A great thing about the Reader's Exchange is that if you miss out on an opportunity once, the offer may just present itself again. Gary Hurt of Valrico used REX to clean out his supply of freezer packs once before, and now he has more to part with. He said that many people wanted those packs, so here is another chance to get them! Gary also has several years worth of Reader's Digest magazines to give to anyone willing to pick them up and save them from the recycle bin. Finally, Gary has foam coolers that he used to keep his cold medicine in. If you would like any or all of these items, please call Gary at (813) 684-1203.
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Marie S. of Largo is in desperate need of your help. She has been doing her family's genealogy and recently discovered a big box of negatives after her mother passed away. She bought a negative viewer, but it didn't make anything clearer. She is looking to find someone who has the time and knowledge to transform the negatives into photos. Many of the photos were taken in the early 1930s. She says the photo shops can only print negatives that are in a strip form. Marie is even hoping that someone will be able to teach either her or her husband to print the negatives themselves. In exchange for either service, Marie has several old cameras that she would be willing to swap. If anyone out there can help Marie, please call her at (727) 585-1989.
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Here is a wonderful offer for an artist, art teacher or crafter! Gia Jacobson of Tampa has papermaking equipment and supplies to give away. Among them are deckle and mold, a tub, a Waring blender (which cannot be used for food), a large collection of "inclusions," and used books on papermaking and paper casting. Gia recommends that the recipient have plenty of space, preferably not in the kitchen, with access to water and a large table or countertop. She says that papermaking is messy and stinky, but is so much fun! If you are interested, please call Gia at (813) 855-6751 for more information and delivery/pickup arrangements.
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Bill Harvey of Spring Hill is hoping that someone out there will have patterns to make wooden yard decorations. He is specifically looking for them to be 4 or 5 feet tall, and would like for them to be holiday themes, such as a heart for Valentine's Day or an Easter Bunny. He would be willing to borrow the patterns if someone did not want to part with them permanently. Bill can be reached at (352) 683-3654.
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Mike of New Port Richey finds doing latch hook very therapeutic, hence he is looking for latch hook kits someone might not be using anymore. He is also seeking yarn, preferably wool, of any color, so that he may knit caps for the troops to wear under their helmets. If you have either of these items for Mike, he will gladly pick them up. He can be reached at (727) 863-4295.
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