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Reader's Exchange: Dolls, children's nurse costume wanted

It's nowhere near Halloween yet, but that doesn't mean people don't still need costumes. Mary Ellen Harjes of Holiday is looking for a child's nurse costume, size 4 or 5. She wants it for her grandniece, Dulcinea, who is devoted to taking care of her stepfather. Mary Ellen is also looking for Hollywood-themed props, especially two 3-foot rag type cloth dolls. Her senior friends are having their annual theme party, and this year the theme is Hollywood. She says any items can be loaned or given. If you can help Mary Ellen, please call her at (727) 934-1527.

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Now that DVDs are the standard for home movie watching, and VHS tapes seem to be a thing of the past, Charles Howell of St. Petersburg hopes some REXers may have unwanted VHS tapes. He and his wife, who will celebrate their 50th anniversary this month, love watching old movies and movies about travel, and can pick the tapes up anywhere in the St. Petersburg area. If you have any tapes to donate, please call Charles at (727) 347-5392.

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Gary Braun of Tampa loves to go to '50s- themed dances, and when he goes he wears "I Like Ike" and other Eisenhower campaign buttons. Now he is looking for Adlai Stevenson's campaign buttons from the '52 and '56 elections. If anyone has these buttons and is willing to part with them, please call Gary at (813) 980-2610.

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If anyone is still looking for used greeting card fronts, Rose Hildebrand of Clearwater has too many to mail. If you would like to take them off her hands, please call her at (727) 799-8682.

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This offer is sure to be music to someone's ears! Sarah Wittstruck has an old upright piano to give away. She says it is still playable. If you would like the piano, you will need to make the moving arrangements. Please call Sarah at (727) 345-4460 for further details.

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One of our readers has 2 sets of golf clubs (one men's, one women's) and a woman's bowling ball to give away. Please call (727) 532-4062.

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It's always interesting to hear the various art projects people are working on, and what materials they need to make them. In Lori's case, it is old broken shovels, mainly the rounded ones, all sizes. She is not so much looking for the square ones. If you can help Lori, please call (727) 397-0587.

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Phyllis Murphy of Largo has a lot of macrame and weaving material, as well as instruction books, available. The only catch, she says, is that if you would like the materials, you will have to come pick them up. Anyone interested may call Phyllis at (727) 586-0384.

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Reader's Exchange: Dolls, children's nurse costume wanted 02/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 3:30am]
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