french bubbly + a lesson in patience

I’ve been in love with French seltzer bottles long before I fell head over heels in love with France. I have been eyeing them in several antique stores for quite some time. The muted, thick green glass combined with the metal siphon is just beautiful to me.

The first time I spotted similar bottles, they were priced at $20 a piece. I felt they were worth the $20, but knowing that I wanted at least three to group together, I shied away. 

A couple of months later I found some more seltzer bottles and they were priced at $32 each. Ugh! As you can imagine I was kicking myself wondering if I had missed a good buy when I saw them for $20. I made a mental note to go back to the first store and see if they by any chance still had the bottles.
A few weeks later, I stopped back by to check and they still had them! I took a quick glance at the price and did a double take. They had jacked the price up to $30 a bottle! At this point I was just frustrated and decided to pass. Who knows, a little patience may pay off.

This weekend while Dad and I were browsing the flea market my eyes locked in on something glimmering in a crate under a table. Could it be? A crate full of gorgeous French seltzer bottles? I scanned the bottles for a price, but found no tag. I was almost afraid to ask. That’s when I noticed a small hand-written sign on a tiny easel:
“French Seltzer Bottles – $15 each”
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit! I grabbed up three of those suckers in a hurry and came home the proud Momma of three shiny bottles. I’ve usually found in the antique world, “if you like it, you better snatch it up”, but this in one case were a little dose of patience paid off.
Photos by {Blue Eyed Yonder}

I’m so thrilled about these bottles. While the price was by no means a “steal”, I think they are worth every penny. I guess when you wait long enough for something, it just makes the find that much more exciting. Now for the hard part – deciding where to display them. They look beautiful almost anywhere I put them!

Posted 5/24/11, Topic: Vintage Finds

  • Claire Kiefer
    May 24, 2011 at 2:10 am |

    They're really gorgeous. I've never heard of them before (or seen them) but no wonder you were stalking them–so pretty! :)

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    May 24, 2011 at 7:48 am |

    mother + i got a few of these years and years ago for 3 for $10 (obviously before people started collecting them–i just got 'em cause i liked the color). the thing is, to this day, i still don't know what to do with them. they're too big to be little and too little to be big, if that makes sense. i would love to see how you use yours/display yours.

  • {BlueEyedYonder}
    May 24, 2011 at 8:03 am |

    Natalie – What a great deal! I'm still going to keep my eyes peeled for them. You never know, you might stumble upon someone who doesn't really know what they have. Those are my favorite kind of finds!

  • lesley graham
    May 24, 2011 at 8:52 am |

    i love them too! "butter my butt and call me a biscuit." you crack me up! glad your patience paid off. they are lovely!

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