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Reader's Exchange: Left-handed electric guitar is on his wish list

Can anyone help a southpaw bring the music back into his life? Arthur Quinn of St. Petersburg is 60 years old and was deemed disabled due to several heart attacks. He is on Social Security, and because he can't work, he looks for ways to pass the time. As a kid, he would mess around with the electric guitar, and now would like to take it up again. He has perused pawn shops, garage sales and even the want ads in search of a left-handed electric guitar. He is hoping someone out there may have one that they would be willing to part with. Arthur would even be happy with a right-handed guitar, as he says it worked for Jimi Hendrix. Arthur can be reached at (727) 343-0159.

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Does anyone out there want fries with that? If so, you'll want to contact Jeanne Hilburn of Tampa. Jeanne would like to trade her deep fat fryer, which she has used just once, for a fairly new ice cream maker. Jeanne can be reached at (813) 984-7295.

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Erika Roth of Spring Hill is looking for a counted cross stitch pattern of an Irish blessing. She says that she had several of them years ago, but she mistakenly got rid of them. She didn't realize the pattern would be so hard to find (she has searched all over the Internet and even internationally, to no avail). It doesn't have to be a particular blessing, any will do. If you can help Erika, please call her at (352) 666-1371.

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Elaine Jaki of Clearwater has been using an Ironrite Mangle Ironer for more than 50 years. Recently, the heating element stopped working. Elaine wonders if someone out there would have an Ironrite they are no longer using. If you do, please call Elaine at (727) 785-1940.

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Helen of St. Petersburg has used the Reader's Exchange in the past to donate greeting card fronts. She said the first call came early in the morning, and all of the cards were gone 10 minutes later! Now Helen is hoping that someone will be able to use the half-dozen, gently worn white pillowcases that she wants to give away. She suggests that perhaps they could be used in a sickroom for bandages. If you can use them, please call Helen at (727) 526-3533.

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Fran Susca of Clearwater is downsizing, and as a result she has a microwave, empty bookcase and another bookcase full of books that she would like to give to a good home. If you are interested in any or all of these items, they must be picked up. Fran can be reached by phone at (727) 524-8322 or via e-mail at

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Free art alert! Dorothy Krueger of New Port Richey recently finished a painting of the Lord's Supper that she would like to give away, perhaps to a church. She says the painting is made of plaster and is 23 inches by 37 1/2 inches by 2 inches. If you are interested in the painting, please call Dorothy at (727) 815-0056.

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Reader's Exchange: Left-handed electric guitar is on his wish list 08/19/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 4:30am]
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