I don't really consciously collect baskets but I just noticed recently how I have accumulated a number of them in two years. I couldn't recall buying one but I know I have gotten a few from my sister-in-law's storage (Thanks, Fe!). I took some pictures of them last week and thought of sharing them in time when I feel like it. I guess it's today!
Maybe because we always move house so that's how I began liking portable things. Baskets are so light yet durable. Very cheap, too.
I use it as a planter, a pen holder, a laundry basket, a napkin holder, etc. Very useful. I even use it as cat littler holder. Than made it easy to move the litter whenever I'm cleaning the house.
A basket is one of the things I call simple and beautiful. And I truly enjoy having those in my house.