From Basket-Making Hobby to Thriving Business: The Story of Scarpari Baskets

Elderly Billings couple stay mentally engaged with basket-weaving enterprise

In the early 1990s, Jill and Paul Scarpari discovered a new hobby that would eventually turn into a successful business. It all started when Jill attended her first basket-making class in 1991 and became completely captivated by the craft. Impressed by her creations, Paul decided to give basket-making a try in 1995.

At first, Paul struggled to create baskets that stood on their own, but with persistence and practice, he mastered the craft. As the couple continued to make more and more baskets, their family members grew tired of receiving them as gifts, prompting them to start selling their creations. Today, Scarpari Baskets can be found in local stores such as Frae in Shiloh Commons and Three Rivers Gallery in Big Timber, ranging in price from $20 to $300.

For Paul, making baskets is not only a business venture but also a passion project. He finds the mental stimulation of creating different types and styles of baskets to be incredibly satisfying. From small pine needle baskets to large hampers and backpacks, there is always something new to explore.

Retirement has given Jill and Paul the time to focus on their craft and add an element of fulfillment to their post-career lives. They take pride in producing pieces that people enjoy and find great satisfaction in seeing their work appreciated by others. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or simply want to add some personality to your home decor, Scarpari Baskets are sure to impress.

In the early 1990s, Jill and Paul Scarpari discovered a new hobby that would eventually turn into a successful business. It all started when Jill attended her first basket-making class in 1991 and became completely captivated by the craft. Impressed by her creations, Paul decided to give basket-making a try in 1995. At first, Paul…

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