Ellen Broder was just 15 when she started collecting: Her first purchace was a cat head salt-and-pepper set. That was more than 499 sets ago. Broder, 56, says she's "always liked old things," and she collects more than salt and pepper shakers these days in the Roslyn Estates home she shares with her husband, Marty, 60. Here's a look.
Ellen Broder with just a few of her hundreds of salt and pepper shakers. She also collects seltzer bottles. The border on her island was special ordered to continue the style of the kitchen’s floor. (May 24, 2013)
Ellen and Marty Broder of Roslyn Estates went retro when they redid their kitchen in 2000. Their 1920s-'30s-inspired kitchen includes subway tiles on the walls, ice cream parlor-style tiles on the floor, an antique Hoosier cupboard and a replica wood-burning range and double ovens. (May 24, 2013) .
This is just a sampling of Ellen Broder’s more than 500 salt-and-pepper shaker sets, which cost her from 50 cents to $50. (May 24, 2013)
This antique Hoosier cupboard was designed to be an all-inclusive workstation for homes of the period that didn’t usually have a lot of storage or cabinets. This stand-alone piece would have compartment for grinding flour or corn, a bread box, sugar bin, a place for spices and other kitchen activities. She paid $150 for it 15 years ago. (May 24, 2013)
Broder uses her Hoosier for storage. (May 24, 2013)
This old-fashioned screen door was original to the house that was built in 1928. She repurposed it as a pantry door. (May 24, 2013) .
An old-fashioned kitchen step stool in Ellen Broder’s kitchen. (May 24, 2013)
A medical sink fit the dimensions of the Broders' powder room. It cost $500 in a vintage store in Huntington. (May 24, 2013)
Ellen Broder wanted the look of a wood stove, but with the convenience of gas. This Heartland stove is a replica of a wood-burning stove from 1925. It has six burners, a warming drawer and other special compartment. “It comes from Canada and was so worth it,” Broder says of the stove that cost $8,000. (May 24, 2013)
This vintage icebox keeps things cool without electricity. “We keep the wine in it,” Broder says. (May 24, 2013)
This 1930s bar includes mirrors, a working radio, lighting and a place to house liquor. She purchased this at an antique store in Huntington and paid $1,500. (May 24, 2013)
This phone chair. Ellen Broder has both a right hand one and a rarer left hand one. (May 24, 2013)