Time in a Bottle

Melissa Smith, La Jolla, CA

Memories and Treasures on Sale at "Time in a Bottle"

Exclusive Ruby Lane Member since 2002

Vintage Collectibles Perfume Bottles, Jewelry, Doll Accessories!


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

"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 more frequently.

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 CLOTHES 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.