After over six years of tromping about old factories and second-hand markets all across China, the people behind Shanghai Code have amassed an enormous collection of reclaimed Chinese-made glasses from the 1940's-1990's.
Glasses and sunglasses in every classic style are on sale, ranging from the affordable (180RMB) to the boutique (6,000RMB). All purchases also come with a free adjustment service to make sure your new specs fit just right. Originally in a tiny closet-sized space in Tianzifang, they've recently moved to just across the lane with a bigger store space. With the revamp has come new stock with hip frames from international designers, such as House of Holland, in amongst the usual vintage gems.
Not just a must-see for glasses, this treasure trove of classic Chinese goodies also stocks an impressive array of vintage wristwatches. Small-faced watches bound with delicate leather wristbands start at 240RMB, and metal-banded watches with larger faces start at 360RMB.
Nestled among its quaintly crowded shelves are also knick-knacks of all shapes and sizes - alarm clocks, children's books, hot water jugs, and even an old-fashioned iron. A definite Tianzifang standout with tons of local colour and charisma.