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Reader's Exchange: Put on these tap-dancing shoes and get moving

Last week in the REX column, there was a request for baskets and an offer of a bedroom full of goodies from Holly Silver. Holly has written back to regretfully say that due to a health setback she has to retract the offer for anyone to come over and see what treasures they might find. She plans to do this at another time. She is still accepting baskets, however. She fills them with items for charity. Her phone number is (727) 505-2107.

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Get your tap on! Lana Cruz has two pairs of brand-new Capezio black tap-dancing shoes, size 6 1/2, to part with. She says they were her mother's, who was one of those "tap-dancing grannies," but never got to use the shoes. Lana also has a garbage bag full of assorted yarn to give to any of the many REXers she just knows will be able to use it. To contact Lana, please call (727) 772-3852.

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This is an offer someone surely won't be able to refuse. Marion Weber of Dunedin just got a new computer, so she would like to donate her old one to anyone who needs it. It is an HP computer, with a monitor, keyboard and mouse and Windows 98 software installed on it. If you are interested, please call (727) 734-9628.

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Reader's Exchange has proved to be a great way for people to connect with items that bring them back to their childhood. Heidi Sumner of St. Petersburg used to eat at Baumgartner's Restaurant, across from the Kapok Tree in Clearwater, when she was a little girl. Her mother would take her there on special occasions. She was always fascinated with the 6-inch-long silver roaring lion creamer dispensers that were on the table. She found them very luxurious, and as a Leo, she knew they were special just for her. When the restaurant closed, she tried to purchase one, but it was impossible. She would like to know if anyone out there has one, and she would be willing to trade a lovely black and white cow creamer for it. If anyone out there can help Heidi relive her childhood, please call her at (727) 347-3257.

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Like so many others today, Lynne of St. Petersburg was recently laid off, and is now turning to projects at home as a way to stay productive. Lynne is looking for domestic and exotic hardwood, any length and width, as well as scraps and cutoffs, for woodworking projects. If you can help, please call (727) 864-6192.

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Joyce Focht of New Port Richey is looking for camphor cakes. They are 1-ounce cakes of camphor she puts in a chest with her sterling silver in order to keep it from tarnishing. If you know where she can buy them, or have any to donate, please call (727) 372-6309.

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Anyone who would like to fly a flag should call Rich. He has a flagpole that was removed from his yard and is available to anyone who would like to pick it up. It consists of two pieces: The first section is 4 feet 6 plus an attached base that is 20 inches long. The second section is 14 feet tall, including a 4-inch diameter ball at the top; it overlaps the first section by 8 inches. Anyone interested can reach Rich at (727) 865-7904.

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.

Reader's Exchange: Put on these tap-dancing shoes and get moving 07/24/09 [Last modified: Friday, July 24, 2009 2:32pm]
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