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January 27

Please recommend a good camera for a 4 year old without games.

I want to purchase a camera for a child who is always interested in using my phone to take pictures with. The vast majority of ones I can find on amazon seem to include games, which I do not want. I don't care if it comes with an SD card or not so long as I can add my own, and I don't really care about video either. So basically looking for a robust, kids-size digital camera that just takes photos.
posted by modernnomad at 9:47 PM - 12 answers

Need a beautiful & sturdy work bag recommendation

I need a multi-functional shoulder bag/tote (maybe that converts to a backpack) that looks professional but not boring. I need a laptop sleeve and multiple dividers that would allow me to keep various projects separate. I commute by car or walking and I'd like it to sit upright on the structured, not floppy. Budget ideally under $200. [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 9:39 AM - 9 answers

Good (and for the greater good) products I can send friends?

One of my new years resolutions is to inject a little joy into the word and support small business by sending friends little unexpected care packages. If possible, I'd like to send yummy or nice-quality things that will also serve some greater mission (like this coffee company that hires incarcerated people or this stroopwafel one that hires refugees). Do you have a company like this that you like?
posted by AgentRocket at 8:52 AM - 13 answers

January 25

Help me sneaker shop, online.

I need to purchase a new pair of workout sneakers online, and my current faves have been discontinued. Help me find the ones that'll suit me? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 2:39 PM - 5 answers

January 23

Comfortable cotton-ish boot cut yoga pants?

I’ve basically been living in yoga pants since the shelter-in-place started and I’m now in need of new yoga pants. Where do you get your fav basic ones? [more inside]
posted by machine at 10:22 AM - 5 answers

January 22

Thirteen Things for Two Special Birthdays

I know two kids who are special to me - not siblings - who are far across the country, who are each twelve years old. They are turning thirteen in a few weeks, and I just got the bright idea to send them thirteen of....something to make them smile, for their birthday. But what! [more inside]
posted by 41swans at 1:16 PM - 15 answers

Bring your online purchase of progressive lenses into focus for me

Are you happy with your online purchases of durable thin frames with *progressive* lenses? From which seller? Searching MF asks and posts doesn't speak to my questions; the most recent ask for online retailer suggestions was for progressives was 2015. [more inside]
posted by conscious matter at 9:34 AM - 12 answers

Can you recommend EU-based sellers on

I have a $200 gift certificate for the US Amazon site ( The problem is, I live in an EU country and I would prefer to avoid possible shipping delays or border taxes. So I am looking for third party sellers on who are based in the EU, and ship from an EU country. [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe at 4:40 AM - 6 answers

January 20

Surrealist iPad case?

I have a new iPad and I want a case for it. I am looking for an iPad case that has an image by Magritte (first choice The Blank Signature), Escher, or Dominique Appia on it. For the life of me o can’t figure out where to find one for the current generation iPad. Help?
posted by bq at 9:37 PM - 4 answers

January 17

Stylish clothes for petite women with hourglass figures?

I'm clothes-shopping for a woman with not-always-covered-by-stores dimensions (5'1", 32F/30G bust), and I'm at a loss as to how to go looking for things. She typically shops vintage (and loves more classic aesthetics), but I'd love to find modern designers/outlets that have things that fit her and look good. My question is simple: how can I find nice and not insanely high-end clothing for her, whether it's via specific designers/stores or some kind of searching mechanism?
posted by rorgy at 7:26 PM - 10 answers

January 16

thredUP for Canadian sellers?

Is there an online consignment store that I can just mail my stuff to, like thredUP, and have them take care of all of the details - difficulty level: Canada? [more inside]
posted by eviemath at 9:44 PM - 1 answers

replacement ecotoothbrush?

I used to get ecodent toothbrushes, the ones with the replaceable bristles. But they seem to have been discontinued. What's the next-best thing? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 6:56 PM - 4 answers

January 15

Replace my fascist pillows!

A few years back I was lured in by a deal on My Pillows at Costco and came away with a couple. Shortly after I started using them I learned about the fascism. Are there near-identical replacements for this product? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 9:02 PM - 13 answers

January 11

Help me be paranoid in the right direction

YANMD or anyone else's. To the best of your knowledge/insights/anecdata/guessing, what is the safest way to get groceries in the age of COVID? [more inside]
posted by queen anne's remorse at 8:41 PM - 37 answers

Where can I buy heavy-duty, clear pink vinyl?

I want to make a table pad out of thick plastic, like this. But clear PINK, not just clear-clear. Plenty of vinyl gauges come in clear hot pink, but maybe not 80? I’d go down to 1.5mm, but I don’t really think thinner than that is going to serve my needs. I would be willing to piece together smaller pieces if it doesn’t come by the yard.... Please hope me!
posted by Charity Garfein at 4:56 PM - 4 answers

Zenni anti-reflective coatings

Zenni anti-reflective coatings: are the premium ("super hydrophobic" and "oleophobic") ones better than the basic one? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 9:37 AM - 11 answers

January 9

How the heck do you find a couch to buy in Chicago?

I have two horrible couches. I want to have one L-shaped sectional (the long part you can put your feet up on), overstuffed, fabric, comfy, with no extra features. I have no experience buying furniture (other couches were gifts), and of course I want to spend as little as possible because I ain't rich. Where would you recommend I look for a new couch matching this description in the Chicago area? Bonus points for a place where they offer an in-store credit card so I don't have to pay this all at once.
posted by tiny frying pan at 8:22 AM - 13 answers

January 8

where my high neck moderately priced bathing suits at

This is one of those "help me find the thing" questions, your help extremely appreciated. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:52 AM - 13 answers

January 3

Are Review Site Rankings Real? Also, I need a laptop.

I'm in the market for a new laptop, and the major sites that review laptops point to a particular make/model. I mentioned this to someone, and they said that "of course they do" as those reviews are all "pay to play" and the manufacturers are paying the review sites for favorable/featured reviews. Does anyone know whether this is true or the extent to which this is true? Also, I need a good Windows laptop, so hit me with your recommendations on that. [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 8:05 AM - 10 answers

December 30, 2020

Good sources for clock mechanisms?

I'm trying to fix a clock belonging to my parents. The clock requires a pendulum clock movement with a 1" shaft, but while I can find that kind of mechanism fairly easily and inexpensively, I would also like it to have chimes, and finding the three attributes in one mechanism has been difficult. I have searched eBay and Amazon and found this one option, which looks exactly like the old mechanism, but will cost $84.36(Cdn). Does anyone have any suggestions as to sources, either Toronto-area or online, where I can get a chiming pendulum clock movement with a 1" shaft for less?
posted by orange swan at 5:59 PM - 4 answers

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