26 November, 2011

Bee Skep Salt and Pepper Shakers

Mr. T. and I are hard-core estate sale junkies and we love to find fun old things that fit just right into our old home. If those finds are a bargain, that's even better yet. These bee skep salt and pepper shakers are one of my very favorite Fabulous Vintage Finds. We picked them at an estate sale for six, count 'em, SIX whole dollars!  They are my kitchen salt and pepper shakers, good sized at around five inches tall, and they sit beautifully poised near the range for use while I am cooking. They're marked "Japan" on the bottom, and I have not been able to date them, but they appear to be old.  Online research makes me guess that they are about 40-50 years old.

Mr. T. and I were recently visiting John Day, in eastern Oregon, and happened to find the sugar and creamer mates to our salt and pepper shakers.  They were waiting for us in a stifling hot little antique shop on the main street that runs through John Day.  How could we resist them?  They were not the killer bargain that the salt and pepper shakers were, drat..., but sometimes you just have to pay real money for really great old things.  I suspect that there is a matching honey pot out there somewhere, just waiting for us to find it. Or... maybe a matching teapot! That would be the Bees Knees!, wouldn't it?

Update! Holy smoke, while perusing Pinterest, (my new most favorite thing,) I found my oh-so-elusive matching teapot! But, darn, it was already sold at an online auction site.  But the good news is that my hoped for teapot actually exists, and it's out there, waiting for me to find it.  I'll find one, out there somewhere, someday, I'm certain. Wish me luck!


  1. This could be the one you are looking for! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-JAPAN-tea-set-/191102387539?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c7e970553

  2. OH MY GOODNESS, Jennifer! I JUST BOUGHT IT! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been looking for this teapot for years!