Where to find last minute eclipse glasses

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The solar eclipse is less than a week away, and people are rushing to get their glasses to watch the historic event.

With the event coming so close, however, glasses are now harder to come by.

Barbara Good and her grandson, Owen, have had a tough time finding a place to buy solar eclipse glasses.

"I have been to Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Kroger," Good said.

But they were all sold out.

"We are so excited," Good said about the eclipse. "We are going to have so much fun. We are going to have a party."

Several places in the Mid-South have already sold out of the special glasses.

Here's where you can find a pair of the much-desired shades:

  • The Pink Palace has some glasses in stock as well, but supply is running fast. They hope to get another shipment in before Monday.
  • Peabody is hosting a rooftop event Monday. A minimum $5 donation will net you a pair of St. Jude eclipse glasses.
  • AutoZone Park is hosting a special eclipse game Monday afternoon. The first 5,000 fans will get a free pair of glasses.
  • American Paper Optics in Bartlett manufactures solar eclipse glasses, and they have them in stock.
  • A German businessman set up shop in East Memphis to sell eclipse glasses.

John Jerit, CEO of American Paper Optics, said the demand for eclipse glasses is so high, he's had to hire additional staff.

"We've basically tripled our size," Jerit said. "We are normally a company of about 35 employees. We're up to 90 people."

American Paper Optics expects to sell about 45 million of eclipse glasses by the time of the solar eclipse.

They say you should order yours by Wednesday to make sure you get them in time.

But that's not a problem for Barbara and Owen who got 20 glasses for friends and family.  Now they're ready for the solar eclipse party to begin.

"We're gonna have a chicken nugget, tater tot party," Good said.

Remember, do NOT view the eclipse without proper eyewear (sunglasses do not count!). The light can permanently damage your eyes. If you do not get eclipse glasses but still want to view the eclipse, WMC Action News 5 will stream the event on our website on August 21.

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