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I love antiques. My home is filled with them. I’ll admit that’s partly out of bargain-hunting necessity but mainly because, in many ways, I feel that antiques are better — better construction, better lines, better attention to detail — just better. They have a character, charm and history that new and mass-produced can’t match.  

Take this winsome little vase. I discovered her at a rural flea market this spring covered in decades of grime. The milk glass color and classic Greco/Roman shape drew me in while the $1 price tag sealed the deal. Honestly, I didn’t recognize it as an Avon bottle until I’d cleaned her up enough to make out the label.

Avon perfume bottle filled with gardenias

My vintage Avon "Grecian Pitcher" originally held bath oil when sold in the '70s, now it's my go-to vase for short-stemmed flowers like gardenias.

Want one of your own? Check local antique or thrift stores or online sites like ebay or etsy.com. During a quick check, I found many examples, some still containing bath oil or packaged in their original box.

Avon perfume bottle filled with gardenias

Ready to hit the antique stores? First, check out Cari Cucksey’s tips for buying and selling antiques  and tell us in the comments below: Which antique or vintage items do you collect?

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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