Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Polish Collection (Nov. 2010)

Today I reorganized my polish collection - a task that was very much needed (the last time I did this was in June).  Most times after I pull a polish (or a few polishes) for a design or manicure, I put them into my "misc" box.  Well, my misc box had turned into two boxes and a bag and things were just way too disorganized, so today I went through and reorganized everything.  It was so refreshing - but it also made me realize that I have a LOT of polishes that I don't really care about.  I'm really invested in (most of) my OPI, China Glaze, Zoya, and Seche polishes, but a lot of the miscellaneous polishes are just taking up space.  Over winter break, I plan on going through and purging a lot of the ones I don't use (selling or donating, although I'm not sure if any organizations take used polish.  Anyone know?).

Here is the breakdown of my current collection:

China Glaze: 80
OPI: 159
Zoya: 53
Color Club, Lippmann, Essie: 33
Orly & SpaRitual: 22
Nicole by OPI: 16
Base & top coats (mostly Seche): 16
Misc: 160
(some of the 160 miscs are awesome polishes, some I'm ready to say goodbye to)
So I have 540 polishes total.  Eek.



This is everything minus three bins of misc and about 15 I pulled for holiday manicures.
I love how neatly the Zoya polishes fit into the bins.
Thanks for stopping by - I hope everyone else is having a fun (and organized!) weekend :)

33 comments:

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EverythingsDiamond said...

Wow I am truly a rookie...Im impressed..I showed Mister the pics...he says he wont say a word to me about polish and supplies again..lol He hasnt seen the hidden ones *SSHHHH*

paintedbluestars said...

you can donate to me lol! I love random polishes but I am all the way in california so that wouldn't work out so well:)
Your collection is getting big, makes mine feel tiny and I get made fun of by my friends for how big mine is lol!

Saimese said...

That's a lot of nail polishes! I don't even have 25% of that amount. Must have taken you hours to organize!

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Martje said...

wow sweety thats a lot! :) if any of us all can help you get rid of them...we`ll be gladly to help ;) haha

rins said...

Yay! Heaven! I don't even own 1/4 of how many you have!

Justine @ Productrater said...

nice collection. I love seeing how much everyone has ;)

Ice Queen said...

Niiice! :D I like seeing stash pics. They make me feel like a piker but it is fin. :D

Ivania santos By DIAMOND said...

OMG :0

AMAZING!!

charmed-chick said...

nice collection you are very organised :)

Steph said...

Yikes!! That's a lot =D You're very organized!

aaminahs mom said...

wow awesome organizing. also i would gladly take purple,green, blue donations so that should ease your mind a bit :) *LOL*--(also the CG polish i'm wearing today)

jbrobeck said...

if it makes you feel better, brooke, i think i may be passing you up soon! I will need a third helmer very, very soon! PLEASE let me know if you find an organization that accepts used polishes as donation, OK?

Enamel Girl said...

amazing collection and good for you to get organized! can you help me please? i'm failing miserably, lol.

have a great weekend!

DesertNails8 said...

To give away a lot of polish at a time...I suppose offering it to some women's shelters or women's support groups would make sense.

I've been de-cluttering my polish collection every month or so and I just take a handful at a time to gatherings with friends and offer them. Usually what's left over is given to my friend who takes it to someone who loves polish. Everyone is happy that way.

And I'm trying out new polishes within a day of purchase so I can quickly return those I don't want.

Organizing the collection by brand seems nice. Do you have another bin with nail art polishes?

ShortAndSweetNails said...

I love these type of posts! :)
It's so satisfying to clean up and organize isn't it?
Congrats on the collection.:D

Beata said...

Very impressive over 500 polishes. My husband would kill me! I have 130 polishes to date: mostly China Glaze, OPI, and Essie, with a few orly and 1 chi, 1 nicole, 1 color club. (I have to hide my collection all the time) but there is always room for more!

hillary said...

This summer I went through my collection and pulled the ones I wasn't using and the ones I kept I took some wheels of nails from Sally and painted a nail and numbered each and made a googledoc I saved on my phone and shared with my mom and husband so
If they are ever compelled to buy me a polish they both have it saved and synced on their iPhones and I keep it up to date and they have no "I didn't know if you had it so I didn't get it" excuse! ;)

Kira said...

That's pretty cool - I am slowly growing my collection, which is good cause I make swatches of everything on a nail wheel to make choosing easier :)

Hey I was wondering who won your giveaway and if they did a review as I have been tempted to buy the microderm and want more stories and reports of how it goes :)

Alice @ NailsbyAlice said...

omg!! :) I envy you !! hihi :D

hermetic said...

whoa, that's big! but I understand wanting to clear out some, I have close to 200 and feel overwhelmed by them most of the time

Brooke said...

Thanks everyone :) I am a bit sheepish about posting all of these.

jbrobeck, I'll let you know if I find an org!
Desert, I have a few bins I didn't photograph, and those are where my Kiss nail art pens are and my few Konad polishes. Otherwise, I just use my normal polishes for nail art.
Kira, I still haven't posted it :( ugh, I suck at giveaways. I should have time to go through the google doc and organize all the entries on Tuesday, so I will be posting soon!

Megan Harmeyer said...

I like it when people post their stashes because then I don't feel so bad about my own! LOL I am *really* hoping Santa will bring me a Helmer for Christmas - mine needs some serious reorganizing.

Thess said...

Oh my dear sweet lord!
That is a lot of polish!
Me love it!

How are you by the way? :)

Brooke said...

Thess, so great to hear from you!! I've been doing alright - how have you been? I've missed you!!

Beatlemarta said...

eheheheh...
I understand your drama! I'm on my second Helmer! ahahaha... 1000 plus polishes! Somebody please help me! ahahaha....
Anywaysssssss... why don't you sell those babies here? I'm sure they would sell out in a flash!

Danielle said...

Hi Brooke, where did you find the bins you're using? I've been looking for something similar but haven't found anything yet. Thanks!

Brooke said...

Beatlemarta, you have me beat by a LOT!! (which does make me feel better too!). Selling them here is a good idea - I just might do that.. although I'd definitely like to donate some if I can. I'll have to sort through everything over winter break.. ugh (lol).

Danielle, I got them at Target and I LOVE them! They were $3 each and I hope they still sell them because I need more. I got the first few a year ago and some more around the beginning of summer. They are really nice and I love how they are clear!

Jackie S. said...

Thanks for showing ther pics.

I'm about to start on my 2nd Helmer, I'm over 600 now..eekkk! I never thought I get this high, I feel so ashamed, and happy at the same time ;):)

Jackie S. said...

Maybe you should do a blind swap with someone, it doesnt exactly help the purge issue, but you can get some cool new colors? :)

I do not know of any entity that takes donations of nail polishes. :)

kittypolishnbags said...

I spot a lot of pink Zoyas! :)

You can do a swap or something. Or donate it to a swap box or even sell with the proceeds going to a charity since you're thinking of donating anyway.

Twister said...

Wow lots and lots of goodies. How do you ever decide what color to paint your nails?

Brooke said...

Thanks Jackie and Kitty :D And I realized I had a lot of pink Zoyas too! haha (and reds - I love Zoya pinks though :D )

Twister, EXACTLY!! My nails are totally bare right now because I can't decide! ugh. lol

 
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