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I needed new glasses this year and my friend Diane was going to the Spectacle Shoppe in New Brighton to have her glasses refitted. "Meet me there and we can look at the vintage glasses," she suggested.
This shop has an entire back room filled with shelves and drawers of vintage frames. Cabinets, with 20 drawers or more each, pull out to reveal white plastic, tortoise shell plastic, wire, etc. It's endless and somewhat overwhelming.
Despite that I selected a couple pairs of glasses that I liked. They all looked like the pair pictured in the second image at the right. (The other photos didn't turn out because of the poor lighting we were working in.)
Right: That's right, these are safety glasses from the 1970s. They are sort of grey blue. When Dick saw them he said, "Those look like safety glasses," to which the salesman and I both said (though I was happily smiling) "Yes, they are!"
Finally Diane and I had looked at so many glasses we were both a bit punchy. We started trying on really outrageous pairs. Here are some of my favorites:
Right: I'm sporting a pair of PURPLE kissing pig glasses. While I thought they were rather charming they weren't deep enough to contain my trifocals.
So which glasses did I get?
Well I put a couple vintage frames on hold and brought Dick in the next evening. You already know what he said about my top choice. Then he said, "I love you no matter what you do, pick the glasses you like." Of course since he has to look at me more than most anyone else I wanted glasses that he at least liked a little. I put the safety glasses aside.
The salesman picked up on what I liked about the vintage glasses and brought out five pairs of current frames. And they all had a "safety glasses" feel.
There is a device at this store used for taking a front and side view of you wearing the glasses. Then they can put that up on a screen with the views of you wearing different pairs. I love devices and this was the coolest ever. No straining to see how you look, and remember it, all without the aid of your real glasses!
As soon as the images went up on the screen it was obvious which my favorite pair would be. A week later I had the glasses. I'm still adjusting to my prescription but I really love the glasses. They are light, hold my trifocals well, and the new prescription lets me see things "crispy" again!
I don't have a photo of me in the new glasses, but I'll post one as soon as I do.
No, I didn't purchase the kissing pigs—though they did sport a lovely rhinestone!