Elderly Billings couple staying active with their basket-weaving business

From Hobby to Business: The Journey of Jill and Paul Scarpari’s Handmade Baskets

Jill and Paul Scarpari discovered their love for creating handmade baskets in the early 1990s. After years of honing their craft, they turned their hobby into a successful business. Jill’s passion for basket-making began with her first class in 1991, while Paul was inspired by his wife’s creations to try his hand at it in 1995.

The Scarparis took pride in their work, creating baskets ranging from simple designs to intricate ones that stood on their own. However, after giving too many baskets as gifts, they decided to start selling their creations to the public. Despite retiring 18 years ago, Paul found joy in the mental stimulation of basket-making and continued to come up with new designs constantly.

Their baskets are available for purchase at Frae in Shiloh Commons and Three Rivers Gallery in Big Timber, with prices ranging from $20 to $300. Jill and Paul Scarpari have found a way to turn their passion for basket-making into a fulfilling retirement activity that also benefits their community. Their creations are not just functional but also aesthetically pleasing, making them perfect as home decor or gifts.

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