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Reader's Exchange: Free craft supplies will keep you busy

If you're the creative type, this is your lucky day. Carole Kramer of Pinellas Park needs to clean out her craft closet and everything must go! Among the items up for grabs are a soapmaking kit, deco boxes, craft frames, foam cutouts, crochet thread, crochet/knitting yarns, macrame yarn and various size beads. Carole would like someone to take all of the items at once, so bring a few large boxes. She can be reached at (727) 434-3195 after 4:30 p.m. daily or by e-mail at

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Are electronics your thing? C. Holton of Palm Harbor has a large assortment of parts, including transistors, diodes, chips, resistors, capacitors and CB parts. If you're interested, call (727) 785-9703.

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Carol Thomas of Bayonet Point wonders if anyone out there might have an instruction manual for a Bernina sewing machine, which was manufactured in the late 1970s. It's Series 830. Carol can be reached at (727) 863-1512.

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Liz Weigand of Seffner figured she'd give this request a spin. She's looking for a lazy Susan that's 7 inches or smaller. It can be made of any material, with any number of tiers. Liz would be happy to pay postage or pick it up. If you can help, give her a call at (813) 365-0442 or (813) 661-5123.

Many thanks

REXers, your kindness has not gone unnoticed. Here's just a sampling of the letters we've received from people whose requests you've fulfilled.

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From Louise Harry: "Please thank all of the readers who called and offered a microwave for my son. The second person who called delivered one and we appreciate it as well as all who called. We have some generous people in our neighborhood and area. Thanks again to everyone."

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From Libbye Erkes: "Many, many thanks to the generous people of Reader's Exchange. A special thanks to the woman who gave more than 20 brand new skeins of yarn and even dropped them off. To everyone else that was so kind to share, thanks for the yarn so the lap robes can continue to be made for Hospice."

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From teacher Rhonda Iovino: "Journalism students at Osceola High want to say thank you to the Reader's Exchange. Last year at about this time, I requested old cameras be sent to my students for their use. We received dozens of cameras, including a Brownie from the 1940s. Since we couldn't use many of the 35 mm cameras, we passed them on to St. Pete College, which is allowing photography students who can't afford their own to borrow them. We are currently using the digital cameras every day and we can't thank your readers enough. As far as the older cameras, seeing and touching them has been an amazing history lesson and they are on display in my classroom. Thank you so much!"

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: Free craft supplies will keep you busy 10/09/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2009 1:09pm]
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