After a long winter daffodils emerge and birds sing the sun up. I want to be outside sitting on my porch swing or taking a walk with the dogs, whatever. As soon as I get outside I remember, Oh right, I like the warmer weather, but my eyes hate the bright sunshine. Sunglasses aren’t enough. I need a hat with a brim to mitigate the glare my retinal detachments gifted me.
I have a hat. But my youngest fur baby decided to use it as a chewie. Is it what I want to wear in public anymore? Not exactly.
The other day I was perched in the big chair in an exam room at a follow-up low vision appointment. My doctor went through the usual questions about which assistive devices I was using and how I was coping with my eye symptoms. Besides updating my glasses prescription, she asked if I was using a hat.
“Well,” I said, wincing, “My dog kinda ate it.”
“Buy a new one.” She finished her notes at the computer and stood up to lead me to the next room. “Tomorrow.”
Doctor mandated accessorizing. This is a dream come true.
I prefer online shopping so I can scroll at my own pace and take breaks as needed. Browsing in stores is great to be able to touch materials and try on things, but I get worn down and anxious in certain store environments. With too many choices or weird layouts to navigate I get tired and wish to quit. Browsing tends to be more of a hassle now instead of the treasure hunt it used to offer. Websites with great design make it easier.
After dinner that evening, I was–what else–listening to a podcast and an ad came up for an online consignment store. If Georgia and Karen endorse it, I’m likely to investigate it. They are the quirky hosts of one of my subscriptions, My Favorite Murder (don’t judge, they are feminists and champ victims rights and the show doesn’t glorify violence. But its dark humor is not for the faint of heart. Consider yourself disclaimed.)
Armed with my promo code and my doctor recommended activity, I type in thredup.com. I had no problem scrolling through the departments to find what I wanted. I didn’t use VoiceOver so I don’t know if the site was accessible in that way, but from a zoomable and general low vision framed shopping experience I was happy.
I was even happier when my order showed up in a cute polka-dotted paper bag earlier than anticipated. I’m now back in business with a brimmed, dark gray cap. Sorry Matilda, paws off.
Where do you shop online? Have you tried thredup? What is your favorite hat? Leave a comment if you want the 40% off promo code. Tell me about it.