Monday, May 13, 2013

Saving The Orphans

Over 10 years ago I was at a flea market in Indiana
I found and purchased many great planters (one of my collections that I continue to love).  
I passed this one booth a few times and kept eyeing this one item
This pepper shaker was all by itself and while I loved the colors and design I couldn't figure out why I would buy the pepper without the salt
But buy it I did! 
A collection was born....collecting 'orphan' salt/pepper shakers
Since that first 'orphan' I've found many in flea markets, thrift shops and yard sale shopping
They come in all shapes and sizes
I never split a pair, if I like a set I buy that also...
but the orphans have a special place in my heart
As in most things we collect, something must speak to me before I bring it home, so not all orphans come home with me...but all of these have
Sometimes bringing home orphans results in a pair as was the case with these two.  
Found years apart I love these Shawnee pieces!
Critters of all kinds are popular
More fun pieces and the 'beauties' as I call the 'pretty' shakers
Some of my favorites!
I will continue to adopt orphans as I see them and they call my name.  It's one of my favorite collections.  Not worth much dollar wise, but for a fun and happy collection....priceless! 

Wishing you JOY,

Linda

I'm joining these fun parties this week

37 comments:

Kathe said...

Okay! I love the sweet little fish Linda :-) I'm thinking this is a collection I would love to start too! The little orphan shakers in my area must need homes too ;-) Thanks for sharing this at my party this week!

Nellie said...

I had a cousin who collected salt and pepper shakers. I don't know what happened to that collection when she passed. There would have been some very unusual ones there.
Yours are darling! xo Nellie

Donna Wilkes said...

We are a thrift shop loving family. When my niece was four she decided she would collect S&P's. She is now an adult with a massive collection. I love that you collect the orphans. Such a cute collection.

Susan said...

Awwwww, some of them are absolutely adorable, Linda.

What a cute collection.

Take care and thanks for sharing.

Also, thanks for all your visits and comments to my blog. Susan

Jane and Chris said...

All my orphans have four legs and fur!
Jane x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm always picking up salt shakers...just love them even if they're not in a pair! That little blue bird sure is cute! Now I want to go thrifting...and I've been trying to stay away! lol

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

What a lovely collection of orphan salts and pepper. Loved seeing them. Your first blue willow is my favorite.
Joy

Coloradolady said...

I do agree! I have several orphans I have picked up as well. I don't collect s&p shakers per say, but you know how that goes too!

You have a great collection and displayed wonderfully!

Marigene said...

You have a whole village of orphans! Great collection, Linda.

Katnip Lounge said...

What a FUN collection! Do you have any Holt-Howard Kozy Kitten items? I have probably 90% of what they manufactured, and I'm always on the lookout.

20 North Ora said...

Linda, love your collections of strays.

Judy

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I love that you buy the orphans and give them a home and display them.

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Fun collection. I have the Shawnee cats too.

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

Hi Linda - I'm sorry it's taken me a whole week to visit your site, I've been a crazy person trying to figure out getting mine set up :)

What a great idea to collect "orphan" S&P shakers! I see a new collection in my future, just what I needed, lol! I see them too, and have been tempted to buy but always think "Oh, too bad the other one is missing." I never thought about how great they would look all by themselves, together, if you know what I mean. Great post! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Susan said...

Linda, I am glad you save the orphans. Your collection is gorgeous and just perfect for your cubbies

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is such a great idea, Linda. I would have rescued that blue and white piece because I have some blue and white china. Love all the ones you showed us!

XO,

Sheila

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Oh, you're so wonderful adopting all of the little orphans! I love it and I would probably took that little Blue Willow pepper shaker too since I have so many pieces of it! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan said...

Dear friend, your heart knows no bounds! I love that you've given these lost treasures a home...and a beautiful place to be displayed, XOXO

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Dearest Linda, You are always amazing! What a wonderful collection - like how you call them your orphans - too smart!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how precious. Your little orphans are all fabulous. Love this idea. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Kathy Moreland said...

What a gorgeous collection. I love your display!

Chatty Crone said...

I love the idea of the orphanage - taking care of the little ones that no one wants - you do that too for real. sandie

Pam said...

Oh, my. I had seen this post earlier and I thought maybe you were going on a trip to Africa to help orphaned children or something. Since I was in a rush and not in a serious frame of mind, I thought I'd stop back by when I had more time. I much lighter orphan story, for sure! That snail is adorable.

Nancy Carr said...

What a sweet way of saving beautiful treasures. Thanks for the idea. Blessings

Alycia Nichols said...

Now THIS looks like a fun hobby! I'll just bet there are thousands of orphaned salt or pepper shakers out there waiting for a good home! I have noticed at Pier 1 over the last couple of years that they have paired salt & pepper shakers that don't match, but rather simply complement each other. Such a great idea! Much more interesting!!! You've done a really good job of pairing them up. And to find some that ARE alike at different times and places...what a coup!

Fun post, Linda!

Kat said...
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Kat said...

What a wonderful collection you have. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog. Have a wonderful week.

Vicky Hunt said...

What a sweet collection Linda! I love it. Something so many would pass over and you choose to give them a good home...:) Love it! So much cuteness and character!

Blessings, Vicky
Life On Willie Mae Lane

Jemma said...

Your orphans are so lucky to have you!!
Completely adorable!
Happy Hugs!
Jemma

Melanie said...

What a fantastic collection! I often see orphan salt or pepper shakers at Goodwill and some of them are so cute...I always used to think, "Aw, too bad there's not a pair!" Well, now I see what you can do with the orphan ones! Please stop me before I start collecting something else, lol...

Jann Olson said...

Linda, how fun! I too love S & P shakers. I have one or two orphans, but that's all. You really have some fun ones.
hugs,
Jann

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

What a great collection I like them a lot.........

Ninny said...

Those are so sweet. No wonder you collect them!

Ames said...

Well someone has to love those little loners. And you have a gift of turning them into such an awesome display.~Ames

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I wouldn't hesitate to pick up a lone salt or pepper shaker if I loved it. Your collection brought a big smile to my face:-) Keep bringing them home and sooner or later they'll find a mate for life.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

It's just like you to pick up orphan shakers and give them a home! I love how you've displayed them in the cubbies.

LV said...

You have a very nice collection. I am glad you chose the orphans as well. Everything needs a home.