thrifted goodies – a sweet etched vintage apothecary bottle

Hello friends! Welcome to the next installment of thrifted goodies! Today I am sharing a sweet, dainty etched apothecary bottle. Etching! This little bottle is all that on its own, but come look how it got even better.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

That’s the beauty of thrift shopping. It’s not always about what the item is, but more importantly what it can become. Let me share a little upcycle of this sweet etched vintage apothecary bottle.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

Every month Rachel from the Antiqued Journey and I share thrift store goodness. I list all the thrifted goodies post series at the end of the post if you’re curious and | or interested.

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Rachel always has such great finds, and I love how she styles everything in her home. If you don’t know Rachel yet, you’re in for a treat. Make sure to hop over and introduce yourself. Her post Thrifted Goodies – Volume 10 does not disappoint, and you do not want to miss it.

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the antique journey – thrifted goodies volume 10

This month we have a guest joining us for triple the fun. Maria from Pure Happy Home is also joining us so please give her a visit and check out her thrifted goodies post.

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more than just a sweet etched vintage apothecary bottle

When I first saw this dainty bottle sitting all alone on the shelf at the thrift store, I initially kept walking by. BUT, then that etching just lingered in my head so I stopped, turned around and quickly grabbed her.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

Thrifting Tip: Always pick up anything you’re considering at a thrift store, even if you change your mind later and put it back. It prevents another customer from scooping it up while you’re mulling it over.

Immediately I started to make big plans for her. I was going to give her more details to go with that beautiful etching. I always try to look at some decor pieces in thrift stores and look beyond their either forlorn or dated or neglected appearance and envision what they could become.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

Thrifting Tip: Look at a piece beyond it’s current state & appearance for the potential of what it can be.

There are many ways to increase the appeal and value of home decor pieces you find at second hand and thrift shops. I suspect this little etched bottle had lost its top and | or stopper somewhere along the way. When items do not have their corresponding lids or tops they diminish in value considerably.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

Thrifting Tip: Look for pieces without the corresponding lids like tureens, canisters etc. since they will be cheaper and can be used as vases, planters etc. which do not require the tops.

I added a top to the etched bottle by using a champagne cork and included some baubles for added interest. It’s all wrapped around the bottle for purpose and pretty details. I probably won’t use the cork since I plan to use the bottle as a vase, but I have the option if needed. It’s a simple up-cylce, but it adds character to a somewhat simple and neglected piece.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

how to dress up a neglected sweet etched vintage apothecary bottle

This is a fairly quick project, which can get done with a just a few items.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle


  • Bottle
  • Wire hanger
  • Pliers
  • Wire cutter
  • Champagne cork
  • Jump ring
  • Baubles (chandelier crystals)


  • Unravel wire hanger.
  • Wrap one end of wire around the neck of bottle.
  • Wrap other end around cork.
  • Cut excess wire.
  • Using jump ring attach chandelier crystals to wire.

styling a sweet etched vintage apothecary bottle

I’m using this new to me, vintage etched bottle as a sweet little vase. Whether it’s faux, felt or fresh flowers they all look super cute.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

This etched apothecary bottle would be a great piece to use when I style the new master bathroom as soon as the remodel it is completed.

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

I have a set of green etched decanters that pair well with this new sweet etched apothecary bottle. I had fun playing with them,

thrifted etched apothecary bottle

Don’t forget to visit my thrifty friends if you haven’t already; Rachel @ the Antique Journey and Maria @ Pure Happy Home.

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“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” 

Le Corbusier

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  1. Maria says:

    MaryJo what lovely finds! Putting an item in your card even if you aren’t sure you want to take it home is such a good thrift tip! So happy to connect with you on one of my favorite things to do. Thanks for having me join you!

    1. Thanks so much Maria! It was fun having you join us this month. I loved your post. Have a great day! XO- MJ

  2. How pretty!!! The shape of that bottle is just amazing!! GREAT FIND, MJ!!! I just love writing these each month….it’s just so much fun!!

    1. Thanks Rachel!!! I look forward to these posts every month! XO- MJ

  3. Donna says:

    Hey Mary Jo! The etched bottle is such a great find! I enjoyed your tips on thrifting and how you need to look to the potential of an item! I love how you added to the beauty of the bottle! Happy thrifting! Donna

    1. Thanks so much Donna! I have big plans for this little guy. 🤩 XO- MJ

  4. Myrna says:

    Great find. How tall is it ?
    Putting things in the cart until you leave, I call the Walmart method. Before you check out, decide which items are keepers. Once I left some tea cups, walked across the store and went back to find they were gone.

    1. Yes! I do the same at Home Goods, Marshall’s etc. since they don’t inventory items to order if they run out. The bottle is about 8inches tall. You’ll see her again when I style the bathroom. 🙂 XO- MJ

  5. NikiLEOwife says:

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks Niki! XO- MJ

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