Recently someone asked for a better explanation of how to tell if a Longaberger basket was a Lefty or not. So I’ve decided to write a little more about it in this post.
First of all, a “Lefty” basket is a basket that was made by a left-handed weaver. Most baskets are made by right-handed weavers because most people are right-handed. The way you can tell if a basket is a “Lefty” is by looking at the basket’s trim strip; the part that goes around the top rim of the basket to finish it off.
If the trim end is facing left, it’s a Lefty. Just look at the basket trim strip. Hold the basket in front of you with the pointed end of the trim strip facing you. If it is a Lefty, the trim strip end will be pointing to your left rather than to your right. Take a close look at the photo above. Both baskets are Longaberger Button Baskets. The one on the right was made by a right-handed weaver and the one on the left was made by a Left-handed weaver. As you can see, the Lefty has it’s trim end pointing to the left.
Lefty baskets are quite rare, and they make the basket even more desirable to the collector. For this reason, the value of a Lefty basket is often higher.