I've gotten just about all of mine on ebay...but I'm sure there are other sources out there...any recomendations?
Check Brielle's Yard Sale. I bought three from her.
I got up at 4 am to put in my bid on ebay for a sealed 1/4 oz of vintage Jolie Madame. You've got to be disciplined and not jump at every interesting thing that comes up for auction. Remember, there is a constant stream of vintage everything. If you wait and watch, and choose carefully, you will find what you are looking for. Estate sales are supposedly good for vintage frags, but I don't have the time to seek them out. Also, people don't generally know that the old juice can still be good if it has been properly stored. I really don't find too many modern fragrances that measure up to vintage Arpege, Chanel, Emeraude, etc.Thanks for starting this group!
Hi everyone! I'm so happy to have found this group!
I bought the majority of my collection for myself at the fragrance counter of whatever department store I was in, or sometimes I come across new-old-stock in vintage boutiques or those old independent drugstores (the kind with soda fountains and actual gift departments - they always seem to have the best vintage perfumes!) I replaced most of them as soon as I finished them, but many are original bottles that have been in my collection for 15, 20 or even 30 years. I still have my first full bottle of "grown-up" perfume, Caron's Infini, which I received when I was twelve (and I got a mini of it at about five!) ...but I've been through several bottles of the edp through the years (and I keep several vintage bottles on hand so I'll never have to suffer the new stuff.)
Another significant portion came from my grandmothers after they died. They had very different ideas of how they wanted to smell, btw. From one I received Arpege, Madame Rochas, L'air du Temps and Je Reviens, among others. From the other came Opium, Poison, Jardins de Bagatelle and a gigantic bottle of Ysatis. I'm happy to smell like either of them, and they always seemed pretty old to me.
Bottles to me are so important. I wish that I had saved some from the 60's. The classic Chanel bottle is the best, although the Mitsouko/L'Heure Bleue bottle is a close second. I have not tried certain fragrances because the bottle was so ridiculous. Sorry, Angel, you may be a "star", but you will never be on my dresser. Evangeline (I love the Evangeline poster which I put in an antique frame and I love the poem), you are a lucky lady to have such a wonderful collection!
Thanks vintage*red! I do love my collection but I sometimes feel hopelessly out of the loop when it comes to most new and niche fragrances. Even when I'm doing research for something new and perusing the wealth of information here, I'm always drawn to the term "retro" - my first niche fragrance (according to what's meant by "niche" around here) was Lipstick Rose! I don't really think it's a retro fragrance - it doesn't remind me of any vintage fragrance I know - but the nostalgia hit is incredible.
I have found good deals on vintage fragrances on ebay lately. It's a gamble, though, in terms of wearability. I would think you could find vintage fragrances at estate sales and yard sales, too, which you can check in your local paper. Some people make a hobby of it, driving around to these sales. I'm not there yet.
Oh, is it you who has been stealing all my ebay auctions lately, lillybelle?!?!?! (shakes angry little fist)
In all seriousness, I have done reasonably well on ebay, especially with vintage minis and other quirky stuff. Chanel No5 is notoriously faked if being sold as "new," but there seem to be lots of unopened vintage bottles that go for a great price. My theory is that lots of ladies in the 50s and 60s were given bottles of No 5 as a fancy gift, and they'd "keep it for good" and never use it. The only risk there is tht many of these unopened bottles spent 40 years on a dressertop, possibly in the sun. That said, even if my 50ml splash EdT did lose some of its floral topnotes, the drydown is still glorious and I only spent $11 on it!
Have any of you ever purchased from this online shop? They have a fascinating selection of vintage perfume, both old greats and neat old drugstore scents, and I'd like to know if they are reliable.
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