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Reader's Exchange: New quilter in the market for quilt machine, fabric

In these tough times, many people have lost their jobs and are unable to find another one. Some people use their downtime to take up new hobbies. This is the case for Loretta, who since losing her job has become a quilter. She has been making a lot of quilt tops, and is in need of a quilt machine and 100 percent cotton fabric. She is hoping her quilting can provide a new source of income. If anyone can help her, she may be reached via e-mail at, or by phone at (727) 867-0934.

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Paul Buga's children love to play and learn musical instruments. He is looking for any type of instrument that isn't being used, from anyone who would like to share the gift of music with eager young people. If you have any to donate, please call (727) 776-0644.

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Mary Ann McNamara needs someone's help. She has costume jewelry that she needs repaired. Most pieces need a new clasp, and she would like some to be shortened in length. She also has some jewelry odds and ends to give away. If you can help her, please call (727) 345-5270.

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It's never too early to request something for an upcoming event. Linda Gooding works with the Arthritis Research Institute of America, and they are having an "Oldies Night" on Nov. 7. Linda is looking for old records to use for decor. They can be 45s or 78s, and do not have to be in good condition, or even playable. Contact her at (813) 925-0635.

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It seems that appliances just aren't made as well as they used to be. That's why so many people are able to hang on to their old appliances for 30 or more years. That is the case for Jean Krisher, who has a Kirby Classic III vacuum sweeper from 1977. Jean is looking for the Rug Renovator and attachments for this sweeper, which were lost in a move. Jean can be reached at (352) 596-7999.

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This offer is a real treasure for certain collectors. Holly Silver of Trinity has an old dollhouse that was built for her as a child, circa 1952. It's a split-level house with a carport and a chimney. She would like to give it to someone who would be interested in restoring it. The dollhouse is 4 feet long, 21 inches tall and 18 inches wide. If anyone is interested, all Holly would like is a photo of the dollhouse when you are done restoring it. She can be reached at (727) 505-2107.

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Mary Ryan has a new HP color printer cartridge #56 to give to anyone who would like it. She has a new printer and it won't fit. She will send it to you, or it can be picked up. She may be reached at (727) 785-7021.

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Linda of St.Petersburg is looking for a VHS rewinder, for her collection of videos. She babysits her 3-year-old granddaughter, who also has a collection of videos she likes to watch, and a rewinder would be helpful. If anyone has one collecting dust somewhere, please call Linda at (727) 525-1678 and leave a message.

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Reader's Exchange: New quilter in the market for quilt machine, fabric 06/26/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 26, 2009 4:30am]
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