Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Vintage Bottle Love

It's been slow around here this week...slow and a little frustrating.  I've been nursing a sore back all week and I'm happy to report that I'm at about 75% capacity now.  Thank you all so much for your support and get well wishes.  I've been working on some jewelry and a few other "back friendly" projects, so hopefully I'll be ready for Mes Amis Antique Show on the 21st.

I forced myself to avoid the yard sales this past weekend and surprisingly enough, I really didn't suffer any major withdrawal symptoms.  Well, maybe just a minor symptom or two.   With so much stuff waiting to be cleaned up, fixed up, and priced, I decided to focus on what I already have....like these pretty bottles I found at a church rummage sale a few weeks ago.

I picked through dozens of bottles and bought all the ones with raised lettering.  

Most of these pretties will be staying right here with me.

I love them just the way they are, so I won't be doing anything fancy with them.
Just a single bud here and there.

I brought home two of these Dr. Kilmer's Swamp Root bottles.  
Good for what ails your kidneys, liver, and bladder....oh my!

A gathering of the locals:  San Francisco, Brisbane, and San Jose.
They were a mess when I found them, so I filled each bottle with warm water and dropped in an Efferdent tablet.  I've tried several methods for cleaning the gunk out of old bottles, and this one always works best for me.

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  1. Gorgeous!! I use the same method to clean them. Denture tablets work magic on glass buttons, too.
    Happy to hear the back is on the mend!

  2. What a great tip for cleaning out the bottles. Loved how you photographed them.

  3. Ooh, Efferdent?! Great tip, thanks, Betsy! I have a whole bunch of antique bottles, my husband's grandfather collected them. They are so cool - but why do most of ours say things like "Diarrhea Tonic" and "Hemorrhoid Elixir"? It's embarrassing.

  4. I also like the old bottles, especially the cobalt blue ones. I try not to even look at them when they are at sales - I keep saying "get rid of, not accumulate". :D
    Good tip for cleaning the inside of them.

  5. I am over the top in love with your bottles. What beautiful colors and raised lettering - oh my!

  6. Oh, I love old bottles and yours are real treasures! I love them all together with their pretty colors and different sizes. Now I have bottle envy. I have a little cobalt one just like one of yours. It was my Mom's. :) Thanks for the tip on the tablet. Who knew? I'll be trying that one. xoxo

  7. I sure hope you feel ALL better soon. It takes time...and taking it easy! Love the bottles...all shades of blue! How pretty! Sweet hugs!

  8. Efferdent? Cool, did not know that, thanks Betsy!

    Hope you are feeling better real soon. Those bottles are wonderful!!! Beautiful colours and love the raised lettering too. Great finds.

  9. I'm so happy that you are getting better. Love all the bottles....blues are so calming!!!

  10. Wow, those are beautiful, Betsy...I would have to keep them, too! The photos are pure eye candy...

  11. Oh- I love your bottles, Betsy! Amazing and lovely collection. I am glad your back is better. It is really miserable to do anything with a bad back- xo Diana

  12. Hope you are back to 100% soon. The bottles are lovely. They sure did clean up nicely and will look great "with a bud here and there".

  13. Betsy...I feel your pain. I've had back problems off and on for the last 3 years. It is no fun when you have a show coming up. Hope you are all better real soon!!Love those bottles...so pretty!!

  14. Hello Betsy, It's so difficult to concentrate and to be creative when you're in pain. I hope you'll be fully recovered soon and can enjoy the show.
    The bottles are great and I too think that they are beautiful as they are and don't need any embellishments or altering.

  15. Oh how tricky our backs can be. May your find relief and be pain free. Healing Energy to you dear...
    Those bottles are dreamy and my favorite blues.

  16. You are such a lucky gal...whose are some wonderful old bottles Betsy. Sorry that you have been feeling, but glad to hear that you are now doing much better. Good luck with your upcoming show.


  17. I'm so glad your back is getting better!! Goodness you are to inspirational to be out of commission..We need you girlfriend! I loves myself some vintage bottles


  18. What a beautiful collection of bottles, Betsy! I remember my mom and I digging through the garbage in the dump looking for bottles oh so many years ago!

    Glad to hear you're feeling better! Take it easy!!


  19. Love the bottles! Efferdent is a great idea and I will definitely try it. I have been using dish soap, ammonia and copper bits. It works well but little scratches are possible.

  20. Those bottles are so pretty, the colors are just beautiful. I'm happy you're feeling better too.

  21. Visiting from The Brambleberry Cottage~
    Love these vintage bottles!
    Warm Hugs,

  22. Denture tablets? I did not know that.

  23. These bottles are fantastic. Love the raised lettering and the color of blue is gorgeous. Great find Betsy.

  24. Oh, this so makes me want to go unpack my daddy's old bottle collection. He liked to dig around for them wherever he happened to be. Brings back memories! Thanks for the tip on cleaning the bottles. I would never have thought of that!


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