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April 20

Trying to find or have made a replica of a family member's blankie
A family member is expecting her first kid and I was thinking about trying to either buy or have made a replica of her precious childhood blankie. Help me find it or figure out how to get a replica made. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 10:12 AM - 9 answers

April 18

Help me find these clip clasp thingies online!
I'm looking for a piece of hardware but don't know what it's called, making it very hard to find it online. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 4:52 PM - 9 answers

April 17

People are stealing my food out of the fridge at work. This is pissing me off. I need to find a lockable box. Please help. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 6:02 AM - 38 answers

April 15

In need of a kid-safe kindle cover
our previous kid-centric tablet died and so did some research and bought a kindle. However, now we need to find a cover to help our kids from breaking it in half. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 5:34 PM - 4 answers

How to ship the motherload
Hoping to ship my mom a gift basket including a pint or two of cold brewed iced coffee concentrate... is this possible? [more inside]
posted by rubster at 2:03 PM - 5 answers

Selling on ebay, does this sound legit
Yesterday I put up an unlocked iPhone 4s on ebay for sale. It literally sold in about a minute. This old phone sold at the price it was originally purchased for. I sent the buyer an invoice. They paid it with another minute. For this old phone, that's about 3 versions behind. This makes me leery, especially since the email from ebay says SHIP NOW. Shouldn't I wait for money to appear in my Paypal account? Is it odd that this old phone sold so quickly at such a high price to buyer in the continental United States? If it's legit, do I really ship NOW?
posted by sock, the puppet at 1:38 PM - 19 answers

April 14

ISO: awesome gift for a Lutheran minister in training
I am looking for a gift for a Lutheran seminary student, who is very awesome and who is doing a very large service for us soon. I am not Lutheran, and I do not know a lot about thoughtful gifts that would be good for someone still in seminary school. Please help! [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict at 1:24 PM - 7 answers

Graph Paper Origin
I found a stack of this paper in a desk drawer at work and now I'm in love. With no brand or other information, though, I have no idea who makes it. Photo Any suggestions on where I can acquire more would be greatly appreciated.
posted by genrand at 7:02 AM - 6 answers

Help buying a women's bicycle
I've never bought my own bike before but I think it's time. I'm currently riding a hand-me-down men's road bike and Citibikes and I like a lot of (different) things about each. I've been to a couple of local bike shops and got some recommendations. I would like to hear Ask me recs both about specific bikes and about the bike buying process in general. I will mainly be riding this bike in NYC, hopefully to commute regularly between Brooklyn and midtown (8-10miles each way), I'll need to shlep my day bag on it (a clip on to the back rack), regularly carry it up and down minimum a half flight of steps, and lock it up on the street (day time only, not over night) without being too paranoid. I think my top budget is 1k but I'd love to get it lower. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous at 7:02 AM - 24 answers

April 13

Looking for the worst of the worst.
I was surprised to discover that there is no way to sort an Amazon search or browse within a category by user review--more specifically from lowest to highest. Is there a workaround for this? Or perhaps an app or script I could use? Or even a third party site that sorts it for you? I'm mostly interested in being able to browse a category and see the lowest ranked items, but I'd settle for ranked search results also.
posted by sourwookie at 7:08 PM - 8 answers

April 12

Best quaint/charming shops/sightseeing near Silver Falls State Park?
Looking for charming and quaint attractions, sightseeing, shops, etc near Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. What are the best places, cities, and other things to go do nearby after visiting the State Park? Dog friendly is a really big plus!
posted by skjønn at 4:16 PM - 3 answers

Help me buy a car the right way, this time.
I just moved to Charlottesville, Va from California. Bought a car here quickly after getting here through Carmax which I am realizing now is way too nice, my car payments are too much ($247/month) and I worry too much about when parking, driving etc. (a 2010 Toyota Prius, 6 year loan that I owe 15k on). [more inside]
posted by ethel at 10:37 AM - 11 answers

April 11

Backpack = vulnerable to theft?
Are backpacks more vulnerable to theft than messenger bags? [more inside]
posted by facehugger at 9:15 PM - 20 answers

Help Finding Cute Japanese Bowls
I purchased these porcelain bowls from TJ Maxx yesterday to use as feeding dishes for my cats. There were only two bowls at the store. They had a "Blue Moon Japan" sticker affixed and are stamped with the same name on the bottom. I would love to buy more in the same or similar color/pattern. My Google-fu isn’t strong this morning. I’ve only found tea sets from the same manufacturer. I would be thrilled to find the manufacturer’s website if only to find out what the pattern names are called.
posted by turniphead at 7:31 AM - 3 answers

April 10

My dad the penny pincher
My dad's birthday is coming up. He is a special scone. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 5:50 AM - 32 answers

April 8

I came here to buy Ceasar... not to overpay for him.
Okay, so I have a friend in Austria who looooves Ceasar salad dressing. (I used to smuggle it in my suitcase from America when I'd visit her.) As a surprise little "I'm thinking about you" gift, I've been thinking of mailing her a bottle or some salad dressing mix, but I just can't figure out how to do it at a reasonable price... German Amazon is asking for $28 to send a $5 bottle of Cardini's to Vienna. Anybody have any other suggestions? Thanks! :D
posted by miss lynnster at 10:34 AM - 12 answers

April 7

Please educate me on shopping for traditional Indonesian textiles.
A friend of mine is visiting Jakarta and will be taking a shopping trip to Pasaraya Grande as part of his tour. I love fabrics and I particularly love traditional dye work (such as batik) and handwoven cloth. However, I don't know much about the textiles of Indonesia, and I've never been there myself. What kinds of pieces are available at the Pasaraya Grande, and how are they priced? I'd like to give him some money and just tell him to get me something awesome -- what could he get for, say, $100 USD? How about $20 USD? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 9:48 PM - 3 answers

Help me find a LARGE individual salad bowl! That is all.
I'm looking for a large, *individual-serving sized* salad bowl. Something dishwasher safe. Something that would hold A LOT of salad. Not the more modest salad bowl size reserved for use before the main dish...think bigger. A few more minor specs inside. [more inside]
posted by LittleFuzzy at 2:13 PM - 29 answers

April 6

Completely unfair - Why does Paypal's SNAD policy punish the buyer?
About 3 weeks ago, I purchased a watch from a seller located in Japan. I made my purchase through Rakuten's Global Marketplace, which sells to foreign, overseas buyers (I live in Canada). I used Paypal to pay. The watch cost CAN$283, and it was shipped using Japan Post EMS. [more inside]
posted by vanizorc at 9:09 AM - 15 answers

April 5

Help Me Find The Perfect Stockings
Here's the deal: My SO finds stockings to be a significant turn on. He has in mind a very specific type of stocking that I'm finding impossible to track down. I've spent literally hours searching to no avail. Hope us, please. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 10:25 PM - 20 answers

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