In my Granny’s kitchen was a decorative shelf filled with ceramic animals, plastic souvenirs, and colorful characters. While the rest of the family visited and ate, I couldn’t stop staring at all her fun miniatures. Each Christmas I’d add to her collection with a carefully selected set that I hoped would make her think of me each time she saw them.
When I got married and had a home of my own, one of the first things I did was start my own salt and pepper collection. Even though we lived in a modern home, the shakers gave my kitchen a vintage, homey feel. Through the years we’ve lived in both new and old houses. My style has changed and evolved, but with each move, the shaker collection has found a home on my kitchen window sill, and whenever I look up from my place at the sink, I always smile when I see them.
Unlike many collectibles, salt and pepper shakers are reasonably priced. They can be found readily at estate sales, flea markets, and antique malls, often under $10 a pair. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to give your home a vintage touch, they’re the way to go.