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    Default Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    Today I read from someone's post that they picked up a bottle of bond 9 for 8 bucks... i can't remember which one it was but i spent a good chunk of gas and time (on my day off of course) running through the outskirts and innards of town hoping that i would also be so lucky... i was not, but i've still got hope... what i'm really wanting to know is, has anyone had similar success in finding something fabulous hiding on a shelf in some rundown thrift store??? i am extremely interested!!!
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    I was in once once that had about 50ml of Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps behind the counter, but since it was "perfume" to them, I thought the price was too high. At another thrift store I found a bottle of Floris Number 127 (I think that was the number), in about 50ml again, but again, they wanted $40, which is too close to retail. US$40 buys a lot of sweaters, jackets, shirts, and a coffee pot or desk lamp at an American thrift store, so I passed. It smelled good though
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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    I found a 50ml bottle of Boucheron Jaïpur edt for $2.00 at a store in town. It was standing next to Paris Hilton's CanCan which was priced at $15.00.

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    There's my old story about getting a vintage bottle of Derby for $60, but that's been told...

    I recently picked up a Brommley's Gentleman EdT and some vintage Tabu for a couple bucks. Someday I hope to find some old Guerlain extrait, still in its box with in the $3 bin at a local yard sale, but I'm not holding my breath.

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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    A vintage bottle of Coty Paris from the 30's in perfect condition in its box 15ml, only $5 in a consignment shop.
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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    What kind of thrift shops do you guys look for?

    I live in the suburbs, but go to college in the city - but I wouldn't know where to even begin!
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    Some of my more memorable junkshop/fleamarket finds have been:
    A 1930's sealed vintage bottle of 4711 (in a special presentation bottle) for $2.40, a Lanvin Arpege 8ml extrait (full, boxed) for $8, a Madame Rochas 18ml full boxed bottle from the 1940s for $11.
    I love these finds, and actively seek them out

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    I forgot about one, only it's a score-from-someone-else-who-scored: I recently picked up a bottle of vintage Givenchy III EDP for $10 from an eBay seller who admitted to finding it at a yard sale and knowing nothing about fragrance. I'm surprised it went so cheap, but it did and it's great stuff.

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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    So I was at this little dinky thrift store, the only one in this county, which isn't terribly surprising when you realize the largest town in said county only has 800 people in it. I was there looking for some dress shirts, when I noticed they had some cosmetics and fragrance. There were a few neat-looking old bottles I couldn't readily identify, and there was a large-ish box towards the bottom of the shelves, I open it up and it's a box inside another box. I open that one up and lo and behold...



    My hands are literally shaking as I pick up the bottle of EDT, then the body wash, then the aftershave. Full, full, and full. The pricetag on the back? 5 dollars. My God, I can die happy now.

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    HAHA Bluesoul! You crack me up! you had me going there!

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    LOL, Bluesoul, you should have saved that for April Fool's!

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    Sometimes regular stores have inexplicably blowout markdowns on a certain item. For example, TJ Maxx regularly sells Zirh 2.5 oz (or 1.7) for $12.99, but I once saw a 4.2 oz on sale for $5 - why so cheap on that one? I don't know. But it happens once in a while.

    The Armani Prive's going on at Marshalls is technically a steal, since it's only $30 compared to the $100+ retail.

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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    Picked off a large bottle of Kiton with a jauntily dented cap in a damaged freight store for all of fifteen dollars. It was marked as $20 but apparently the shocked face I made was interpreted as, "too much" so the clerk hastily said, "but since it's dented and all you can have it for fifteen". No argument from me!

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    Here is what i found today on clearance at Walmart and the Salvation Army. They will bargain with you. The knock-off Angel was $5.99, Bath and Body works was $3.99, Timeless $2.49, SWEET Honesty .99 cents, Moonwind .89 cents.

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    Those are very nice prices for the lot. Congrats!
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    Vintage Houbigant (not Dana) Chantilly at an antique store for $2.
    Vintage L'Air du Temps last week at the Habitat Store for $1, I gave them $2.

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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    Out here in OC and LA, theres no chance of coming across something like that. Methinks people are too aware

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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    I once bought a nearly full Chanel no. 5 Parfum (the extrait) in a 7.5ml bottle for about 10 bucks. I guess the seller thought it was a mini-bottle of the common edt/edp.

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    It's never really crossed my mind to look in a thrift shop for scents.... It's a bizarre concept to me. However, if I was able to find something discontinued or vintage like the original Fahrenheit, I would definitely jump on it.
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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    I got a bottle of Salvador Dali for women for 50 cents at a local thrift store. This is the one: http://www.basenotes.net/ID10212944.html

    Tonight I almost bought a 1/4 full bottle of old school Polo green for $4 at Goodwill but I didn't see myself wearing it much. It reminds me of times gone by and I prefer to leave those scent memories in the past.

    Great deals can be had though. In my town most of the fragrances you come across in thrift store are for the ladies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DerangedGoose View Post
    Out here in OC and LA, theres no chance of coming across something like that. Methinks people are too aware
    But keep an eye out for estate sales. There are companies that go into homes of the deceased and sell the contents for the families, and so now and again you'll see these sales of Hollywood estates with goldmine vintage collections. I've seen (and missed out on) a couple myself.

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    I should have held off bragging. I am thinking maybe I did not do so good. I thought I loved knock-off Angel. Wore it out. got a compliment from my 20 year old niece. Wore it to bed one night, woke up in the middle of the night and I could not stand it, Lovestruck is such a nothing sent, Midnight Fantasy is okay. Moonwind is gross in the bottle so I am afraid to try it. I am kinda of digging Timeless who knew. Of course I will always have a sweet spot for Sweet Honesty. Pun so intended.
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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    I have not found anything worth speaking of at my local stores but www.shopgoodwill.com has been a gold mine for me.
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    My best find is my 30ml bottle of vintage Fahrenheit. Was still wrapped in cellophane. Bought it for 10$. Was a freaking steal for the price, and smells fantastic.

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    Lancetti Uomo 100 ml both EDT and EDP for a little over 20$

    Je Reviens by Worth 100 ml- a bit over 10$

    Caractere by Daniel Hechter 50 ml EDT or, at the same price, EDT and a 150 ml deodorant together as a gift set- within the interval oft about 15-20$

    Lapidus pour Homme gift set with 100 ml EDT, matched scented shower gel and aftershave balm of about 150 ml each- around 25$

    Everlast 1910 100 ml EDT- anywhere from 10 to 15$, yet did not buy this one even if I had the opportunity to do so

    Yardley Citrus&Wood 50 ml EDT- slightly over 10$ again, although minimally so
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    Default Re: Thrift Shop Gems... may the lucky ones stand up

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    Lancetti Uomo 100 ml both EDT and EDP for a little over 20$

    Je Reviens by Worth 100 ml- a bit over 10$

    Caractere by Daniel Hechter 50 ml EDT or, at the same price, EDT and a 150 ml deodorant together as a gift set- within the interval oft about 15-20$

    Lapidus pour Homme gift set with 100 ml EDT, matched scented shower gel and aftershave balm of about 150 ml each- around 25$

    Everlast 1910 100 ml EDT- anywhere from 10 to 15$, yet did not buy this one even if I had the opportunity to do so

    Yardley Citrus&Wood 50 ml EDT- slightly over 10$ again, although minimally so
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