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May 26

What washer and drier to get? How to decide?

We bought a new-to-us house that does not come with a washer and drier. However, washers and driers seem to be way more complicated than I could have ever possibly imagined. Does anybody have any recommendations for a good washer and drier? Or, can anyone point us toward somewhere that will help us narrow down our decision? Or even tell us brands to consider or avoid? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 12:04 PM - 19 answers

Service-based new baby gift in London

My brother and his wife are expecting their first child any day now. I want to get them a service-type gift they can use to make their lives easier post-baby. [more inside]
posted by Aubergine at 9:58 AM - 13 answers

May 25

Gift cards bought in the US to be used in Canada?

Some friends are moving from the US to Canada. We live in the US and want to get them a gift card of some sort as a going away present, but I found a few articles that say US gift cards can't always be used outside of the states (something about financial regulations). I'm confused and turning to the hive mind - what's the simplest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:10 AM - 12 answers

May 24

Where to buy Milliput in NYC?

Bathtub project -- signs point to Milliput, but I can't find any fast enough. [more inside]
posted by mahorn at 5:32 PM - 3 answers

Where can I buy a shark ring in NYC?

Where can I buy a shark ring in NYC as soon as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:43 PM - 7 answers

Buying tickets to a Broadway musical, idiotproof edition

How do I buy "good seats" for a long-running NYC Broadway show for the minimum amount over face value? Assume that my knowledge of musical-ticket-buying only goes so far as a Google search. [more inside]
posted by serelliya at 11:51 AM - 10 answers

I need advice on selling a diamond engagement ring.

I've been divorced for 4 years now, and I think it's about time I get rid of my engagement ring. It's a 1.5 carat solitaire in a big hunk of white gold, so rather than chunk it down the sewer, I'd like to see about getting some cash out of it. I've done a lot of reading about different ways to do this (pawn shop, consignment, diamond broker, online site), but I'd like some advice from anyone that has successfully sold fine jewelry. [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 10:23 AM - 5 answers

May 22

Going cross-eyed while trying to find what I want on Etsy...

Is there a way to search specifically for shops rather than items on Etsy, with each shop turning up only once in the results? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 6:08 PM - 6 answers

May 20

Gift ideas for my best friend at med school

I'm in med school right now, and my best friend in my class is about to have a birthday (during our last week of classes before our last summer break ever). I'm looking for some help brainstorming potential gift ideas. Information about his interests inside. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 4:37 PM - 8 answers

Clothing babies; politely disseminating a baby registry

Mr. liet and I are expecting a baby in July, and as he'll be our first baby, and I have absolutely zero experience with other people's babies, I have questions. The AskMe archives have covered most of them, but I'm curious about two things: how much and what kind of clothing we should have on hand, and how to disseminate our registry without throwing a baby shower. [more inside]
posted by liet at 1:02 PM - 35 answers

May 19

You know what would make this mandatory training better? EXFOLIATING.

What are your favorite at-home spa products? [more inside]
posted by castlebravo at 12:29 PM - 16 answers

Good clock radio for listening to NPR Morning Edition

I'd like to be able to listen to NPR Morning Edition seamlessly as I walk around the house in the morning and I don't want to wear headphones. Thus I am looking for a clock radio that a) gets good radio reception, b) can be programmed to automatically switch on at 7am and off at 9am, and c) is relatively inexpensive so I can afford one for each room (I'll need about five, I think). Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline at 7:34 AM - 12 answers

Recommendations on a small bluetooth speaker?

I'd like to get a little bluetooth speaker that I can keep in my bag, for all-purpose music listening. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 6:18 AM - 16 answers

May 18

Seeking non-clunky backpack for clunky laptop

I need a basic backpack for my work laptop. I'd like one that's as unobtrusive and non-dorky as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 9:34 AM - 12 answers

May 17

Pen of Pens

So, my remarkably wonderful employee has a birthday coming up and I want to get her a really beautiful pen. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 4:07 PM - 34 answers

Help me find the perfect Timey Wimey Ticky Tocky Timer!

I need a mechanical (not digital or on my phone) timer that makes a ticking sound. I'd rather it not be a hugely loud harsh ticking sound but if it meets the other needs, I'll take it. I also need it to be pretty sturdy. And I need the damn thing to go off when it gets to zero. I've tried a bunch from kitchen stores lately and they only go off about 20% of the time. Bonus points if the dial is easy to see from across the room. [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 7:30 AM - 7 answers

Best place to buy a used Mac Laptop online

Currently, my brother is using my old MacBook pro from 2006. It has started to become unreliable - I'm looking for a replacement for him. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 7:23 AM - 8 answers

May 16

dress me!

I am the sole bridesmaid/maid of honor for my sister's wedding, and she's told me I can wear whatever I want. Yay! But I have no idea where to go from there. Boo! Help me figure out a look? [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels at 1:12 PM - 9 answers

May 14

I need a new crossbody phone & wallet carrier

Please help me find a practical, durable, dirt-resistant (so not fabric) crossbody handbag that has a magnetic cell phone pocket, and a second larger front zip pocket for my wallet and/or Canon s120 point & shoot. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 8:05 PM - 2 answers

May 12

Best place to buy fabric in Ontario, Canda?

Looking for best place to buy fabric somewhat cheaply in person or online that will ship to Canada at a reasonable price! [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 7:32 AM - 4 answers

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