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Reader's Exchange: Help with sleep and sewing

Darlene Bennett has a request for several items, the first two pertaining to beds. First, she is looking for a roll-away bed. Second, she is looking for wooden side rails for a bed. She says the side rails are the ones that fit into the slots in the headboard and the footboard. She recently moved into a smaller place, so the extra (roll-away) bed would really come in handy. She has been having a hard time finding these items, so she is hoping someone out there can come through. Darlene is also looking for an older model Epilady, one with double coils. She said they were usually gray, rechargeable, and came in a drawstring bag. If anyone can help Darlene with any of these items, please call her at (727) 252-6501, or e-mail her at samsgram12@

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Elizabeth Kozlowski of St. Petersburg would like to use her sewing machine, but she doesn't have the manual. She is looking for the manual for a White Sewing Machine, model number 1409A. If anyone could help her out, she would really appreciate it, so she can begin sewing her heart out. She lives in St. Petersburg, but has a Tampa phone exchange. The number is (813) 210-6949.

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Denise Palter is hoping there are some readers out there who have outgrown their Legos and would be willing to part with them. She is a therapist for children and adolescents, and they love to play with them. She uses the Legos to engage the young children when it's difficult for them to express their feelings, and says they are helpful for coaxing out the quiet ones in a noncompetitive activity. She says the teens use them to build self-esteem by creating things she couldn't even imagine. If anyone has any unused Legos, Denise is willing to pick them up in a convenient location. She can be reached at (813) 684-7340.

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It just wouldn't be Reader's Exchange without an offer for crafters. Johanna Guzik of Dunedin has 20 books on stenciling and stenciling patterns up for grabs. They cover many different motifs: Victorian, Egyptian, Art Nouveau, Old English, floral, fish and sea, and others. She suggests that they would be great for crafters, artists and teachers (for reference). Johanna can be reached at (727) 734-9727, or by e-mail at


Kathy Burge of Spring Hill wrote in to express her gratitude to all you REXers. Kathy had requested diabetic cookbooks for her mom, who was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago. She writes: "The response was outstanding!" and says her mom "was very grateful for her new books and will take great care of them all! Thank you a million times . . .!" She also wanted to send an extra thank-you to Cindy from Hudson and Evelyn from Spring Hill.

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.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Denise Palter's phone number is (813) 684-7340.

Reader's Exchange: Help with sleep and sewing 08/28/09 [Last modified: Thursday, September 3, 2009 5:39pm]
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