If cleanliness is next to godliness, then good eyeglasses must be like prayers -- because it is much easier to arrive at "clean" when you can see well!
I know that many of us who are into vintage living like to use authentic vintage items and wear authentic vintage fashions as often as we can; it's thrifty, good for the environment, and it's fun. But when it comes to cleaning-up the house, garage, or yard I don't recommend wearing authentic vintage eyewear, especially not prescription glasses. Not even if you are far-sighted or, as I must do now, wear bifocals. The risks are just too great.
Vintage eyewear is pricey now, especially the most iconic styles from the 1940s through the 1960s. Eyeglasses from those decades are increasing in popularity and therefore price. Today, simple and traditional cat-eye glasses and funky round mid-century mod glasses easily go for between $50 and $100 -- and that's not including the designer names like Dior or Schiaparelli, where you can expect prices to at least double. And it is not thrifty to put such pretty pricey pieces at risk. (Not to mention the heartbreak if you destroy a one-of-a-kind vintage piece!)
While it is true that if the vintage eyeglass frames are in good condition, they can be worn everyday (and often can even withstand the process of having modern prescription lenses put in), however vintage glasses are not up to facing the challenges of cleaning house. Aside from the hazards of bumps and falls involved in such rigorous work, vintage glasses are not prepared to meet modern day cleaning chemicals. In fact, many of the old frames are made of plastics, rhinestones, and other materials which are not even well-suited to withstand the sweat of your brow; like vintage jewelry, they should be kept safe and dry.
The good news is that many eyeglass companies make cat-eye and other vintage-styles frames. (Like the Lupo 5599 Marbled Stripes eyeglasses shown in this post.)
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