I love vintage vanity items. Toiletries used to come in such pretty containers, unlike the plastic ho-hum ones you get cosmetics, soaps and bath items in these days.
One of my little collecting habits happens to be these pretty vanity items; especially unusual little boxes.
Like this painted porcelain hair pin box from Japan:
I bought it at a flea market for fifty cents.
This "hair receiver" box if a family relic that belonged to some female member on my Grandfather's side. The lid has a hole in the top, and ladies would save the hair from their brushes and use for little projects. Kinda gross, I know.... but they didn't think a thing of it. Anyway; it's hand painted in China; probably around the 20's.
This is a silver plate powder box with a monogrammed lid that I bought at an antique shop. I polished it up and it still remains stubbornly tarnished on the lid..... not sure why. The monogram isn't mine but I love monograms no matter what letters they are. I just store vintage brooches in it. Until I get some powder and a powder puff for it.
This is another cute old trinket box my mom gave me when I was really little; I used to put my lost teeth in there. Eeeew! Anyway, the box's design is made from pieces of grass, or reeds; or some kind of plant material and lined in satin. It's really old; and I believe it also used to belong to a great grandmother or aunt or someone in the family.
These are just a few of the oldest in my collection; I have newer antique reproduction boxes that I stash various jewelry and trinkets in.