Each year, around this time, I get several desperate Where Can I Find It requests for those roly poly pilgrim salt and pepper shakers made popular in the Publix television ads from 1998. And, each year, I have to steer readers to Amazon or eBay because, years ago, Publix stopped selling them. Known as the Pilgrim Pair, this adorable couple has, for a limited time, been invited back to the Thanksgiving table. I spotted the pudgy pair in all of the Publix stores I visited in Atlanta, in dedicated displays near the holiday food specials. The pair sells for $5.99. But, remember, the folks at Publix are putting it out there that the pilgrims are only around for a limited time, and there’s no guarantee that they’ll be available again next year. You might want to do what I did — buy two.
Q: I bought a lovely vintage black pocketbook that looks nearly new, but it doesn’t have any little buttons on the bottom that keep the fabric from touching surfaces. Do you know where I can some of these to attach them myself? I know I can probably take the bag to a shoe repair and have it done, but I’m afraid it would cost me too much. Thank you. — Mrs. Lawrence, Kennesaw