Build Your Own Sweetgrass Basket

Erected in 1804, the Charleston City Market exists as one of the oldest public markets in the United States, and is home to more than 300 local vendors, including 56 artisans who weave sweetgrass baskets, one of the region’s prized indigenous crafts. One such artisan is Corey Alston, a fifth generation weaver located at the fore of the Charleston City Market due to his exquisite mastery of the artform and amiable disposition.

Perfecting his craft for 14 years, Corey takes pride in keeping the Gullah culture alive. “Gullah” is a lyrical word used to describe the linguistic and cultural heritage of local sea island inhabitants who descended from Africa. The Gullah imprint on Charleston culture runs deep, from the soulful flavors of Lowcountry cuisine to the coils of artistry woven into each handcrafted sweetgrass basket. Originally made to winnow rice on the plantations, the baskets have become sought after objects of work and are even on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

“I like to think bigger than myself. What can I do to keep the Gullah culture alive? What can I do to keep the Gullah culture in the minds of others? I won’t let it die.”

Searching for modern ways to keep the Gullah culture alive, Corey created the “Build Your Sweetgrass Basket” app, a 3D configuration application that allows the user to customize a one-of-a-kind sweetgrass basket. Cost and estimated days to complete the design are projected based on the user’s selection of base, rim, lid, handle, and intricate details.

“Sweetgrass baskets are a dying artform and I enjoy keeping this Gullah tradition alive through modern technology.”

Treasure your very own piece of Gullah artwork by customizing a unique sweetgrass basket handwoven by Corey, or by visiting the vivacious Charleston City Market!

172 Responses to “Build Your Own Sweetgrass Basket”

  • Natalie

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    I’d love to win one of these through your instagram contest! I’m new to the South… I just moved to Greenville from Utah 6 months ago. I have a trip to Charleston planned for this April and I couldn’t be more excited! My friend/coworker told me that sweet grass baskets are a MUST so I will definitely be checking them out!

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  • Casey

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    This is incredible, Corey! So very proud of you and the tradition you are carrying on!

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  • Sarah Martin

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    I would love to win a sweet grass basket to give to Hallie’s baby on the way! Such a sweet tradition to gift one at birth for that baby to use at each special event in his life!

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  • Jennifer Terry

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    I would love to win because I’ve always wanted a sea grass basket ever since I was a teenager and knew the significance of them. I see them as an enduring symbol of of the Gullah Culture and an important part of history.

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  • Kate Dana

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    What a fantastic article! Not only is Corey Alston a talented basket weaver but a progressive entrepreneur with his app. It would mean so much to me to win this basket, having grown up in the lowcountry and returning after being away for over 20 years, the most recent 3 in Colombia, South America as a teacher. God bless y’all!

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  • Katie

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    It is so sweet and inspiring to see how passionate Corey is about keeping the Gullah culture alive. I have been lusting after one of these stunning baskets for years for our home. I too would love to keep their culture carried on into my own bungalow 🙂 Cheers!

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  • Meleah Thomas

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    I would love at add another sweetgrass basket to my collection!

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  • K.Lewis

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    I would love to win a Sweetgrass basket because I absolutely love Charleston and would love to have a piece of the lowcountry to look at everyday. We love watching the Sweetgrass make the baskets and roses, it is truly a beautiful artform.

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  • Susan Nelson

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    Having vacationed in glorious South Carolina for 33 years, multiple times per year, I feel as if this is my second home. I am in awe of its splendor and graciousness every time. Most inspiring to me is the history, the landscape, the preserved beauty, from Pawleys Island to Charleston, where my family enjoys vacationing and exploring all these years. Always an inspiring and welcoming sight are the stands along the highway filled with perfectly crafted sweet grass baskets and more, created by the most talented craftsmen, artists, passionate creators. To have a work of love such as this is to have a piece of history, a piece of the south, a piece of LIFE in my own home.

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  • Deirdre

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    I would love to showcase this artist’s work in my home! I work downtown and sometimes I walk up the market just to watch artisans creating these sweetgrass baskets.

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  • Dana Merritt

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    I love the history and the craftsmanship of these baskets. I also love to talk to the artists at the market who make them ❤

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  • Liz Marshall

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    I love visiting Charleston and first thing we do is go to the market. Seeing the baskets being made with such care, skill and tradition, makes the visit to Charleston complete. Experiencing this Gullah tradition everytime we visit, makes Charleston such an amazing city.

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  • Hannah Dye

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    What Corey Alston is doing for Gullah culture is inspiring. I am a Public Historian and this is a perfect example of how to keep history alive in our modern world.

    I’d love to win a piece of this culture…Please enter me in the runnings to win one of Corey’s Sweetgrass baskets!

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  • Kari S.

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    The artistry is so beautiful and I think it’s amazing to still preserve it. I would love one of these baskets as a great conversation piece in my house to share the story with others.

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  • Chiara

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    I’d love to win a handwoven sweetgrass basket! I am moving to Charleston from the cold and snowy upstate New York and the gorgeous basket would be perfect for my new place to make me a local!

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  • Emma Paris

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    My husband and I got married on April Fool’s Day last year at Lowndes Grove. I was really looking forward to coming back for our first anniversary at the Southern Ground Music Festival, but they cancelled it! We’ll definitely be back to Charleston sooner rather than later, but how awesome would this basket be to serve year old wedding cake?!

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  • Katelyn

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    This is such a wonderful idea! People from all over the place love these baskets. & this one is so beautiful! It would be such a neat centerpiece paired with sweet grass flowers too!!

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  • Anna

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    I’d love to win a sweetgrass basket to hang on the wall! Such great artwork!

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  • Kimberly Grande

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    I would love to win a basket from artist Cory Alton because being a 5th gen anything is so rare and I love the Gullah culture!

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  • Jill Davidge

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    What a great idea for an app! I’d love for either of my two young friends to win one of these beautiful baskets through #explorecharleston. They both have the lowcountry imprinted on their soul and are the perfect mixture of young and cutting edge and traditional. -just like these sweetgrass baskets.

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  • Kimberly Grande

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    I would love to win a basket by artist Cory Alton because being a 5th generation anything is so rare and I I love Gullah culture

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  • Karen avery

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    I love this 3D app for building your own sweetgrass basket. We have adopted Charleston as our favorite city while our daughter went to school at cofc. After graduating we are still coming and find new things to do everyday. Headed there next week for sewe. Love Charleston and all the people.

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  • Linda

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    What a beautiful work of art by such talented hands! It would be an honor to own this basket.

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  • Dana Mazzola

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    My husband & I are visiting Charleston in 3 weeks for our anniversary. It will be our first time there! I would love to win this basket that holds so much history. Five generations of basket weavers, that’s amazing! I can’t think of a better souvenir to remember our visit.

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  • Courtney Kemmer

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    I would love to win this sweetgrass basket because Charleston is my favorite place in the world (my fiancé and I got engaged on Sullivans Island), but unfortunately I don’t get to go as often as I would like. This basket would be the perfect way to bring a hint of the Holy City into our wedding and first-home!

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  • Anna

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    I would love to win the sweet grass basket because of what it represents. It is a beautiful piece of history and a reminder of the gorgeous city of Charleston. I used to live in Charleston and miss it everyday! This basket would be a sweet reminder of the history and city that is so dear to me heart!

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  • Susan Anderson

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    Thank you Corey for continuing to keep this tradition alive!

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  • Kathy Klopp

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    My husband and I have loved Charleston and been in awe of sweet grass baskets since our son first arrived at the Citadel in 2003. My mother always looked longingly at them when we brought her for Citadel activities and spent time at the Market but she never felt she could afford one. She is 87 years old and no longer able to travel. I would love to win this basket to bring a piece of Charleston to her!

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  • Ashley Drake-Poe

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    I would love to win a sweet grass basket for my mother, she has always wanted one. She loves the tradition of sweet grass basket making.

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  • Kim Scialabba

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    Wow this is just beyond beautiful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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  • Dottie

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    I love supporting local artists and especially love that these baskets are keeping a cultural tradition alive and well!

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  • Cheri Wick

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    I just spent 5 days in the lovely city of Charleston and discovered the City Market and the beautiful sea grass baskets. I would have loved to bring one home with me.

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  • Amanda Rixheu

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    I love the city of Charleston and the market is my favorite place to walk through. So many goods and people that represent the spirit and culture of the city. I have several sweetgrass flowers, but would love to have a basket!

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  • Allison Wright

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    My mom loves looking at these beautiful baskets when she visits and I would love to be able to give her one!

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  • Deanna

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    Beautiful! Great idea, Corey! I’d love to display your art in my home!

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  • Rashaunda Grant

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    This is AMAZING! I love what he’s doing to keep our culture alive and integrating technology into his art and business. Great work, I would love to own one if these beautiful pieces.

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  • Kelly

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    Until we can retire in the Charleston area, I need this basket to remind me of the beauty of Charleston.

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  • Kathy Blackwell

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    I would like to enter the $500 sweet basket giveaway. I have been visiting Charleston for 35 or more years and now my daughter lives there and I’ve always admired the sweet grass baskets and that the tradition continues to be passed down generation to generation. I always visit the market to look at all these baskets. And love the little roses too! I would love to bring home a little Charleston and Gullah history. Thank you for the chance for one of these wonderful one of a kind hand made baskets!

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  • Meghan Wilson

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    I would absolutely love to win a sweetgrass basket of my very own! I have been lucky enough to call Charleston home for almost 8 years now and would love to have one of these beautiful one of a kind pieces of art in my home! What a wonderful tradition!

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  • Alexandra

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    It is imperative to historic forms of artistic expression and our collective artistic heritage alive.

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  • Shannon Hennessee

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    These baskets are beautiful and such an important part of our history. The question was “why do you want a sweetgrass basket” and I would answer why would you not want one. The talent and skills these tradesmen and women have are certainly a gift from God. Thank you all for sharing talents with us.

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  • Olga stout

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    Lived in Summerville for 10 years and fell in love with the low country, its history, people and culture. Sweet grass basket are unique and beautiful art pieces, would love to have one.

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  • April Young

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    On August 20 our son, Cooper, was born at 26 weeks, 1 lb 15 ozs at MUSC. We were in Charleston on vacation from Richmond, VA. My husband and I have always loved Charleston and the low country so much that we had already chosen to name him after the Cooper River before his premature arrival. We were at MUSC from 8/20 until 10/4 when we were airlifted home to MCV to escape Hurricane Matthew. Two days before Cooper was born we visited the market and I told my husband I was FINALLY going to purchase a sweet grass basket. I told him we would wait until we departed on Saturday to purchase. After Cooper was born, we couldn’t afford one. I’d love so much to have one to remember our time in Charleston and all of our time with the wonderful staff at MUSC.

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  • Lisa Johnson

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    I just love those baskets! And I admire the talented people that make them! It takes time and effort to make those exquisite treasures. I’d love to have one!

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  • Kathy Medlock

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    Of all the places we have visited, Charleston is my absolute favorite! A beautiful city full of beautiful people! It would be amazing to own such a beautiful piece of Charleston’s culture for my home! This basket is a beautiful piece of art. I love it!

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  • Florence

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    I would love to win one of these because I can’t afford to buy one! I’ve alwYs admired them when I’ve walked through themarket.

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  • Loretta Czernis

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    I went to a sweetgrass making workshop and now have a greater respect for the art form. It requires time, patience and love.

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  • Poppy Thorpe

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    I bought a sweetgrass basket at the Charleston Market when I was there. It was so fun to watch the woman making them in her little booth. The one I bought is very small, but a ‘sweet’ reminder of my trip to Charleston! As I looked at this blog, I realized that I met Corey when I was at the market!! I watched him making baskets and then spoke with him about good places to eat seafood…He was such a nice guy! I’d love to have a basket made by Corey!

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  • Michele Griffin

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    Sweetgrass baskets are so beautiful! Having one means more than just having a “souvenir” from Charleston. It’s holding a piece of history. It’s valuing the craftsmanship. It’s celebrating and respecting a culture that has given so much to the city, the country. Having a sweetgrass basket is about not only admiring, it’s about feeling.

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  • Lauren Blanton

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    Sweet grass baskets are my favorite, so beautiful! I would love to win a basket!

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  • Steve

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    I’ve lived here my whole life and always wanted a basket of this caliber but MUSC student life makes it difficult to justify. Give it to a local!

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  • Cynthia Merrick

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    I would be so honored to win one of these handcrafted sweetgrass baskets ~ they’re the most beautiful baskets in the World! Made by some of the most beautiful people in the World!

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  • Jane Zemlyak

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    The sweetgrass basket is a treasured iconic piece of art & history of Charleston & Gullah culture. So I’d like to win one! Corey is a master & the app was brilliant.

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  • Brittney Schobinger

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    These basket’s are alway’s so beautiful! I would love to have a piece of Charleston Gullah history displayed in my home.

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  • Susan Harper

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    I would love a sweetgeass basket by Corey! His work is so beautiful! I would love to use it in the kitchen alongside a smaller one I have to remind me of when I lived in Charleston.

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  • Austin Burtenshaw

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    I live in Utah and miss the South everyday. This would be a great keepsake forever

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  • Nancy Van Patten

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    Basketmaking is an important art form that needs to be shared and continued. So glad Corey and others are keeping the tradition and beauty alive!

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  • Christine

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    LOVE the beauty of sweetgrass baskets. As a military spouse they remind me of home. So thankful that my parents have continued the family tradition of making a swetgrass basket my children’s Easter Basket.

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  • Charlotte Conejo

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    I’d love to win one of these baskets to bring a piece of my hometown back home with me here in Atlanta, GA. I miss Charleston so much & have started decorating my home to remind me of all the beautiful things from my hometown.

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  • Michaela

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    I once visited this market on my honeymoon! I love these baskets, they’re timeless in my opinion. I would love to win one for my home.

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  • Katie

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    I would love to win this! I teach South Carolina history and always had a beautiful sweetgrass basket that I bought from the market on display for my students. My beloved basket somehow disappeared last summer and I’m still heartbroken over it .

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  • Margaret MADEUX

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    I love the Sweetgrass baskets! I lived in South Carolina for a few years and loved to watch how they were made. Such BEAUTIFUL and time consuming work. I have one by would love another one. I can only hope he traditions of making these CONTINUES

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  • Alecia

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    It would be an honor to display this basket in my home here in New York. I love the rich history of Charleston and the Gullah tradition. I have visited Charleston twice and it is one of my most favorite places to see. It’s enriching to watch the sweetgrass baskets being woven and on display in the market. I admire Corey for keeping his deep-rooted culture a priority.

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  • Omar Myers

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    I’ve was born in Charleston ( raised in Monks Corner and Kingstree). I’ve always wanted one of these baskets, but could never afford it. They are gorgeous!

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  • Angela McKenzie

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    Love your beautiful baskets. I came to Charleston a few years ago and fell in love with them. The wonderful history and talent it takes to make one. Thank you for keeping the history alive!

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  • Chelsea A.

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    Love these beautiful baskets & would love to have one in my new place!

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  • Tori Whitacre

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    I love sweetgrass baskets. I have a few, but none as elaborate as this one. I am an English college instructor in Ohio, and I give my students lessons on the Gullah/Geechee people in my classrooms.

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  • Carolyn Lorence

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    This is a brilliant idea! Corey now makes these beautiful works of art available to those of us who love Charleston history, and these beautiful baskets, creating new work for the weavers and keeping the Gullah artform alive! Well done, Corey Alston!!

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  • Barbara Smith

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    I love Charleston, and feel that the sweetgrass baskets are as beautiful and unique as the city itself!

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  • Karen Slagle

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    The sweetgrass basketmakers are right at the heart of Charleston and her beauty. Corey made sweetgrass roses into beautiful boutonnières for my son Joshua’s wedding party. He was a joy to work with, teaching me about the grasses, the baskets and their history.
    My northern sisters love all things Charleston and would be grateful to receive a beautiful treasure like this.
    Thanks.

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  • Sheri Wilhelm

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    I’d love to win a basket. It would be a great connection to my Charleston ancestors.

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  • Michelle Baylis

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    Sweetgrass baskets are works of art and in a beautiful way represent my home-Charleston!

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  • Tamie kz

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    These baskets are just beautiful. We are planning a trip to Charleston in Feb. 20-24 can’t wait to see these. I am from Colorado and know nothing about this culture. Can’t wait for our trip.

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  • Rebekah Killen

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    I would love to win a basket because I grew up visiting my grandparents in the low country and it is a part of who I am. I sweetgrass basket would be like having a part of my grandmother in my home at all times 🙂

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  • Courtney Smith

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    I hope this is the right place to leave a comment for the Instagram Sweetgrass Basket contest. I would love a beautiful basket full of hand craftsmanship, culture and history to incorporate at my wedding. From the first time I went to Charleston in 2013 with my fiancé, I have gone back every year and fell so in love with the beautiful magical city. I am getting married in June and we were planning on going to Charleston in May or April for my bachelorette, but the flights were too expensive. I would love to have such a special part of Charleston with me on our special day. One trip we saw a Gullah presentation, reading and performance at Boone Hall Plantation. We were so moved and we purchased the little handmade doll that says hope on it that I keep out on my desk as a reminder of that day and the beautiful things we learned about the Gullah culture. The first time my Fiancé went to Charleston with his mom back in 2010 maybe and he got me sweetvrass roses which I also Cherish, and little did I know when I received the special handmade roses, how much I’d fall in love with the enchanting city myself. Thank you for considering me!

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  • Nancy

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    I would love to win one of these beautiful seagrass baskets for my side board – we have 20 to 30 people over every Sunday for Sunday dinner and I would love for that to be a focal point.

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  • Kathy Sullivan

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    What a beautiful basket by a talented artist. I would love to win it to serve as a remberance of my visits to charleston and a hope that one day I’ll be able to call it my home.

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  • Anne Goins

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    I’d like to win this beautiful basket because I support keeping this rare art form alive.

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  • Melisse G

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    Would love to win a basket! They are so unique and beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  • DeDe Vencill

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    After watching a kids/family tv show with my kids (approx 20 yrs ago) about the Gullah culture & area, I always wanted to visit the Market & see those beautiful baskets. I finally did last summer! I don’t want to limit myself to just one though! I think Corey’s app is pure genius! I’ll be looking for him at the Market when I visit again in March!

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  • Amy Harris

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    I would love to win because I love the artwork these baskets display, I love that we are still lucky enough to have new generations of artisans sustaining this process to share with the world. Fascinating, beautiful, and unique. I would love to own one more!

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  • Sandy Powers

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    I would like to win a sweet grass basket because I have a little-bitty one and would like to have a bigger than little-bitty one. Thank you!

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  • Lisa Lyerly

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    I live in NC and have had the fortune of seeing these baskets in person. They are really incredible. I’ve never been able to buy one but would love to display one in my home. It’s so important to keep our heritages alive. In a world full of technology, these items that were once “common place” , are now sought for beauty instead of just function.

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  • Jodi Thom

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    Sweet grass baskets are beautiful works of art. Each individual artists weaves a part of themselves and the generations of tradition and culture in each piece of basket and art that they create. I fell in love with Charleston and long to go back one day. When I think of Charleston, that is one thing that comes to mind, the City Market and Sweet Grass baskets and road-side stands.

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  • Kristi Benton

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    I have one of Corey’s baskets, which I love!! Can always use more

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  • Lisa

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    Have always loved these but can’t afford one! I would love to have one!

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  • Cindy

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    I would love to win a sweetgrass basket! It is a brand new beautiful product with a strong link to the past of some of the most beautiful people of the low country. I love Charleston! I love the people of Charleston and their history! I love the sweetgrass baskets!

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  • Joanne Shue

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    We have visited your wonderful city several times and to own this basket, to be able to look at it every day, would remind us of how much we love Charleston and appreciate it’s culture. We are planning our next vacation to Charleston as I write this.

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  • Lowanda J

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    Wow! This is such a GREAT giveaway! I’m going to be perfectly honest, I would love to win one of these because I really can not afford to buy one right now or in the near future. These are such a intricate part of Charleston history and I would love to have a piece of it to display in my home. The tradition and history is one that I hope never dies! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  • Gloria

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    These baskets are truly works of art. Both the skill and the love that goes in to them by each artist makes them remarkable. What an honor to be able to display one in my home. May they bring blessings to their talented creators.

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  • Kori Burtenshaw

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    Charleston holds a special place in my family’s heart. My goal in life is to fill my home with things that remind us of the South. We would love to win this basket!

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  • Pat Harlow

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    I visited Charleston last year & purchased a small sweet water basket, which is a special memory of that trip. Would love to win a larger one!

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  • Carmen

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    We would love to win a sweet grass basket Bc we are all set to celebrate our first anniversary in Charleston, and having one would be an amazing reminder of the trip and our marriage for years to come!

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  • Gwen Corey

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    Sweetgrass baskets are part of the Lowcountry’s uniqueness. A discussion with a basket weaver at a stand gives us an understanding of the Gullah culture and the weaver’s ancestry. Sharing this with visiting friends and family is priceless! How can you not want and love sweetgrass baskets with so much history woven into each one?

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  • Donna Poling

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    I have enjoyed sweetgrass baskets for years and would love one with elephant ears!

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  • Tami Fralick

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    I always take visitors to the market to see the baskets and would love to learn how to make them. Owning one would be great too!

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  • Khalilah

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    I have always admired the craftsmanship that has gone into making one of these baskets. When I was younger growing up in SC, my grandmother explained how they were made and I was in awe ever since.

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  • Jessica Sulce

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    Married last year and first time home buyers in Charleston, my husband knows my obsession with these stunning baskets. Would love to win to display on our kitchen island as a start to our southern decor!!

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  • Jackie Kane

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    In a world where so many of our goods for purchase are imported and machine made, it would be a treasure to own one of these handmade Sweetgrass Baskets that continue and honor this tedious fine craft of five generations.

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  • Jodi Yates

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    The sweet grass baskets are a thing of beauty. I was able to purchase a small one when I was down there. I was in awe watching them make them.

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  • Vannessa Carter

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    I would love having this beautiful basket as a piece of art in my home…I used to be afraid to “use” my baskets but they are so hearty and develope a beautiful patina when used as they were originally intended.

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  • Kelly

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    Love the history of sweetgrass baskets. They are family treasures, and are handed down from Morher to Daughter with love. I promise if this basket giveaway is won by me it will be treasured and shared later in life

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  • Patty winchester

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    It would become a treasured heirloom in my family. South Carolina is our get away place!

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  • Lauren

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    Corey’s incredible craftsmanship and warm smile at the front of the iconic charleston market make his baskets a must have for any collector. He always takes the time to explain the rich heritage of these stunning baskets to marketgoers. Whether it is your first Alston basket or one of many, you are sure to have an heirloom piece for generations to come from a master weaver.

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  • MaryGene Armstrong

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    I would love to win the sweet grass basket! They are so beautiful and so Charleston – modern works of art with rich history in every detail.

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  • Michelle Achtemeier

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    Visited Charleston in October of 2017. Fell in love with the city. I was able to buy a small basket at the market and would love a second larger basket to display with it. What a wonderful reminder of this great city, it’s people and history.

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  • Dianna

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    What an amazing artform. I am the proud owner of a beautiful basket my grandma purchased in Charleston many years ago. I would love to own one of yours to add to it!

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  • Leslie Taylor

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    It would be an honor to display this beautiful artwork in our home in KY (The Bluegrass State…not to be confused with sweetgrass ;). We visited Charleston 2 summers ago, but plan to return in the future! Amazing city with a rich heritage. A piece of sweetgrass art was not in our budget at the time of our visit, but maybe during our next? We did purchase a small flower made of sweetgrass from a sweet little fellow who was raising money for his basketball program. It is proudly displayed in a vase in our kitchen! ❤

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  • Paula Walker

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    Sweet grass baskets remind me of home, Charleston, and my childhood. Just love them!

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  • Lori Berrett

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    I would love to win this basket! It’s beautiful! And I hope to visit your shop soon too.

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  • Barbara Burd

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    I’ve been intrigued by the Gullah culture and the sweet grass tradition since moving to the south 8 years ago. They are an exquisite art form and speaks of the love, persistence and determination of the Gullah people. I would love to own one of these special remembrances to help keep the culture alive.

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  • Elizabeth

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    I’ve never seen these beautiful baskets before. I would love to have one!

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  • Debra Holland

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    Such a beautiful artifact from the history books. I would love to win this because of the amazing heritage and beauty it represents.

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  • Melanie

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    I’m from Iowa, but Charleston is home in my heart. Corey’s amazing baskets make the culture & history of The Lowcountry shine!

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  • Diana

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    Absolutely gorgeous! Wonderful piece of art that I would love to use and display.

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  • Sharon

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    Charleston is my dream city. I’ve visited three times and love the culture, people, and history. I have long admired the artisans and watched them make these beautiful works of art, but it hasn’t been in my budget. It would be awesome to own one to treasure as it would remind me of such a beautiful place.

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  • Sharon Starzec

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    My family vacationed this past summer to Charleston and I loved visiting the market to look at all of those beautiful baskets and watch them being made. I just couldn’t afford the larger ones that I absolutely LOVED and I knew I would not be totally happy with the much smaller, yet still lovely, ones. I would totally LOVE to win this basket to have a best souvenir ever of our fantastic vacation in Charleston!!!

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  • Scott Slate

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    It would be a Blessing to have one of these local works of art displayed in my home.

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  • Charles Whatley

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    My wife and I have have been coming to Charleston for years now, since I served a church in Metter, Ga and we’d go three or four times a year. We took our two grandsons last year and wil be there in March for our anniversary. We have a few small samples of the sweet grass items and my wife loves the “gates of Charleston” jewelry. A sweetgrass basket would be a great addition to our “memories of Charleston” collection.

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  • Elizabeth Dessen

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    I would love to win a sweetgrass basket! They are stunning handmade works of art. My son is a student at CofC, and we have come to love Charleston and the low country!! The baskets are each one-of-a-kind. They represent the history of the Gullahs, which is rich and beautiful. It would be cherished!!!

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  • Lauren

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    I would love to win this basket because it would remind me of home. With all the moving my husband and I do it would be wonderful to have a piece of home we can bring with us to each of our new duty stations. We love Charleston and it’s history and it would be a great way to teach and show people we meet the history of Gullah culture and of Charleston in general.

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  • Dawn Ellington

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    I’m a Geechee girl that no longer lives in Charleston and misses it dearly. My ancestors hale from an old Freedman’s settlement called Whythewood and I LOVE researching Low Country history. The artwork in my home reflects my Charleston roots and having a sweetgrass basket from Cory would be awesome! It would help make my home away from home feel like home.

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  • Mindi Barney

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    We have visited Charleston for years….. after many trips decided to make the” low country” our home. We just moved here last June and we love it!!!
    A beautiful basket would be perfect in our new home

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  • Mindi Barney

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    would love to win a beautiful basket for our new home here in Charleston!

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  • Catharine K

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    Sweetgrass baskets are timeless works of art that celebrate both the beauty and history of Charleston, as well as the individuality of the artist.

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  • Kristen Daniel

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    I would love to win a basket for my first apartment with my fiance. We are going to Charleston in June on our Honeymoon since we’ve never been and have always wanted to see the city!

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  • Nancy Riley

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    I would love to win a sweetgrass basket. I grew up in Charleston and it would always remind me of home.

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  • Norma Mattox

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    I have been wanting one of these baskets since I moved here to the low country because they are so beautiful .But being on a fixed income I can’t seem to afford one. So I am hoping to win!

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  • Pam Thebeau

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    Such an amazing representation of history in Charleston. The beauty woven into these baskets is unmatched, and of course the talent that is displayed by the artist weaving them.

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  • Molly

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    Every lowcountry home needs a sweetgrass basket! What a beautiful trade rich in history!

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  • Angela Danovi

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    I love these baskets and the tradition and cultural history of them. I remember watching older ladies making them when we visited charleston in the late 80s or early 90s. When we came back for a visit in 2015, my mother was finally able to purchase one. This is such a special part of Charleston and low country history.

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  • Brandy

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    I visited Charleston from Canada last year and regret not bringing home a beautiful basket as a piece of history and a memory of such an amazing trip! Have to say Charleston has won my heart as one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been fortunate to travel to!

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  • Adrianna

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    In July of 2015, my family moved from our beautiful home of 8 years in Charleston all the way to North Dakota. Every day since then I have missed Charleston deeply and my heart aches to go back. A beautiful sweetgrass basket would be an amazing piece of home. The smell of it would fill my house and truly be a beautiful reminder of my home.

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  • LaShell Head

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    I’d love to win one of these beautiful SC keepsakes. They are true pieces of art and SC history. I own one, but have two daughters and would love to have a basket to pass down to each of them.

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  • Ginger

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    I met my husband in Charleston and have only been able to go back once since then. I love the idea of this app & look forward to giving it a try.

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  • Jami

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    I would love to win a sweet grass basket. I love learning about cultures and history and it is amazing to me what people can create from their hands.

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  • Rosemary

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    Great App ‘ Corey ! True Gullah Art’s man passing on the history and tradition of the ‘ Circle Unbroken .
    Would love to win one of your baskets and be creative in designing a unique basket with your App !
    Hope to visit with you down at the market next trip to Charleston this Spring to visit with family .

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  • Lauren

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    I traveled down to Charleston from Ohio to get married at Planters Inn this past summer! My family and I have always loved traveling to this beautiful, historic city. It would be amazing to have a piece of Charlestons very own to have in my home. His work is stunning and I would be honored!

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  • Chelsea

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    I would love to win because my family has traveled to Charleston since I was a child and these iconic pieces of Charleston culture bring back so many great memories!

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  • Melanie

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    It’s wonderful to see Corey taking steps to keep sweet grass art alive and moving forward. I’ve been visiting the lowcountry since I was a child and sweetgrass baskets are a big part of my memories. If I win the basket, I will give it to my parents to thank them for making Charleston, the marsh, and the low country part of my life.

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  • Joy

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    I have always loved these baskets being a Southerner by birth. They have even more meaning as a trip to Charleston was one of the last for a dear friend who lost her battle to cancer. On this trip she bought many sweetgrass baskets and now it is a dear sweet memory for her friends and family . It serves as a reminder of her love for all things beautiful and the art of this area.

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  • Connie Tuck

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    I love the artistry of these baskets. As a new South Carolinian, I so enjoy and try to be a part of the culture here. They are so truly masterpieces and that’s why I’d love to own one.

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  • Cathy

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    Some years ago I was able to visit Charleston and I was mesmerized by the intricate weavings done on the baskets. I would love to win one of your beautiful works of art! Cory, you do a fantastic job!

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  • Misty

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    I used to live in Charleston and miss it all of the time! I loved going to the market especially to see these hand made baskets. I would love to win one!

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  • Kathryn Howard

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    I come from a very long line of low country ancestors. Currently I am landlocked and would live to win my very first basket.

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  • Cillie Mendes

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    Love Corey’s work and I think he is super smart and creative… Especially in the different ways of keeping this craft alive! I own photography artwork from him, that are of his sweetgrass baskets in classic Charleston sceneries.

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