When potatoes get exposed to light their skin turn green, which is poisonous, and also they tend to sprout which is also poisonous. Nor can I put them in the cupboard because I first of all don't have the space, and second of all end up forgetting about them and then find them months later after I notice a smell!
What I wanted was a basket made of wicker or wood with a lid. They sell them new but the price is way out of my range at $30.00-$60.00 each. The standard wooden potato bins usually have a window on them, which defeats the whole no sunlight thing.
Thinking on this problem I remembered all the old-fashioned picnic baskets I have seen at yard sales and thrift stores for a few bucks. The old ones are made of wicker which is good because you need air flow, and they have lids which blocks out the sun.
I found one for really cheap at $3.00 in great condition and started my little project. I wanted to paint the lid with chalkboard paint (so I can write what's in it) which costs about $12.00 per small can at the hardware store. You can get chalkboard paint in all sorts of colors now! Doing a project like this I only used less than a 1/4 of the can. All told it probably cost me about $5.00 for the whole project. I cant wait to find more of these baskets so I can do one for onions, apples, and sweet potatoes. I am planning to build a shelving unit to fit each one in at an angle so you can see the lid and open it up to get your veggies/fruits.
The Basket Before
After cleaning a bit
The Lid Shows Some Water Damage
After Three Coats of Chalkboard Paint
My sad attempt at being artistic
Tons of room for a good 20 to 30 lbs of Potatoes!