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I don’t know how this happened. (Yes I do.)

When I was a little girl, I thought it would be fantastic to collect salt & pepper shakers. I remember eyeballing all kinds of salt & pepper shakers in souvenir shops while on vacation with my parents, and wishing I was a grown-up with my own kitchen so I could collect all the most beautiful shakers!

Then I grew up and realized how lame a salt & pepper shaker collection really is. And then I realized I own not one, not two, but six (SIX!) sets of salt & pepper shakers. All acquired after I was old enough to vote. Oh. Goldfish.

the collection

I don’t know what to do. Do I embrace the collection and display it? Do I attempt to find worthy homes for all but one set? (Ha.) Or do I rotate them out every so often? You know, when I’m feeling a fifties kitschΒ vibe, I put the pink pigs out. When I feel like a WWII military wife, I pull out the super cool 1940’s glass-that-looks-like-plastic set. Lately I’m feeling the little black dog peeing on the red fire hydrant. It’s appropriate to my current state of being. (Am I the fire hydrant or the dog? You decide.) But one day I might really want giant copper shakers or maybe I’ll want to hold a wiener while I spice my food! YOU NEVER KNOW.

So what do I do? Display all or rotate-when-the-mood strikes?


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  • Ty

    Each place setting gets their own set. Rotate where you sit, or rotate the sets around the table so they get even use.

    Or eBay the redundancies and focus your collecting efforts on another field, like retirement funds or gold or something else that you’ll be happy to have accumulated in your old age.

    • ‘Cita

      Hey Mr. Banjo+Ukelele+Shipbuilding+Airsoft Guy. Mr. Skull+VintageStuff+Hallowe’en Guy. With her it’s only Animals(BothWarmAndColdbloodedAndDead)+Salt&PepperShakers! Jus’sayin’….

    • ‘Cita

      Hey Mr. Banjo+Ukelele+Shipbuilding+Airsoft Guy. Mr. Skull+VintageStuff+Hallowe’en Guy. With her it’s only Animals(BothWarmAndColdbloodedAndDead)+Salt&PepperShakers! Jus’sayin’….

    • Each one gets it’s own! I love it. πŸ™‚

    • Each one gets it’s own! I love it. πŸ™‚

  • Ty

    Each place setting gets their own set. Rotate where you sit, or rotate the sets around the table so they get even use.

    Or eBay the redundancies and focus your collecting efforts on another field, like retirement funds or gold or something else that you’ll be happy to have accumulated in your old age.

  • KEEP ‘EM! I think they’re very cute.

  • KEEP ‘EM! I think they’re very cute.

  • Six isn’t a lot. You could make up an excuse for having six. Now if it were sixty…

  • Six isn’t a lot. You could make up an excuse for having six. Now if it were sixty…

  • ‘Cita

    It is not yet out of hand!

  • ‘Cita

    It is not yet out of hand!

  • I love that you have a crazy salt & pepper shaker collection! You should display them in a glass cabinet or something so they don’t get dusty, though if you have a cleaner lady to come dust them, no big deal, eh? Or maybe you’d like taking them off a shelf and dusting them, so you could visit your little S&P shaker friends πŸ™‚

    I say definitely display!

  • I love that you have a crazy salt & pepper shaker collection! You should display them in a glass cabinet or something so they don’t get dusty, though if you have a cleaner lady to come dust them, no big deal, eh? Or maybe you’d like taking them off a shelf and dusting them, so you could visit your little S&P shaker friends πŸ™‚

    I say definitely display!