Still got some bucks left in your healthcare flexible spending account? The Spectacle Shoppe (2001 Burnsville Center, Burnsville, 952-892-6666) is selling about 5,000 eyeglass frames for $59 each from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 22-23).
Brands include Morel, Koali, Iyoko Inyake, John Varvatos, J.F. Rey, and Betsey Johnson. SS's other popular brands such as Oliver People's, Judith Lieber and David Yurman are not included in this sale. The $59 frames were originally priced from $259 to $559, said Spectacle Shoppe owner David Ulrich.
Frames buyers are not required to purchase lenses from Spectacle Shoppe, which can be pricey. Ulrich is discounting lenses slightly. Prescription progressive lenses normally priced $300 to $600 will be $100 off, non-glare anti-reflective coating regularly $150 extra will be $99. Single-vision lenses without the progression are $109 during the sale, regularly $159.
Compare the lens prices with your own optician or optometrist. Costco members, for example pay a lot less than SS's lens prices. Progressive, digital lenses are $130 to $200, including the anti-reflective coating. Single-vision lenses are $74 to $110. Costco reserves the right to refuse to supply lenses for a frame not purchased from them. If a frame is accepted, Costco charges an additional $18. Consumer Reports has given high marks to the quality of Costco Optical in the past. The store topped the list of eyeglass retailers for overall satisfaction in Consumer Reports' 2012 survey of nearly 19,500 readers.