IPBA was established in July 1988 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, during a convention of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors. Information about the new group was disseminated to antique dealers and antique-oriented publications. By the end of its first year, membership had grown to 375. The IPBA held its first convention in 1989 in Dearborn, Michigan. Subsequent conventions are held annually in various locations throughout the United States.
IPBA’s mission is to provide information about all aspects of perfume and scent bottles and related vanity items, including their uses, history and manufacturing; to promote collecting of these items; and to promote fellowship among its members.
We encourage education through researched and prepared articles in the Perfume Bottle Quarterly (PBQ) magazine, the organization’s Lending Library and a monthly eNews. Presentations and round table discussions during the Annual Convention provide an informative, conversational approach. The 4-day event features the world’s largest perfume bottle and vanity item auction and an extensive vendor exhibition and sale.
A Member Directory promotes member camaraderie by listing members’ names alphabetically and geographically, along with their individual collecting focuses. Getting to know other members who live within an area or collect the same items enhances the enjoyment of the hobby, offers an exchange of information, and generates friendships among IPBA members.
Importantly, the IPBA is a member-driven organization. Every member is important to IPBA’s vitality and growth, and all new members — beginners or experienced —are welcome!
IPBA is a member of The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors [FoHBC].