BackThennishVintage

Unique Unisex Eyewear Jewelry Clothing Purses Footwear

New York, United States · 1379 Sales

BackThennishVintage

Unique Unisex Eyewear Jewelry Clothing Purses Footwear

New York, United States 1379 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(663)
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Desi

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Announcement   ♥ 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

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Last updated on Jan 11, 2016

♥ 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

Desi

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Desi

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(663)
sheherazad

sheherazad on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I have loved this piece from afar for so very long and I am thrilled to actually be able to wear it!! It is an amazingly unusual creation straight out of 1001 Nights! Just gorgeous, stunning and exotic! Thank you Dear Desi! I will certainly be back to your shop :-)

octavia66

octavia66 on Jul 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I had the chance to stop by her shop and met her in person. She is so wonderful!! When I picked this up it is so gorgeous! I fell in love with this! I'm so happy that I have it and she helped with the ear bends. She helped me around with tons of eyeglasses and I ended up buying 3 more! I felt like I know her for ages, and she is fabulous!! Thank you so much for everything, and your time with me! I really appreciate it! I strongly recommend her when it comes to vintage eyewears!

vivienne cox

vivienne cox on Jul 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Superb item exactly as described, beautifully packed and speedily shipped! Many thanks Indeed!

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Celebrate a steampunk St.Patrick's day with one of a kind 1880's green lens Pince Nez sunglassessunglasses
Use coupon code IWANTTHIS and receive 20% off any item in my Etsy shop $20 or moreblush
This lovely Victorian turquoise ring is unique as you are. 14k solid gold and not another like it anywhereheart

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Not Enough Time

♥ 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.
♥ Something you just can't live without? Use this coupon code at checkout IMUSTHAVETHIS for 10% off all purchases.
♥ 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 am a cowgirl in a plain tank, worn jeans, and vintage cowboy boots.
I am a goth woman who loves anything black, vintage lace-ups (shoes, jewelry and clothing), corsets, fitted lace victorian garments, over and under....
I am a punk chick who loves tatoos, piercings, vintage leather, and alternative music.
I am 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 am young at heart, and will wear a mini skirt with high heels and a cropped leather
jacket.
I am a housewife with my hair unbrushed up in a ponytail, in a hoodie, yoga pants and fuzzy slippers.
I dress as my mood suits me, not as others want me to be.

♥ I love to:
take long walks anywhere
repurpose leather
refinish furniture
make jewelry
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

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

Shop policies

Last updated on November 7, 2014
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, and I've been selling them for 10 years. Here is my new website, check it out RetroFocusEyewear.com.

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Payment
Orders are shipped within 2-4 business days after receiving payment. NEED IT SOONER? Contact me thru the Etsy System. We ship 2-4 times a week. We do not work on the weekends. Payment within 7 days from purchase. PAYPAL or UNITED STATES POSTAL Money Orders ONLY. I CANNOT NOT ACCEPT store money orders, personal checks, or bank checks. I will return them, as I cannot cash them. Well hidden cash, accepted at your own risk. I only ship to the address which is the one on your paypal receipt. If your PAYPAL address is not the one you want me to ship to, please take a few moments to add this new address to your PAYPAL account. You can have many 'SHIP TO' addresses, registered with them. This provides seller/buyer protection for the both of us, when shipping to the address on the PAYPAL payment.
Shipping
Domestic items are shipped either First Class MAil, Parcel Post, or Priority Mail, and will include delivery confirmation. 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.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds are honored within 7 days of receiving the item. CLOTHING and JEWELRY ARE NOT RETURNABLE. 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? CONVO me, and I will get them right out to you when I can get the oportunity 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. 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 items, that 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 one.
Additional policies and FAQs
When buying new or vintage eyewear, take a few moments to read my guide below:

"SHOULD I BUY THESE FRAMES FOR MY OWN PRESCRIPTION"

When I saw what the major eyeglass chains were charging for eyeglass frames. I gulped in disbelief, at the high prices they ask. I was compelled to write this guide, for all of you, who have thought about buying reading glasses, or vintage eyewear, for the frames. I have been to trade shows, and optical quality frames can wholesale anywhere from $5 to hundreds of dollars, depending on where they are made, and who's name is on the temple. In my 8 years experience in selling eyewear, I find, that most of the lesser priced frames, are just as good as their expensive rivals, for your prescription.
Let's be honest.....the longevity of a pair of frames, partly depends on the owner who is wearing them. Whether you've paid $15 or $310 for a pair of frames, they need to be handled with the same respect, care, and awareness. Be aware, when the temples start to loosen.....maintain those loose temples and nose pad screws, with a little snug of the screw here and then. Take care in cleaning the lenses, and placing them in a protective case, when you're not using them.. And most importantly, respect them, and treat them, like they DID cost hundreds... and they will last, until you loose them, sit on them, or your dog or infant wacks them off your head.. If I think a pair of readers, is suitable for your own prescription, I will certainly mention that, in my description of that pair. A good portion of my sales, are from buyers who purchase my readers, just for the frames. I have only had one person return the glasses, because the only guy in her town, who was optical, told her that the lenses could not be changed. My mother in law has the same pair, that she had successfully filled with bifocal lenses.When you're the only act in town, you can say just about anything to your customer, without them calling your bluff.

If you're not sure what style will fit you properly, be sure to read my descriptions carefully, as they have general measurements for each style, that will be important to you, for a good fitting pair. If you need those measurements converted to millimeters, for opthalmic purposes, email me. To give you a head start, take a pair of specs you currently wear, that you love, and measure the inside hinge to hinge point of your frame. This measurement is the first step in finding frames that will fit you. Style, is purely your opinion. I do not specify GENDER on any of my frames, as this is a new generation, where everyone wears what they want to wear. My photos are clear, and you can make your own choice, as to whether or not these glasses are for you. My return policy is 7 days from the day they are delivered to you. Save the crush resistant box they came in, just incase you need to mail them back.

Whether the eyeglass frames you are interested in, are metal, or acetate, the materials used are similar,( if not) the same, as the frames sold in optical shops. The color wear, that enamel coated metal frames exhibit with time, is the same type of wear as their $200 cousins. The warping that sometimes occurs on an inexpensive pair of acetate or laminate frames, will also happen on a $300 pair. Warping is an easy fix at the optician's office, and you should not discard a pair of frames, just because they are warped, or wider than they used to be. Are your temples loosening? Snug them with an eyeglass screw driver... your expensive frames will also loosen with time and use. I recently handled my friend's prescription frames, and asked her how much she paid for them. They were metal frames, with open work on the temples, and rhinestones set into the frames. The metal color was rubbing off along the edges, some of the rhinestones were missing, and the frames were crooked. She paid $100 just for the frames, with a designer name on them... but she got them on SALE for that low price of $100...... Nice, metal reading glasses of the same quality, will run you anywhere between $24-44 on the internet. Sometimes more, on other sites. Another thing that appalled me, what how lately, optical shops will say to my buyers, upon handing them a pair of their own frames for a prescription, is, "we will do it, at your own risk". And a week later, will hand you back your frames, broken, severely warped, or melted beyond the boiling point. There is no reason, for a technician to have to use enough force, to break a frame, or such a high amount of heat, that would cause a frame to bubble, or warp, in order to manipulate the lenses out of a pair of acetate frames. Seriously. This is a deliberate tactic that is used, to intimidate you to purchase eyeglass frames from them. The mark up on eyeglass frames is HUGE. I mean HUGE... With where our economy is right now, it does not surprise me, that this tactic is used, to make a sale. By the time you are done, you have been drained of $400, and for what? A $200 pair of acetate frames, with a designer name on the side?

A buyer of mine, used an online optical lab, to put prescription lenses into a pair of my eyeglass frames, and this is what he said, word for word, "You asked to hear back if anyone successfully had prescription lenses filled in these frames. I used an online service called "ReplaceALens". I sent the frames in and had my usual progressive prescription lenses filled in these frames and they sent back a perfect pair of glasses which I can wear all the time instead of just as reading glasses. The total to have this done with polythin progressive lenses was $130 plus shipping, which is hundreds less than going to an optical store. Plus I have the retro frames I like instead of the optical store's overpriced limited selection. It all turned out so well that now I'm thinking of have the "Jeffs" I bought done as prescription sunglasses. Thanks, -DH

Here is another buyer, who used REPLACEALENS.COM: "Replace a lens" have RXed these which I bought a few weeks ago. - I have never used progressive lenses before. The price was right and they seem to work fine. They cost much less than what could have been done locally. They also fit them into these unusual (?) frames. The local shop said they couldn t do it. You were right the locals won't necessarily do it. They're great glasses.- polo1930

Feedback from a buyer 11/18/09:I love my glasses, just got them today from All About Eyes. They filled my rx.

This email is from another very happy buyer: hey thanks for the glasses i purchased recently...(kiwi green cat eye glasses) just wanted to let you know walmarts eyeglass center will turn those readers into prescription glasses which is awesome because many optical retailers wont...just thought i would let you know and ill be probaly getting more from ya that way i can color cordinate lol.

(please note, each Walmart is run independently, and I have heard that not all Walmarts will say yes to frames you walk in. So ask the establishment, before you buy frames from me)

From a buyer who used www.eyeglasspeople.com to fill their prescription, with my reader frames:A couple weeks ago I purchased some rhinestone cateyes from you. Just wanted to let you know that I love the glasses, especially now that I've successfully had my prescription put into them! I thought I would pass along this website to you, so that you can share it with your customers. www.eyeglasspeople.com can take frames and put in the prescription for you. The base cost is about $25 plus shipping. If your customers keep the box that you ship the glasses in, they can reuse the box and it'll save them a little money for shipping (I think it was only about $7.50 to use your own box, versus $25 to have them send you a box.) I'm so excited about my glasses, and I just can't wait to show them off! I'll definitely be buying from you again in the future, and I'll tell others about your store!

When choosing a pair of vintage frames, for your own prescription, that is a whole different story. Vintage eyewear, depending on how it was stored, can determine the condition of the frames. If the frames you are contemplating, look cracked, or the plastic is dried, and showing a shabby kind of finish, they are not a candidate for your prescription. They will most likely crumble in the hands of a technician. Most vintage eyewear is suitable for your own prescription. They are made of nice, heavy plastics, heavy rivited hinges and strong hardware. Most pairs found at yard sales, or on vintage sites, just have to be cleaned, and re-shaped. Be careful if your frame has rhinestones or studs. Glues do not last forever, and you may loose a rhinestone or stud in the process. Please alert the optician, to catch any rhinestones that may fall off, so that they can be glued back on.

I am open to comments and suggestions. This guide is meant to open your eyes, and not be taken. There are many honest optical places out there, that will happily use a competent frame that you hand them, for your own prescription. There are many ONLINE optical labs, that will do it for less. Be a wise shopper, and shop around.

Please understand, if your prescription calls for a very thick lens, not all optical quality frames, can accommodate them. So, a wise move on your part, is to print out a photo of the frames you like, and bring it to your eye-care professional, along with your prescription, for an opinion, BEFORE you purchase them. Many happy customers return to my site for more cool specs, just for their own prescriptions.

Warmly,
Desi