BackThennishVintage

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Announcement    ♥️SUMMER 2022 UPDATE: SHOP VACATION JULY 1st-July 6th. LAST DAY TO SHIP 6/30 3pm. SHIPPING RESUMES JULY 7th.
♥️More unique eyewear in my other Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ManCaveCollective

♥️ IMPORTANT INFORMATION & DETAILED SHOP POLICIES BELOW I know it's a few minute read but an informed buyer is not a disappointed one:::

♥️ Diagrams are provided for clothing, shoes and eyewear that show you where to measure a similar item you currently wear so you can size up its’ size against my stated numbers for fit. So do your homework..... measure.

♥️Items weighing less than a pound are shipped FIRST CLASS MAIL.

♥️I’m in my 60’s now (ugh I can’t believe my fingertips are forming these words on my keyboard) and with all the material things I’ve collected during my teen and thereafter years, be them inherited, found, or sourced are slowly being listed here on Etsy.

Behind each item I offer here probably has provenance and will accompany its description. My families were collectors. My parents were antique dealers and my in laws traveled the world. I'm no different from them.
Whether you care about that or not, please be mindful everything here has a past and is considered vintage/used/antique.
Read what I wrote as every word is part of its description including all the photos I’m permitted to include.
If you can't afford it, don't buy it. Save your money. You'll need it when you're my age.
I am not retired yet and this is not a hobby. This is what I do for a living.
My EYEWEAR is being reduced, wholesale available on some styles and will state that in it's description.

Thanks for supporting my seasoned Etsy shops.

Stay cool,
Desi


♥️Folks, I'm really sorry I can't accept shipping upgrades on orders weighing under 1 pound, comes out of my pocket. Priority Mail has gotten obscenely expensive and Etsy just hiked their commission. Shipping upgrades are offered by Etsy default. Not by the sellers. Must have expedited shipping? Send me a separate message.
♥️ I recycle shipping materials whenever possible. I have several outside business sources that provide me with odd sized boxes, craft paper, air bubbles, styrofoam, bubble wrap and padded envelopes.
I use whatever materials necessary to provide safe travels for your purchase and materials used depends on your item, zip and size of box. Sometimes it ain't pretty. You're throwing the packing material away. It's up to me to make sure you get your item in 1 piece. Not present it as a gift. My 'THANK YOU' note is electronic and sent to you along with ETsy's shipping notifications. You won't get a thank you note inside your package. It's more waste and def not eco-friendly.
♥️ If your order is over $75, signature is required upon delivery. If your purchase is being shipped to an apartment number, signature required as well.
I don't charge for that service.
I need to know that your purchase lands in your hands and not someone elses. Too many parcels have gotten lost in the past due to Post Master scanning as delivered, and leaving parcel at apartment doors or generalized parcel pick up tables. Things disappear and neither you nor I can file a claim against the USPS if they've scanned your parcel as delivered. If you're not available to sign for it, please keep it in the back of your mind, that you will have to make a trip to the post office with ID to pick it up. They hold parcels for 14 days, and then it is returned to me. Or you can enter the tracking number into the USPS website and reschedule delivery when you know you’ll be home to sign. I know it's an inconvenience, however this is to guarantee delivery to YOU. It’s protecting OUR investment. I can't afford to replace or refund, I’m not Amazon.

♥️It's not about need......surround yourself with things that bring you joy. For those of you who aren't afraid of self expression, I tempt you with the things I like.... vintage with character, uniqueness, and guaranteed to turn heads.

♥️ My other cool shop:
https://ManCaveCollective.etsy.com

♥️ Vintage dead stock beads, findings, charms, clasps from the 1920s-1960s.
My dear friend and neighbor Dian
http://beadtopiavintage.etsy.com

Announcement

Last updated on Jun 30, 2022

♥️SUMMER 2022 UPDATE: SHOP VACATION JULY 1st-July 6th. LAST DAY TO SHIP 6/30 3pm. SHIPPING RESUMES JULY 7th.
♥️More unique eyewear in my other Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ManCaveCollective

♥️ IMPORTANT INFORMATION & DETAILED SHOP POLICIES BELOW I know it's a few minute read but an informed buyer is not a disappointed one:::

♥️ Diagrams are provided for clothing, shoes and eyewear that show you where to measure a similar item you currently wear so you can size up its’ size against my stated numbers for fit. So do your homework..... measure.

♥️Items weighing less than a pound are shipped FIRST CLASS MAIL.

♥️I’m in my 60’s now (ugh I can’t believe my fingertips are forming these words on my keyboard) and with all the material things I’ve collected during my teen and thereafter years, be them inherited, found, or sourced are slowly being listed here on Etsy.

Behind each item I offer here probably has provenance and will accompany its description. My families were collectors. My parents were antique dealers and my in laws traveled the world. I'm no different from them.
Whether you care about that or not, please be mindful everything here has a past and is considered vintage/used/antique.
Read what I wrote as every word is part of its description including all the photos I’m permitted to include.
If you can't afford it, don't buy it. Save your money. You'll need it when you're my age.
I am not retired yet and this is not a hobby. This is what I do for a living.
My EYEWEAR is being reduced, wholesale available on some styles and will state that in it's description.

Thanks for supporting my seasoned Etsy shops.

Stay cool,
Desi


♥️Folks, I'm really sorry I can't accept shipping upgrades on orders weighing under 1 pound, comes out of my pocket. Priority Mail has gotten obscenely expensive and Etsy just hiked their commission. Shipping upgrades are offered by Etsy default. Not by the sellers. Must have expedited shipping? Send me a separate message.
♥️ I recycle shipping materials whenever possible. I have several outside business sources that provide me with odd sized boxes, craft paper, air bubbles, styrofoam, bubble wrap and padded envelopes.
I use whatever materials necessary to provide safe travels for your purchase and materials used depends on your item, zip and size of box. Sometimes it ain't pretty. You're throwing the packing material away. It's up to me to make sure you get your item in 1 piece. Not present it as a gift. My 'THANK YOU' note is electronic and sent to you along with ETsy's shipping notifications. You won't get a thank you note inside your package. It's more waste and def not eco-friendly.
♥️ If your order is over $75, signature is required upon delivery. If your purchase is being shipped to an apartment number, signature required as well.
I don't charge for that service.
I need to know that your purchase lands in your hands and not someone elses. Too many parcels have gotten lost in the past due to Post Master scanning as delivered, and leaving parcel at apartment doors or generalized parcel pick up tables. Things disappear and neither you nor I can file a claim against the USPS if they've scanned your parcel as delivered. If you're not available to sign for it, please keep it in the back of your mind, that you will have to make a trip to the post office with ID to pick it up. They hold parcels for 14 days, and then it is returned to me. Or you can enter the tracking number into the USPS website and reschedule delivery when you know you’ll be home to sign. I know it's an inconvenience, however this is to guarantee delivery to YOU. It’s protecting OUR investment. I can't afford to replace or refund, I’m not Amazon.

♥️It's not about need......surround yourself with things that bring you joy. For those of you who aren't afraid of self expression, I tempt you with the things I like.... vintage with character, uniqueness, and guaranteed to turn heads.

♥️ My other cool shop:
https://ManCaveCollective.etsy.com

♥️ Vintage dead stock beads, findings, charms, clasps from the 1920s-1960s.
My dear friend and neighbor Dian
http://beadtopiavintage.etsy.com

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♥Spring Summer 2022 UPDATE
I’m in my 60’s now (ugh I can’t believe my fingertips are forming these words on my keyboard) and with all the material things I’ve collected during my teen and thereafter years, be them inherited, found, or sourced are slowly being listed here on Etsy.

Behind each item I offer here probably has provenance and will accompany its description. My families were collectors. My parents were antique dealers and my in laws traveled the world. I'm no different from them.
Whether you care about that or not, please be mindful everything here has a past and is considered vintage/used/antique.
Read what I wrote as every word is part of its description including all the photos I’m permitted to include.
I do consider fair offers. Please be respectful of your numbers. If you can't afford it, don't buy it. Save your money. You'll need it when you're my age.
I am not retired yet and this is not a hobby. This is what I do for a living.
My EYEWEAR is being reduced, wholesale available on some styles and will state that in it's description.

RETURNS/EXCHANGES NO LONGER ACCEPTED AS OF 5/4/2022.
>DO YOUR HOMEWORK<
>READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION<
>MEASURE YOUR OWN GLASSES<
<ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU'RE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING<

Thanks for supporting my seasoned Etsy shops.

Stay cool,

Desi


♥ I heard I have a twin.
♥ It's not about need......surround yourself with things that bring you joy. For those of you who aren't afraid of self expression, I tempt you with the things I like.... vintage with character, uniqueness, and guaranteed to turn heads.

♥ My vintage eyewear is returnable :)

♥ Metals that move me:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SToNZ
♥ Vintage dead stock beads, findings, charms, clasps from the 1920s-1960s.
My dear friend and neighbor Dian
http://beadtopiavintage.etsy.com

♥ My shop inventory is as eclectic as I am with my personal decor and wardrobe.
I'm a cowgirl in a plain tank, worn jeans, and vintage cowboy boots.
I'm a goth woman who loves anything black, vintage lace-ups (shoes, jewelry and clothing), corsets, fitted lace victorian garments, over and under....
I'm a punk chick who loves tatoos, piercings, vintage leather, and alternative music.
I'm a hippie when I wear my cut off shorts sewn onto a vintage maxi-skirt, worn with a thick leather 60's belt and barefoot on the beach....
I'm young at heart, and will wear a mini skirt with high heels and a cropped leather
jacket.
I'm a housewife proudly sporting a bedhead in a hoodie, yoga pants and chucks.
I dress as my mood suits me, not as others want me to.

♥ I love to:
take long walks anywhere
repurpose leather
refinish furniture
make jewelry
foster kittens
daydream
paint

♥ I'd love to:
visit Australia
learn to play the drums
become a metalsmith
ride a Harley

but there's not enough time.

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  • Desi

    Owner

    Artist, business owner, wife, daughter, mother, daydreamer, forever young

Shop policies

Last updated on May 10, 2022
Selling vintage items, especially clothing and accessories is a passion for me.
I have collected and worn vintage clothing since the mid 70's, and now, I am a vintage clothing dealer. I hand pick what is to be sold, and I only sell what I would wear myself. I encourage self expression in my daughter, and I sell it here in my store. I was a freelance textile designer for 23 years, so pattern, color, and style, are very important to me. I love what I do and I take pride in what I sell.
My home is an extension of my bohemian style, where our furnishings are second hand, eclectic, and work harmoniously in our home. My second business is selling new reading glasses as well as vintage frames and I've been selling them for 20 years. Here is my website, check it out RetroFocusEyewear.com.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
To lessen the chances of disappointments, I include approximate measurements for everything I sell. Do your homework, and never assume something will fit, without measuring first. If it's about color? Monitors display differently from one household to the next, and when I color proof, the photos uploaded onto the ETSY website, are close to accurate. If color is crucial to your purchase, please email me. I describe to the best of my knowledge, and what I think is important to make the sale a successful one for both parties. If I have missed something that you need to know, PLEASE email me prior to placing your purchase. My observations, and opinions on the same item, may or may not differ from what you would expect. Need more pictures? Contact me, and I will get them right out to you when I can get the opportunity to do so. If a week goes by, and you do not get any, ask me again, I probably forgot ;-)

I guarantee my descriptions to be as close to accurate as possible. Enlarge my photos, they’re an integral part of the items’ description. If I leave out a significant fault I will pay all shipping fees upon the item's safe return to me. In regards to vintage clothing, a small spot, snag, hole, wrinkle, or pull, does not constitute misrepresentation. I mainly sell vintage, previously owned itemst hat may not be perfect( unless I am sure that they are) and have had a life before ETSY whether it was in someone's closet, or on someone else's body, or in someone else's SMOKING household. Do not buy vintage if you are not flexible with it's stated condition. I do look over each item as carefully as possible. My home is a non smoking home. All items I purchase from estate sales, having an odor are deodorized or drycleaned. If there is an odor I will say so. Though it is hardly my intention we all make mistakes. I make every attempt to resolve all issues as happy customers are returning ones.
Payment
Orders are shipped within 1-2 business days (depending on whether your purchase is made on a day when I'm working at The Worthy Pause Charity in Bayside NY. I work there on Tuesdays and cannot get to the post office on that day. NEED IT SOON? Convo me. I ship 4-5 times a week.
Shipping
Small domestic items are shipped either First Class Mail or Priority Mail, and include delivery confirmation. Shipping upgrades are not accepted on First Class items. Etsy offers this option to buyers without giving the sellers an option to offer or not and this extra cost comes out of the sellers pockets, not Etsy’s.
I will require signature confirmation on orders over $75. Insurance is bullshit. I want to know the package got in your hands so I will require signature confirmation on most orders over $75.
I do ship internationally. If I do not have any rates listed for your country, convo me, and I will let you know what it is.

I recycle big time.
I recycle shipping materials whenever possible. I have several outside business sources that provide me with craft paper, air bubbles, styrofoam, bubble wrap and padded envelopes.
I use whatever materials necessary to provide safe travels for your purchase and materials used depends on your zip and size of box.
Additional policies and FAQs
Some answers to common questions about eyewear purchases made online.

How do you measure your specs?

https://www.retrofocuseyewear.com/frequently-asked-questions

The above link is a diagram I constructed for my Eyewear site, showing you where I take my measurements so you can compare my specs to yours for a good fitting pair. The temples, also referred to by some as the 'stems' are generally measured from the hinge to the ear tip. The bridge and lens width are measured across the center of the frame. Pupil distance (PD or P2P) is the distance between each of your pupils and ideally you'd like a pair of frames where your eyes are centered within the width of the lenses.

Are these frames suitable for my own prescription?

Many buyers wonder if my vintage frames are suitable for their RX. Simply said, all of my products are unless noted in the 'SPECS' list. Most optical boutiques and opticians will turn down frames that you walk into their establishment with. They will most likely give you reasons that may sound legit to you, but they're really just trying to intimidate you into buying a pair from their selection, saying my frames are not suitable because of a variety of bullshit excuses.

We always recommend ReplaceALens.com. We are not affiliated with them in any way, other than we are a customer of theirs, and a very satisfied one at that. Their prices are fantastic and service impeccable. They never turn down any of the frames we sell and our buyers have emailed us telling us how pleased they were with ReplaceALens and their services. Our frames are guaranteed with a replacement or refund if ReplaceALens damages your frame while they put your lenses into them. No other optician would dare offer such a guarantee.

How do I measure my PD? My optician won't give it to me (or) wants to charge me $50 for it (or) I'm sending my frames to ReplaceALens and they need my PD. How do I get that?

Pupil to Pupil distance, or in ophthalmic terms the 'PD' measurement is the distance between both your pupils. Technicians need this measurement in order to center your prescription within each lens. It is usually referred as a millimeter measurement rather than inches. It can be easily measured at home with a ruler and a second person holding the ruler up to your face resting it on the bridge of your nose with one end of the ruler at the point of one pupil and then measure across to the other pupil. PD measurements are generally in the 58-67mm range (2 1/2" to 2 5/8") and sometimes even at about 70mm (2 3/4"). Despite what your optician would tell you if you do it yourself, being off by a millimeter or 2 will not give you a headache.

When sending in your frames to an online lab, what you would do is put the frames on as you would normally wear them and have a second person mark the existing lenses with a permanent marker making a dot where each pupil lands when that person is looking head on with you. If your frames do not have lenses, place a piece of scotch tape across the entire front of the frame and have that person mark the tape with the dots. Simple. Questions? Just hollar at me :)

How will these look on me if I can't try them on?

Generally, opposites attract :) As a rule, full frames/large lenses look great on long, oval faces, triangular, or pear shaped faces. Horizontal, rectangular frames look best on round or square faces. If the frame has nose pads (95% of the time found on metal frames), those can be gently pried close or further apart which will allow the frame to sit where you want it to on your bridge. Another indicator of how high or low a pair of specs sit on your face, is to note where the bridge is positioned on the frame. If it is towards the middle of the frame, then the glasses will likely cover your eyebrows and sit high on your face. If the bridge is pretty much in line with the top of the frame, the glasses will sit below your eyebrows.

I have big head! .....or.... my head is small/narrow....will these fit me?

It helps if you measure your favorite specs hinge to hinge, and then compare that measurement to the item you have your eyes set on... the hinge to hinge measurement is a good indicator if the frame is the right width for you. The temples (ear piece/stems) should not touch the sides of your head. Then you should measure the length of the ear piece, or 'temple' as it's called in the ophthalmic industry. Average temples measure 140 mm (5 1/2") from hinge to end, including ear curve. Some are 133mm, (5 1/4" long). There are some that are 5 3/4" to 6", but rarely found in over the counter ready made readers. It all depends on the look you want, and what is comfortable for you. But to know these details ahead of time may save you the trouble of future disappointments.

Please read the inside 'hinge to hinge' widths that are provided for the style you like. Make sure you know the hinge to hinge measurement of your OWN glasses when making your decision. Toss me an email if you have any questions.

Desi

More information

Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Why is Signature Confirmation Required on Orders over $75?

Orders over $75 generally are unique and one of a kind. Once the postal carrier scans your order as ‘DELIVERED’ and you never received it, I have no recourse, no leg to stand on. Even if it’s insured, insurance only covers damage or incomplete delivery. It doesn’t cover theft or mis-delivered orders.
Signature confirmations protects your investment as well as mine and makes sure your order lands in YOUR hands and not someone else’s.