Some vintage Mai Jim from an eBay score. $35!!
The seller said "minor scratches". Ha, when they arrived I said "where?" Not in the field of vision so...
Either really good fakes or bargain of the year the year I bought them. I was looking for the "sand dollar" model for Mrs Fixer. I found some later in 'rose color lens", which she really enjoyed since she used to say "I see the world through rose colored lenses".
Perfect time for these;
When the sucker hole pops out in the clouds the top area is real handy. The bottom area is great for blocking bright, shiney flashback of light bouncing off the ground or your vehicles hood. The center is just right when it's cloudy.
Went to a last years clothing store today and scored some timeless aviator type shades by Levis for $3.99.
I liked how 'Levis' was embossed into the lens.
I was looking for something light enough on a cloudy day but dark enough during cloud breaks and these seemed to be just right. A solid metsl frame, fairly crisp plastic lenses and not polarized. Not bad for $4.
While at a Tractor Supply store today I saw some rhinstone shades on the cheap sunglasses rack. I'd never heard of Islander Eyes before but it turns out a fellow not far from my town started a company that imports sunglasses from that famous Asian country sworn to overthrow the West. He stamps the various company names he owns on them. Well they do it in that overseas factory. These were retro-like tortoise frames with blue mirror polarized lenses he calls PolaTac400 whatever that is. They had black frames with gray lenses in the same style but I have like 8 kinds of those.
I put them on expecting the room to be all blurry from the cheap, distorted plastic. To my surprise it didn't happen. Instead things brightened up a little. Look in the mirror on the shades rack and they looked ok on me. Ok, how much? $17.00. Sold.
While driving home without my prescriptions it should have been a blur but these actually helped me see a little better (than no glasses) by brightening up things. The top area is darker, the bottom area (ie reading area) is a little brighter than the middle. Neat. Not great if the sun is reflecting off your hood but for reading a map or looking at a phone screen it's pretty cool. They make the world appear a bit like wearing yellow lenses would. And yes, they are polarized.
Found some shades buried in the glove box of my work truck I used to wear a lot but for some reason not lately.
An eBay score from days gone by with original caae. New old stock at about 1/2 the price of the current version.
And some limited edition Ray Ban John Denver type shades in semi-mirror platform.
They re-introduced some gold frame, green lens round shades one year and a brief run of these gun metal, lightly mirrored along with a black frame, fully mirrored ones like the ones Ric Ocasek made famous.
Note: John Lennon type are completely round.