Monday, August 6, 2012

Vintage Stash Spam Week - OPI and China Glaze

Happy Monday everyone! Today's post will be a quick one with my vintage OPI and China Glaze bottle spam!

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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!

OPI

 Pinks and Mauves, L-R:
Bubble Bath, Let Them Eat Rice Cake, Hawaiian Orchid, Silent Mauvie, Maine-iac Mauve

 Reds, L-R:
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

 Orange/Bronze, L-R:
Hungary for My Honey, Sonata in Bronze, OPI and Apple Pie

 Greens, L-R:
Creme de Menthe, Rainforest, Jasper Jade, At Your Quebec and Call

 Purples, L-R:
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 =) 

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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 =)

China Glaze

 Reds, Orange, Yellow, L-R:
Crystal Ball, Secrets, Go Crazy Red, Naked, China Rain, Sundiver

 Greens, L-R:
Out on Safari, Cat's Eye, Crocodile Lounge, Moonpool, Wet Velvet

 Blues, L-R:
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

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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!




31 comments:

  1. Hot damn. Enjoying these so much even though I've seen them all lol! I need Moonpool, Wet Velvet, Creme De Menthe,& Rainforest in my life. Awesome post. So fun!!

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    1. Yes, yes, yes and yes, you definitely need them all in your life!!! Lol I'm such an enabler =)

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  2. wow, wooww, WOOOWW what a lovely collection of vintage polishes from OPI and China Glaze, amazing, I'm just a little tad jealous!!!

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  3. You probably have the best vintage nail polish collection ever! :)

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    1. Aww I know lots of ladies out there who have way better vintage collections than I do =) But thanks!!

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  4. I'm not watching...there to pretty :)

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  5. omg, awesome collections *.*
    i never even seen these old bottles of china glaze, you must be very proud of it :-D

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    1. Thank you! I'm definitely proud of these babies, I love the old China Glazes for sure!

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  6. I've got 5 black label OPI's: Lighten Up, You're Two Pence!, Cajun Shrimp, Don't Socratease Me!, Mat-adore Red, and All the Berry Best. I think I got them all prior to 2006 from the same salon.

    I can understand the appeal of hunting for vintage polishes, but haven't started down that road (yet):-)

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    1. Great colors!! I remember the Lighten Up and Don't Socratease Me ones, both of those collections came out when I was working at Trade Secret back in the day! And once you start down that vintage road, there's no turning back! lol

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  7. I don't have any neato older polishes like that, but I love seeing older polishes and the older bottle designs!

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    1. Me too! I am obsessed with the China Glaze bottles, I think the ridges in the cap are so cool!

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  8. I don't think I have any old school polishes!

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    1. Well if you are interested in getting some, blog sales are a great place to start! Also, dusty hunting of course =)

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  9. These are soo awesome! Never seen the old China Glaze bottles before!

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    1. Aren't they so cool? I love the old China Glaze bottles!

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  10. So glad to see you found Vampire State Building! I found it once but they wouldn't sell to me. I'm determined to go back and try again.

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    1. Yes I did!!! I finally caved and bought it on eBay but I found it for a great price! You should definitely go back to that salon and demand they sell it to you, because it's freakin gorgeous!

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  11. The greens look amazing, especially OPI. <3 I don't have any vintage ones, here in Europe they're hard to find, at least in Slovenia, I've never encountered them (plus, American brands are not widely spread in salons, I think).

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    1. Yes, love love love the greens!! That's a bummer that there's not too much vintage polish in Europe, perhaps you will come across some one day!

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  12. Um, I'm drooling. I already talked to you on facebook about this post but I had to come and look at them again and tell you publicly how much I love them. Especially those OPI holos... I hope they make another collection soon!

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    1. LOL you mean twitter? But yes, I'm glad you like!! There's just something about those old OPIs, theyre so cool!

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  13. Nice!!! I love so many of these! And I love the old CG logo as well.

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    1. They are so fun =) And yeah, I love the old China Glaze logo too!! I wonder when they switched over to the new one.

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  14. Whoa you have a KILLER stage of vintages there! I love seeing the old China Glaze bottles too.. so cool to see how much they've changed :)

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    1. That I do =) I love the old China Glaze bottles with the ridged cap and old logo! Ugh so cool! I hope to find more some day =)

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  15. I have never seen those old china glaze bottles!!!
    Nice to see them, you must be collecting for a long time

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  16. A friend recently gave me a bunch of black label OPIs because she can't stand the smell. I just happen to have my swatch wheels right here... :) I've got: Wyatt Earple Purple, Blushingham Palace, International Date Line, Jewel of India, Outback Aphrodisiac, Chile o Caliente?, Your Villa or Mine?, All Rose Lead to Rome, La Paz-itively Hot, Pueblo Plum, Peru-B-Ruby, 20 Candles on my Cake, Senorita Rosalita, My Throne for a Cranberry Scone, You're a Pisa Work, Lighten Up You're Twopence (I think), Sahara Sapphire, Belize It or Not, Orange You From New York?, Can't-a-Berry Have Some Fun?, and another one that's a peachy-pink with gold shimmer.

    Clearly, I have awesome friends. :)

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  17. OOOOooooOOOhhh Movin Out was my "lucky" polish back in about 2004! It's not so lucky now as I don't know what happened to it, it's funny how you start to get superstitious over things, but I remember good things happening when I wore it!

    I also saww in last comment about Wyatt Earple Purple. I really want to get that, OPI should rerelease it in their classics, it's one I wore to death back in the early 00's

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