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A week ago I went to the most magical store in Alabama, possibly the universe, Unclaimed Baggage, where all the stuff the airlines lose forever goes to be rehomed. I got, among other nonsense, a great suitcase and some new glasses frames. Except I paid like ten bucks for them, but then I had to have my lenses in them, and my lenses cost an arm and a leg because I'm so blind. I'm still kicking myself for not also buying the five skeins of cashmere yarn I found, and also there was a pair of brand new Manolo Blahniks that weren't my size but I could make them work, but they'd done due diligence on them and they were still $200 (marked down from, as the tag noted, a retail price of $700, but still). I did get a pair of Fendi sunglasses for fifteen bucks, though--even if they were way more after I had tinted prescription lenses put in.

There are also, like, racks and racks of digital cameras and iPods and Kindles. It's insane. Always check the seat pocket before leaving the airplane, oh my God.

Hot tip: if you ever have to fly with, say, your wedding dress, you might want to consider, like, buying a seat for it if you can afford it. Or else your dress might wind up for sale at Unclaimed Baggage instead of on you at your wedding; I saw at least half a dozen and found the thought kind of depressing.

Anyway, back to the glasses. I took them to get my prescription put in when I got home, and today they called me to come pick them up. I got home and was wearing my new glasses around happy as a lark when I got something on one of the lenses and took them off to clean them for the first time...which was also when I noticed the rhinestone detailing for the first time. I know, I'm a little slow. I was excited by the color and shape, what can I say?

Unfortunately, it was also when I noticed half of the rhinestones are missing for the first time. I don't know if they were missing at the store, because God knows what these things went through before they got there, or if they came out when they were putting the new lenses in (I plan to call my optician tomorrow, just in case there are some rhinestones on the floor over there), but I am so annoyed. Especially if they were missing when I bought the damn things and I didn't even notice and blithely went ahead and had crazy-expensive lenses put in.

Long story short: my new glasses? Already busted.

I'm now debating whether anyone else will notice, and, even if they won't, if it bugs me enough to make buying a replacement pair an option worth considering.

Date: 2011-04-07 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] airawyn.livejournal.com
Can you put new rhinestones in?

Date: 2011-04-07 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampychick.livejournal.com
That's plan B, yeah, in between 'they're magically at the optician' and 'dropping 90 bucks on a new set of frames.' I'm not sure how much luck I'll have finding the RIGHT rhinestones, though. I live in the middle of nowhere, so it's not like I have access to a plethora of craft store options, and I'm leery of beginning a search for a specific size and shape of rhinestone online--I could be hip deep in 'em before I find the right ones, with my luck.

Date: 2011-04-07 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teleute12.livejournal.com
Dittoing [livejournal.com profile] ariawyn! Superglue + craft store?

Date: 2011-04-07 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampychick.livejournal.com
That's plan B, as I said above--I'm just, like, scared finding the RIGHT rhinestones could turn into a needle in a haystack type quest. D:

Date: 2011-04-07 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teleute12.livejournal.com
If you can't find rhinestones to match the ones in there, pop those suckers out too and replace them all!

Date: 2011-04-07 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampychick.livejournal.com
It would definitely be cheaper than new frames...

Date: 2011-04-07 01:28 am (UTC)
celli: a woman and a man holding hands, captioned "i treasure" (Default)
From: [personal profile] celli
I just lost my iPod on a plane. :/

Date: 2011-04-07 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampychick.livejournal.com
I saw that! I thought of commenting to that entry with, like, "Well, I was just where your iPod will end up?" but I decided that would be totally unhelpful. I'm sorry about your iPod. D:

This is why my iPod has my name and phone number engraved on the back. Growing up with periodic news stories about Unclaimed Baggage has made me a little paranoid about that kind of thing.
Edited Date: 2011-04-07 01:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-04-07 05:50 pm (UTC)
celli: a woman and a man holding hands, captioned "i treasure" (Default)
From: [personal profile] celli
My business card is in the case, but. *shrugs*

Date: 2011-04-07 08:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampychick.livejournal.com
Then it might find its way back to you!

Date: 2011-04-14 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mogurama.livejournal.com
Did you heard what Rob Matts said about that?

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