Herald JournalHerald Journal, May 3, 2004

Bakeberg spices up her life with 100+ salt and pepper shaker sets

By Jenna Erickson

Variety is the spice of life for Faye Bakeberg of Howard Lake, who enjoys a collection of more than 100 salt and pepper shaker sets.

Bakeberg has been collecting for about 20 years. She found her first 10 sets at an auction and the love grew from there.

“I like collecting them. It makes it more fun to go to auctions,” Bakeberg said.

There are many unique sets in Bakeberg’s collection. Some are very antique, some brand new. She prefers to collect the more unusual looking sets over the standard.

A few of her favorite sets include an African American couple she got from her neighbor and a set of pine cone shaped shakers. She received the pine cones from her mother.

Bakeberg looks for a few key elements when deciding to buy a set of salt and pepper shakers. Uniqueness is the first point. She likes to find sets she doesn’t have anything similar to. The shakers should also be in good condition, and not broken.

She also looks for the Shawnee brand. It is an expensive brand but worth more as well.

The Shawnee Pottery of Zanesville, Ohio produced dinnerware, cookie jars, vases, salt and pepper shakers, and figural characters between 1936 and 1963.

Bakeberg claims the easiest way to be sure the set is old is to look at the bottoms. If they are closed with a cork, it’s a good sign the shakers are old. Anything else, such as plastic signifies a newer set.

She finds most of her shakers at auctions. But occasionally, Bakeberg discovers a set at a garage sale or antique store.

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