Many Northern Utah residents are still scrambling to find protective eyewear to observe the partial solar eclipse Monday.
Eclipse glasses, made of special material that blocks harmful rays from the sun, were easy to get ahold just a few weeks ago but are increasingly difficult to find as the celestial event draws nearer.
On Thursday, the Standard-Examiner asked readers online where and when they purchased their glasses and if there were any more available. The responses varied from those who got their glasses early to some who were still scrambling for theirs.
Many large stores in the area like Walmart, Lowe’s and Big Lots were said to be sold out, according to commenters. All comments are verbatim.
- Thursday, 7:28 p.m. — Chelsea Dawn: Walmart's are SOLD OUT please stop calling !
- Thursday, 1:50 p.m. — Colleen Haymes Hawkins: Lowes riverdale and ogden out as well!
A few large stores like Target were said to restock their supply of eclipse glasses regularly, but they go quickly.
- Thursday, 2:22 p.m. — Brittany O’Connor: Target in Riverdale has them in stock right now.
- Thursday, 4:18 p.m. — Brittany O’Connor: UPDATE: They are now sold out.
Some had luck finding the glasses at smaller stores, such as grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores like Maverik, 7-Eleven, Smith’s and Macey’s.
- Thursday, 11:23 a.m. — Beth Bareng: Maverik 349 in clearfield bought mine last week. They're sold out now.
- Thursday, 4:31 p.m. — Jonnie Higley: Got mine at Phillips 66 in Brigham City this morning...and yes they are the correct ones. They had them this morning...don't know about now though.
- Friday, 8:25 a.m. — Chantal Moesinger: Just went to 7-11 at 42nd and Harrison and they got a shipment in this morning. Still had a big stack left.
Others were lucky enough to find them at local libraries and planetariums, and some received theirs for free.
- Thursday, 6:23 p.m. — Sharon Wendt: Got mine 11 days ago at the Clark Planetarium.
- Thursday, 12:06 p.m. — Sarah Louise Dixon: Got mine from our local library for free
- Thursday, 11:34 a.m. — Kathy Ellis: My husband bought some at Clark Planetarium on his lunch break yesterday. I'm glad he works in SLC and was able to get them. Everywhere around the Ogden area I've looked are sold out.
Many have been forced to look online to find the glasses, and many appear to have mixed results.
- Thursday, 12:33 p.m. — Susan Snyder: Amazon, weeks ago - with NASA recommendation and proper ISO.
- Thursday, 1:03 p.m. — Sara Freestone Miles: No glasses. Looked on Amazon. None in stock and all very expensive. Prices keep going up. $200+ for three pair! They'll be dirt cheep after the eclipse...
- Thursday, 4:28 p.m. — Dayna Hatch I bought 3 pair from somebody that posted an ad in the Davis/Weber Yard Sale Facebook group. I was lucky he only charged $3.00 per pair. He bought them for $1.00 (based on the printed tag on the packaging)
After looking through the comments, a good idea for anyone looking to buy a pair of glasses is to call before you travel to a store and get there as early as possible.
Or, if you’re really desperate, certain types of welder’s helmets will do, at least according to one commenter.
- Thursday, 11:52 p.m. — Aaron Penny: I saw an eclipse when I was a child, my dad put a welders helmet on my head and I laid down in the bed of his truck and enjoyed the show, I do not know if this is safe, but I see like a hawk 38 years later.
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