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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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A vision in purple

Well, I am doing well on the vintage costume jewellery front this week.  I came across this beautiful faceted glass necklace the other day & quickly snapped it up.  It is a lovely amethyst shade & has a traditional screw barrel clasp.  Purple is my favourite colour so I was delighted to find this little beauty.  Can’t wait to wear it with a pair of vintage purple diamante dangly earrings that I also picked up in a charity shop. 

At the same time as buying this necklace, I also got a fabulous 1980s slash neck top.  It has a leaf pattern all over it and looks very NOW!  I’ll show you this later.  Looks amazing with a cinch belt. 

A good week for bargains so far!

A vision in purple

The apple of my eye…

Check out these super fruity earrings that I found in a charity shop this week for the grand sum of 50p!  Bright red glass apples & metal leaves suspended from silver ear wires.  How amazing are they?!  They are certain to brighten up any outfit on a cold winter’s day.

Apple of my eye