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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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    I have these items: 1973 Avon Windjammer After Shave (Seltzer Water) Original Box 5 oz $19.99 Like New (Full)
    1979 Avon Mount Vernon Plate w/ George & Martha Soaps Original Box w/soaps $24.99 Like New
    1969 Avon A Man's World Tribute After Shave Original Box 6 oz $14.99 Like New (Full)
    1975 Avon Tabatha Bird of Paradise Cologne Spray Original Box 3 oz $19.99 Like New (3/4 Full)
    1981 Avon Porcelain Head Doll with Lavender-Fragranced Sachet Original Box $24.99 Like New
    1978 Avon Beauty in Motion Ballet Picture & Soaps Original Box w/soaps $15.99 Signs of Age (Like New)
    1978 Avon Seasons Greetings Fostoria Crystal Bowl Original Box 24% Lead $15.99 Box shows signs of Age
    1977 Avon "Heart & Diamond" Soap Dish & Soap Original Box 5 oz $12.99 Like New (orig Soap)
    1972 Avon Royal Apple Bird of Paradise Cologne Original Box 3 oz $11.99 Like New (Full)
    1989 Avon Greeting Cards Mrs Albee – gift Pres Club Original Box 25 cards w/env $5.50 Like New
    1973 Avon Imperial Garden Cologne Mist Original Box 3 oz $9.99 Like New (Full)
    1973 Avon Hobnail Bud Vase Charisma Cologne Original Box 4.75 oz $9.99 Like New (3/4 Full)
    1974 Avon Oriental Egg Chinese Pheasant Imperial Garden Cologne Original Box 1 oz $9.99 Like New (Full)
    1978 Avon Sea Fantasy Bud Vase Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil Original Box 6 oz $12.99 Box shows signs of Age (Full)
    1978 Avon Victorian Pitcher & Bowl Moonwind Foaming Bath Oil Original Box 6 oz $11.99 Like New (Full)
    1978 Avon Victorian Soap Dish & Field Flowers Soap Original Box 5 oz $18.99 Like New (orig Soap)
    1978 Avon Victorian Moonwind Powder Sachet Original Box 1.5 oz $16.99 Like New (7/8 Full)
    1979 Avon Shimmering Peacock Clearfire Transparent Frag Candle Original Box 1.5" $12.99 Like New (box shows age)
    1972 Avon Crystaltree Moonwind Cologne Original Box 3 oz $6.99 Like New (3/4 Full)
    1968 Avon Brocade Beauty Dust Original Box 6 oz $16.99 Like New (unopened orig Powder)
    1983 Avon Terra Cotta Salt & Pepper Shakers Original Box 1 each $9.99 Like New
    1776 Avon Bicentennial Plate 2 Soaps with Special Occasion Frag Original Box 6 oz $11.99 Like New (box shows age)
    1977 Avon Bunny Ceramic Planter Perfumed Candle Holder Original Box w/candle $12.99 Like New (orig unopened Candle)
    1977 Avon Bunny Ceramic Planter Perfumed Candle Holder Original Box Candle Holder $18.99 Like New (box shows age)
    1980 Avon Bunny Bright Ceramic Fragrance Candle Holder Spiced Apple Original Box w/ orig candle $14.99 Like New
    1970 Avon Powder Puffery Charisma Beauty Dust Original Box 5 oz $11.99 Like New (Full)
    1969 Avon Unforgettable Cologne Mist Original Box 3 oz $19.99 Like New (Full) box shows age
    1981 Avon Sunny Bunny Ceramic Candle Holder w/Floral Medley Frag Candlette Original Box w/ orig candle $14.99 Like New
    1979 Avon Heavenly Cherub Hostess Bell Bird of Paradise Cologne Original Box 4 oz $12.99 Like New (Full)
    1977 Avon Rosepoint Bell Charisma Cologne Original Box 4 oz $12.99 Like New (Full)
    Avon Moisture Garden pump dispenser for body lotion Original Box dispenser $4.99 Like New
    1972 Avon Remember When Radio Decanter Original Box 5 oz $7.99 Like New (Full)
    1975 Avon Ladybug Moonwind Original Box 1/8 oz $7.99 Like New (Full)
    1980 Avon Crystal Snowflake Christmas Bell (empty_ No Box / Empty 3.75 oz $5.99
    $464.17 = Total of All Above
    Asking $175.00 OBO
    Will ship at your cost – your choice of urgency

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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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