I won’t say that Dr. Advice is thrifty, but he does like a bargain. One of his most recent finds was a lovely pair of sunglasses which were tucked into a bin at a Thrift Store, much like candy bars at the check out counter at the grocery store. Through the years he has gone through many pairs of sunglasses which mysteriously disappear occasionally after a day in the garden. Now and then a lost pair will surface after a rain, having been buried under leaves, bark or soil during a garden transformation. However, since our relentless days of summer sun seem to have implanted themselves indefinitely, he is again in need of sunshades. As I waited in line at the Thrift store a few weeks ago to pay for my $.75 copy of a defunct Gourmet magazine with a gorgeous cake on its cover, he gleefully brandished his purchase while announcing that he had only paid $.99 for them! “Yes, I agreed, a grand bargain indeed, but they are GIRL’S glasses—they have diamonds on the sides!” “So what,” he replied, “they only cost 99 Cents!”

A few days later, the gaudy glasses disappeared, and a deep funk supplanted Dr. Advice’s usually cheery attitude. The search was on, and we circulated throughout the house each looking in likely spots without success. Discouraged, my dear one went to take the garden bins to the curb for garbage collection. As he checked the contents of the bin, he spied a glimmer of light flickering from between the leaves of grass and weeds. Deciding that it could be emanating from something of possible importance, he tossed the leaves aside and there to his surprise lay his sunglasses. Happiness reigned supreme once more.

Our daughter looked at the sunglasses and informed him that “Dad! They’re GIRL’S glasses!” She got the same reply “But they only cost me 99 cents!”

Today he sat on them and broke the frame, so I went to the hardware store and paid $7.99 for glue to mend them. A grand bargain.

Author: kaytisweetlandrasmussen83

I am a retired fine arts teacher, sculptor/painter, writer, and a native Californian. I love my family,dogs, horses, movies, reading and music, probably in that order. I have been married forever to a very nice man who is nice to old ladies, dogs and children.

18 thoughts on “SPC 50, A HAT & SUNGLASSES”

  1. I think Dr Advice would get along very well with my father! He buys cheap sunglasses by the bucketload, and loses them nearly as quickly. And he cares not how he looks.

    The other day my mom gathered up all his coats. We counted 27! Enough for a few lifetimes.

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    1. As an afterthought: he still has the shoes he wore as a Merchant Marine in WW2, (which still look fine with his tux) and about 6-7 Pendleton shirts he has had and worn every winter for the past 25 years at least. He becomes attached to his clothes.


  2. When Helvi’s sunglasses gets lost there is a panic bordering on pandemonium. I don’t panic because I know she keeps spare ones in a drawer. Yes, but they are out of fashion and my last ones were, and then she mentions some brand name with lots of Polish consonants,” and they cost me a fortune”
    . Ah, so there you have the difference. Man scrounge and save… and woman…declares (triumphantly) a bargain when a pair of sunglasses is discounted from $ 295.- to $279.
    Viva la difference. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    1. Absolutely! You know the old saying; He has money and I have taste! Last year on a vacation in Seattle, a friend accidentally dropped a pair of brand new sunglasses into a department store toilet. They had set her back $800. More than the air fare from Southern California where she came from. So Helvi’s $279 is a real bargain. Mine were $50 and I forget to use them.


  3. Mr R loves a bargain, Kayti, but he wouldn’t go for something sparkly. I can’t get over how people happily pay so much for frames. I can’t see how they actually look better than something a fraction of the price. Good on Dr A. for sticking to his guns. ๐Ÿ˜€


  4. Oh me, oh my. Eight big ones for a pair of sunglasses? I’ll stick with Dr. Advice and his 99-cent pairs. Actually, it was my very own eye doctor who gave me the advice that Walgreen’s Foster Grants at about the $24.99 level would do as well as any others. The once exception, I think, are pros of one sort or another — fishermen, athletes. pilots – who need fancy polarizing or different pairs for different sorts of light.

    My bane are my readers. I have one pair I finally tied to the base of my computer monitor, so I couldn’t carry them off somewhere else and lose them. Now, I have a couple of old pairs in the car, and one pair in my bag so I can read the back of packages at the grocery, etc. and so on.

    On the other hand, if fancy’s good enough for Elton John, why not us?


  5. I have those polarizing ones like yours, but usually forget to wear them. Regular glasses are expensive enough, and I’d rather put the money in something other than sunglasses. I have computer glasses at both desk and laptop and two pair of bifocals. Boating or skiing need more protection so I can understand that too.

    Well Dr. A knows where he can get all the glasses he needs now at the Dollar Tree?!


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