Ages ago, when my income was a tad more disposable, I had a bit of a thing for salt and pepper shakers. I admired many sets but bought only a select few, and after a while, I had a mini-collection, approximately ten sets, of which I was rather proud.
Over the years and several moves, most of my collection has magically disappeared or was broken and now, I am down to one and a half. My “eat me, drink me” set, an Alice in Wonderland-themed S&P featuring a tagged bottle and a mushroom, was the last to be broken, leaving me with only a mushroom. The only whole set remaining is of Mickey and Minnie Mouse holding hands. They’ve survived for almost 18 years. Time will tell how much longer they’ll last.
Though not quite as prolific as his cutlery pictures, John still snaps a few shots here and there of salt and pepper shakers from the different restaurants we’ve visited. I’ve even gotten in on this game, taking a few fun shots of shakers myself. It’s hard to resist when restaurants like Turkey & the Wolf, Molly’s Rise & Shine and Rosedale all love to offer cute little differences at every table.
Sometimes, the S&Ps are just different from the usual and sometimes, when we’re bored or hungry, a unique angle on a typical set can prove to be, at the very least, interesting.
What’s funny about our mild obsession with S&Ps is that neither John nor I ever use them! Most restaurants I’ve been to have incorporated the perfect amount of seasoning in their dishes, making those adorable S&Ps obsolete.
I think my favorite S&Ps are the super fancy-schmancy ones, offered in a wholly unique (though likely not very practical) presentation.
Where are your favorite S&Ps? Do you have a collection?