Chances are that you’ve just come back from the doctor’s appointment and need a new pair of eyeglasses. Or that you’ve found your old pair of glasses while cleaning and now don’t know what to do with them. Whichever the case may be, an extra pair of old eyeglasses just lying around at home, doesn’t have any utility.
So instead of wondering what you can do with them, dive into these options.
- Family and Friends
First and foremost, check to see if your family members or friends require a frame. Perhaps, they are looking for what you want to get rid of. Ask your grandparents or friends that you know would make good use of the eyeglasses.
- Get creative
Heading out for a halloween/costume party? Wear those funky frames over costumes (like dressing up as Harry Potter with your old pair of round glasses) and get experimenting. If you find pleasure in getting creative, look at ideas that can transform your glasses into jewellery or wind chimes, or anything for that matter. Throw in your old case in the act too and make yourself a handy decorative box. The prospects are boundless.
- Donate them
Your spectacles may not be of any use to you but they may help someone learn how to read or even get a job. Recycle 4 Sight Australia is an initiative by Lions Clubs International that gathers and distributes used eyeglasses and sunglasses to people in need. Make someone happier with glasses you no longer use. Contact them and get started.
Plastic frames can be easily recycled at your local recycling plant or can be thrown into the “recyclable waste” bin near you. Remember to pop out the lenses and based on whether they are glass or plastic, throw them into appropriate bins. Furthermore, metal frames are also recyclable, so pop out the lenses and recycle it all.
- Sell them
Plenty of drama departments in schools and universities require props, including used empty frames. Give that a shot. Apart from that, if you have trendy, vintage, unique frames that you no longer use, various stores and people are willing to pay good money for them. So utilise these opportune avenues and might as well make some money out of it.
- Keep them as a spare
One must always have a spare. It’s not uncommon for someone to sit on or accidentally break your only pair of glasses. Moreover, when travelling, you may happen to lose or break your primary pair of glasses, so put in new lenses and carry your oldies as a spare wherever you go. Money saved and trouble avoided. You can also pair the glasses with different outfits on special occasions for a fun, quirky look.
When all is said and done, you do get sentimental when trying to get rid of old things but you gotta quit hoarding. If you still can’t seem to part with them, put new lenses in and reglaze them. Now they are as good as new! With so many options to choose from, what will you do with your eyeglasses?