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June 12

How can I test sunglasses at the thrift store for polarization?

I buy my sunglasses at the thrift store and I would prefer polarized ones. I often try to look up the model # but not all sunglasses have the model # on them. I found guides online to look at shiny objects or a computer screen to determine polarization but it didn't help. I have some scrap pieces of polarized car window tint, could that help me? Is there a reliable way I can prepare to go in and determine which sunglasses are polarized? Thanks
posted by maxexam at 8:47 AM - 10 answers

June 11

Looking for lightweight mens dress/casual chino/cotton pants that fit.

Having trouble finding pants that fit: Tall, no slim/skinny fit, lightweight cotton, neat but not formal, and also not gratuitously rugged. [more inside]
posted by melamakarona at 10:09 AM - 12 answers

June 10

What are these goggles?

I received this as a gift. What do I… use them for? Riding motorcycles? Skiing? I’m confused.
posted by jitterbug perfume at 4:02 PM - 16 answers

June 7

Badly packaged bike from eBay seller may or may not be damaged. Return?

I bought a second hand bike from an eBay seller. The bike was delivered today and the box had a twelve inch rip down the side, plus rips at both ends and looked to have been crushed. What to do? [more inside]
posted by doornoise at 7:15 AM - 8 answers

June 6

Scented toilet paper - seriously?!??

I remember laughing at my US friends (even when I lived in the US) 30 years ago about the very IDEA of this! Now it has come to my country and my latest grocery delivery substituted this… this… Satan’s snuffbox for my regular order. Son opened it before I realized, so there’s no turning back. Anyone have an idea for using this evil substance? I don’t want to throw it out (I DO want to throw it out, but…)
posted by Samarium at 8:18 PM - 26 answers

June 4

Summer hat for women

Living in Austin during the summer is rough. I am looking to add some hats to help with the sun. I came across a Uniqlo hat and I liked the shape. However, it seems to be out of stock. See: UV Protection Collection, Adjustable Capeline Hat. Are you aware of a similar hat? Can you recommend hats that work well for sunny, brutally hot areas? Also looking for visors or styles that allow me to keep my hair in a bun/pony tail. I use a baseball cap already.
posted by allthingsconsidered at 8:18 PM - 12 answers

How reliable are cars made during to Covid pandemic?

I have been searching to buy a Honda Certified Civic and just discovered that there are brand new Civics at price points that are slightly higher. It may be too soon to tell, but does anyone know how reliable cars made during Covid are? [more inside]
posted by Aville at 1:58 PM - 13 answers

June 2

Nubbly flip flops?

I’ve got achy feet and am looking for a pair of those nubbly flip flops to wear around the house.. [more inside]
posted by onebyone at 7:45 PM - 4 answers

What nonprofits sell boxes of blank greeting cards?

I've gotten cards from Sierra Club and Farm Sanctuary? Who else sells them? [more inside]
posted by FencingGal at 8:53 AM - 10 answers

June 1

Awesomely detailed backpacks, bags and luggage

I am looking for the Swiss army knife of bags. Things I like or need: a laptop sleeve, lots of places to attach carabiners, organizational pockets with places for all kinds of little things, pencil and pen sleeves and space for other small things like that, wet/dry compartment for wetsuits or whatever, skateboard bungee cables, water bottle holder, and lots of pockets.
posted by jitterbug perfume at 1:43 PM - 17 answers

Pillow people: Your recommendation please.

I want to find a genuinely soft (smushy) down or feather (or blend of the two) pillow for (side) sleeping. But where? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 1:14 PM - 9 answers

May 31

Plug and play windows webcam?

I need a webcam for my work windows 10 laptop to use as an external setup at home with my big monitor. The work laptop can’t have any software or drivers installed without a lot of paperwork and I’m new to windows, used to macs without drivers. Is there a way to find a (cheap) webcam that can just plug in?
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 6:59 PM - 8 answers

May 25

Laptop brands, 2021 edition

We need a new home laptop. Mostly for web surfing and word processing. But we tend to keep computers for years and years so we want to pay a premium for something with good build quality and preferably lightweight so it'll be nice to use for years to come. What brands should we be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:50 AM - 24 answers

How much should I expect to pay for a timepiece drumset?

My all-time favorite musician is releasing a lot of his music equipment on a re-sale site, as he’s moving studios and overloaded with gear. Not many details have been given, but… [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 4:23 AM - 6 answers

May 21

Safe Travels!

Wife and I are thinking of purchasing a new family car. We've narrowed it down to two options: 2018 Toyota Highlander or 2018 Mazda CX-9. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 11:54 AM - 19 answers

May 17

Twitter "buy this" answer thread, but for adult autism?

I'm an autistic adult (academic faculty) looking for recommendations on what *specific* items I can spend money on to improve my experience of the world (any price level). Specific advice with links (e.g. "pseudo-earplugs like Calmer Flare") rather than general ("earplugs") is desirable. [more inside]
posted by rollcredits at 3:10 PM - 10 answers

May 14

rain and/or hiking pants for woman with fat thighs

I just spent a very annoyed hour at REI. The XL goretex rain pants were way too big but the L didn't fit in the thighs (I tried both men and women's.) Is there a vendor, brand or model of waterproof pants that is "curvy fit" or otherwise likely to accommodate fat thighs? This is for use in rainy hiking/other outdoor conditions. Has to be goretex or otherwise breathable. Nothing that chafes, including leg zippers. Size is something like US 16.
posted by fingersandtoes at 1:01 PM - 10 answers

Gift for my pregnant wife

My wife is pregnant! It's early days, but her birthday is coming up soon. I'd like to get her something to make her pregnant life better. [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote at 9:58 AM - 14 answers

May 13

I need to sell a bike.

What's the best way to sell a bike online these days? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:38 AM - 6 answers

Covid Consumerism

Like many people working from home during the pandemic, I've used online shopping to provide the occasional injection of serotonin into my otherwise humdrum repetitive working-from-home days. Not only are my purchases excessive (way too many pairs of shoes), they're just not cutting the mustard in terms of longer-term pleasure centers. I may have to make 2-3 small purchases just to incentivize myself to keep going. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 6:25 AM - 32 answers

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