I'm very happy with this purchase, ended up buying 4 of them, one for each of us. They are sturdy when opened but can fold flat if needed. They hold a lot - if you cram it down it gets pretty heavy, which my kids do, but they are able to manage it down the stairs. (10 and 12 yrs old)Because they are collapsable you're not able to rest it against your hip, it has to be carried in front of you by the two handles.I also like the way they look, and the price was great.
The basket is cute or else I would have returned it. It barely holds 3 bath towels and then, it is a little heavy for those tiny handles. If you just want to use it as decorative...get it. I felt it was over priced and not incredibly useful as a laundry basket...perhaps like some other reviewers said it would be fine for baby clothes, but this doesn't even hold an entire load of laundry.