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Yves Saint Laurent & Nina Ricci would be proud

Here we have some of my vintage lead crystal & cut glass perfume bottles that were all procured from my beloved charity shops – how lovely are they?  I love all the different shapes & patterns.

Fit for Princess Kate Middleton

These take pride of place on my bathroom window cill as the above photo shows – look at the grey Manchester rain on the window – it certainly is grim up north!

 
I didn’t get these bottles all at the same time, they have been collected over the years.  The smallest three on the right all range from 50p to a pound.  The largest, and by far the nicest, was a fiver, which is expensive in my book!  However, it is made of heavy lead crystal & really is beautiful so I didn’t mind paying that bit more. I remember getting it from a charity shop in Glossop, Derbyshire.
 
The funny thing is…I don’t even wear perfume!  I can’t stand the stuff!  I used to wear it in my twenties but I could no longer wear it once I had children.  The horrendous morning sickness that I suffered with both pregnancies is to blame.  I had the most heightened sense of smell at the time & things like perfume & aftershave just made me want to hurl!  Thankfully, my husband has never worn aftershave so that was not an issue.
 
The ‘perfume thing’ has stayed with me & I can no longer wear it as the smell all day long drives me insane.  I used to have Gucci Rush, Yves Saint Lauren Paris, Nina Ricci L’air Du Temps, & something by Clarins.  Do you know what I did?  I flogged the lot on ebay!  Yes, the bottles were open, half used, & had no box but they literally flew off the ebay shelves.  So, if you have any bottles of perfume that you no longer use, why not have a go at making some cash from them?  Someone, somewhere, will snap them up if they use that particular perfume regularly. Or, the actual bottle may be collectable.  You never know…
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  1. Lovely scent bottles – you obviously have an eye! I’m sure you know this already, but the main thing to watch for is no chips round the stopper. Not an expert, but think the one to extreme right is possibly the oldest (late Victorian?), along with the one by it which might be a bit later. Obviously I am guessing – hard to tell from photos.

    I have a couple of lovely glass scent bottles that were my Grandmother’s, but one is quite badly chipped. It doesn’t show until you take out the stopper, and anyway it doesn’t matter to me as it is a memory of sitting in my Gran’s living room and seeing it on her mantelpiece. But it would affect value if I was trying to sell (though never would).

    Thank you so much for sharing your finds, it’s really fun to see them. 🙂

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  2. Lots more lovely memories! Glad you have been enjoying my finds. x

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