Friday, 23 September 2011

Fruitful Fleamarket Pickings


I am often asked where one can best source vintage perfumes for very little money. When buying online, there is always the chance that a scent has spoiled, which makes online vintage purchases from sites such as ebay a rather risky (and costly) affair.

This week I returned from vacation with my cases stuffed with vintage bottles and scents... all of which have been sourced from flea markets and junk shops during my travels. The beauty about picking through nic-nacs and junk is that occasionally you stumble upon some staggering finds for just one or two euros. The photo above reflects my vintage perfume finds, including many rare and discontinued extraits, and flacons designed and manufactured by Lalique, Baccarat and Viard.

So, next time you have a hankering for all things vintage, don't hit the 'bay and pay through the nose: have a look in your local a secondhand store, antique shop or street market, and be prepared to bargain a little. Chances are, lady luck might just smile upon you.

3 comments:

David Toms said...

Oh my goodness! You have found some brilliant things here from Cabochard, Dior, Guerlain! I to think flea markets and the such can be the best. I picked up a mint unopened box of Patou's Amour Amour from the sixties for $5 recently. I am now torn between opening the bottle or not!

Dimitri said...

I feel your anguish David!
Several of these have their seals intact and I haven't been able to bring myself to open them. There is the promise of the heavenly juice inside, but the presentation must be defiled to receive it! Your Patou sounds like a wonderful find! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous shot of all your new treasures Dimitri!!! I bet you had fun hauling everything back ;)Dana