Red Salt & Pepper Shakers

I bought these cute little salt and pepper shakers today. Does that mean I’m out of my January thrifting doldrums?

I love their bright red color and they’ve been on my short list of things to look for when out thrifting, so I was excited to find them at the local old lady run charity thrift store.

Don’t they look Valentiney? OK, you got me, I’m a little obsessed with Valentine’s Day decorating ideas right now. Not sure salt & pepper shakers are going to be the center of my decorating theme though.

If not for Valentine’s Day, they would look cute in a 4th of July picnic basket.

They were in a bag of assorted items that was marked $4.00. I did not want the other items that were in the Ziploc baggie at all, so when I checked out I asked the lady if I could buy the salt and pepper shakers for the advertised $4.00 and then go ahead and donate the other items in the bag back to them.

I pay the full $4.00 – I take the salt and peppers – they keep everything else – pretty simple, right?

She looked at me like I had asked if I could steal something. I had to explain it three times and then she only grudgingly accepted my donation to their store. With a big sigh, to boot.

That’s me. Always rocking the boat.

Linking with Time Travel Thursday, Treasure Hunt Thursday, Vintage Thingie Thursday.

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Comments

  1. says

    Very vintage, I remember having some of those in the mid 60’s when I was a new bride.
    Why is it some clerks can’t get the concept of not wanting everything in the bag…it is almost like they can’t really understand why I would pay the full price and not take everything.

  2. says

    Too cute!
    when I go to the local auction, sometimes a buy an entire table for $1. I just leave what I don’t want. Probably paperwork for her to do and that is why she wasn’t happy. I think it was nice of you.

  3. says

    I think they should be use to that when they bag up random stuff. I love those s & p’s and I would have bought them for $4 also. Next time, just take the bag and then dump what you don’t want back into donation bin!

    Linda

  4. says

    I remember shakers like these when I was a young girl….brought back some memories! I think they will look just lovely for Valentines Day. Diane

  5. says

    These are just perfect! And for 4.00 you got a deal…isn’t it funny how you ask to do something a little different than the norm and people get bugged? You even wanted to donate back to them…lol

  6. says

    You always have the best luck. Can’t believe she was irritated you were giving part of the stuff back.

    My dad used to go to farm auctions and would buy a whole wagon of stuff super cheap just because he saw an interesting old tool on there. Of course he’d end up carting home quite a bit of the other stuff and making my mom crazy!

  7. says

    You always have the best luck. Can’t believe she was irritated you were giving part of the stuff back.

    My dad used to go to farm auctions and would buy a whole wagon of stuff super cheap just because he saw an interesting old tool on there. Of course he’d end up carting home quite a bit of the other stuff and making my mom crazy!

  8. says

    I love your vintage s&p shakers. I have done that same thing on a couple of occasions when I wanted something out of the bag. They looked at me like I had grown a third head. Next time, just take it around to the back door and drop it off!;>) xo Diana

  9. says

    I’ve gone though the same thing at these stores. You can’t throw old ladies curves (I hope people remember that when I’m old!). Better to just buy it all then donate the unwanted items at a later date. Makes everyone happy.

  10. says

    I just found the matching canister set to these for $5.00 myself–I love red and white together.

    I never understand thrift store employees…they seem to be unable to comprehend simple solutions.

  11. says

    They are cutie pies. I would have offered a dollar for them. You are a much better person than I am. Thrifting is terrible here still and I must be loosing it because I was in Goodwill yesterday and was not feeling the thrill. Not like me at all. Went home and slept for three hours in the middle of the day. xo, Olive

  12. says

    I found one of my usual thrift stores really picked over. But I did manage to find a basket for an arrangement for the front door (it had bug dirt in it , so it is still outside waiting to be washed with bleach water) and the other item that I am really happy about and unable to put down is a copy of the book “Under the Tuscan Sun”. I loved the movie a few years ago, so I thought I’d love the book too. Well, I do love the book,it has several recipes and is well written. I haven’t figured out how the movie of the same title ever came from that book. I guess the movie was “an interpretation”. Anyway, the blah-ness of the store led me to wonder if it is just me or was the store really that blah. Am I “over it” with thrifting? Nah, no way.

  13. says

    I love these! I’ve got them in green. Maybe the cashier must not have understood? Whenever I tell them I don’t want the rest of the stuff from the grab bag, they look at me stunned, unless they are younger. Like “HOW!! could you not want this? You’re paying for it.” & sometimes I get that clueless look the, “I don’t understand”. Good price, I paid $12 at an antique market.

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