From a baby product store KönigsKinder (located in Arcade passage in Wiesbaden) I found lovely baskets made of plastic stripes. From the tags I learnt that the baskets were produced by Handed BY. They were handmade using recycled materials and making sure that the craftswomen are not exploited. However, I didn't buy these baskets right away. But then I walked into another store in Arcade, Tribeca (it has since moved to the same block with the Cuckoo Clock) and found the same baskets there with lower price. That was it, I had to buy those baskets. I got this one small in pink-grey-white, and three larger ones in white.
Now that the Wickeltisch is no longer in use, I have found other functions for the baskets. The biggest one served as storage for baby toys, but quite soon there were too many toys to fit into the basket. We now use it for our daughter's books.
Yesterday, a couple of weeks after buying this latest basket, I noticed that the handprint shaped stamp is missing. After some Google search I realized that the basket isn't by Handed BY, but by another company called Blessing! But don't they look similar? It actually says 'Blessing's' on the tag, but I had thought it was the name of the product... No wonder I couldn't find this from any online stores, when I was looking for the lowest price!
At first, I was a bit disappointed, because I had kind of liked the idea of buying something that is ethically made and is environmentally friendly, like the Handed BY products. To be honest, I'm not usually into this 'save the world' stuff, but it is a great add-on, when you find something nice.
And the lesson here? You better do your shopping online, when you can peacefully find all the background information you need before the decision. Fortunately, my daughter does not seem to care about the brand of the basket - she still likes to climb inside to play with her toys.