowner. 🙂

  80. Hello Shannon…Your blog and videos have absolutely delighted me for many years now…my Amazon account is kept quite busy from your recommendations! 😆 I would be pleased to no end with either Trug. (that word makes me smile for some reason) Thank you!

  81. Hi Shannon, love the trug too! As a fellow lover of all things british and french, you inspire me to live a better life everyday. As a single mom of two adult women, and a dog, you help me live a full life daily. I pass on so much of your wisdom to my girls, so thank you. I can imagine the Trug in my kitchen with any number of things!

  82. Shannon ~ Greatly enjoying British week on your blog, especially this year, as I surprisingly discovered thru DNA testing that my heritage is nearly 75% English/Welsh! (I had previously thought I was more Italian) So, I am especially paying attention to that part of the world with much interest & hope for a future trip to first hand see what the country & its people are all about. Thank you for all of your hard work on all of the posts & goodies – it has been a wonderful escape to delve into at this time. ~Angela

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