Want to know a quick way to spice up a trip to the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area? Dash inside the Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers!
My husband and I couldn’t resist going inside on our last trip to Gatlinburg. There were thousands of salt & pepper shaker sets. I actually enjoyed milling around, looking at all the different designs. Or maybe I just enjoyed being child-free for half an hour, since my children refused to come inside and waited in the car instead. I would have– no, should have– spent longer looking at the displays. But with a sulky teenager waiting in the car, I only looked long enough to get the flavor of the museum.
What’s funny, though, is that ever since our visit, I cannot stop myself from picking up salt & pepper shakers at every yard sale, thrift store, or flea market and think about that museum and wonder whether they have the same set that I’m holding? I almost want to buy the sets I come across and send them down to Tennessee to add to the museum collection. Or start my own collection. A “Museum North,” if you will. I’ll start with my I Love Lucy shakers. Because aren’t you dying to see those now?
Do you have any ‘museum-worthy’ salt & pepper shakers?
Update: As requested, here is a picture of my I Love Lucy shaker set. Her torso comes off and holds pepper. The grape vat is for salt. I think this trip inspired the gift.