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Reader's Exchange: Craft supplies are yours for the taking

Once in a while in Reader's Exchange, someone writes in with an entire lot of goods that they are looking to unload. That is the case this week for Carolyn Simmons, who has many craft-related items to offer. First, she has eight full packages of Aunt Martha's Embroidery Transfers from the '50s and '60s. She notes that one of the packages was issued by the World Wildlife Fund, and depicts threatened species. Carolyn also has materials for Pysanky, the art of decorating Ukranian Easter eggs. She has the stylus, wax, dyes and instructions. Next, she has sewing notions from the 1940s through 1960s. These include old logos on elastic packs, run-stop for nylons, sewing kits, belt buckles and more, including about a pound of retro "stuff." To follow that, Carolyn has 10 unused pairs of Tallina's doll shoes, sizes 1, 8 and 10. Finally, she has assorted craft information on anything from dried arrangements to painted fire screens. If you would like any or all of the items Carolyn is giving away, please call her at (727) 393-9472, or e-mail her at

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Perhaps Teena Fields will be giving Carolyn a call, as she is on the hunt for embroidery cards that are no longer in the market. Teena recently acquired a Viking sewing machine, model type "Rose," that only takes the type of embroidery cards that aren't available anymore. If you can help Teena find them, please call her at (727) 937-2469.

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The running theme this week seems to be embroidery. Wanda Cunningham of Pinellas Park is looking for large wooden embroidery hoops she can use for her punch needlework. Anyone who can help Wanda may reach her by phone at (727) 576-2244, or via e-mail at

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Anyone interested in buttons? A reader from Oldsmar wrote in to offer a large assortment of them available for pickup. Please call (727) 789-9878 if you're interested.

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Lenore of New Port Richey will be moving soon to a smaller apartment, so she doesn't have room for her unpainted wooden boxes, plates and plaques. She would like to offer them to a crafter who is willing to pick them up. She may be reached at (727) 842-9780.

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Ginny Smith had success with Reader's Exchange in the past, when she was looking for 36-ounce barrel-shaped, screw-top pickle jars, so she's hoping that some REXers out there have some more. If you do, and would like to give them to Ginny, please call her in New Port Richey at (727) 372-9761.

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Jeraldine Butler of New Port Richey wants to get cooking! She is looking for a ravioli maker, which is actually for "the best son-in-law in the world." She is also looking for the 2 sizes of plastic tubes for a KitchenAid mixer for stuffing sausages. She says she will gladly pick up either. She can be reached at (727) 815-8128.

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Johnnie Lee of Tampa has grapefruit trees loaded with fruit for the picking. Please call only during the weekdays between 2 and 5 p.m. The number is (813) 831-0795.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, or e-mail Please put "REX" in the subject line. Requests will be accepted only by mail or e-mail. This is an exchange column, so we will not run items that are for sale. Readers must agree to publication of phone numbers, including area code. Due to the volume of REX requests, it might take several weeks before your item appears in the paper.

Reader's Exchange: Craft supplies are yours for the taking 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 3:30am]
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