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July 22

Sheets for very hot weather

I cannot find good sheets for super hot weather. Not humid, just desert hot. [more inside]
posted by tangomija at 7:00 AM - 33 answers

Swallows and Amazons series with readable illustrations?

Which edition of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series has the most detail in the maps/drawings? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 3:34 AM - 7 answers

July 19

Ordered on amazon wasn't charged?

Ordered on amazon wasn't charged? I contacted amazon chat and synchrony chat. Now they want me to call. I'm too damn lazy to waste time on the phone to correct their mistake. What's the worst that can happen? Order was only 39.75
posted by mamamia88 at 9:27 AM - 13 answers

July 17

Tell me about your favorite pool towels

Where do you buy your beach/pool towels? I'm always buying them at the last minute at the supermarket, and subsequently getting annoyed when they shed, bleed in the laundry, etc. I'm ready for some new ones. [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle at 9:48 AM - 15 answers

July 16

Mirrored sunglasses (no, really *really opaquely* mirrored sunglasses)

I'm trying to find online-purchasable, prescription sunglasses with mirror filming opaque enough that you can't see my eyes through the lenses (most searches for "opaque mirrored sunglasses" do not produce these). Any ideas? (Photo of exactly what I do/don't want inside.) [more inside]
posted by rollcredits at 6:39 AM - 7 answers

July 15

Need a nerdy, ball-shaped gift for a testicular cancer survivor

My friend is celebrating his five year testicular cancer-free diagnosis in December, and I'd really like to get him something amusing and wonderful as a gift. He's a pretty big nerd with a wonderful sense of humor about being post orchiectomy, so I'd love to get him something that's both commemorative and slyly hilarious - something he'd see and smile at every day that doesn't scream Lance Armstrong's missing testicle. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:20 PM - 30 answers

International Etsy purchase gone wrong - what to ask for?

I bought a rug on Etsy. Item was misrepresented. What is reasonable to ask he seller for? [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth at 6:27 PM - 3 answers

Best mid-century antique shops in or near Atlanta?

Help me sort through all the country stuff and find some modern gems. [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 5:38 AM - 7 answers

Be my shopping coach: casserole edition (not in US)

So, I've wanted a Le Creuset-type casserole for a long time ... like 20 years. I've decided I'll finally get one for my birthday, But, DECISIONS. I want blue. My imaginary wonderful casserole I use all the time and cherish has always been blue or teal (why I mention this a bit later). I've come down to two, maybe three choices, which are: cheaper but highly rated, very highly rated but quite a bit more expensive, and very highly rated but much more expensive. (the last is a variation on the second) [more inside]
posted by taz at 5:35 AM - 40 answers

July 13

What is the most fuel efficient used light pickup?

I will soon be in the market for a used car and am thinking of getting a pickup. Likely I'll be looking at trucks that are roughly 10 years old (I am flexible but want something new enough to not have a lot of maintenance issues). My biggest priority is having the least impact on the environment I can while still driving a pickup truck. What should I shop for? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 7:50 AM - 18 answers

July 12

When should a frugal person give up on a high-mileage car?

I'm on a tight budget and my 2008 Honda Accord is coming on 150,000 miles. My income depends on my ability to drive to clients. In an ideal world, I'd hope to get another 20,000 miles out of the car. I'm just looking for advice on a "decision tree" type template for what I should do and when. [more inside]
posted by Jon44 at 6:19 PM - 19 answers

Help Me Replace This Nifty Retracting Box Cutter

I own stick-like box cutters, which I never use, and this handy spring-retractable one, which I always reach for (for minor tasks). The blade's getting dull, and I want to replace it. I assume from its color that I got it at Home Depot. But I don't can't find any there. Any idea how I can replace it? Or if there's anything similarly clever to consider, I'd entertain other options....
posted by Quisp Lover at 8:13 AM - 11 answers

July 10

Pick a Protest PA system for ~500 people

I'm sick of attending rallies and protests where the speakers are talking into an under powered megaphone and no one past the first row can hear. I'd like to purchase a nice, powerful, somewhat portable PA system to share with progressive groups in my city. I need your help since I know a fair amount about electronics but not much about audio. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 6:30 PM - 10 answers

July 9

Not-as-popular books for a 0-2 year old.

A friend is expecting a baby and the baby shower host is suggesting baby books as the present. I expect some guests will wind up buying the same books ("...and another Goodnight Moon!") and I don't want it to be me, so do you have any recommendations for less-popular baby books?
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:55 PM - 66 answers

Shop open in Krakow past 6pm where I can buy chargers

I just arrived in Krakow from Australia. My luggage did not. Insurance will cover replacement of everything if it hasn't turned up after 8 hours, which will be 5pm. I desperately need clean clothes, a laptop charger (Acer) and a phone charger before tomorrow as I am teaching a workshop. Have located places for clothes open until 10pm. What about the chargers? I am in the Old Town. [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:24 AM - 6 answers

July 7

Looking for a kinetic coin bank

My husband has a birthday coming up. I know he would like something like this coin bank, but it's sold out and I'm having trouble finding an adequate, grown-up substitute. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 10:28 AM - 8 answers

Greeting card/postcard printing, not Moo or Paperless Post

I would like to print a small run of around 100 greeting cards and postcards. I can't use Moo or Paperless Post, which seem to be the default recommendations these days. Does anyone have any other recommendations for online printers based on professional/personal experience?
posted by caek at 8:24 AM - 11 answers

July 6

Eclectic/quirky shopping in Boston

I'm going to Boston/Cambridge later this month and have pretty much everything planned except where to shop. Any favorite quirky/eclectic places I should be sure to stop by while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 8:29 AM - 23 answers

July 5

Like a pump top, but the liquid flows into a 'dish' - what are these?

When in the US earlier this year, I bought this cleansing water - mostly because I really like this kind of dispenser and it prevents me from pouring half of whatever's in the bottle all over me. Now the cap's snapped off and I want to replace it, but there doesn't seem to be many things in the UK with this packaging. It's like a 'dish' where you press down and the liquid flows into the middle, allowing you to soak it up with cotton wool - here's a better pic. What's the name for this kind of cap?
posted by mippy at 5:18 AM - 8 answers

July 4

Buying from EU, store doesn't ship to US

I'm interested in a small Arduino shield (a circuit board) that's made by a hobbyist electronics company in Germany. The store doesn't ship to the US. Is there a way to have it shipped to a European address and then resent to a US address? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 12:07 PM - 3 answers

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