We set sail looking for New Horizons and ended up Widening our Horizons!
Our 2021 IPBA Convention was fun, exciting, educational and best of all we connected with our collecting mates. Everyone enjoyed the community Billboard – starting discussions and just cutting loose was a great feeling. It was intoxicating to see each other again! We had over 180 attendees with 10 countries represented – from the US to Hong Kong and Australia, and back around the globe again. We overcame our fear of technology and just got on with the joy of being together again. Bravo to all of you! Every day there were new highlights! So much to see and do and we didn’t even have to leave home.
The Perfume Bottles Auction, the official auction of the IPBA, was just a little bit exciting – this year’s results were the best ever!! The 1914 Osiris Baccarat crystal perfume bottle selling for a phenomenal – $102,000 with premium, breaking all previous sales records for a Baccarat commercial perfume bottle. Along with many other stars in the auction – it was exhilarating to watch and participate. Results are available to download, and the beautiful auction catalog may still be purchased by visiting the website: PerfumeBottlesAuction.com.
(Did you know that the IPBA benefits from the auction sales? We received a percentage from these results too!)
We started out the convention with an entire day just to Shop at our Virtual Showroom – what could possibly be more fun than that? This extended the convention to an unprecedented 5 days. Attendees are welcome to go back anytime between now and then to shop.
Presentations – were incredible – and the variety was extraordinary! Our presenters shared their knowledge, expertise, and beautiful photos! We were able to ask questions and make comments during the presentations through the chat feature and in person. With the Virtual format we were able to squeeze in more presentations than ever before and record most of them to save for our archives. We experience breathtaking and off-the-charts presentations. Our presenters had the audience hanging on every word.
Dating an Antique Scent Bottle presented by Monica Magnani from Italy
Shari Hopper presented Identification Through Atomizer Hardware.
Czech – Is It Real or Repro? presented by Marsha Crafts.
Perfume Houses: History Preserved Through Ephemera presented by Jeffrey Sanfilippo. Who knew you could ascertain so much information from one perfume card!
A Century of Perfume from the Harrach Glassworks presented by Brian Severn. Brian was our guest speaker and he certainly established himself as an expert on Harrach Glass.
English Cameo Perfume Bottles presented by Barbara W. Miller, Gayle Syers and Vic Weinstein.
Treasures Found facilitated by Susan Arthur, Jeffrey Sanfilippo and Afonso Oliveira with our panel of experts: Helen Farnsworth, Joyce Geeser, Marsha Crafts, and Shari Hopper.
Artistic Miniatures presented by Howard Melton.
Collecting Vintage Magazine Advertising presented by Joan Turco.
The Czech Specialty Group put on an amazing, prerecorded presentation that covered the years between 1918 and 1938.
Chanel Snow Globes presented by Rusty Hernandez Sanfilippo.
Gadget Canes & walking Sticks, The History and Evolution presented by Rusty Hernandez Sanfilippo.
How to use the IPBA Website for Research presented by Virginia Merrill was a workshop showing all of the wonderful capabilities available to us right on our website.
Displays, Displays, Displays – Shelley Bechtold created a fun video of some of our members displays.
- Collecting Perfume Bottles, Compacts, Purses and Other Vanity Items – video narrated by Terri Chappell-Boyd.
Our wonderful – Get – Away Tours were enjoyed by all.
We were treated to a Grande Tour of the Musée Lalique in Alsace France.
The Farnsworth Collection – it was amazing to see Helen’s collection.
The Perfume Passage Sneak Peek
- The Osmotéque located in Versailles, France is the world’s only perfume archive.
We enjoyed interactive sessions too. Where everyone was able to share and visit.
We welcomed First Time Convention Attendees and their Mentors facilitated by Terri Chappell-Boyd.
We had a Meet and Greet for our International Attendees facilitated by Julie Carry and Afonso Oliveira.
A Show and Tell for Antique and Vintage Purses facilitated by Maya DeBus and Carlann Matz.
Perfume Burners Specialty Group facilitated by Jeffrey Sanfilippo.
Compacts Specialty Group with Howard Melton and Andra Behrendt as co-facilitators.
- Happy Hour Chat with IPBA President, Terri Chappell-Boyd
- Break for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or Midnight Snack facilitated by Barbara W. Miller. Barbara created breakout rooms. There was a Chesapeake Crabs Chapter meeting as well as a room for a Figurals discussion.
Terri announced the winners for the Perfume Bottle Design Competition and for the Chapter Challenge.
We were able to surprise some very deserving IPBA Members with awards.
Shining Star Award recipients:
Yvonne and Steve Ruston – Australia Chapter
Jon Allmandinger – PBQ & Convention Materials Design
Honors of the Association
Jeffrey Sanfilippo and Rusty Hernandez Sanfilippo
We were together again and our glow from convention resonated even as the convention came to an end.
Thank you Teri Wirth and all your assistants for all your hard work putting this together!
Join us for our 34th Annual Convention – April 28 – May 1, 2022 in Chicago-Oakbrook.