My mom collected the salt and pepper shakers. She started to buy them when we would take a trip out west each summer time. Her collection was not huge but some just got to be tossed due to the lack of good design, ha, or were just plain ugly. I kept a few and I am determined to put the few that I have into a box for storage.
Watching a show on Sunday Morning a few weeks ago, they covered a convention of collectors of these kinds of things. People today are still collecting them and one woman was known to have 53,000 salt and pepper shakers.