2 Reader Recommendation Requests: From chair to child care

The alliteration’s the only link between these two, but we wanted to get them both out tonight. First, from Denise:

My husband has his grandmother’s old rocker that really needs to be reupholstered. I am looking for some folks nearby that do a good job. Also need to find someone who refinishes wood. I have some old nesting boxes that need some love. Any help appreciated!

Please read this next one carefully. This reader isn’t looking for a specific babysitter recommendation – but rather, the best place to find a good babysitter:

We need to find a reliable kid-sitter but want to stay off craigslist if at all possible (we’ve found it useful for other things not human-related). Is there a way to get input from folks on how they’ve found someone local?

The reader further elaborates that the child in question is kindergarten-age and needs care a few afternoons a week. Please post responses to either of these RRRs as comments; as always, we remind you all RRRs and resulting responses are archived here.

14 Replies to "2 Reader Recommendation Requests: From chair to child care"

  • Oliver December 17, 2007 (9:30 pm)

    childcare.org, a local resource, helped us find our day care. They also have a section on the website regarding babysitters: http://www.childcare.org/families/choosing-babysitter.htm

  • Linda December 17, 2007 (9:38 pm)

    Take your chair to Murphey’s on Avalon Way. Marylin is great!

  • Oliver December 17, 2007 (9:52 pm)

    Child Care Resources helped us find our daycare. They have a section on babysitters on their website: http://www.childcare.org/families/choosing-babysitter.htm

  • Radley December 17, 2007 (10:05 pm)

    Are you looking for a babysitter, a nanny, or a daycare? Very different kinds of services.

  • A December 17, 2007 (10:25 pm)

    I have to disagree with the Craigs List thing – I have been a nanny for two families and I found them both on Craigs List. I no longer nanny for the second family and now we’re friends instead. Good luck.

  • Dis December 17, 2007 (10:50 pm)

    Second Murphy’s for rocker:
    (206) 937-6070
    2940 SW Avalon Way
    Seattle 98126

  • GenHillOne December 18, 2007 (6:31 am)

    Yup, Murphy’s. Not inexpensive, but worth it for something with such sentimental value!

  • Mr. JT December 18, 2007 (7:21 am)

    Outstanding upholstry = Murphys.

  • add December 18, 2007 (9:33 am)

    Haven’t used it myself, but have heard that sittercity.org is a good resource.

  • justwastingtime December 18, 2007 (12:25 pm)

    I don’t know but my first thought on babysitters was to check out the local community center in your area. Since they offer the course, there’s a good chance they can refer. That is if you are looking for a true babysitter and not day care. I’ve been meaning to get my 13 yr old daughter to the class so she could start babysitting. She’s very good with kids.

  • hello insomnia December 18, 2007 (3:11 pm)

    Daycares might also be a good resource for babysitters. Depending on their policies, some are able to babysit after hours. Also, I have to give props to Craigslist. We found our daycare provider there and I have been thankful ever since.

  • Goody December 18, 2007 (5:44 pm)

    I can only say that Murphy’s is fantastic and the workmanship is top rated. The store is warm and funky, almost a West Seattle institution and run by the most incredible woman, Marilyn Murphy.
    It costs the same to buy new or redo it. However, the fabrics are great, it is quick enough-still takes weeks and I have been happy each time I have gone there.

  • rowboat July 21, 2008 (6:28 pm)

    Where did Murphy’s go? Out of business? New location? Retired? They were my favorite for furniture reupholstring.

  • cassarooni August 12, 2008 (9:48 am)

    Muphy’s relocated to downtown Seattle at 314 First Ave S, right next door to Elliott Bay Books. Go check out the new digs. I’m heading there this afternoon…

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