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You Have HOW Many Salt & Pepper Shakers?

13 Mar

Just 20,000 or so sets. Is that unusual?

Vegetable Salt & Pepper Shakers

Vegetable Salt & Pepper Shakers Photo Courtesy of the Museum Website

The Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, TN is must-see. Why, exactly?

  1. Because everything else in Gatlinburg in woefully touristy, neon-y, and kitschy.
  2. Because you had no idea that salt and pepper shakers were made in so many styles.
  3. Because there are walls dedicated to themes: fruits, bears, birds, & basic pillars.
  4. Because when someone takes the time to collect 20,000 of something, you should stop in and take a gander. I mean, seriously.
Southern Belle Salt & Pepper Shakers

Southern Belle Salt & Pepper Shakers Photo Courtesy of the Museum Website

One of a Kind
This is the only S&P museum in the world (no surprise, there).

The woman who owns the collection started it because she was amused by how something so simple garners so much attention and personality. Good point.

Many sets were collected by the owner, but once word got out, even more were given as gifts and sent from people around the world. The kindness of strangers: Red Cross aid and Salt & Pepper contributions…

Bee Salt & Pepper Shakers

Bee Salt & Pepper Shakers Photo Courtesy of the Museum Website

Musings on Collecting
A collection says something about the collector; and the culture that inspires it.

Interested in other quirky collections I’ve found on my travels? Check out

What do you collect? Where do you find your pieces? What started the collection?


The Majesty of Wild Horses at the Outer Banks

27 Jan

These horses are descendents of those who came from Spain in the 1500s. Adapting to the land, their front legs are shorter than the rear so they can balance on the dunes and eat the sea oats. They can survive drinking brackish water (15% salt), which would dehydrate any other horse.

We drove on the beach to reach the protected area. Although homes are now built here and people are encroaching their space, which is heartbreaking. The tours are required to stay 50 feet away from them to prevent mutual disease and unintentional injury.

They’re beautiful and graceful, shining in the sun. They live on this protected beach in packs of three-to-ten. One stallion per pack, unless another is his son, and one alpha mare.

They don’t like being hot (neither do I), so they follow the shadows, moving closer inland as the day progresses.

How have you adapted to your environment? (reminder: the horses’ legs are shorter for climbing the dunes)

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