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August 7

Stocking up for The Long Winter

I am anticipating another full shutdown in my area in late fall due to the plan for our schools. Where I live, parts of the fall and winter are icy and gross, so although we will have all the gear, we may feel trapped inside. In the first shutdown, thanks to Zoom crafts, we ran out of tape. What items are you stocking? After reading the snowflakes below, what would you add to our stores? [more inside]
posted by warriorqueen at 5:24 AM - 17 answers

August 2

Will i get used to reversing with backup camera?

I'm thinking about buying a new car. It seems like all cars now have pretty poor visibility out the back window and expect you to use the backup camera to navigate in reverse. When I have driven a car with a backup camera I found it extremely disconcerting—I couldn't mentally map what I was looking at with how I should turn/adjust. Is this something that you get used to over time? Or should I push to find a car with decent visibility through the back window?
posted by radioamy at 4:50 PM - 29 answers

July 31

Lightweight men's jeans

I'm looking for lightweight denim fabric men's jeans which are comfortable for summer wear. I only have one pair of lightweight jeans that I love, but they have developed some small and nonstylish holes. I have a slim build, but I'm not as young as I used to be, so skinny jeans aren't my preference, but slim fit and tapered fit are OK. I'd prefer to be under $75, and at least 90% cotton.
posted by coberh at 8:28 AM - 4 answers

More fancy art supplies for a 12-year-old

I posted an ask about good gifts for a manga-obsessed 11-year-old last year and you guys recommended some art supplies she loved. I'm looking for more suggestions. [more inside]
posted by marfa, texas at 7:24 AM - 9 answers

July 30

Inexpensive left-handed pinking shears: do they exist?

People who sew: can you recommend a pair of left-handed pinking shears for fabric? I have looked online at craft stores (Michaels, Joann, etc.), Amazon, and eBay and it seems that a truly left-handed pair (correct blade position rather than just a compatible hand grip) is very hard to find. I am in the US. [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 12:55 PM - 8 answers

July 29

What should I buy now for a winter quarantine?

Prior to the first quarantine, I really wish I would've purchased some adjustable dumbbells and a bicycle. At, you know, normal retail prices. What are the winter items that I wouldn't be thinking of purchasing in late July, but come late December I'll be thanking my past self for buying early?
posted by po822000 at 7:39 AM - 35 answers

July 28

Reading glasses that don't slide down my nose

I need reading glasses, ideally small portable ones. I'm not going to go try them on in a store right now. And my nose is freakishly narrow. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 1:17 PM - 8 answers

July 27

Where can I get the “Yes/No” machine from the movie Brazil?

I want to buy a replica of this machine from the movie Brazil. It worked like a coin flip, it would give you a “yes/no” answer. Any ideas where/if I could get one?
posted by mattholomew at 11:06 AM - 5 answers

July 26

What is the best restaurant delivery gift card option for a group (US)?

I'm looking to give a team of 10 employees a restaurant delivery gift card but hear one bad thing after another about UberEats, DoorDash, etc. Which of the options is the least evil? This would be for United States, Seattle and San Francisco area and I'm planning on doing something around $35-50 per person. [more inside]
posted by belau at 2:50 PM - 18 answers

Does this stopwatch exist? (for habit-building)

I often don't use free time to work on a hobby that's important to me, believing that a few minutes here and there is nothing. But those minutes add up! I'd love to buy a physical clock or stopwatch where I can cumulatively track how much time I've spent on my hobby. Bonus points for: pretty with large digits [more visibility = more motivation], and the more hours it can track, the better. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 12:44 PM - 5 answers

Help me name the sections on my website

Currently have a website to sell my things. The two categories (and two separate pages, listed on the home page) are 'knitting' and weaving'. I need to change them, but not sure of best wording. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 8:20 AM - 9 answers

July 21

What's a great brand of lightweight dishware?

I'd like lightweight dishware. A smaller plate, bowl or plate/bowl hybrid will be fine. I'd like it to be nontoxic or less toxic, light to carry, microwaveable and dishwasher safe. It must be available for delivery or curbside at a store likely to be found in a large US metro. [more inside]
posted by rockyraccoon at 5:33 PM - 13 answers

Where to buy a specialty replacement hinge for a piano bench

Where can I find replacement hinges for a piano bench? [more inside]
posted by saladin at 9:27 AM - 10 answers

Baby monitor: Watch one kid from two places in the house simultaneously

We have one kid. We want to set up baby monitors so that my wife and I can each have a monitoring unit, so we can both see/hear our kid simultaneously from different parts of the house. Ages ago, we had a unit that had one camera and two monitoring units but it broke. Currently, we tried just using two different monitor systems at the same time, but it seems their signals conflict with each other. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 6:55 AM - 6 answers

July 20

Source for custom enamel pins?

Who manufactures awesome enamel pins like these ones? Is there a reliable company in Canada? The US? Elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 11:20 AM - 6 answers

What Android phone should I get after my Pixel 3?

My Pixel 3 is starting to struggle a bit, especially with overheating. The model I have isn't available any more, so I'd like to shop around for a replacement. The Pixel 4 is atrocious looking so that's out (for now.) Should I try Samsung? My only requirements are that it's under $800, available for AT&T, and at least a little pretty.
posted by Kitchen Witch at 1:50 AM - 10 answers

July 19

The ethics of secondhand selling

I'm considering doing some secondhand selling of vintage pieces, and I'm wondering how ethical selling secondhand jewelry is... [more inside]
posted by orangesky4 at 12:13 PM - 9 answers

July 17

Need Office Setup in Temporary, Already Full Bedroom

I need a home-office in my temporary home. Compact but functional. And it's temporary so I don't want to spend too much. Is there a way to make some of the desk be over the bed? But I want to be sitting in a real chair not sit on the bed. (both for ergonomics reasons and for professionalism while video-conferencing reasons). [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 11:47 AM - 14 answers

July 16

Help me replace my clip-in cycling shoes

I got my road bike in 2012 along with shoes and clips. Eight years later, my shoes are falling apart, and one shoe comes unclipped every so often. Time for new shoes! Problem is, I need the right kind of shoes to fit my clips and I don't know what kind of clip system I have. Can you help me ID the clip system and point me in the right direction of somewhere to buy shoes online and what particular shoes to get that aren't super expensive? Photos here.
posted by timnyc at 5:19 PM - 13 answers

What grocery products have great reusable foodsafe containers?

I’ve taken to re-using some of the containers from our groceries for other pantry staples and I’m looking to expand my repertoire. What specific items and brands can you recommend that come in high quality, good sized jars or other airtight reusable containers? [more inside]
posted by bq at 9:04 AM - 49 answers

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