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Eclipse glasses the latest must-have accessory

Forget Cabbage Patch Kids, Beanie Babies, Tickle-Me-Elmo or even Hatchimals.

The hottest item in Farmington on Friday were eclipse viewing glasses – judging from the line stretched around the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce office that morning.

On Thursday afternoon, Director of Operations Laura Raymer announced on Facebook the chamber was able to obtain more glasses after selling out earlier that day.

Just hours before, Raymer told those attending the chamber’s Business and Community Luncheon glasses were still available at a few locations.

Staff at the chamber office were set to begin selling the glasses for $1 each at 9 a.m. But, it seems, the demand was so great that folks began lining up at least one hour before the doors opened.

And, in less than one hour, all 1,600 glasses were gone.

Among those picking up glasses would be Dena Watson of Farmington. Her daughter tagged her in the Facebook post by the chamber announcing the additional glasses.

Watson said she stopped by the office on Thursday – only to find out there were no more.

“They said that MAC had them, but I didn’t make it over there,” she said.

She plans to spend Monday watching the event at home.

“Hopefully, all my grandkids can come up,” she said. “We have a great big field, so hopefully we can get out there.”

She’s also thankful her husband is arriving home from his job in time to experience the eclipse.

“We get to see it together,” she said.

Karen Cartee of Fredericktown said she plans to stay home for the big event as well.

“They say town is going to be so packed…,” she said.

Velma Harper of Doe Run said she hopes the eclipse brings a lot of revenue into the community through the number of visitors expected.

Her plans for Monday?

“I’m getting my glasses, getting gas, going to the grocery store and going home,” she said.

Buffy Reever, left, assists Velma Harper with her purchase of eclipse glasses at the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce office on Friday. The chamber ran out of glasses on Thursday, were able to obtain another 1,600 and - in less than one hour - were sold out again.

Buffy Reever, left, assists Velma Harper with her purchase of eclipse glasses at the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce office on Friday. The chamber ran out of glasses on Thursday, were able to obtain another 1,600 and – in less than one hour – were sold out again.

Shawnna Robinson is the managing editor of the Farmington Press and can be reached at 572-518-3628 or srobinson@farmingtonpressonline.com

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