Odd Yard Sale Finds


Salt & Pepper

Drive-Thru Trees? Who knew?

I don’t think we have these in New England. Our trees do not look wide enough for automobile traffic. The yard sale seller of this souvenir shaker probably picked it up at the Drive Thru gift shop, way back when.

If you are headed west, and your bucket list includes “Drive through a tree,” here’s the link for more information:

“You’re everything a big bad wolf could want.”

The 1950s and 1960s could be called the age of the novelty salt and pepper shaker. People collected them by the millions. I was at a yard sale in New Hampshire a few years ago and the seller must have had at least 300 sets of s&ps on the table. Most of the novelty shakers of the era were tacky, or at least they appear so now. Very few are cute, and well made. This “Miss Cutie” pair is the exception to the rule. I am still a bit sorry I sold them. I don’t keep a lot of stuff, but I think I should have found a place for them.

For the record, Miss Cutie may or may not be related to Little Red Riding Hood. The title line is courtesy of that Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs hit from the 1960s. I am sure the big bad wolf would be equally happy with Miss Cutie if Little Red Riding Hood proved to be too elusive to catch.

What a dashing looking couple!

For all of the stuff I come across, I keep very few things for my personal collection. Here is one of them: (or would it be two of them?) A great looking pair of large ceramic salt & pepper shakers. They do have a certain charm, don’t they.

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