These beautiful salt shaker and pepper grinder are made out of full dark wood, carved into shape. Outside of the small stopper at the bottom of the salt shaker there is no plastic anywhere.
I have no idea how old they are, they could be old or could be a vintage styled design made more recently. I found them in an consignment and donation store to help wealthy old people downsize when they leave their homes. There are always beautiful items there.
I wanted these because they are like the shakers and grinders from restaurants I went as a teenager with my parents. For birthdays and special occasions, we would dress up in suits jackets and skirts, proper shoes, my dad may have worn a tie, to go to restaurants that were dimly lit, with wooden panels separating the tables, and booths with faux leather seats. We ordered steaks, pastas, and one dish that stands out in my mind to this day -fried camembert with cranberry sauce.
Those were days when nice restaurants were still formal, waiters wore white collared shirts and they didn't make small talk. What they did was grind pepper for you.
I off course don't need either of these items. There are all-in-one salt and pepper grinders from the supermarkets in little plastic bottles that are tossed when they the contents are used up.
Having a working kitchen means the kitchen is somewhere you like to be. A comfortable environment. And if you are like me, new things, beautiful things inspire, motivate and well.. make me happy. Shopping makes me smile.
So as you start out, or as you go along to making a full kitchen, buy a treat once in awhile: a pretty ceramic 60s salt shaker shaped like a rabbit at a thrift store, an expensive piece of equipment at a fancy kitchen place or just a new wooden spoon at the supermarket.
Don't buy more than one or two pieces. When you buy everything at once, not only is it overwhelming, you won't have the opportunity to experience the pleasure when you slowly build a nest you can go to.
After cooking a lot, you deserve a present or if you haven't for a while, maybe a new item, a new toy will motivate you to return.