The recent “find” of a mid-century dinette set (see previous post) has led to a whole new facet of collecting. Salt and pepper shakers with coordinating napkin holders have been calling to me. It seems that they used to be a lot more common than they are now. I did see a monkey and banana S & P set and some non-matching napkin holders in Tuesday Morning recently, but junkin’ seems to be the best way to find coordinated sets, both elegant and whimsical.
I found this pretty set in a huge thrift store in Spartanburg, SC last year, and it’s now in the middle of our new table.
Here are some more I found on eBay. Rather than adding a link, which might be expired by the time you see it, just do a search in eBay using descriptive words, if you’d like to view one.
(None of these are my listings)
This plastic Thanksgiving set includes a butter dish, too
Wouldn’t this lovely Enesco set be terrific for Independence Day?
If you’re into cooking Greek food:
The next two sets almost ended up taking turns on my kitchen table, but I resisted.
The dogs’ noses are magnetic, so they kiss!
Speaking of dogs, here’s a fabulous mid-century set marked Ucago Japan.
For the cat lover, here’s a similar but even cooler atomic-looking set by Holt Howard
I’m either too busy, or just too lazy, to tuck napkins into each of those little coils though!
Another great set for the cat lover, which includes a toothpick holder, bowl (sugar bowl without lid?) and a matching tray to hold it all:
Then…there’s this set.
Elves peeking around trees. From the back they look like this:
From the front, this:
How’d you like that staring at you every morning?
Finally, this whimsical and thoroughly corny way to serve corn on the cob:
Nothing cornier than corn! The napkin holder says “Napping Kins”
Must resist … temptation to put together …. coordinating placemats, salt and pepper shakers, napkin holders … dishes ….. glasses ……. mugs ……… coasters………