I was never really a collector. My Grandma, however was, she collected salt and pepper shakers. As a child, I spent a lot of time with her, and got to know her collection pretty well. Some of them, like the dutch boy and girl on a bench, she would let me take out and play with. I wasn't allowed to mention that to any of my cousins, it was our secret.
When Grandma died, in 1998, my mom got the salt and peppers. We were in the middle of a kitchen remodel, and she didn't have room for them, so my husband left the wall of the dining room empty. We put Gram's cabinet there, and seeing the collection together again was so great. Here are a couple of pictures of her collection, now in my home
The first picture is the left side, and the second is the right side. My teapot collection is now on top of Gram's salt and pepper collection :)