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May 4

Buy computor for avoidant middle aged person

Please tell me what (rebuilt or used) laptop to buy for my simple purposes. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 12:43 PM - 29 answers

May 3

Korean-style disposable COVID masks, in the US?

My kid and I both like disposable "Korean-style" masks. Anyone have good sources for ones with interesting patterns, in the US? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 12:44 PM - 9 answers

May 2

Best weekly prepared meals delivery in California in 2021?

Not meal kit - fully prepared meals [more inside]
posted by hot_tea at 10:39 AM - 13 answers

Where to get a good empty growler in London?

I live in a part of London that's got a few micropubs that do take-home beer, but the growlers for sale are cheap plastic jugs. Where can I get a good growler in London? [more inside]
posted by rum-soaked space hobo at 10:05 AM - 4 answers

May 1

Help me find a wallet replacement?

I’m looking for shopping help in replacing a specific leather wallet- my current model has a weak point where the keyring loop is going to break. [more inside]
posted by tangaroo at 8:16 PM - 4 answers

April 28

Seller screwed up eBay shipping price, and I want to help

Seller underestimated the international shipping price of an item I just won. I knew the shipping was a bit low when I bid, but I didn't expect my low-ball bid to win. I know I don't have to make this right, but I want to: does eBay have a legit way of fixing this? [more inside]
posted by scruss at 3:37 PM - 9 answers

April 27

Fabric stores in NYC.

I'm going to hit the fabric stores in NYC later this week. Yippee! Yahoo!! I have a few specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 8:06 AM - 11 answers

Alternatives to Cheap, Attractive Office Chair

Been looking at getting this Ikea Chair for the past month but it has been out of stock at my local IKEA. What other chairs fit the characteristics: A) Price (up to $250), B) aesthetics (doesn't look too-officy) C) Ergonomics (High back, adjustable height and tilt) D) Fabric
posted by sandmanwv at 6:18 AM - 7 answers

April 26

Where do you find bold cheap jewelry?

The trend for most retail costume jewelry seems to be delicate stuff - I prefer large chains and pendants, big earrings, silver or gold or funky colors. What specific sites or artists (etsy comes to mind) feature this type of jewelry...for prices under $30 per piece?
posted by tiny frying pan at 9:21 AM - 10 answers

April 25

Find this stuffed animal pig

My daughter really wants a stuffed animal pig that looks like this. It's a very pink cartoon pig, fuzzy and pretty weird looking. [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 5:57 PM - 12 answers

April 22

I want to buy a car that is 300 miles from me, sight unseen.

So my trusty Old Car is showing some signs that her time is up. I'd like to get a replacement sooner rather than later. A new car is not in the cards for me, I don't think. Since I'm looking for a manual transmission, acceptable used cars are hard to find. I know the make and model of car that I want, and I found a good-looking used car 300 miles away. Help me not make a bad decision. [more inside]
posted by Vatnesine at 6:37 PM - 16 answers

Why are coats so complicated??

This is a question for fellow plus-size people who wear women's clothing. I have trouble shopping for coats. They are the bane of my existence because they NEVER fall right over the shape of my body. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 5:55 AM - 15 answers

April 20

I need a good accessory charging solution for MacBook Pro

I have two MacBooks in the house: a 2015 MacBook Pro that actually has a couple of USB ports, and now my new work laptop, a 2019 with four lightning ports and nothing else. Every ding dang thing charges by regular USB and not lightning. WTF do you do with all this stuff? [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 5:24 AM - 6 answers

April 18

Duvet Covers That Open on More Than One Side

I'm looking for patterned duvet covers that have openings (preferably zippered) on more than one side. I've found two brands that do this but there's got to be more out there. [more inside]
posted by paperback version at 11:52 AM - 2 answers

April 16

How Can My Dad Checkmate This Woodworking Problem?

Dad Swan is an accomplished woodworker who also has a fairly severe case of rheumatoid arthritis. He'd like to make his own chess pieces to go with the chess boards he makes, but the process is too fiddly for him to manage. He read in a 2004 book by Mike Darlow that there are chess piece tops on the market that a woodworker can buy and attach to their own turned bases, but I can't seem to find anything like that on the net. Woodworkers of MeFi, do you know of such a product?
posted by orange swan at 6:08 PM - 8 answers

April 9

Which non-Apple smartwatch or band to get?

My wife likes to go out for walks to get her 10,000 daily steps during these days of our pandemic. She's been using a tracker on her iPhone 7 but I'm thinking of getting her a smart-watch/band.What should I get her? [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:24 PM - 11 answers

April 7

Keycaps for obscure William Gibson novel heroines?

Some years ago, I was impressed by a William Gibson character's laptop: it had one-of-a-kind turquoise inlay. If high-quality handmade keyboards set with semiprecious stones exist, they're out of my price range. But the world is full of custom keycaps for mechanical keyboards! Do you have a favorite source for artistic or handmade keycaps?
posted by yarntheory at 12:59 PM - 4 answers

April 6

What did you put on your wedding registry?

We don't care about china and we have enough towels and kitchen gadgets. What should we register for? What did YOU register for that you are so glad you did? What would you register for if you could do it again?
posted by ohsnapdragon at 6:59 PM - 55 answers

Work from Home - Ergonomic desk/chair, Small Space edition

Help me find an ergonomic work from home desk/chair for a small space that isn't ugly. [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 10:38 AM - 13 answers

April 3

Is this 2007 Prius a good choice for me right now?

A relative is getting rid of a 2007 Prius with around 180k miles on it. The battery is fine and it's getting a dashboard computer brain transplant, but that's the only problem with it. Help me work out whether I should pursue it. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 6:25 PM - 16 answers

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