Nancy Bird of Laguna Beach is looking for Chicken Earrings, which used to be for people too "chicken" to have their ears pierced. (A tiny wire went below the ear to a small ornament on the back, holding the earring in place.) Can you scratch around for a source, or will Bird wonder if she's laid an egg with that request?
Because of an allergy, Marilyn Casady of Oceanside is required to wear--but unable to find-- panty hose made of cotton or silk; even cotton lisle would do. Can you help before Casady no longer has a leg to stand on, or will she have to keep saying: "Aye, there's the rub!"?
Lois Friss of Granada Hills would like to find a wooden nutcracker bowl with an insert that holds the nutcracker and picks; she has the nutcracker and the six picks. Can you bowl Friss over with some ideas without being too picky, or is this request too tough a nut to crack for our readers?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Corrine at (714) 634-4650 would like to find a Poor Pitiful Pearl doll that was popular about 35 years ago but is no longer made. Please help, so that Corrine can start feeling cuddly again. . . . Suzanne at (213) 641-3066 needs someone to translate Danish knitting instructions into English , so that she can make a sweater from a kit she received as a gift; she's even willing to pay for the service. Please deign to help Suzanne, so she won't have to sweat out this nit-picking problem much longer. . . . Jack at (818) 345-4388 needs some blue and white-marble plastic Tilemaster tiles that were used in bathroom showers of homes built in the 1950s. Please shower Jack with ideas and see to it that he doesn't take a bath on this request.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items or for products no longer available in stores. And you must give us written permission to publish your telephone number, so that others may contact you directly.
We have another source for feather pillows to be cleaned. H. D. Kepler of Long Beach says that the Acme Mattress Factory, 4232 E. Anaheim Ave., Long Beach, "did a beautiful job for me."
For Needra Aulmann of Laguna Hills, who needed a 30-inch-high folding laundry cart on wheels with a washable liner, we may have some help. Frances McNamee of San Fernando, Margaret Beyer of Santa Ana and Lorraine Mason of La Crescenta all mentioned the Sears catalogue, but their highest cart is only 28 inches tall. Betty of Rancho Palos Verdes says that the Hold Everything Catalogue, put out by Williams-Sonoma, Box 7807, San Francisco, Calif. 94120-7807, has such a laundry cart for $39 and adds that Hold Everything also has a retail store in Santa Ana. And Ethylene Rucker of Los Angeles says that the Miles Kimball Catalogue features a laundry cart for $19.48 (liner $9.49), but it is only 26 1/2 inches high; the address is 41 West 8th St., Oshkosh, Wis. 54906.
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