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    Default Your greatest vintage finds! (I love these kinds of threads)

    I love reading about everyone's (enviously excellent) vintage finds!

    Yesterday I found a tiny bottle of vintage Shalimar for $10.00. And since my antiquing went so well, I went out to the antique warehouse this morning to try my luck.

    And found a pristine never-been-opened vintage bottle of My Sin extrait for $20.00. I couldn't believe my luck. I'm actually scared to open it! It seems much too extravagant for me to have in my amateur collection.

    So tell me about your greatest vintage finds or bargains! What was your proudest purchase? What was your greatest steal? What is the crowning vintage jewel of your collection? What was your first or last find? I want to hear all about them.

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    That's awesome, latelittlesleeper! :-) You found some amazing stuff.

    I've had pretty good luck at the thrift stores. My best find was a half-full bottle of Ritz by Charles of the Ritz for an unbelievably low price. Also found a lot of ten Christian La Croix C'est La Vie mini's which I've enjoyed and have been swapping with other members.

    I have a small lot of vintage scents my parents found for me at an estate sale. I can't remember what they gave for the whole box, but it wasn't more than $20 and it had My Sin, Arpege, a beautiful but broken bottle of Keora, a mini-set from Paris that included Magie Noire, Fidji, J'ai Ose and a few others, plus some other goodies.

    I also found an out-of-print perfume reference book at an antique store that I paid $9 for and later sold on Amazon for $60.

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    Gosh, I'll bite... Those of you who have heard me toot my horn already about these finds, I am sorry!

    Okay, ebay c. December. A set of not-just-vintage, but first-edition, Niki de Saint Phalle. All full and perfect-smelling. Two edps and one of the nice big extrait bottles, engraved with the first edition info and hand-painted...



    The winning bidder: me.
    The amount: 30.00 USD (FREE SHIPPING)


    Circa. Last month.
    Estate sale find! A brand new bottle of Coty Chypre, 50 ml. Mint.
    10USD.





    A mostly full 30 ml crystal-stopper flagon Chanel 19 PARFUM from the seventies, fresh.
    Cost: 10 USD

    I removed this after hearing from a miffed blogger I had used a copyrighted image from his/her? blog! A cautionary tale perhaps? I did not know that images harvested from google image searches were copyrighted! Now I do!


    My poker face while checking out: Priceless.
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    Excuse my drooling, please!
    "You...put on cologne to write?"(From Midnight in Paris)

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    A couple of years ago, 5 or so, I found an almost full
    100ml (or was it 50?) bottle of vintage YSL Paris.
    Now, I didn't know it was anything special back then,
    and I couldn't stand it ... so, I gave it away!
    Total bummer! I would sooo love to still have that one.
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    Nebraskalovesscent: I always seem to hear about estate sales late! Those were good finds. Also, vintage Magie Noire is one of my dream vintages! Someday...sigh.

    Hillaire: Your finds are breathtaking! How is the Chypre? I've always been curious. The Chanel 19 parfum made my jaw drop.

    Nostalgie: Me too.

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    Le Grand Duc:

    I once gave away one of those old egg-shaped bottles of Donna Karan Black Cashmere because it wasn't a good scent for me. Now I love that dark-saffrony incense and wish I had it back! It wasn't vintage, but I still regret it. There should be a thread just for those regretful mistakes you made in your early perfumista days.

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    I'm reading this thread and trying not to turn green (as in Envy). All I can say is WOW. Some impressive finds, esp the Chypre and the No 19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latelittlesleeper View Post

    Hillaire: Your finds are breathtaking! How is the Chypre? I've always been curious. The Chanel 19 parfum made my jaw drop.
    The Chypre is gorgeous! I did not know it before, which I am ashamed of, as it's so important. And smelling it made me realize how amazing its influence was. There would be no Mitsouko, no Y, no nothing without it, you know? And it is utterly perfect. I like it much more than Mitsouko to be honest, it's lovelier.

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    Older Chanel No. 5 parfum $12

    Shalimar edc in disk flacon under $30

    Mystery Guerlain edc in disk flacon under $20 (99% sure it's Vol de Nuit and it's huge, at least 6 oz.)

    Arpege parfum unopened still in wrappers--heavenly

    Raphael Replique edt and parfum (first vintage purchases and my SotD today)

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    Hermès Amazone EdP (30 ml) and EdT (100 ml) almost full testers for 5 € each.


    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/231462-Herms-Amazone
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    Well, my dear, I don't know about enviously excellent here, but I sure had fun hunting this summer.
    Here are my best finds.



    I'm like the world's worst photographer. Even with a digital. The one on the left is my favorite, I somehow forgot about it on your other thread. It's Molinard de Molinard, and after some research I think it's from its release year (and my birth year, 1979, making it extra special ). I wore it a lot last summer. So pretty. I can't bring myself to share this one with anyone.
    The middle one is an extremely beat up bottle of Bellodgia. I was chatting and sniffing with the gal who actually ran a fume counter at one particular antique shop, and, unlike Hillaire, I have baaaad poker face, and I got really excited about that one. The gal's like, "Ohhh, that's a good old one!" and I'm like, D@mn! She sold it to me for $6, though, and despite the bottle's appearance, the fume is still intact. Then there's my Tabu violin, my Infini, and my $5 Joy.

    I seriously had no idea what I was looking for, only that I really wanted to score some Carons or Guerlains (the latter of which seems impossibly elusive in brick & mortar; I would have guessed it's the other way around). Anyways, we took a trip to the coast last July and I got all excited about these babies....



    *Ahem* Yeah, umm so the first one is called Fantaisie and the most I could find on it once we got back home was that it possibly came in a French souvenir fume set. The third one is Croyance by Charles V; I think they were somewhat prolific in the 50s. I don't know what they'd be akin to now, but there sure were a lot of these minis in the coast antique shops.

    The middle one... ah the middle one. I found it at the same shop I found the Bellodgia. For $2, the nearly empty mini had all of its label disintegrated and faded, but for one word-- Lyric. And I tell you I seriously thought I had found myself a mini of vintage Amouage Lyric. I cannot tell you how silly I felt when I came home and learned that the Amouage had been around for all of a year and a half. My little treasure turned out to be one of a trio exclusive to Sears in the 50s. The brand was Lyric, the perfume Private Life.

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    Antaeusintheair: Today at the antique barn I saw what looked to be a giant old Shalimar disk flacon fatice, but there was only a little ambery liquid at the bottom with floaties and it looked so much like vintage perfume I double-taked.

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    Sunnyfunny, I love hearing your stories. I have seen a newer (newish?) bottle of Molinard de Molinard. I wonder if it's as good as your vintage! What is the scent like?

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    Aww, Latelittlesleeper, you're so nice! M de M is really green and pine-y. I've heard it described as intensely feminine and floral, with vague green undertones. I found it to be quite unisex and not really floral, at all. It's almost dark, to me. Like being in a forest on a cool, windy sunny day. Imagine smelling that in the 95-degree heat..
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    Hi!!!

    You can see our vintage here ( Marika's & mines)-slide on the left

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    Sorry no digital camera for a photo.

    On a wander round ebay UK I put Caron in as usual and instead just fragrance did the full All Cat. Yes there are brands called Caron in craft and leg waxing !!!!!!!!! So in the wrong cat I spotted this bottle of Fleurs de Rocaille and had a read, the guy did not sell fragrance but electronic stuff usually. Hey that was why it was in the wrong listing. So there in the photo full description a 1960 75ml size of Fleurs in parfum. The wire was still on it and though a little evaporation pefect. I got out my Caron book and the photos matched the box everything. The price was £23 starting and one day to go, I put it in my ebay and waited. No one else found it and I won it for the £23!!!!!!! It was the real thing, the top notes have faded a little not much considering the age. My hands were actually shaking cutting the gold wire. The seller was listing stuff on behalf of a neighbour having a clear out.
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    Though Tabu can be had for a song at most online perfume vendors, I once found a Tabu gift set at Christmas Tree Shop for about $5.

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    Hillaire, thanks for posting a picture of the vintage box for Chypre de Coty, I have never seen it before -- trees and roots and roses.

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    My fave bargain is a tiny vintage Le De by Givenchy, it was a mis-spell. My fave perfume is a cut glass bottle of Carven Ma Griff, half full of really well kept pure perfume. The smell is divine. Another is a vintage, beautiful mini of Farouche by Nina Ricci.
    Currently wearing: Montecristo by Masque

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    I'm loving this thread. I have the day off from work today and I've now been inspired to go antiquing and thrift-store shopping. Hope I'll come home with some fun bargains to share!

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    Many, I don't remember the prices but it wsa a real bargain in all cases.
    My Sin vintage EdT
    Schiaparelli Shocking You
    Chanel 19 vintage
    Cher, Deneuve, Vivara - all miniatures vintage
    Mitsouko EdT vintage (onion-shaped bottle)
    +++
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    I've never found a single bottle in an antique store that I'd want to buy for its contents. There's a store in New Orleans that has an old bottle of Fete de Molyneux right in the sunny front window, and it's been there for years and years. It's more than half full but the juice is as dark as molasses and I'm sure it's completely cooked (and the owner happens to be batty and sort of mean, and you have to ring the bell to even get inside... she just doesn't make it very pleasant so I've never even bothered pricing it.) And as many of you have noted elsewhere in the forum, lots of antique store owners actually pour the perfume out to display the bottles - it just makes me sick to think about that.

    I've had some luck on eBay, but my best vintage finds always seem to be from those charming and quirky old drug stores, the kind that still have soda fountains, or did until recently. I knew of several in and around Boston and New Orleans that always seemed to have new old-stock (one of my very favorite phrases!) I've found sealed boxes of Ralph Lauren's Tuxedo and Chanel No. 22 (extrait!), as well vintage Chamade, Rive Gauche, Vent Vert, Gucci No.1 and Givenchy III all from these old pharmacies, and usually for no more than about $10 per bottle.

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    Oh my gosh. I went back to the antiques warehouse today to dig through the cold back lot section, where everything's just in this dark shed area and found an unopened bottle of Coty La Rose Jacqueminot for 6 dollars! I couldn't believe it. I just stared at it for a long time and then shakily bought it. And hoped the 6 wasn't really $60.00 or $600.00 or something!

    And then I also found a bottle of Lentheric Gardenia de Tahiti still in its box, but more than 65% gone. But it smelled so pretty anyway, so I bought it.

    Augh, now I have vintage exhaustion.

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    These are great stories. Maybe my dream that one day I will find a bottle of Guerlain Djedi somewhere for next to nothing might not be so insane after all

    I got a great bottle of vintage Jicky EdT and some fairly old Joy parfum on eBay for very little, but other than that I don't have anything interesting.

    Perhaps the fact that Coty has destroyed its reputation shows that every cloud has a silver lining -it should mean I don't have to pay too much for that bottle of Chypre when I actually find one somewhere...
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    My precious vintage aquisition is the Guerlain Nahema perfume into such a BEAUTIFUL botlle .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    ....my best vintage finds always seem to be from those charming and quirky old drug stores, the kind that still have soda fountains, or did until recently. I knew of several in and around Boston and New Orleans that always seemed to have new old-stock (one of my very favorite phrases!) I've found sealed boxes of Ralph Lauren's Tuxedo and Chanel No. 22 (extrait!), as well vintage Chamade, Rive Gauche, Vent Vert, Gucci No.1 and Givenchy III all from these old pharmacies, and usually for no more than about $10 per bottle.
    How fabulous! Oh how I wish we had those kinds of places in the Northwest. Maybe we do, and I've just never paid attention!

    Quote Originally Posted by latelittlesleeper View Post
    Oh my gosh. I went back to the antiques warehouse today to dig through the cold back lot section, where everything's just in this dark shed area and found an unopened bottle of Coty La Rose Jacqueminot for 6 dollars! I couldn't believe it. I just stared at it for a long time and then shakily bought it. And hoped the 6 wasn't really $60.00 or $600.00 or something!
    That is like thrilling. This thread makes me want to go hunting again. But here's the thing-- I have determined that I'm not a huge vintage fume fan! I far prefer modern perfumery. But I'm getting such a vicarious thrill from you all that I totally want to go buy mass quantities of vintage fumes I'll wear once. This is where the addiction lies, for me, I'm afraid....

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    Quote Originally Posted by latelittlesleeper View Post
    Oh my gosh. I went back to the antiques warehouse today to dig through the cold back lot section, where everything's just in this dark shed area and found an unopened bottle of Coty La Rose Jacqueminot for 6 dollars! I couldn't believe it. I just stared at it for a long time and then shakily bought it. And hoped the 6 wasn't really $60.00 or $600.00 or something!

    And then I also found a bottle of Lentheric Gardenia de Tahiti still in its box, but more than 65% gone. But it smelled so pretty anyway, so I bought it.

    Augh, now I have vintage exhaustion.
    Congratulations! You have won the perfume shopping olympics gold medal!
    what a find! Inquiring minds want to know if you are going to open it
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    Great find, congratulations! Any chance you are going back there any time soon and have another $6.00 to spend? Have an address, will pay shipment costs.

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    I just stared at the La Rose for a while and tried to decide what to do! I was all hung up because, if I OPEN it, that's IT. I'm becoming a REAL perfume collector! I can't just pretend I'm DABBLING anymore or I just LIKE perfume. And that's a big responsibility! Maybe I was in denial, but I realized if I opened something like the La Rose, I'd have to admit this is a REAL thing, not just a part-time thing...Does that make sense? Has anyone else ever had a moment where they realized they were really doing this perfume collection thing and not just playing with pretty perfumes?

    And then I thought I could sell it. But I realized a.) I'd just end up spending the money on MORE perfume! And b.) I might never ever find a bottle like this again.

    SO. I opened it. (or my husband did, it was stuck!) And I'm going to wear it, because I don't want to leave behind little hidden-away boxes of fumes that were never opened and enjoyed when I die. I feel like, that's how I came about finding these at the antique store to begin with.

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