Courtney B. on BirdEye
a year ago
06/16/2021, 15:04 PM
A story re: my AMAZING vintage 1968 Italian eyeglass frames:
I saw them when I was 20 years old at an old outdoor flea market when I was living in NYC. I pined for them for months because I certainly couldn't afford them (I was trying to pay NYC rent of course!), before my mother came to visit me. As soon as she did, I took her over to visit my... (cue the choir of angels, please) perfect vintage glasses.
Her voice raised above the entire NYC street clatter... "over $200 DOLLARS? For FRAMES? Before you even pay to get prescription lenses put in them?!?"
and then she said threateningly, "YOU BETTER WEAR THEM UNTIL YOU DIE."
I am twice that age now, and then some. And I plan on wearing them until I die, because I make good on promises... and because... I still love them soooo very much.
Over the years. I've had to put new lenses in, and over the years I've had a super rough time finding a glasses place that will do so, as they never want to "take on the responsibility" or cannot work on glasses that were not bought direct from their store.
The frames have always been a bit wonky, truth be told, as they are half a century old, and probably have some impressive stories to tell.
Covid-19 mask wearing did them in entirely, as the mask pulled them further from my face, ensured that they sat ridiculously on the edge of the mask, and well... my fashionable Italian frames weren't meant for such an indignity.
They finally... after 20+ years... broke entirely. One arm fell away completely from the front frame, and things looked mercilessly bleak. I even tried taking them to a jeweler (but they explained that it is illegal in NV for a jeweler to work on glasses frames!!)
Custom eyes not only fixed them BETTER THAN THEY'VE EVER BEEN... but did so with gusto, zero stern "we do not take responsibility for vintage frames" warnings (like all the others), and they exuded nothing but confidence and integrity, assuring they'd be ready for pickup, and then making good on that timeline.
All for the sum of $31.43 (tax incl).
For around $30, I WILL have my frames until I die.
I am SOOOO grateful!!
A shout out to the staff for all the friendly conversation and know-how, plus one staff member has the cutest shag cut that I'd die for... (ya see: a shag cut plus my vintage frames? The ideal self. Oh, if only I had straight hair!)