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Help me find plates that will last a decade

12 years ago I bought Mikasa stoneware dishes for our every day use. They held up really well for the first 10 years. But now they're breaking, chipping, and in need of replacement. But it seems stoneware is no longer available. I see a nice porcelain set by Mikasa. Is that good for everday use or am I looking at lower cost china? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Nov 12, 2013 - 21 answers

 

Why do some US states put county names on their license plates?

Some states print the full county names on their plates and I know a few other states indicate counties by letter or numerical codes. Why is this necessary? [more inside]
posted by theory on Oct 25, 2013 - 13 answers

I sold my car... sort of. Car sale gone awry... now what?

As one enters one's second half century, one likes to think that one has mastered little things in life -- like selling a car. Apparently not. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Apr 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Budget alternatives to Hermès dishes?

My partner and I are looking to invest in a dish set, but we've been struggling to find anything we agree on. After several department store visits, we finally glimpsed something that both of us really, really love. "Look at that!" we exclaimed in unison. Unfortunately, the "that" was Hermès' "Cheval d'Orient" series, which sell for hundreds or thousands per plate. This is way, way beyond our means. Can you recommend some budget alternatives in a similar style? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Apr 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Stacking, storing, eating, lidded bowls

Does this exist? Bowls for eating (like, cerealish size) that stack reasonably well and come with lids (and/or plates made to fit neatly on top of the bowl) so you can use the same bowls to store food - in place of Tupperware?
posted by SampleSize on Feb 9, 2013 - 23 answers

Apologies to Emily Post and Mrs Beeton

As a "grown up", which dinnerware (plates, bowls, etc.) do you actually use? Or have, but never use? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Apr 16, 2012 - 34 answers

How to stack plates in a dishwasher?

Which way do you put plates into a dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Nov 17, 2011 - 25 answers

Hawaiian License Plates in NY‽

I just got back from a 500 mile road trip on the New York Thruway. Spotted three cars with Hawaiian license plates. I have never seen one before. Obviously, they didn't drive to the mainland. Two were older cars, mid-ninety's econoboxes, one a big SUV. About how much would it cost to ship a car from the islands, or did they just bring their plates and buy a car locally?
posted by Marky on Aug 20, 2011 - 13 answers

10 months late, a whole lotta dollars short?

Apparently I was supposed to get Texas plates on my car within 30 days of moving here and get a Texas driver's license within 90 days of moving here. I didn't, and that was 10 months ago. What's going to happen to me? [more inside]
posted by King Bee on Jun 11, 2011 - 20 answers

A colourful meal

Help me stylish people! My wife wants plates for Christmas. Bright colours. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Dec 9, 2010 - 10 answers

Please pick out dishes and flatware for me

Please pick out some dishware and flatware for me. I am overwhelmed and you all are better at this than me. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Nov 12, 2010 - 61 answers

Who made this plate?

Anyone have any idea who made this plate? I recently found a beautiful plate at a charity shop, but half of the maker's mark has worn off. It is cream with 3 hand painted orange-red poppies and a green edge, and I think it may be from the 1930s. I don't think it's particularly valuable, but I'd like to see if I can find anything to match it. There are a few pictures on my Flickr page. I've tried Googling, but haven't found anything yet.
posted by bibliophibianj on Sep 9, 2010 - 8 answers

I didn't want to wait in that line anyway.

If I fill out all the paperwork, can I have someone else go to the DMV and hand them in to my registration and plates? [more inside]
posted by sophist on Jan 1, 2010 - 5 answers

My speeding citation has turned into a shit snowball.

Please help me navigate a mess involving an expired car registration, a speeding ticket, a lost insurance card, a license held as bond and a omg I can't even think. This involves Illinois and Wisconsin. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Nov 30, 2009 - 8 answers

How to drive home a car bought in another state?

So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Is it possible to read the plates in this photo?

Is it possible to read the plates in this photo? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Aug 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Can I put these plates in the microwave, and are they full of lead?

My wife and I were recently given a set of '70s-era plates, bowls, etc. named Mikasa Checkmates (the "Butternut" line, as pictured here). I'm wondering if anyone could tell me if a) they're microwave-safe (on the bottom it reads "Oven To Table To Dishwasher") and b) if they're full of lead (as this site claims).
posted by The Card Cheat on Jun 8, 2009 - 4 answers

FLA in NYC?

Why do so many cars in NY, CT, MA have Florida plates? [more inside]
posted by gregvr on Jul 17, 2008 - 27 answers

Help me find fun plates and cups.

I want to buy funky plates and cups (different for each place setting) The more eclectic and weird, the better. Do you have a favorite plates/cup that you got online that are cheap, funny, and safe for human consumption?(no traces of any chemicals that may cause blindness, irritability, etc..)
posted by melodykramer on Jan 4, 2008 - 12 answers

Can Induction Cooktops heat utensils?

I am looking for information on using induction type hot plates to heat lab tools/industrial implements (think scrapers, putty knives, etc.) [more inside]
posted by senador on Nov 2, 2007 - 2 answers

How to park in NYC for a week with no license plate.

I need to figure out how to park my car for a week in NYC while on vacation...the problem? Some fine citizen stole my license plate and I can't get a replacement or even temporary one from the DMV before we leave. There is [more inside]
posted by Captain_Science on Aug 3, 2007 - 4 answers

Undiscovered thrift stores near DC?

DC and surrounding area thrift store filter: I am willing to drive into rural MD or VA to find second hand/ thrift/ junk stores that have not been picked over- I am looking to buy mismatched dinnerware pieces and silver. Any recommendations? Hidden treasure troves? [more inside]
posted by mistsandrain on Aug 2, 2007 - 9 answers

personalize my personalized plate

I need help thinking of a new license plate... [more inside]
posted by sephira on Jul 13, 2007 - 109 answers

Keep me from stealing Waffle House Plates!

Much like the question a couple hits below...anyone know how the purchase a Waffle House dinner set? Plates, bowls, coffee cups with the Waffle House logo?
posted by keep it tight on Nov 11, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I get me a "Get out of jail free" license plate?

What's the significance of having a front license plate with a black background and a single, wide, horizontal blue stripe? [more inside]
posted by santry on Nov 6, 2006 - 7 answers

Sh-sh-sh-shattered!

Where can I find square plates branded by Starbucks. [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Mar 7, 2006 - 3 answers

Make 'n Bake Plates

I’m looking for a design-your-own plate kit in which you place a piece of paper (adorned with your own creative design) between a Melamine (Melmac) shell and bake it in an oven to seal it. [more inside]
posted by tulseluper on Mar 2, 2006 - 7 answers

Should I have these metal plates removed from my forearm?

I recently had a pretty nasty bicycle accident and had to have two metal plates put in my forearm. I've been given the option of having another surgery around the end of the year to have them taken out, but I really want to get back to work, and to be able to ride again, so I'm seriously considering just leaving them in. Are there any downsides to that? Or conversely, if anyones chosen to have them removed, why?
posted by atom128 on Sep 19, 2005 - 30 answers

Crate and Barrel Plates

We are considering buying Martinique Yellow dinnerware from Crate and Barrel. Some friends told us that they were less than impressed with the durability of Crate and Barrel plates. Obviously, the quality will differ from product to product, but if you have Crate and Barrel dinnerware, please tell me what you think about the quality.
posted by Mayor Curley on May 22, 2005 - 18 answers

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