I just got new glasses. And I'm not broke. (Amazing).
The last time I bought glasses was over 3 years ago. They were $350.
Yeah. That's why I haven't bought them in over 3 years.
Are we serious, America? To see I need to buy a pair of $350 glasses? Is this a hoax, or are functioning senses supposed to be a luxury item?
Anyway, off the soap box and on to better things. While poking about on the internet, I came across a few people on Ravelry discussing Zenni Optical. According to one woman, she bought glasses for all five of her kids for under $135 TOTAL.
"Hogwash!", I say. "Impossible!"
"Nope", she and others replied. "Zenni Optical."
So I go there, and find a whole bunch of super cheap frames.
(Note: I don't mean "cheap" in the crappy way that my husband means it. I mean a marvelous bargain. My husband and I have already discussed this word usage. I'm still right.)
But can you get a good pair of glasses if you can't try them on? How will you know how they'll look?
They have a solution for that! Apparently you can upload your photograph and "try on" the frames. Niiiiice.
So I found these:
I liked how they looked, even on my bad picture, so I decided to give it a shot.
The thing is that I have a wonky prescription. Technically one eye is near-sighted while the other is far-sighted. Best part? Zenni Optical actually shot me an email to confirm that my prescription really is that wonky and I didn't just enter it wrong. Right on.
Two weeks later, I have my new specs!
Aren't they pretty? Guess how much they cost. Seriously. Give it a try.
Fifteen dollars. FIFTEEN BUCKS.
I have never, in my life, seen a pair of $15 glasses that weren't crappy drug store reading glasses.
The frames were $10, the lenses were free, and I paid an extra $5 for an anti-reflective coating. Sweetness.
I took this picture with my low quality webcam to show you how they look on me.
I tried to get a better picture, but the toddler photobombed me.
I also got these sunglasses.
They were more expensive - $28 ($23 for the frame, $5 for the tint).
With $5 shipping, the whole order came to less than $50.
You're impressed. I can tell.
Now, go forth and buy yourself some adorable new specs. My job here is done.