I search charity shops and car boot sales for them and sometimes get given them as gifts.
Some of them are quite expensive and I often can't justify the expense, so my collecting comes to a standstill until I find my next bargain. I think that makes the bottles I have more special and the collecting more fun. It wouldn't be the same if it was easy, if I could buy whatever I wanted, where's the thrill in that!
I would love some with the original marble stoppers but have yet to find one in my price range.
On a sunny day the colours look beautiful.
I mess around with the groupings all the time. If you check out Sarah's amazing A Beach Cottage blog, she calls it 'foofing' in a recent post. Sarah is in Australia, although a Brit by birth and her blog is full of the most gorgeous photographs of her home and the surrounding area. Although at the moment she is travelling around Australia with Tourism Australia.
I especially like the bottles with words on them and this is a favourite. It says POISONOUS along its length and NOT TO BE TAKEN around the top. I wonder what it held and for what purpose it was used! It doesn't show up well in the picture but it is made from an iridescent glass that shows purples, greens and blues when the light hits it.
This little bottle has EIFFEL TOWER FRUIT JUICES on the side. I found this when I searched on the internet.
To be honest I haven't researched much as I buy the bottles because I like them not because I think they might be worth something, but if I get time I may look more to see what I can discover.