Arby's Christmas glasses: This week's hot item is the 1988 Arby's Christmas glasses with holly and gold trim requested by JoAnn of Kutztown. Ellen of Whitehall has three different-sized glasses with holly and gold trim that she's used only twice. Peggy of Allentown has three sets (six water tumblers and two sets of four different-shaped goblets) she is willing to give away. They haven't been used in years, she says.
Carol of Allentown has five Arby's Christmas goblets for JoAnn. The glasses are about 6 inches tall and four of them have a bow on the stem. They've never been used. Roy has five Arby's glasses that he thinks are the right pattern. Four are 7 inches tall and one is 41/2 inches.
''I don't have 1988 glasses but I do have 1986 pattern (red and green holly) four tall stem and two short stem glasses,'' says Rose of Allentown.
And, Fred of Bath has a set of four dated 1987 that he's willing to sell. We'll connect JoAnn with these helpful scouts.
Smoke deodorizer: JoAnn of Northampton has good news for Jane of Catasauqua, who is searching for Banish, a smoke-odor deodorizer. JoAnn contacted Banish's makers and received a response from Thomas, the product's inventor, who says he is the only one carrying it right now. He has some in stock and will take orders. Go to www.banish.com, call 800-824- 3139 or fax 512-918-8955. He accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Zane Grey books and Snap-On Sponges: Priscilla of Pen Argyl has some Zane Grey books for Joan of Bethlehem. We passed Priscilla's number on the Joan.
Another scout, Vesta of Quakertown, answered her request for Snap-On Sponges. She has two boxes, with two sponges in each box. We passed her number on to Joan.
Products for hearing impaired: Vicki of Allentown would like Cora of Allentown to know about two places where she can find products for the hearing impaired. One is Sonic Alert, which has the shake awake alarm clock Cora is looking for as well as many other products. (248-577-5400). Also, ADCO has a catalog of gifts for the hearing impaired. (TDD/Voice 1 or 800-726-0851.) ''I have ordered from both of these places and found them to be excellent resources with good customer care. I've never heard of the Ziggy's she was looking for, nor do I know of any retailer locally that can sell her anything other than to act as a 'middle man' and get her these same products at an increased price,'' says Vicki.
Large yellow mixing bowl: For 50 years, Arleen of South Whitehall Township has been using a four-piece set of mixing bowls in graduated sizes, each a different color red, green, blue and yellow. ''I just broke the largest bowl, the yellow one, and I'm looking for a replacement for it or for the entire set of bowls,'' she says.
Arborio rice: Jim of Lehighton came across a recipe for The Ultimate Rice Pudding, which calls for Arborio rice. He has tried the recipe with long-grain rice, but wonders if the results would be much better with Arborio. Jim needs help finding it. ''Is it a type of rice or a brand and where can I purchase it?'' he asks
Rocking horse repair: Beverly of Hellertown has a child-sized wooden rocking horse that needs repair. The wood is in beautiful shape, she says, but the horse's mane and tail need attention. ''Can anyone help?'' she asks.
Turkey mold: Elizabeth of Bethlehem needs help finding a turkey mold to use in making jellied cranberry salad.
Game rings and rules: Jeanette of Wind Gap bought a ring-toss game at a flea market, and she is pretty certain it is missing some rings. The game consists of a round board with a net underneath. Rings are to be tossed at 13 numbered hooks on the board. She remembers tournaments played in bar rooms with these games during the 1950s and '60s. She needs the instructions to the game as well as more rings. ''My husband told me it is hopeless and to forget it. Please help me prove him wrong,'' says Jeanette, who has a lot of faith in Shopping Scouts.
Allentown High yearbook: Sandy of Allentown is looking for a 1959 Allentown High School yearbook for a friend who has lost hers. Sandy says she'll pay a minimal fee.
English soap: Violet of Allentown is searching for a English soap called Pears, which used to be sold in drugstores.
Bright red can opener: Sandy of Allentown has been trying for four years to find a bright red electric can opener. ''I have done my entire kitchen in Kitchen Aid's empire red. But I have no interest in the Campbell Soup one. It's too 'orangey,''' Sandy says.
Egg-size Madonna: Bobbi of Bethlehem, who does Eggery Art, is looking for a statue of Madonna (no plastic!) that is 21/2 to 3 inches tall to be placed in the opening of a decorated goose egg. She has checked three stores in the area that sell religious items, but has had no luck.
Healing ointment: Vivian of Allentown is looking for Pontocaine Ointment, a brand of tetracaine and menthol USP that comes in a one-ounce tube. ''I do hope someone can help me find some as it is a very cooling and healing salve,'' says Vivian.
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