[PHOTO GALLERY] These Adorable Car-Themed Salt-and-Pepper Shakers Will Sprinkle Joy on Your Day
There’s plenty to see and do if you visit Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The town sitting at the entrance to the Smokey Mountains is filled with museums, distilleries, and pancake houses. On the east side of town lies a brown building filled with tens of thousands of salt and pepper shakers which is worth a visit.
I recently visited the Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers and was impressed with how large the collection was. Of the numerous sets on display, many of them were automotive-themed. Here are some of my favorites.
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These highly-collectible, vintage Parksmith salt and pepper shakers with green bodies and turning metal wheels are patterned off the Jaguar Type D (what, you don’t see the resemblance?). With the boy and the girl each driving their own car, the rolling dispensers may have trouble sitting still on your table–because you’ll be using them so frequently.
Sprinkle your meals with some nerdy nostalgia with this Speed Racer salt and pepper set. The yellow car is shaped like Shooting Star, the vehicle driven by Racer X, while the white car is patterned after Speed Racer’s iconic Mach Five.
The dispensing holes are on the front ends of the cars.
In the middle of the twentieth century, when turnpikes were being built and revolutionizing long-distance driving, souvenir items like salt and pepper shaker sets were available at stops along the route. This metal set of classic cars rests on a tray resembling lanes on the Ohio Turnpike.
The dispensing holes are on the tops of the car roofs.
Know a person who douses their plates with unhealthy amounts of seasoning? This set of salt and pepper shakers shaped like road signs–complete with printing warnings cautioning against excessive use–may be the way to get their attention.
The dispensing holes are on the tops of the road signs.
While this recognizable Harley Davidson engine may look like a single piece, each cylinder in the V-twin engine is a salt or pepper dispenser that can be removed from the base. It makes an excellent set, forming one chrome-colored collector’s item.
The dispensing holes are on the top of each cylinder.
The perfect gift for the construction worker in your life, these miniature safety cones in orange and black are made of lightweight plastic. They feature clear horizontal bands that show how much seasoning is left inside.
The dispensing holes are on the top of each traffic cone.
Seasoning is basically like the “pit crew” of your meal, juicing up the food to revitalize the plate and send it roaring down the track into your mouth. So, a NASCAR pit crew set of salt-and-pepper shakers is appropriate. One is carrying a spare tire and the other is ready with the pneumatic wrench. Gotta love the logo printed across the helmets.
The dispensing holes are on the tops of their heads.
Few classic cars are as iconic as the pink Cadillac. Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about it, and some novelty company made ceramic salt-and-pepper shakers of it. The pink convertible (left) comes with the turquoise gas pump, while the covered coupe (right) comes with the blue convertible on the back shelf.
The dispensing holes are on the front ends of the cars and top of the gas pump.
If you’re in a hurry and need assistance getting your taste buds where they want to go, call a taxi to dispense some extra flavor. This set of yellow cabs has been produced in different shapes over the years and is sometimes paired with a gas pump.
The dispensing holes are located on the vehicle roofs.
The most adorable car-related shaker set in the collection, this male driver is travelling with his female passenger in his red convertible coupe. What makes them truly heartwarming are their coy smiles, rosy cheeks, and joyful eyes.
The open-air vehicle shape allows you to pick up each passenger and vigorously shake them upside-down as you please. Their dispenser holes are on the tops of their heads.
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