Time in a Bottle

Melissa Smith, San Diego, CA   

MOVE is done! LOTS MORE items to come~

Platinum Rating Platinum
Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2002

Specializing in Antiques and Vintage Collectibles, Perfume Bottles to Post Cards!

About Time in a Bottle

Our Service Pledge
We're not happy unless you are. Satisfaction Guaranteed. We will respond to questions or orders ASAP! Please email us if you find an error in the description or can add to it! That is always appreciated. We shop with our customers in mind, so let us know what you are looking for!
About Us

We've just completed our big move across four states and are back "home" to San Diego, CA. My husband and I were both raised here. We are thrilled. With the new move we have re-newed energy to our 14 year old RUBY LANE shop "TIME IN A BOTTLE", with thousands of new items to be listed!! And we just don't do perfume bottles anymore!! We are beginning new categories but keeping our old ones as well. We are ready for a NEW beginning! Here is a little about what our shop has to offer.

"TIME IN A BOTTLE" specializes in vintage and antique collectibles, but our major theme is VANITY ITEMS, like PERFUME BOTTLES, MIRRORS, COMPACTS, FRAMES and other wonderful items that would have adorned a vanity table from long ago.

We want to hunt and find the items that YOU are looking for, and we know women love JEWELRY, which will be added much more frequently now that we've made the big move.

Antique and vintage DOLL ACCESSORIES are one of our newest categories. We don't sell dolls but we love antique and vintage, authentic baby or doll accessories which better authenticates your older Bebe's as well. We know many women LOVE their dolls as much as they love jewelry, or as much as I love perfume bottles! Therefore we've added this category.

In the past few years we have added ANTIQUE POSTCARDS and other paper collectibles such as LITHOGRAPHS, VICTORIAN TRADE CARDS and DIE CUTS. We love vintage and antique BUTTONS as well, which we will re-introduce into our shop shortly.

Last year we started adding vintage and antique CLOTHING, including designer PURSES and OUTFITS and HATS.

We always try to find unique items made of ENAMELS, or CRYSTAL, or PORCELAIN. STERLING SILVER, CHAMPLEVE and MICRO MOSAICS. These are some of our favorite pieces, along with NOVELTIES like MUSIC BOXES and HOLIDAY FUN. Yes, we have a little of everything! ENJOY!

We strive to have a little something for everyone. But we like PRETTY, we like FUN, and we like UNIQUE. We hope your shopping experience with us is joyful and rewarding. WE GUARANTEE YOUR SATISFACTION. We follow Ruby Lane's high standards for customer service and refund policy. We love our customers. When YOU are HAPPY we know we've done our job!!

COME ON IN! Questions are welcome!

WE OFFER LAY-A-WAY 1/3 Down-3 Months to pay w/ check.
(NOTE: no refunds on lay-a-ways)

We are usually quick about answering emails and if we are away there will be a notice on our shop for you for the date we will return. When I get a purchase order I mail ASAP! We typically ship out a minimum of three times a week, so you never have to wait long to receive your order.

We always have lots of sales.



We do buy certain items of interest, and sometimes take in quality items on Consignment.

Three month Lay A Way plan for items over $100.00. No refunds on Lay a way, unless item is not as described.

If there is damage to an item or you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us within 3 days. We stand by Ruby Lanes guidelines for returned items. Items that you choose not to insure are not refundable. The shop owner must be contacted within three days of your items arrival. Please see Ruby Lanes refund policy.

There is a 10% Restocking fee on returned items. We do not take responsibility for damage or loss of item if insurance is not purchased. Return postage will be paid by the buyer if the item is returned.

Unfortunately, I have to place a disclaimer on any perfume. Sadly, I've had perfume exchanged out before, then returned, and a few returns for the perfume because the 60 year old perfume is not quite up to snuff, or how someone remembers it. Therefore, I sell perfume bottles and some have perfume, some even unopened perfume. I'm sorry to have to do this. I understand that scent is a strong memory maker but I can't guarantee what I have not made or know the purity of the ingredients. Thank you for your kind understanding.