In Korea, there were a lot of markets where we could shop, but not a lot of stores that appealed to me. Their clothes didn't fit me and you can only have so many knock-off brand bags.
But, when a ladies group was putting together a trip to a Korean Antique store, I was all for that. The store's specialty was antiques imported from China. I was excited about going even if it was just to look around. But of course, I'd buy something. I needed something from Korea to go along with my theme of "finding something with a story".
Several things caught my eye on that first trip to Kojeon Antiques, but my wallet wouldn't allow me to purchase it all! I captured many things on camera though. If you're a Facebook friend, you can see those photos and albums Here and Here. If you can't view them on FB, maybe someday I'll share them here.
Mine isn't currently holding anything special. I haven't had that epiphany of the perfect way to use it. So, I put some cinnamon pinecones in it during Christmas and there they remain. Eventually, I'll find the perfect use for it. It'll probably be magazines!
If you're interested in seeing more, here are several I found from my search results:
Neiman Marcus Vintage Mulan Rice Basket
Silk Road Collection Antique Chinese Bucket
Ebay Auction - ANTIQUE WOOD & HAND WROUGHT METAL CHINESE RICE BASKET
Ebay Auction Asian Chinese Antique Wood RICE BUCKET Basket Measure
Ebay Auction Antique Asian Chinese Wood RICE BUCKET Measurer Basket - This one is red. :)
Overstock Vintage Chinese Rice Bucket