Well, maybe not a ton of shells, but plenty of pretty ones. They made me happy - both searching for them and bringing them back to remember our wonderful island experience.
There was just one problem: Some of the shells had a musty odor and all of them needed a bit of clean-up.
Here's how I took my shells from stinky and dingy to fresh and shiny.
One: Soak shells for 2-24 hours in a 3:1 mixture of water and bleach (3 parts water to 1 part bleach). If your shells are very stinky, make the mixture a 1:1 ratio and soak for 24-48 hours.
Two: Use an old toothbrush to thoroughly scrub the shells after soaking.
Three: Allow the shells to completely dry. I let mine sit for 24 hours.
Four: Lightly rub shells with a mineral oil-soaked paper towel.