June 16, 2024

Scarpari Baskets: A Passion Project Turned Successful Business

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Elderly Billings couple stay mentally engaged with basket-weaving enterprise

Jill Scarpari was always fascinated by the art of basket making and decided to take a class in 1991. Her husband, Paul, soon became interested in the craft as well and began making his own baskets in 1995. Initially, Paul struggled with the technique but eventually mastered it. The couple’s family members grew tired of receiving their handmade baskets as gifts and prompted them to start selling their creations.

Scarpari Baskets is now a thriving business that sells baskets ranging from small pine needle baskets to large hampers and backpacks. Their creations can be found in local stores such as Frae in Shiloh Commons and Three Rivers Gallery in Big Timber for prices ranging from $20 to $300. However, for Jill and Paul, basket making is more than just a business; it’s a passion project that they enjoy immensely. They find satisfaction in creating unique pieces that people appreciate and enjoy. Retirement has given them the time to focus on their craft, adding an element of fulfillment to their post-career lives.

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