Retired, Fulfilled: The Scarpari’s Pursue Their Passion for Basket-Making with their Business

Elderly Billings couple stay mentally engaged with basket-weaving enterprise

Jill Scarpari had always been fascinated by the art of basket-making, so when she attended her first class in 1991, she knew she was hooked. It wasn’t long before her husband, Paul, caught the bug as well. He tried his hand at it in 1995 and found it to be mentally stimulating, with a variety of styles and techniques to master.

As their family grew tired of receiving baskets as gifts, Jill and Paul decided to sell their creations. Today, their business, Scarpari Baskets, 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.

While retirement has given them the time to focus on their craft, producing pieces that people enjoy has added an element of fulfillment to their post-career lives. For Jill and Paul Scarpari, basket-making is not just a business – it’s a passion project that brings them joy and satisfaction.

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