We returned to one of our favorite IPBA convention sites, the gorgeous Hotel Inter-Continental in Addison, Texas, outside of lively and colorful Dallas. The hotel is just a few minutes from fine restaurants, and fun shopping venues. Events were open to the public, as well as convention goers and included the Perfume Bottle Auction on Friday and the Exhibition and Sale on Saturday and Sunday. Attendance was 260 people. Convention Chair was Jeffrey Sanfilippo.
On Thursday an optional bus tour of the Grapevine Historic District & Vetro Glassblowing Studio was offered and well attended. A stop was also made at the Kittrell/Riffind Art Glass Gallery on the return trip.
As is usually the case at IPBA conventions friendships were renewed and new friends found. Delegates were able to shop, view and fondle around 20,000 bottles and related perfume items in four different venues: the Exhibition and Sale, the Collectors' Market, the Auction and one-to-one networking with individuals met informally at the convention.
Delegates were also able to experience the breathtaking effect of standing in the Exhibit Hall surrounded by the absolutely amazing display of thousands of perfume bottles and related items all in one room. There was something for everyone - bottles could be purchased for a few dollars or for thousands. Special presentations and displays were given on favorite collecting categories, bottle makers, fragrance houses and more. Members were able to learn from and be inspired by more experienced experts as well as sharing their own knowledge.
This convention marked the fifteenth annual Monson & Baer Perfume Bottle Auction, where fabulous perfume flacons, presentations and ephemera were hammered down to lucky bidders!
At the annual meeting the Honors of the Association were presented to Marti DeGraaf and Toby Mack for their contributions to the Board in various capacities and for conceiving and implementing some key elements of the Association, including convention format, the member-get-a-member scheme, the web site and the strategic planning committee. Honors were also awarded to Elizabeth Creech for her tireless efforts in promoting the IPBA at Board level and elsewhere.
After the luncheon, members were treated to a fabulous keynote presentation by noted author and collector Christie Mayer Lefkowith on the topic of "Rarities."
During the convention informative seminars were held as follows: "Czech Reproductions" by Donna Sims, "Care & Feeding of a Collection" by Richard Bell, and "Perfumes in Ancient History" by Renata Ashcar from Brazil, in addition to a symposium on "Perfumes of the 1930's Era" by Lois Hough, Melissa Smith, Terri Chappell Boyd, Marilyn Schnormeier, and Shirley Hanick.
Saturday evening saw the raffle prize drawing, an ice cream social for all attendees, and a bring-and-brag session for members' favorites.
Sunday's Collectors Roundtables featured topics and facilitators as follows: Estee Lauder Perfume Solids by Woody Griffith; DeVilbiss by Marsha Crafts; Perfume Ads by Joan Turco; Bottle Selection by Muriel Peterson and Amy Bergman; Sandwich Glass Scent Bottles by Elizabeth & Frank Creech; International Events and French Lessons by Betty deStefano; Brazilian Perfumes by Renata Ashcar. There were also tables for scent cards and parts exchanges.
So, adieu until next year to all old friends and new acquaintances!
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