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July 10

The largest-screen Chromebook with clicky touchpad

My landlady's 17" Macbook Pro is finally dying a slow death and she wants help getting a new computer. She is 96, only uses Gmail and maybe reads or watches online news, and occasionally prints things from email. I think a Chromebook is a good bet, but which one? A few other requirements below. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 6:00 PM - 7 answers

July 9

If you like it, you'd better put a ________ on it.

What are some fun alternatives to an engagement ring, and even traditional wedding band? [more inside]
posted by DTMFA at 6:49 PM - 14 answers

What kind of skillet do I want if cast iron won't work

I need to replace my (roomate's) skillet that has peeling nonstick coating, and I don't know what I need. We use this thing at least 3 times a week, and we want something that will last. [more inside]
posted by buildmyworld at 6:12 PM - 23 answers

July 8

Should I buy a new house first, or sell my old house first?

I own one home. I will be buying a new home. I'm fortunate to have cash on hand for a down payment. I can't decide whether I should buy first or sell first. [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 12:46 PM - 16 answers

beautiful bath or beach towels

I recently realized I want brighter accesssories to draw attention away from my bathroom's ugliness. Specifically, I'm looking for really beautiful towels (bath or beach, but definitely large). Pop art designs, interesting weaves, whatever. I would prefer them to be ethically made. Thank you!
posted by chaiminda at 4:57 AM - 12 answers

July 7

Bedding for Hot Flashes in Summertime

Picking out the best comforter/duvet insert for the heat [more inside]
posted by CancerSucks at 9:42 PM - 11 answers

Can you help identify these kids stickers?

I'd love to buy more of ehe stickers in this picture. They are from a small page of stickers. I've tried searching for "heart stickers" and "puffy heart stickers" but no match, as I think these were purchased in-person in a store.
posted by Phredward at 11:12 AM - 3 answers

Help us buy bikes during the age of covid?

We're a family based in Brooklyn who is trying to find a way to buy bikes, whether online or in-person. Would love any advice! [more inside]
posted by johnasdf at 8:33 AM - 17 answers

July 5

How can I test drive a car for longer than 20 minutes?

I want to buy a new car, and want to try driving it for a few days before I take the plunge. How exactly do I go about this? I have neck/back issues that make some cars very uncomfortable to drive, and I can't tell if a car will work for me during the 20 minutes you normally get for a test drive. [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 5:30 PM - 13 answers

Seeking unbreakable fancy teacup

For joke purposes, I am seeking a teacup and saucer that appear to be very fancy, delicate, and breakable, but actually aren't. Think Wedgwood but in melamine. I'd prefer to buy a single vs. a whole set.
posted by blnkfrnk at 5:29 PM - 2 answers

Replace my favorite t-shirt

I’ve worn my favorite tee out. It’s the Dean Russo Obama tee that I originally got from The Mountain. I find the art work in canvas but not anywhere as a shirt. Please help me find this.
posted by tzuzie at 8:03 AM - 1 answers

Are there Estate Sales in the UK? What are they called?

I'm doing a research on an antiques project and when I came to "estate sales" all that turned up was real estate stuff. So I tried other things but it seems like there's vintage markets and car boot sales but I can't seem to find the equivalent of "invite everyone into a home and they buy stuff." Does it exist in the UK?
posted by rileyray3000 at 3:33 AM - 14 answers

July 4

How to feel better about making responsible decisions?

I've gotten better about making responsible decisions when it comes to buying things, but making the 'right' choice leaves me feeling miserable. How can I reframe things so I feel good about ... well, being good? [more inside]
posted by goreycat at 11:03 PM - 16 answers

A COOL but marshmallow fluffy comforter?

I sleep hot but I need that cuddly offerings of a fluffy comforter. I’ve seen some expensive ones advertised, are they worth it? Other brands? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne at 2:34 PM - 4 answers

Where to buy an old-timey men's swimsuit?

I'd like to purchase the kind of patterned "bathing costume" that men used to wear back in the day (see the Beatles in this famous pic). I'm specifically looking for something like what Paul and Ringo are wearing – a looser matching two-piece set, rather than a tight one-piece. Help!
posted by Beardman at 11:56 AM - 4 answers

July 3

Something between a wrap and a carrier for a baby

Baby 2 is on the way and I would like your recommendations for a baby sling that's between a long piece of fabric and a padded out and bulky carrier. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 7:36 AM - 19 answers

July 1

Help me find a duvet cover

I bought this duvet cover from West Elm about 5 years ago. As you can see, I got bleach on it today. :( Can you help me locate something similar? West Elm doesn’t appear to carry it anymore. Suggestions for other duvet covers are welcomed too. I like the yellow!
posted by Automocar at 5:45 PM - 16 answers

Treats to distract from the mortal coil, pregnant wife edition

Mrs. REH is pregnant and for her this means agony. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 6:57 AM - 11 answers

June 28

toaster recs

I need a new toaster and my most important consideration is that it be easy to clean. [more inside]
posted by gerstle at 7:56 AM - 5 answers

June 24

I am so done with this chest freezer.

Having previously asked about how to reform my chest freezer so I didn't hate it to death and implemented some of your suggestions, I have decided I can't take it anymore and I have to buy an upright. Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, and all the local appliance stores are out of stock. Sears won't have what I want until September. It seems unlikely that anyone is going to ship me a freezer that I order online. Am I just shit out of luck?
posted by HotToddy at 8:22 PM - 13 answers

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