Salt shaker col­lec­tion — Page 1B

The Weekly Vista - - Front Page - KEITH BRYANT [email protected]

The Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum has ac­quired a new, very tem­po­rary ex­hibit from which visi­tors can pur­chase pieces.

Hun­dreds of salt and pep­per shak­ers line shelves in the mu­seum gift shop, each set for sale at $5.50.

His­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety mem­ber Jill Werner, who man­ages the mu­seum’s gift shop, said that the pur­chase price, aside from sales tax, goes en­tirely to the mu­seum.

The mas­sive col­lec­tion be­longed to Delite Stucky of Flana­gan, Ill., and was do­nated by Bella Vista res­i­dent Carolyn Hun­ni­cutt.

Werner said it took eight hours for her to un­pack the 11 boxes of shak­ers and she’s al­ready sold 74 sets — though it’d be hard to miss them look­ing at the full shelves.

“I never got tired of do­ing it. It was like open­ing Christ­mas presents,” she said. “It was a de­light.”

They’ve been or­ga­nized and placed based on cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing peo­ple, hol­i­days, food and an­i­mals, to name a few.

A few par­tic­u­larly valu­able pieces were sep­a­rated out to sell on­line, Werner ex­plained.

The old­est piece she was able to pos­i­tively iden­tify was a com­mem­o­ra­tive set cel­e­brat­ing the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

“Every­body’s found some­thing that they can re­late to in some way,” Werner said.

Werner said that, when she took the helm run­ning the gift shop, busi­ness was very slow. She ini­tially fo­cused on Bella Vista mer­chan­dise, she ex­plained, but has also started sell­ing vin­tage goods like these shak­ers. It works well, she said, be­cause the gift shop doesn’t have a flea mar­ket or an­tique shop to com­pete with and it’s about the only place to find non-golf Bella Vista mer­chan­dise.

With so many pieces and the shak­ers sell­ing well, Werner said this col­lec­tion is a sig­nif­i­cant do­na­tion for the mu­seum.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

Among the salt and pep­per shak­ers are sev­eral col­or­ful travel-themed pieces.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

A wide ar­ray of salt and pep­per shak­ers cov­er­ing sev­eral dif­fer­ent themes is up for sale at the Bella Vista His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum.

Keith Bryant/The Weekly Vista

The mu­seum has sev­eral shelves of an­i­mal-themed salt and pep­per shak­ers for sale.

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