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Welcome to Rusty Basket, a place where few things are new and nothing is shiny. Whether you are new to rural living or have been a part of “The Sticks” your whole life, welcome. I’m sure you’ll find something helpful, or at least relatable here.

Browse around and find out how I survive living in the middle of nowhere – where grocery stores and malls are 2 hours away but cows and coyotes are in my backyard, where you know all your neighbors but the entire community is required to make any event happen, where no one is rich with money but everyone has a rich life – and how I even enjoy it.

This is a place for the frugally minded, the recluse, the rancher and farmer, the homesteader. If you are a lover of things old and rusty, of the simpler life, of self sufficiency, welcome. And for those of you who are new to this lifestyle, welcome all the more…and good luck! We’re a peculiar group but you may come to love us!

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