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May 17

Twitter "buy this" answer thread, but for adult autism?

I'm an autistic adult (academic faculty) looking for recommendations on what *specific* items I can spend money on to improve my experience of the world (any price level). Specific advice with links (e.g. "pseudo-earplugs like Calmer Flare") rather than general ("earplugs") is desirable. [more inside]
posted by rollcredits at 3:10 PM - 10 answers

May 14

rain and/or hiking pants for woman with fat thighs

I just spent a very annoyed hour at REI. The XL goretex rain pants were way too big but the L didn't fit in the thighs (I tried both men and women's.) Is there a vendor, brand or model of waterproof pants that is "curvy fit" or otherwise likely to accommodate fat thighs? This is for use in rainy hiking/other outdoor conditions. Has to be goretex or otherwise breathable. Nothing that chafes, including leg zippers. Size is something like US 16.
posted by fingersandtoes at 1:01 PM - 10 answers

Gift for my pregnant wife

My wife is pregnant! It's early days, but her birthday is coming up soon. I'd like to get her something to make her pregnant life better. [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote at 9:58 AM - 14 answers

May 13

I need to sell a bike.

What's the best way to sell a bike online these days? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:38 AM - 6 answers

Covid Consumerism

Like many people working from home during the pandemic, I've used online shopping to provide the occasional injection of serotonin into my otherwise humdrum repetitive working-from-home days. Not only are my purchases excessive (way too many pairs of shoes), they're just not cutting the mustard in terms of longer-term pleasure centers. I may have to make 2-3 small purchases just to incentivize myself to keep going. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill at 6:25 AM - 32 answers

May 12

Underwear tracking device for dementia patient?

I'm caring for a dementia patient friend. For free. He sometimes escapes. He won't take his IPhone because he thinks I track him with it. (I don't, because most times the phone is with the person who stole it from him, or lost). Sometimes he goes out in his underwear, t-shirt and socks. I bought Hanes shorts-looking underwear so he isn't walking out in obvious underpants. I need a tracking device I can sew into his underwear waistband. It needs to be unnoticeable to him. It would help if I could afford ten of these to sew in each pair. Help?
posted by KayQuestions at 2:33 PM - 21 answers

What kind of binder do I need?

I am looking for a binder in which to keep a bunch of things related to a certain subject. I wish I had the one I had in seventh grade because it was perfect. What I’m looking for: [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 2:15 PM - 6 answers

May 10

Longshotfilter: Water goblets like this?

I've been looking for the water glass in this photo without success. I've found a few that are somewhat similar but none I like as much as this glass. Does anyone happen to recognize it? [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:59 AM - 10 answers

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 - 30 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 - 14 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

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