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What are some Toddler-friendly places in Manhattan?

My husband and I are taking my nearly 2 year old on her first trip to New York. We're going to be there to buy books and fabric, but this will take less than a day out of our three day trip. We've been to New York dozens of times, but never with a kid in tow. We'd like some suggestions for toddler-friendly shops, sites, and restaurants that we can use to break up our errands. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Jan 21, 2013 - 19 answers

(Very, very) cheap and hopefully safe

Inspired by all these threads (1, 2, 3) I was wondering which products are much cheaper than other products in the same class, but offer comparable, or exceptional performance. Generally, I would suppose these would mainly come from Chinese companies that aren't very well-established internationally. [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Men's leather belts — where's the sweet spot re: "cheap" and "durable"?

All my life I've bought cheap-ass vaguely-leather-ish belts (like, the $20 ones from that rack next to the cash register at the el-cheapo big box shoe store) and they've always started to warp within three months and started falling to pieces within six. I don't think I'm unusually hard on my belts. I think the ones I'm buying just suck balls and I should bite the bullet and buy nicer ones. So: How much more would I have to spend to get one that didn't suck? What would it cost me to get a leather belt that would last two years without warping or splitting? Five years? Ten? Infinity?
posted by and so but then, we on Jan 10, 2013 - 39 answers

Stepping around marketing markups?

I've noticed that mineral oil marketed to those who will use the oil on butcher blocks is much more expensive than food grade mineral oil that is marketed to those who will use the oil as a laxative. I buy the cheaper version, thank you very much. Are there other items out there where one can save a buck or two by purchasing the more cheaply marketed version of an item?
posted by starkraven on Jan 9, 2013 - 56 answers

Help my girlfriend find the perfect pair of high quality, full-grain leather boots!

Help my girlfriend find the perfect pair of high quality, full-grain leather boots! Looking for stores in the San Francisco Bay area, as well as online retailers. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 4, 2013 - 19 answers

I need to buy more of the jewelry things!

I'm getting a start making jewelry and am looking for suppliers for inexpensive beads and pendants. Most of what I've been using has been cheap stuff from Fire Mountain and I've been really happy with the stuff I've gotten for them in the 75 cents to 2 dollar range but am looking for more variety. I'm more interested in pendants and other focals than beads, but I'm addicted enough to the bead part that I'll look at sites that focus on those too :) [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Sure this product exists, but what is it called?

I've got a modern coffee table which consists of a metal base with a large rectangular piece of glass resting on top of it. It works OK and is stable and level etc. (the glass is actually a little larger than needed--it originally went with a different piece) but I worry when guests are over and don't know to be careful with it. Especially children. Essentially, I want to place something (some type of non-slip material, something similar to a foam adhesive or caulk-like substance?) between the metal and the glass to keep it from sliding if someone pushes the glass with their feet. Don't need it permanently affixed, just something to help keep things in place. What do I search for on general shopping sites like Amazon, or elsewhere?
posted by lovingkindness on Jan 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me find great jeans!

Seriously, how should I be wearing jeans? [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Dec 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 answers

How to pick a mattress?

So...How do you test and select a mattress? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Can you liven up our 4180-mile I-40 road trip?

Please suggest lunch and dinner places and maybe some shopping for a CA-AR road trip, with a detour through Texas. General advice welcome too. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Dec 15, 2012 - 12 answers

Roy G Biv T-shirt seen in TV Commercial

Where can I buy that "Roy G Biv" t-shirt that that kid was wearing in the commercial for cable TV? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen on Dec 14, 2012 - 4 answers

I didn't think it was going to be difficult to find a ladies quilted down vest in a subdued colour (in Toronto).

I would appreciate any help in finding a ladies quilted down vest in a subdued colour (in Toronto). My wife has seen the offerings at MEC and several other sportswear chain stores but can't find what she wants. I have a freelance deadline to meet and can't afford to search blindly. Any good prospects between Yorkdale Mall and Queen St. W is good. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Dec 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Nice, cheap, digital: pick two

I'd like to buy my girlfriend a pretty, cheap, digital watch for xmas. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Dec 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Oshawott t-shirt, I choose you!

In search of an Oshawott/Mijumaru t-shirt. Can you help me find one? [more inside]
posted by Janta on Dec 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Where can I buy a dehumidifier today in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Where can I buy a powerful (60-75 pint) dehumidifier in the Bay Area today? I'm willing to buy it online and pick it up in the store, or just go directly to the store, but I'm trying to find a way to avoid spending all afternoon driving from store to store. Is there a specialty shop? Have you had any luck with "buy online - pick up in store today" options at Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace, Target, etc.? Is there a website that compiles local inventory for things like this? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Help to be become a better xmas shopper

How do I become better at buying presents? I procrastinate every xmas because I can't decide what to buy people, the biggest obstacle, I worry the recipient won't like it. Need a breakthrough, what's your super gift-buying workflow? [more inside]
posted by razzman on Dec 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Non-gross sex shops?

Where can I buy cheap lingerie and not feel uncomfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 13 answers

All I want for Christmas is a dress that fits right.

I just bought this dress from Anthropologie and I adore it. Help me find more dresses like this; vaguely 20s/30s, unexpected patterns, and flattering to someone with wider hips/smaller waist. [more inside]
posted by lydhre on Nov 29, 2012 - 8 answers

I want a robote. I want a toye bat man. I want a Batman helykoptr.

My seven year old wants a robot for christmas. Help me find one. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Nov 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find cool gifts for two hard-to-buy-for boys.

Please hope me! I am trying find a suitable gift for my pre-teen and early teenage relatives. [more inside]
posted by Spinneret on Nov 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me vanquish a sassy person.

How do I counter this argument? Me: Please do your shopping at independent, local businesses. The mall chain stores do not need your money. Opponent: Do the hundreds of people who work in the mall, or in the businesses that surround the mall and depend on mall traffic, need your money? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier on Nov 25, 2012 - 31 answers

Why yes, it IS that time of year again

In need of gift ideas for my newly-Canadian parents! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Nov 24, 2012 - 20 answers

The opposite of 'what is worth spending on'

What store-brand products are a good value? [more inside]
posted by Fig on Nov 22, 2012 - 45 answers

Keep me entertained: Hong Kong edition

Hong Kong filter: I'm spending the weekend in Hong Kong, with no specific goals. Help me come up with some non-tourist trap things to do. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Nov 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Needed: Huarache Imposters

My Nike Air Huarache shoes are wearing out. They have a unique fit with (what I call) an inner sock. Help me find a new pair or something similar. [more inside]
posted by shew on Nov 20, 2012 - 9 answers

Panforte per favore!

Buying panforte online or in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by BibiRose on Nov 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find a clothing website I never bookmarked

Help me find a website I saw a few years ago. It sold smart women's clothing, mostly dresses (and specifically long sleeved dresses), and I remember a major selling point being that the person who set it up (maybe a librarian or academic?) wanted to find clothing for work that didn't require endless layering to look appropriate and modest. The stuff was well made and they didn't have a huge stock (I don't think it was Modcloth). It was perfect for anyone who is sick of having to wear cardigans all the damn time! Sound familiar to anyone?
posted by bimbam on Nov 16, 2012 - 6 answers

Pea Coat Overload

I have very little experience with buying winter coats. In searching online for a semi-formal women's winter pea coat I have gotten completely overwhelmed with choices. Help? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Nov 13, 2012 - 33 answers

The world needs more sweaters like this

Looking for an equivalent to the discontinued Gap shaker sweater... [more inside]
posted by doowod on Nov 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me find Pendleton blanket pretenders. I'd like to give one as a gift.. or a real one, if anyone has secret sale sources. I don't have time to shop!

I'd like to buy my friend a Pendleton blanket as a gift, however, I don't have the time to source one, nor do I have the fundage right now. Are there alternatives? [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Nov 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Leather, leather everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Where should I go shopping for boots, belts, and funky clothing generally in Italy (Florence or Rome)? [more inside]
posted by 168 on Nov 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me find a humble black dress.

Simple, casual, short-sleeved black dress. Do you have one? Where'd you get it? [more inside]
posted by missrachael on Oct 24, 2012 - 13 answers

return policies

how common or uncommon is it for shops/companies to prohibit individuals from making returns? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Oct 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Gadgets, and gizmos, and gear, oh my!

I spend a lot of time cruising the web during my slow days at work. One of the things I love are websites with cool "gear" for guys. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Oct 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Buying doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) in or near northern VA?

Where can I find doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) for purchase in or near northern VA? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Oct 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Scented candles in the british isles

Where can I buy decent scented candles in Dublin or London? [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Oct 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us shop!

Moving with nothing, where should we shop for pretty much everything? [more inside]
posted by lil' ears on Oct 15, 2012 - 19 answers

Where to buy clothes for my wife in Barcelona?

I'm going to Barcelona next week on a business trip, and I'd love to buy my wife some nice shirts, possibly some jewellery as well. Also some cute baby stuff for my son would be nice. [more inside]
posted by Admira on Oct 9, 2012 - 4 answers

Where can I (a woman) shop for simple but fashiony/interesting/structured basics?

Where else can I shop for structured, simple-but-fashiony basics? I am a woman in my late-20s. [more inside]
posted by lxs on Oct 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Cool digital camera?

Fun, artistic digital camera for a gift? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Where do they compile a list of interesting outlets?

Is there a web resource I don't know about for finding one-off or few-off outlet stores? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Laptop shopping

What's the decent, cheap laptop to buy these days? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Sep 26, 2012 - 16 answers

Can I get my hands on Hachiya persimmons in NYC this week?

Even though they're not quite in season, can I buy persimmons (Hachiya persimmons, specifically) in NYC this week? Brooklyn or Manhattan, preferably.
posted by Viola on Sep 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Specialty Bras in Bay Area

I am looking for brick and mortar lingerie shop in the Bay Area that carries extended bra sizes. [more inside]
posted by Squeak Attack on Sep 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Tired of eating plates of beans as a salad course

Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to pick out salad ingredients after arriving at a supermarket or farmer's market? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Sep 22, 2012 - 14 answers

how to know when spending more for free shipping is a good deal

Going to purchase something online. Shipping is expensive. A larger purchase will get me free shipping, but the cost would be more than the cost of the smaller purchase plus shipping. How do you analyze decisions like this? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Sep 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Cover me iPad!

What sleeve or skin is good to get for an iPad (3rd gen) in conjunction with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover? [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Sep 19, 2012 - 1 answer

$10 at a hardware store?

What is the coolest thing I can buy at Lowe's or Home Depot for ~$10.00?
posted by reductiondesign on Sep 17, 2012 - 30 answers

need to learn how to shop best for the whole family

Ask advice from Moms (could be dads) who do clothes shopping for the whole family (kids, yourself, spouse). If you don't have a lot of time to shop and you want to try to find good deals, how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Sep 16, 2012 - 11 answers

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