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June 11

Montreal thrift stores?

Rainy day in Montreal and I would love to find some thrift stores [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 5:43 AM - 5 answers

What bag is this - might be British WW1 or WW2

What is this bag - and from that I can maybe I can pin down where to buy one? [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 4:06 AM - 5 answers

June 10

Alternative to Chacos?

Any suggestions for alternatives to Chacos? I loved my black Z2 sandals. They were sturdy, well-made, comfortable, consistently sized, and provided great ankle support. I tried on a new pair last week--the sizing was off and the quality just wasn't there. I know I can get my current pair re-soled and/or re-webbed, and I've done that in the past with mixed results. Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by dtp at 9:13 PM - 8 answers

Where to find interesting clothing for a 10 year old girl in Tokyo?

It doesn't need to be fancy or expensive, just interesting and stylish. She likes the novelty of clothes from different places and will put an outfit together out of almost anything - cheap graphic T shirts, dresses, fun shorts, rompers, whatever. Any recommendation for individual stores or just areas to walk around in?
posted by true at 6:17 PM - 6 answers

June 9

Domestic-sized side-wringer mop bucket and side-gate mop?

I love the ubiquitous professional mop system: a side-wringer bucket, side-gate mop handle, and replaceable string mop head. But it's way too big to use at home, especially the bucket. Is there a smaller version, which still wrings effectively, lets me remove the mop head for laundering, and stands up to rough use? [more inside]
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 2:44 AM - 5 answers

June 7

Does this pair of headphones exist?

I work from home across multiple devices and need a new set of headphones, probably cans. I've got a very special snowflake set of needs though, do they even exist? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:50 AM - 4 answers

June 6

Ebbets Field Flannels tees; inked or not?

I love the retro baseball tees at Ebbets Field Flannels. But before I buy one, I need to know something I can't seem to find on the site. Hoping someone here has bought one and can tell me. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin at 8:31 AM - 5 answers

Things that come in multiples of 4/8/16 for a 16th Birthday?

KiddoHawk is turning 16 and wifeHawk came up with an idea to make the presents all about the number 16... and I'm out of ideas! [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 7:39 AM - 17 answers

June 5

Are "interest-free" cell phone purchase plans REALLY interest-free?

My phone keeps crashing and I think it's probably time to upgrade. My carrier is Verizon and they claim that I can upgrade my phone on a 24-month payment plan with 0% APR. What's the catch? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 1:44 PM - 15 answers

June 4

I'm looking for necklaces.

Can you help me find some new women's necklaces, for myself? I like the idea of buying from small designers (on etsy?) to support them. I'd like them to end below my collarbone and to work well with v-necked t-shirts. They need to actually be nickle-free, not just "I don't think there's any nickle in them," as I am ridiculously sensitive. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 1:19 PM - 12 answers

Puddle-jumpers, but for big kids?

My almost-7-year-old daughter doesn't swim yet. We're working on it, but in the meantime, I'm trying to figure out how to let her have a tiny bit of water-related independence. A lot of the more minimal floaty thingys are for smaller kids. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheese at 8:59 AM - 14 answers

June 3

Where can I find an iPhone SE case similar to the Casecrown Lux?

Where can I purchase a solid-color Casecrown Lux case for my iPhone SE? Failing that, what is the most similar case that I can purchase? [more inside]
posted by nat at 10:33 PM - 4 answers

Help me upgrade my camera for a wedding this weekend!

Hi. I have been asked to take pictures for my brother's wedding this weekend because their friend who was going to do it can't make it, and I'm "good at taking pictures". I have this camera and lens and this pancake lens - both of which are 5 years old. Should I get a new, similar camera? Should I just get a new lens or two? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 11:44 AM - 18 answers

The most awkward birthday card I can find

My dear friends and I have an escalating situation where we send subtly awkward, uncomfortable birthday cards to each other and I am running out of options. What is your idea of a slightly inappropriate card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 AM - 42 answers

June 2

Competitive games that require memory work and decoding

Youngest needs to work on decoding and memory work for her dyslexia. She has a very high memorised vocabulary and is competitive so we need something that works on speed so not Scrabble-type apps. I'm getting Zingo, what else would work? I would love physical games, not apps. Games she can play with a parent where luck is dominant or the other player can be handicapped to make the game equitable are better. She has a stack of math-skill games already.
posted by dorothyisunderwood at 9:18 PM - 8 answers

May 31

Need a gift idea for a party I'm going to tonight!

I'm going to a graduation party tonight and need a gift but... I'm going straight from work to the party. So it has to be something I can print out, like a gift card. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 10:09 AM - 6 answers

May 29

Amazing, borderline tacky dress shoes for a 5-year-old girl

What are your favorite brands of boldly-designed, borderline tacky dress shoes for girls? Boden is simply too classy, and Hot Chocolate Designs are too wide for her feet, but she likes bright colors, big, fun prints, unnecessary design elements (tassels, lights, etc), and so forth.
posted by palindromic at 6:13 AM - 8 answers

May 28

Glass tumblers with finger grip indentation

Last year I went to a restaurant that had glass tumblers (tall and short) that had about a centimeter deep indentation all around their circumference. They were a marvel to hold, so comfortable in the hand. I want to buy some just like them. But I'm not having any luck finding them on the web. I've found tumblers with an asymmetrical indentation for a finger grip, but none with the grip all around the glass. Can anyone else find them?
posted by ShooBoo at 7:51 PM - 26 answers

May 27

Hanging a tree swing

Following up on this question, I think I'd like to go ahead and take beagle's advice and buy some hardware and straps. I'm still trying to find a solution to actually attach to the swing seat, though. Help, please! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:37 PM - 3 answers

May 26

Paris shopping filter: small, cool, cheap, colorful?

What are some good places in Paris to shop for inexpensive small items that are also interesting and/or pretty? Looking for the class of objects roughly matching the "impulse purchase" section of American craft stores, or the kids' prize box in elementary school-- stationery, jewelry, little toys, little tools, knickknacks, etc., etc. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 6:34 PM - 14 answers

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