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********** I WILL BE ON VACATION APRIL 30TH THROUGH MAY 15TH***************
ALL ORDERS PURCHASED DURING THIS TIME WILL BE SHIPPED ON MAY 16TH.


TEN THOUSAND PAIRS OF SUNGLASSES

The story of how I came upon these sunglasses is perhaps even more interesting than the glasses themselves!

It all started with my late, Great Uncle. He was a very eccentric character.

I remember going to Las Vegas as a kid to visit my aunt and uncle. We were told to stay out of the garage because it was dangerous. Boxes piled all the way from floor to ceiling with walkways created among the towering boxes. I never knew what was in the boxes, and as it turns out, my uncle only had a few…

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  • Born on November 24
  • Joined June 29, 2011

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********** I WILL BE ON VACATION APRIL 30TH THROUGH MAY 15TH***************
ALL ORDERS PURCHASED DURING THIS TIME WILL BE SHIPPED ON MAY 16TH.


TEN THOUSAND PAIRS OF SUNGLASSES

The story of how I came upon these sunglasses is perhaps even more interesting than the glasses themselves!

It all started with my late, Great Uncle. He was a very eccentric character.

I remember going to Las Vegas as a kid to visit my aunt and uncle. We were told to stay out of the garage because it was dangerous. Boxes piled all the way from floor to ceiling with walkways created among the towering boxes. I never knew what was in the boxes, and as it turns out, my uncle only had a few ideas as to what were in some of them as well. But one thing he did know, was that whatever was in these boxes, was purchased by him, and was a good deal. I hesitate to say this word due to the negative connotation attached to it, but in reality, my uncle was a hoarder. A hoarder of valuable things. Rarities. New things, old things, and everything in between.

I remember the first time we went into the garage with my parents, he let us pick through a box full of pocket knives and choose one if we liked. It was neat to see SO many pocket knives, how could I choose just one?! Well, my uncle apparently thought the same thing, so he bought them all.

This went on for about 30 years. First he filled the garage, and when the garage was filled, he purchased a storage shed. When the storage shed filled, he purchased a warehouse.

Contained in the boxes of his garage, shed, and warehouse, was an endless bounty of valuables. Brand new rotisserie chicken cookers, (yes, multiple) brand new food saver vacuum sealers, brand new electric drill sets, ratchet sets, tools, belt buckles, knives, statues, etc. etc... Notice that everything is plural? My uncle was a frequent swap meet fanatic, and it wasn't uncommon for him to go to a swap meet and offer a vendor a couple thousand dollars to buy their entire stock of whatever they were selling, which is how he ended up with an estimated 10,000 pairs of sunglasses.

After he passed away, my aunt could no longer afford to pay the mortgage on their house. My uncle had been receiving an inheritance check for the past 30 years. The checks stopped the day he died.

My father went to help her sell through some of his stuff to clear out the garage so the house could be sold, and he discovered many boxes of sunglasses, all brand new, tags still attached. My aunt remembered when he came home with the first load of sunglasses almost 30 years ago. All brand new, many with the tags still attached. Focusing only on the larger more profitable items at the garage sale, my aunt recommended throwing the sunglasses away, as there were so many of them, she didn't even want to deal with them. So my dad snagged a box or two and shipped them up to Alaska for me to sell to you fine people so I can make some extra money to buy a plane ticket home to visit my family down in Washington.

Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

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