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Reader's Exchange: Vintage wedding items available

Marianne Finnigan of Brooksville is a frequent contributor to Reader's Exchange, and this time what she is offering is very specific. She has items that would be of interest to someone who collects antique or vintage wedding items. Among them are a hosiery case and herbal sachet by Andre Richard, in its original box; two beaded white coin purses; a vintage beaded bride's hat and short veil; several handkerchiefs; one long glove with snaps and several vintage wedding gift cards. If you are interested in any or all of these items, they must be picked up. Marianne can be reached at (352) 592-8000.

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If you're the type that likes to tinker with electronics, then you might like what Jean Tyack of St. Petersburg has to offer. She has several VCRs that have audio but not video. If you would like to try fixing them, then you are welcome to them. Jean can be reached at (727) 576-9300.

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It is so frustrating when you want to use something, but you can't make it work. That's what happened to Jean Tavener of St. Petersburg. She purchased Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer more than two years ago, and when she finally tried to use it, she couldn't get it apart. She says it seems to be frozen, and even though she has contacted the company and has gone online to try to figure it out, she just can't get it. Jean is hoping that someone out there would be kind enough to help her get the juicer apart. If that someone is you, please call Jean at (727) 343-7877.

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Heidi Sumner of the Diocese of St. Petersburg wrote in with a request for the people who volunteer at the Hillsborough Correctional Institution. The facility is the only faith-based women's prison in the southeastern United States. The facility relies on volunteers from Sun City Center, Kings Point and other retirement communities to mentor the women in education, life skills and training in a variety of employments. A working electric golf cart is needed to help older volunteers travel across the sprawling prison grounds. If you can help, please call Heidi at (727) 344-1611, ext. 414, and leave a message.

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It is such a joy to learn of the creative things people do! Ann Owen of Tampa wrote in to share that her is son is getting married next March, and that her future daughter-in-law is making her own wedding reception decorations. She is in need of mason jars (lids not needed) to use for centerpieces and to hang along the rows with candles in them. Ann says any size will do, and she can be reached at (813) 323-8958.

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Zara of Clearwater has a dear friend with cancer who loves to spend her time knitting. Zara's friend has very little money, sometimes not even enough for her prescriptions, so Zara hopes that some kind souls out there would donate some yarn so her friend can continue her beloved hobby. If you can help, please call Zara at (727) 446-2322.

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Susan Foster works with First Baptist Church of Clearwater, and the church's youth group is building homes for the homeless in Honduras. To complete this project, the group is in desperate need of tools. Specifically needed are levels, saws, hammers, power drills and power saws. Susan says she will be happy to pick them up anywhere. She can be reached at (727) 391-5825.

Send requests to Reader's 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: Vintage wedding items available 09/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 30, 2011 4:30am]
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