First up is OPI. OPI vintage polish is probably some of the easiest to come across in person because most nail salons in the US use OPI. Much of my vintage OPI stash has been found through dusty hunting, which is where you go to old nail salons and see if they have any old, vintage gems lying around. If you've been reading mine and Dana's blogs for awhile, you will know that we have absolutely insane dusty hunting luck when we are together. So if you want to start a vintage collection but don't know where to begin, check out some of your local nail salons. The longer the salon has been there, the better because they will have the older collections. The best ones always have a layer of dust on top- hence, "dusty hunting" =)
I decided to include only black label OPIs in this stash post, because they are what I truly believe constitute the "vintage" years of OPI. I believe that OPI switched over to the green label (a.k.a. big 3-free) somewhere around 2006 (correct me if I'm wrong!) so even though I do have several OPIs that have been released since then that are considered hard to find, or "HTF", I did not include them here. Several of my vintage OPIs date all the way back to 1989 and are among the oldest in my stash. And yes, they are still good as new!
Anyways, here's my vintage OPI collection. Enjoy!
Pinks and Mauves, L-R:
Bubble Bath, Let Them Eat Rice Cake, Hawaiian Orchid, Silent Mauvie, Maine-iac Mauve
Vampire State Building, Mrs. O'Leary's BBQ, Revved Up and Red-y, Mauna Loa Lava, Never Lon-done Shopping, My Throne for a Cranberry Scone
Hungary for My Honey, Sonata in Bronze, OPI and Apple Pie
Creme de Menthe, Rainforest, Jasper Jade, At Your Quebec and Call
H-Andover the Amethyst, The Grape Lakes, Two Plums Up, Peel Me a Gobi Grape,
Black Tie Optional
Color Shifters, L-R:
La Boheme, Movin Out, Telepathic Topaz, Pluto Plum
Summer for Shore holos, L-R:
Crim-sun, Coral Reef, Day at the Peach, Blue Moon Lagoon, Sand-erella
Fun note about my Summer for Shores - they have all been found through dusty hunting. I know I could easily buy What's Dune online to complete the collection, but I am determined to find it in its natural habitat one day =)
Next up is China Glaze! Not a lot is known about pre-1999 China Glaze polishes, many of which these are. Some of these are from the early 2000's as well. I have found several of these through dusty hunting also since China Glaze is readily used in nail salons around here as well. I just love the old China Glaze bottles with the ridged cap and old logo! Hope you enjoy =)
Reds, Orange, Yellow, L-R:
Crystal Ball, Secrets, Go Crazy Red, Naked, China Rain, Sundiver
Out on Safari, Cat's Eye, Crocodile Lounge, Moonpool, Wet Velvet
Walk on the Wild Side, Indian Ocean, Nightfall, No Name Yet
Purples, etc., L-R:
Grape Crush, Mink Frost, Dusk, Lavender Lynx, Lush Lavender, Orchid Shadow
Original Wizard of Ooh Ahz and In the Mood, L-R:
Ruby Pumps, Cowardly Lyin', Green Shimmer, Black to Silver
Do you have any old-school OPI or China Glaze in your stash? I'd love to hear about them!
That's all for today folks, thanks for stopping by!