Thursday, June 05, 2014

i can't believe these came from the dollar store

I so love $1 items.
I took the kids to the Dollar Tree the other day on an errand, and I was shocked to find these sunglasses for $1 in the checkout line!


They were definitely a little cheaper in quality than my usual Target ones; they had much lighter plastic and hinges, but the lighter weight didn't bother me once they were on! Plus, I'm terrible at caring for sunglasses so I was thrilled to get them for just $1. {I normally get out of the car and drop them on the ground, or step on them in the floor board... it's a good thing I don't wear real glasses, right? ha!}. 

I usually have to pay $5-$15 per pair every summer so I was super happy to find cute oversized shades that cover my face for way less! They are perfect for the swimming pool. :)

Watch them go and last 10x longer than my expensive pairs, too. Hey, if they last a month I'll be ahead of the game! :P


Are you hard on glasses too? :P Any tips for clumsy people like me to not lose them? :)

What's your favorite dollar store find?

Ray-ban people- are higher quality glasses less prone to scratch? Does better quality make them last longer to you? I break mine at the hinges too, so I'm curious if I'm just throwing away money every summer by buying cheaper ones? I wonder which would win- quality or quantity? {At the dollar store price I guess I could buy 100 pairs for the same as one Ray-ban pair, but the 100 would have no resale value...hmmmmm...}

36 comments:

Jamie said...

The most expensive pair I had were from dillards for $50 and lost those last year. After that I didn't want to shell out that kind of money if I was going to lose them, so I bought a pair from target for $15 and they last a month so I returned them, Purchased the pair that I have now from Kohl's for $15 (candies) and love them as they are cute and sturdy and I just keep them in my purse until I lose them and need a new pair..hopefully a couple years lol. Love your blog.

Bonnie said...

I DO wear reading glasses, and I'm in the same boat with you. I lose them, break them, just generally go through them, so I buy the cheap ones at Sam's or Sam Moon luggage store. I would like to think that if I had real ones I would be more careful, but I'm not going to spend the money and take the chance. It only really stinks when you lose or break a pair you really liked.

Lulu b said...

My Ray Bans scratched too. I tend to be hard on sunglasses, and find cheap or expensive, the all end up with scratches, so now I buy a few pairs for $1 - $5.

Alison said...

I am totally with you, I am so bad at keeping them from being broke or lost. I suppose the fact that I have 8 children may play into that- they have sat on them in the van and such. It just seems like some people can be so aware of what they are doing but half the time I feel like my head isn't screwed on all the way and I do scatterbrained stuff, like leave them on the van seat or something similar. Sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me but I'm coming to the conclusion that we can't all be clear-headed. I refuse to pay a lot for sunglasses- even $10 is too much. I like to buy mine at the dollar store too!

Kristen Leigh said...

I LOVE dollar tree sunnies(: I actually bought a pair in 2008 and they lasted through the summer of 2010...I say my buck was well spent! You can luck up so many goodies in those stores.

Amy Joy said...

I wear sunglasses all year and have learned not to spend much on them. Then I don't feel bad when they "die" or get lost. I do have a pair from Target now that I LOVE and will probably cry a little when they inevitably bite the dust. My favorite dollar store purchases are cards. I love sending and giving them to people, and the cost at the dollar store is usually less than 25% what I'd pay at any other store

supermomof2 said...

I try to keep my sunglasses nice, but you know kids. Somehow I end up seeing them on their cute faces, or they have grabbed them with their ice cream covered hands. Needless to say my sunglasses get stolen by two divas and ruined, so I am now going to go to my local dollar store and look for cute shades. Lol

Sara Tank said...

The one thing that a more expensive pair will have, that a $1-$15 won't, is the protection from the UVA/UVB bands and such. Also, the quality of the lens, you won't ever notice it but the cheaper glasses are not as clear a vision so you strain your eyes little by little. I have a really nice pair for driving, and another $5 pair for the pool, but that is just what works for me.

Natasha Gadberry said...

I had a pair of Ray-Bans that lasted a few years. I have had glasses since I was 3, however, so caring for them was pure habit. I lost those last summer and then bought a pair from Walmart. I actually prefer my cheaper ones.

Anonymous said...

Hey that's a good deal right there. I once bought one sunglasses for $300 and they were not even for me :( haha

Kimberly S. said...

I find that if I get in the habit (always easier said than done) of putting them on the console when I get out of the car they are safer. Buy then if I am outside doing things or at the pool it changes. I always am on the lookout for good/cheap sunglasses!

Kimberly S. said...

I find that if I get in the habit (always easier said than done) of putting them on the console when I get out of the car they are safer. Buy then if I am outside doing things or at the pool it changes. I always am on the lookout for good/cheap sunglasses!

Sarah Robbins said...

I appreciated the point above about UV protection. My actual daily wear glasses have it, and sometimes they are even better to wear out than a cheap pair of sunglasses because of it. That said, I've never had nice sunglasses. When I wear contacts on the water, I just wear my cheapy Target sunglasses- and now I am tempted to get myself a pair of Dollar Store ones!

Holly Jones said...

I recently found nail polish strips from Sally Hansen and Revlon at the Dollar Tree. These are $6-$10 at the regular stores! I bought two to three of each pattern. They last about 1-2 weeks and are easy to apply. Such a deal!

Jamie said...

I paid quite a bit for mine this year, but the only reason I got them is because they are prescription sunglasses and my eye insurance covered the majority of the cost. I find that if my glasses come with a case, I'm more likely to use it. I've had them since January with no issues.

Anonymous said...

My favorite find at Dollar tree was 1 lb bags of lavendar epson salt. Great for soaking feet or the whole body in the tub. I bought several at that price

Ashley Jones said...

I wear sunglasses A LOT...they are either on my face or on top of my head, lol! I find the BEST sunglasses at Marshalls (maybe T.J. Maxx in your area)! They have great name brands and prices are always around 9.99. I have only had to buy 3 pairs in the last 10yrs or so! And only because I lost them...quality is always great. Love your blog, by the way! :)

Autumn E. Keel said...

I thought I would share!
I wear sunglasses ALL the time. Obviously not indoors, but anytime I'm outside, I have my sunglasses on. There has only been ONE time that I bought a pair of expensive ($100) sunglasses. I had them less than a week before I unintentionally sat on them and broke them. :( I buy Walmart $10 sun glasses now and I end up buying a new pair only because the lens got scratched months down the road. I will NEVER spend $100 on sunglasses again! HAHA!

Mellissa Rose said...

I once bought a pair of Burberry's at TJ Maxx. I think I paid $50 on them! And I lost them the next day. Ha. I now find mine on clearance for $2. I never seem to lose those!

Sarah said...

Haha, me too! Got tons of compliments on my dollar store shades! Also, they lasted longer than the Tahari pair I bought shortly after!

Tara Eveland said...

Nice find girl! Looking good in them too!

Jenn said...

That is awesome, I just bought those sunglasses last week at the dollar tree! I felt the same exact way and told my daughter you watch this pair will last years!

Anonymous said...

I usually buy my sunglasses from the dollar store. I had a pair that lasted several years. I bought some this year and they are much lighter weight then the last pair and it's kind of annoying.

Brie said...

I buy these every year. I do find that the outer coating flakes or peels after a while, but they are so cute, functional, and cheap!

Kathy said...

I never spend much on sunglasses. If I am going to lose them, break them, have them stolen by my dog, they can't be expensive. Our best buy at the dollar store was this little bubble gun. It was meant to blow bubbles, but we use it to blow on the fire in the woodstove when we are getting it going in cold weather. My husband says it is the best dollar we ever spent!

Anonymous said...

We frequently shopped at the dollar store when we lived in Arizona. I was amazed at what we could find there. Now that we moved back to Hawaii, there is no such thing as a dollar store. I truly miss it.

TMichelle said...

I buy my sunglasses at the Dollar Tree too. I find them for my children and me with 400 UVA protection. They are still the cheap lightweight plastic but if you find the ones with the stickers they are just as good as many more expensive pairs when it comes to eye protection. I haven't though seen any with UVB protection.

As mentioned in a comment above, my favorite buys from the dollar stores are cards and gift bags (as well as sunglasses). I also like their plastic containers.

Jennifer said...

i hear people say all the time that " why spend money on sunglasses, you will just lose them"!! I was always losing the
"cheap ones" so I thought that maybe if I spend some really $ on a pair I might take better care of them. So I did. I bought a pair of Ray Bans and I love love love them. I have had them for over 2 years now and I take great care of them. It just takes a few extra seconds to make sure I put them back in the case everytime. They feel great one, and because they are good quality they seem to be lasting!! I wear sunglasses all the time, like all the time!!!

Stephanie T. said...

Well, I'm the odd gal out on this blog today. I wear "real" glasses all day and night or I am wearing contacts. I have been wearing them since i was 10 years old, now im 36.Therefore, I will just say I'm a professional eyeglasses wearer. Lol.

There are "tricks" to keeping your glasses around.

1. Put in the case when done. Do you have trouble in this area? Then put an extra case in your purse, baby bag, car, kitchen, swim/gym bag, etc.

2. While cheapies are okay, ($1? I'm there!) I believe eye health is important. So I only keep cheapies as emergency sunwear only. Typically, those glasses dont have enough protection like another commenter said, and they will never be polarized which reduces glare when driving, swimming, etc.
Again, keeping a pair in the car, in the kitchen, garage, husbands car, purse etc all help.

3. Keep an eyeglass cloth with them. This helps to keep scratching from spreading. I wrap mine around the glasses before I put them in the case.

All of these quick little tricks will usually cause you to take better care of them. If all else fails, get the cute eyeglass/sunglass straps (croakies has a pair) that you can hang around your neck or rear-view mirror when not in use.

Those are my tricks. But, I do wish I actually had a problem with loosing sunglasses, cuz that would mean no regular glasses to deal with 24/7!

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Aliesha Caldwell said...

I got two pairs of aviators at the Dollar Tree this spring. I was so excited! I always get cheap glasses, that way I can get what's on trend for that summer and not feel bad about buying a new pair the next spring!

Carmen N said...

It's funny but I always purchased cheaper sunglasses - usually from Target (bonus if I could find them on clearance) because I'd go through 2-3 pairs a summer. Then one day my husband and I were in Gander Mountain and he insisted I purchase a pair that was ... gasp! $25. I was so afraid I'd lose them. A full year later, they still find their way daily to my purse, I haven't lost them once (for more than a few minutes), and they aren't scratched. So I guess I'm saying that if you buy more expensive ones you might find you do better!

Mandy said...

oh good to know! I wondered if they were more resistant!

Anonymous said...

My husband got me hooked on "real" sunglasses (i.e. Ray Bans) when we started dating (5 years ago) and I love them. I used to just buy the cheapo ones too, but I find SUCH a difference in the quality of how my eyes feel. I never realized until I started wearing Ray Bans that I was squinting a LOT with my cheap ones.

When you buy nicer ones, they do give you a case, which helps. I lost a case awhile ago and just went to Sunglass Hat and they gave me another one for free. When I store in the case, it really helps protect from scratches.

I like to buy at Sunglass Hut, if you have one around. They offer some kind of "warranty" where if you break within a year of purchase, I think, you can get a replacement pair for 50% off. They also have a bottle of cleaner and a rag that is $10, I think, and when the cleaner runs out, you can take it back for a refill for free. So those help me take better care of them.

The dollar store ones are cute, though! :)

Laura said...

Thank you for your welcoming, upbeat blog! We had a Dollar Tree open in our little town about a year or so ago. I only bought 1-2 items there to start, but I am finding other things there as time goes on. Greeting cards there are very nice, and only .50 or 1.00. I used to make all the cards we sent, but I haven't done that in a while and the greeting cards there are a blessing. We found pool noodles there this year and got one for my daughter to use for some silly/fun summer activities, and there are some cleaners I get there. I try to use vinegar and baking soda for most of my cleaning but sometimes I just need something stronger. Their bottles are smaller amounts, which is actually good for me since I don't want a lot of the stronger chemical cleaners around anyway. We found flower and vegetables seeds there too!

JoyBelle said...

I got some of my kiddos kid sunglasses from Dollar Tree the other week. We buy a lot from there and honestly some dollar store stuff DOES last longer (and some don't, too, of course). So far so good with the kid glasses. I wear prescription glasses and sunglasses. I keep a hard case in my purse. I switch out my eyeglasses with sunglasses and keep them protected in the hard case (one pair is always in there so I don't lose them or crush them!).

Cori said...

I haven't tried sunglasses from the dollar store but I'm pretty happy with some $5 ones I found recently. My eyes are light blue so I really need some DARK sunglasses or else I get headaches. Since I don't have time to drive all over town and try on sunglasses with five kids in tow :), I shop amazon for most things. Here's a link if you want some cheap, dark sunglasses: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3ALocs%20Sunglasses

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