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Reader's Exchange: Take your pick of patterns and start sewing

In true Reader Exchange spirit, Rosemarie Binder of Spring Hill has something to donate — and something she is hoping to find. She has quite a few sewing patterns to share. She says she has everything from women's wedding and formal gowns to sportswear, as well as some children's and men's patterns. She doesn't mind splitting them up for skill level, she just hopes they get used. Clearly Rosemarie is an avid sewer, and that is why she is looking for a sewing cabinet with a lift system, or something that is easy to use. She has a problematic back and needs something easy to manage. Rosemarie can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at (352) 797-0746.

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Geraldine Mosher of Pinellas Park is among those wonderful people who crochet lap robes for nursing homes and hospice patients. Geraldine, who says she is housebound and unable to do much more than crochet, is on a limited income, and buying yarn is becoming expensive. She hopes that someone out there will have leftover yarn that she can have. Her daughter is willing to pick up the yarn for her. If you can help, please call (727) 546-4277.

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Pat O'Neal of North Redington Beach says she has used REX before to help her get something, so she's trying it out again. Pat has a 17-pound cat named Handsome (Pat describes Handsome as long and muscular). Pat is looking for a soft-side cat carrier or stroller for Handsome, as she says the plastic one is too heavy. She would prefer something on wheels. If you can help Pat and her cat, please call (727) 391-0606.

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Linda of Spring Hill is looking for scrap wood, such as walnut, oak, cherry or maple, in pieces up to 18 inches long. She would like the wood for her 82-year-old dad, who enjoys making small projects with the wood. Linda says it would keep him busy and out of trouble. She says they could also use solid wooden cabinet doors. They are willing to pick up the materials if they're a reasonable distance from Spring Hill. Linda's phone number is (352) 684-7281.

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Along those same wooden lines, Mary Caterina of Pinellas Park is looking for seven 6-foot panels of used dog-eared wood fencing, as her fence is coming apart. Mary can be reached at (727) 545-5713.

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Jo Holton of Palm Harbor is looking for a metal shopping cart to be used for ferrying items to and from the store. She can only take one from the Palm Harbor area. If you can help Jo get rolling, please call her at (727) 785-9703.

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Gary Hurt of Valrico has several items to give away. First, he has a 100-megabyte Iomega zip drive, plus 29 discs made for a PC. Now that he has a computer that can make CDs, he no longer needs the zip drive, which he says is in excellent condition. Gary also has a Handyman Encylcopedia set from Handyman Magazine for anyone who wants to come get it. He says it is not a complete set, but has most of the volumes. If you would like any or all of what Gary has to offer, please call him at (813) 684-1203.

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: Take your pick of patterns and start sewing 07/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:52pm]
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