The first time I saw these alligator (or crocodile? I’ll admit I don’t know the difference, just that there is one) salt and pepper shakers at Goodwill, I forgot the cardinal rule of thrifting: take it out of context! Thrift stores are full of tacky, junky… well, junk. It’s easy for otherwise cute items to be lost amid the sea of porcelain teddy bears and blend right in. So the first time I saw these, I laughed at how weird they were and moved on. When I went back the following week, they had been moved to a counter near the cash register by themselves. This time I got a good look at them, out of the context of the tacky tchotchkes, and realized they were quite the treasure. Are they weird? Absolutely! But from their vaguely pinkish tones to the water lilies stuck to their backs to the fact that they’re alligator-shaped shakers, they’re absolutely unique, cute, and above all else, totally awesome. A few of the lily petals are broken on the pepper shaker, but it’s not that noticeable - in fact, I didn’t notice it until a few days after I bought it!
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