|Fri Feb 10 2012 12:44:47|
Selling Perfume Bottles on eBay for Fun and Profit
By: Julia Wilkinson
Amy Alexander Kagey ("amycats2" on eBay) attended a country auction one day and bid on a $2 box lot. One of them wound up containing a rare old perfume bottle that brought her over $2600 on eBay, and would later go on to be featured in Antique Trader magazine.
Intrigued by her success with perfumes and bottles of all kinds from her eBay Store at http://stores.ebay.com/Collectibilities, AuctionBytes asked Kagey some questions about which sell best, what her favorites are, and where you too can find these scented treasures.
Q: What got you interested in perfume bottles?
A: I have always worn perfume, and really thought that the decorative bottles looked like tiny works of art.
Q: Tell us about your recent rare find that you wrote up for Antique Trader - where and how did you find it?
A: I have sold designer perfumes on eBay before finding the $2600 perfume bottle. I found that bottle in a $2.00 box lot at a country auction. I did notice that it was an older perfume bottle in the box, but didn't recognize the name. [The bottle was a rare Depinoix for Benoit France "Merry Christmas" perfume with a figural cap.]
Q: At what kinds of venues do you have the most luck finding perfumes and bottles? E.g. estate sales, offline auctions, etc?
A: I have the best luck finding perfumes and bottles at estate sales and garage sales. Even half-empty bottles of rare or expensive perfumes can sell well!
Q: Do you have a favorite perfume or bottle yourself?
A: Actually, my own favorite perfume is a discontinued Victoria's Secret scent from the '80s. It isn't made anymore, so of course I buy mine from eBay!
Q: In your eBay store, Collectibilities, you have a lot of perfumes listed. What kinds of brands/types that sell best for you there? E.g. French-made, art deco, etc.?
A: In my eBay store, Collectibilities http://stores.ebay.com/Collectibilities, I sell lots of vintage and modern higher-end perfumes. The best sellers are vintage perfumes that are discontinued that people dearly miss. I've heard lots of stories from ladies who wore a certain perfume as a teenager, or who were looking for the aftershave their husband wore when they were dating.
Q: Do you sell on any other marketplaces?
A: I sell other items sometimes on Amazon, but eBay is my main venue since I deal in mostly vintage items.
Have you had success finding perfumes and perfume bottles? Do you look for a discontinued scent on eBay or another site? Share your story here!