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Reader's Exchange: Music lover seeks record player

Can anyone bring music back into the life of Charles Howell of St. Petersburg? Charles wrote in to say that he is 90 years old, and he loves to listen to his old 33 rpm records. The problem is, his record player is old and broken beyond repair. He hopes someone out there has a working record player that they would be willing to donate to him. Charles can be reached at (727) 347-5392.

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Technology alert! Camilla Prosser of Largo has an entire computer setup to give to a good home, including the computer, monitor, keyboard and manuals. It is a Compaq Presario S0000/8000 series computer, and the monitor is a Samsung. But there's one condition: If you want to take the computer, you must also take the monitor. Camilla also has a case of regular quart canning jars to give away. She can be reached via e-mail at, or by phone at (727) 584-9586.

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Are there any sewers out there who could use a serger? Jean Willson of Seminole wrote in to offer a White Speedylock Serger, with an instruction book titled 3/4 Thread Overlock. All accessories and the cover are also included. Jean says the serger has rarely been used. She couldn't get the hang of it, and it has been in her sewing closet for several years. To reach Jean, call her at (727) 397-5232 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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Whether you love dressing up for Halloween, perform in a dance troupe or just enjoy fun costumes, this may be just the offer for you! Theresa Engler of Largo has several ladies costumes, size 16, to donate to any person or group that might be able to use them. Theresa says they include a Roaring '20s flapper outfit, a sailor middy and cap, and others. If you are interested, please call her at (727) 588-4343.

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Calling all crafters! C.K. of Clearwater has a large collection of patterns for 18-inch doll clothes and accessories. There is also a collection of patterns for soft dolls, toys and Christmas decorations to be made from fabric. To add to the collection are several books of project suggestions and helpful hints. C.K. thinks these items would be of interest to a church group for fundraising projects, or even a doting grandmother who wants to spoil her grandchildren. If you are interested in any or all of these items, please call (727) 446-8936 to arrange for pickup.

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Spring-cleaning season is definitely here, and it's a great time to get rid of those items that have been taking up too much room in a closet. That is what Sally Laufer of Palm Harbor has been doing, and as a result, she has carpet remnants that she would like to give to a good home. Sally says they are mauve and Wedgwood blue. If you are interested, please call Sally at (727) 781-3619.


The Dorcas Ladies of the Community Bible Baptist Church of St. Petersburg wish to thank everyone for the response to their request for used card fronts and sheets that are made into bandages for use in foreign countries where doctors are not available. They said the response for both items was fantastic.

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Reader's Exchange: Music lover seeks record player 04/29/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 29, 2011 4:30am]
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