Maxine Leverett of Santa Monica has been looking for a chair that pulls out into a bed , but she doesn't want the deflatable kind. Can you help before Leverett gets that sinking feeling, or will she become a chair person who can never be accused of lying down on the job?
Marian Stewart of Fullerton is looking for Dri-Die , a chemical that dries out the bodies of ants and other insect pests but is not harmful to humans or pets; her supplier has gone out of business. Can you help before Stewart gets too antsy, or will she just have to keep bugging us until somebody takes care of this can of worms?
Alexine Collier of Northridge would like to find a product called Cracked Glass, which consists of small, irregular pieces of colored glass and was used to make mosaics ; she has taken a particular shine to dark green, light moss green and medium gray shades. Can you help before Collier's creative talent is shattered to pieces, or will she have to realize that this task is not all that it's cracked up to be?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Table manners are really threatening to go down the drain in some homes. Mary at (213) 679-8317 is in desperate need of three stainless dinner forks of the Driftwood pattern by Community ; the cutlery is at least 30 years old. Joan at (213) 587-3562 has had no success completing a set of Aynsley Valencia 8364. And Geni at (213) 656-2742 needs plates, soup bowls with liners, cups and saucers from the discontinued Mikasa Pembroke bone china pattern for a wedding gift to a granddaughter. Please help, if only to make sure that the guests who come to dinner at their homes won't be in the cups before dessert.
Note: The Reader-to-Reader Help Line is only for one-time items and 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.
Dorothy Johnstone of Huntington Beach, who was looking for two-inch-wide waistband lace, need waste no more time; we have nearby sources. Mrs. E. D. Mitchell of Los Angeles, Louise Hauter of La Canada, Wauneva M. Cross of Garden Grove and Helen Shirley of Corona del Mar say this lace can be obtained at the Olga factory outlet, 743 Baker St., Costa Mesa; Cross also mentioned Magic Stitches, 2795 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim. Mrs. Elizabeth Delles of Los Angeles, Pat Gunderman of Orange and Carol Nadler of Canyon Country suggest a mail-order source, Kieffer's Lingerie Fabrics & Supplies, 1625 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minn. 55403. And a reader has nine yards of 1 1/2-inch lace she'll sell for $5.75.
Recently we've had a number of requests for Munsingwear products, including pajamas and shorts. The best local source for these items, according to the manufacturer, is Lieberg's Department Store, 421 E. Main St., Alhambra, Calif. 91801; their telephone number is (213) 283-2811, and they honor mail-order requests.
We also have a local source for the darning cotton that Louella Dealey of Culver City was looking for a few weeks back. E. Chanin of Los Angeles says Thousand Fabrics, 611 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, stocks it.
More sources for kazoo connoisseurs, but they are quite a distance away: Mission Music Service, 27601 Forbes Road, Suite N, Laguna Niguel (from Claire Horn); Nyborg's Music, 215 E. Main St., Barstow (from Bobbi Kraus), and various Farrell's Ice Cream parlors (from Maxi Campbell of Mar Vista). We also had letters from several readers who have kazoos and are willing to blow taps for them; if interested, send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
For the many readers who have been trying to locate difficult-to-find fragrances, we may have a local source: Perfumes For Less, 1919 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif. 90403, (213) 829-2188, states that some of their stock consists of items no longer found on many shelves.
For Minnie Michel of Fullerton, who was looking for an uncovered barbecue on three legs, we have no retail sources, but four readers told us that they are willing to part with their barbecues. If Michel--or anyone else--will send us a stamped, self-addressed envelope, we'll keep the fire going.