If you like to collect perfume bottles and/or vanity items, the International Perfume Bottle Association (IPBA) is the organization to join. The IPBA was organized in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1988. What makes membership in the IPBA so much fun is that we all share the same passion. Members willingly share their knowledge and, in the process, new friendships are formed.

We became members of the IPBA in 1995 and founding members of the Lone Star Chapter of the IPBA in 1996. After you join the international organization, you are eligible to join or organize a regional group in your area.

Upon joining the IPBA, you will receive an annual Membership Directory listing the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of all the members, worldwide, and their collecting interests. You will also receive the Perfume Bottle Quarterly -- published exclusively for members. This beautiful 30+-page color newsletter features articles written by members on all types of perfume bottles, perfume-related items, and vanity items.

Here are some of the categories of collecting:
Art Glass;
Atomizers (crystal, glass, porcelain);
Commercials (including Baccarat and Lalique);
Dime Store Novelties;
Factices (giant replica display bottles);
Filigree metals;
German Porcelain crown-tops
(metal stoppers are crown-shaped);
Miniatures (small commercials -- generally
replicas of full-sized bottles);
Perfume Accessories (jewelry and clothing);

Perfume Advertising (ads, store displays);
Perfume Burners;
Perfume Cards (sometimes used for sampling);
Perfume Lamps;
Perfume Solids (solid waxy perfume in bakelite or
metal containers, i.e., Estee Lauder);
Powder boxes, tins, sachets and pomanders;
Scent bottles (18th and 19th Century porcelains,
crystals, lay-downs and fine metals;
Czechoslovakian; Baccarat; Lalique);
Vanity items: Compacts, lipsticks, purses, etc.

The possibilities are almost endless -- you can collect whatever you like.

Once a year there is a convention in the U.S. The 2018 convention will be held in Tysons Corner, Virginia, April 26-29 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel. Optional host-city tours are offered the day before the event opens. Opening day is on Thursday and closing is on Sunday at noon. The show is set up in a ballroom with aisles of display cases filled with glittering glass, porcelain, and other perfume- and vanity-related treasures -- to buy!

The festivities include presentations from members on various areas of perfume bottle and vanity item collecting. An auction is held with Nicholas Dawes (of Antiques Road Show fame) as the auctioneer. There is a dinner featuring a keynote speaker. There are moderated round-table discussions with subjects ranging from categories of collecting, internet buying/selling, and photography. There will be a Collectors Flea Market -- an event you will not want to miss!

The IPBA's welcoming program assigns Mentors to new members, or first-time attendees, to answer questions and to introduce them to other collectors. New members and first-time attendees will also be invited to attend a special presentation -- "Perfume Bottle Collecting 101" -- an introduction to perfume bottle collecting.

Once you have attended a convention, you will vow never to miss one. We have attended 23 consecutive conventions and can assure you the camaraderie is not to be missed.

It does not matter what you collect, how many items you have in your collection, how long you have been collecting or what your collection is worth -- you are welcome to join the IPBA. Two people residing at the same address may join for one membership fee. To request a Membership Application, send an email to Joan at perf37@gmail.com. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have any questions about the organization or about perfume bottle collecting in general.