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October 22

No More Trucks

I have just been honored with an invitation to a young man's third birthday party next week. I would love to bring a fun present but his home is severely limited in space. [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 2:04 PM - 28 answers

luggage filter: travel backpack v.s. duffle v.s. something else?

I am getting ready for a bunch of 3-5 day, carry-on only, smart casual trips. I'm considering upgrading/changing how I carry things. I'd love to hear what AskMeFi has to say! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 8:22 AM - 20 answers

October 21

Elegant classic unisex watch?

It may be time for a new watch soon, because my Tissot Classic Dream is hiccupping all over the place despite a new battery and two cleanings by different watchmakers. I'm tempted to just buy another of those cheap Tissots, because this thing lasted nearly nine years, but maybe something else can fit my requirements below? [more inside]
posted by I claim sanctuary at 12:29 AM - 10 answers

October 19

Bass gig bag like the Gator Slinger?

Gator appears to have discontinued their Slinger line of gig bags. I'm looking for a bass gig bag with a Slinger-style strap (crossbody, wide, clips in front). Does anybody make these now? Vendor must ship to an APO address. [more inside]
posted by inexorably_forward at 3:08 PM - 1 answers

October 15

Buying via mail from Craigslist - insane?

I found some car parts on Craigslist, the only problem is they're about 1000 miles away. What can I do to not get scammed? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 11:01 PM - 12 answers

Looking for a particular record in London.

I'm going to be in London for a few days later this week, and there's one vinyl record in particular I'm hoping to be able to find. I don't want to spend a good chunk of my limited time running all over the city in what might be a vain search, so I'm wondering if anyone could recommend a shop that might be more likely than others to have it. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:13 AM - 7 answers

October 13

Very petite, pregnant with twins, and winter is coming.

I need one or more maternity coats for my increasingly odd proportions. Where can I find such a coat? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 1:11 PM - 23 answers

Books in Spanish - Albuquerque or Santa Fe?

Where can I purchase books in Spanish in Albuquerque or Santa Fe? Used or new, any country, no particular specialization. [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 7:55 AM - 3 answers

October 11

Help me find a stereo speaker

This is such a simple question. I need a pair of low priced stereo speakers, under $400 the pair, for home use with an amplifier/reciever. It's impossible to sort through the (non)information on line to try to find what I want. I listen to classical music, not loud. I want clear natural sound. Does anyone have any suggestions? I sure would appreciate it. Remember the old days when you could go into a stereo store and actually listen to the different equipment that was available? Thanks.
posted by charlesminus at 1:08 PM - 17 answers

A lamp that dims on its own at bedtime

Does this exist for purchase -- a lamp that goes from on to off, or to a dim "night light" level, over the course of 20-45 minutes without you personally making adjustments? Googling has found me a bulb with mixed reviews, and then a lot of dimmer switches and other manual solutions. Thanks!
posted by slidell at 5:56 AM - 10 answers

October 10

What are the best over-ear, wireless, great-battery-life headphones?

What are the best over-ear wireless headphones with a great battery life for less than $350? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 1:46 PM - 7 answers

October 9

Finding replacement rubber grips for clipboard

I want to get just the little, black, L-shaped grips that are on the corners of the clip part of some clipboards. As an example, here's an image of a clipboard that shows them. I don't know if they have a special name, and the search terms I've tried using are too generic and bring up many false hits.
posted by dancing leaves at 9:06 PM - 11 answers

Best receiver for home theater?

I have a projector, decent speakers, and a Chromecast. I need them to play nicely with each other. My movie nights need better audio. [more inside]
posted by ananci at 12:03 PM - 11 answers

October 4

Ebay item not as described, but no comeback?

I think I may have been a little naïve. Bought some reclaimed wooden flooring on eBay UK from an architectural antiques place. Listing was for a single square metre then seller asked via my Paypal email for a BACS transfer for the money to cover the other 24m2. Flooring arrived today and 25% or more is unusable. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by doornoise at 2:24 PM - 13 answers

October 3

What kind of car should I buy?

I was recently in my first serious accident and my 2011 Chevy Malibu was totaled. I need to start car shopping, and I’m excited about having a new car but I’m also overwhelmed with the choices and how to decide on what kind of car to get. I’m not a car person whatsoever, so besides checking Consumer Reports, I don’t know what’s considered a “good” car these days, or what matches what I’m looking for. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel at 11:41 AM - 27 answers

The Perfect Planner

I'm currently using an Erin Condren Life Planner, but I'm looking for a more streamlined planner without all the "fluff," but want to stay away from a super "corporate" feel. [more inside]
posted by jschu at 9:37 AM - 11 answers

October 1


Yet another "where do I buy this" question: I need plates. I have very specific snowflake requirements. I am in the UK. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 10:59 AM - 9 answers

September 30

warm soft chunky pretty

A yarn sourcing question. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 9:58 AM - 13 answers

Conditioner with conditions

Hi! I'm seeking suggestions for a new conditioner that will be good for my wavy-but-also-sort-of-curly hair, but it also needs to satsify some other criteria. Excrutiating detail about my hair inside! [more inside]
posted by BeeJiddy at 2:04 AM - 5 answers

September 28

Best available mini umbrella?

I'm seeking the absolute best folds-to-purse-size umbrella money can buy. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:12 AM - 15 answers

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