One of the reasons I didn't buy more ponies at RetroCon was that I couldn't remember what I already owned!
I do have sort of a system. I have a system that used to work for me, but considering I rarely shop for ponies using my laptop it's no longer a useful system. Essentially my vintage collection focuses on the G1 baby ponies but it's now expanding into adults, flutter ponies, and G2. I also have a few of G3 that I have picked up from the thrift store.
I have a document listing the G1 baby ponies by year and collection like so:
1984: (Original Baby Ponies)
Baby Cotton Candy
I bold them as I purchase them.
This will never work for me on to go. Nor does it work for me when I online shop now since I shop mostly via eBay moblie for ponies.
That's right. Photo cataloging.
My plan is to finally clean out my drop box and place a picture of each pony I have on hand in the Dropbox. Of course this will involve folders of mass organization and fine photo labeling. This way when I am out looking, I can easily flip through photos (that are not clogging up space on my phone) and see if I have it or not.
I am so excited about this it pulled me out of my after convention funk. So far from the G1, G2, and G3 ponies that I have here at home 82 ponies have been photographed. I have to snap the ponies in storage now. I have G3.5 & G4 in storage. I may liquidate the G4 ponies. Not all of course.
I have cleaned out my Dropbox. I also spent sometime editing and uploading the photos until my Dropbox pretty much said no more on my file moves.
Right now a basic file path follows this:
My Little Pony Catalog > G1 > Year 3 - 1984 > Original Baby Ponies - Complete
Lots of folders. Lots of organization.
This is what it looks like.
My extremely limited G2 ponies. I bought them in a lot to get the Sky Shimmer because they are a funny looking bunch.
And on landscape I can see the full file names.
And I can also just look through them this way. Oh flutter ponies!
Hopefully, I will be able to get to the other half in storage photographed soon. I had planned to do so today but I have been bed ridden with a migraine. Sigh. At least I feel functional now.