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Reader's Exchange: Sewing machine would help her sew her love

Sherry, who has three grandchildren, ages 3, 2 and 1, and one on the way, doesn't get to see the tykes as often as she would like because they all live out of town. But she loves to sew for them, and stitches a lot of affection into those seams, for sure. Doing so would be even easier if she had a serger sewing machine. If you have one you no longer use or you'd like to exchange for something else that Sherry may make available, please call her at (727) 894-0645.

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Elizabeth Cooper will be happy to take off your hands and put to good use a working VCR with remote and a telephone with a rotary dial. Please call (727) 443-3084.

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Helen Hoskins informs us that the Clearwater Garden Club is reorganizing its library, and could use some cataloging supplies. Book cards, due date and spine labels would be most useful, if you have some leftovers. Or, if these aren't items likely to be lying around your house, perhaps you can steer Helen toward a source that sells small quantities of cataloging supplies. Helen may be reached at (727) 518-1389.

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Please call Wynelle at (813) 837-3256 if you have a spare 1997 Buick LeSabre four-door sedan owners manual she may have. Heck, call even if it's the only 1997 Buick LeSabre manual you have.

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Paula is a single mother on a really tight budget. She has two daughters and two pets: a bird and a ball python. Although the pets aren't in dire need of roomier quarters, it's starting to be time to think about more space. A 75-gallon (or larger) aquarium with a stand would be ideal for Kaa (as we will call the python), and it wouldn't need to be watertight. A large bird cage would be a step up for Big Bird (may as well name him too, even though we're unclear about his or her actual size). Paula may be contacted at (727) 644-3918 (please leave a message) or be e-mailing

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Nancy Felten of Palm Harbor is having difficulty getting a regular wheelchair into the trunk of her car, so she wants to trade that chair for a much lighter transport chair. Please call (727) 215-7268.

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Want a super-8 projector, a reel-to-reel tape recorder or a portable electric typewriter? Please e-mail, and save Anthony Johnson the task of moving them to his new abode.

Thanks for the memories

Well, that's it, folks! And we mean that quite literally. Linda, the intrepid organizer of your requests and queen of the REX mailbox, and Ingrid, your faithful scribe, have taken the enhanced retirement benefits option recently offered by the Times. Even as you read this, we will be doing all those things that having full-time jobs often got in the way of doing.

But not to worry, dear friends and neighbors. The REX office isn't locking its doors. Look for a bright new face behind the desk, ready to help you find what you're looking for or unload your etcetera. And now that we have a chance to clean out closets and pick up hobbies long left by the wayside, we'll probably be part of the crowd sending in requests. It has been lovely getting to know you; we wish each REXer in Exchange Land much happiness and many more successful exchanges.

Send requests to Reader Exchange, Floridian, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or e-mail (please include 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.

Reader's Exchange: Sewing machine would help her sew her love 09/12/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 12, 2008 4:30am]
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