This wonderful collection of vintage eyeglasses offers a liberating counter-question: why choose only one style when you can reinvent yourself every day?
Who are you?
I’m Laurie of Magpie Ethel. I’m a stay-at-home mom who loves vintage, estate sales and crafting. I call myself a vintage crafter as I craft primarily with vintage finds. I live in Portland, Oregon in an old house filled with estate sale goodies and lots of charm and collections.
What are you collecting?
Today I am showing off my collection of vintage eyewear.
When did you start?
I have gone to estate sales for years and have picked them up here and there if the price is right.
How many do you have?
I have about 10 or 12 pairs. I also collect vintage sunglasses that I display with the other glasses.
Where do you keep them?
I keep them in a metal bowl in my sitting room. I have never figured out a great way to display them in my little house.
What’s an interesting story behind one?
I used to wear a pair of vintage tortoise shell frames in college. The lenses were a crazy prescription that made me dizzy if I wore them, so I popped out the lenses and just wore the frames. I wear contacts, so I would just wear the frames to give me that cool, retro nerdy look. This was in the ’80s.
What piece would you like to add?
I would love to add some that are more wild or crazy with rhinestones in a cat eye style.
Why do you love them?
I think they’re just fun to wear. You can wear glasses as a disguise — most of these make you look entirely different.
Which one is your favourite?
I probably like the ones with the colored frames the best — especially the pink frames.
What else do you collect?
I collect a ton of things and have many, many collections. I do a weekly post called “Collection Challenge” on my blog where I feature a different collection each week and I just passed my 80th post on collections! I think I may rename thsee posts “Hoarders Challenge.” Some of my past entries have been about vintage drinking straws, vintage squeaky rubber toys and old advertising spoons. I collect things that make me smile and many of them have a strong graphic appeal.
Charming! Thanks so much!
Laurie’s wonderful shop showcases both her delightfully eclectic personal crafting style and her fabulous personality. It’s a veritable wonderland of whimsical bygone eras. And her lovely blog is a happy place where styles brilliantly intersect (you should see all of her collections!).