Mary Jane Salcido of Santa Barbara is seeking the address of a Florida firm that makes special craft buttons ; she uses these to make button necklaces. Can you help with this crafty request, or will Salcido have to stick her neck out and buttonhole everybody in sight?
Ann Gipple of Whittier is looking for a wrought-iron television table that can be adjusted to the size of a TV set. Can you help focus Gipple's attention on a nearby source, or will she be overwrought because her hopes have gone down the tube?
Ed Shriver of Long Beach is seeking someone who can reweave his Brown-Jordan patio chairs. Can you help while Shriver is still laid back, or will he have to find a source all by himself by the seat of his pants?
Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Kay at (213) 456-3513 has had no luck in finding Helena Rubinstein wand mascara in black or brown ; mascara brushes will not suffice. Please don't give Kay the brushoff, but help before she goes into a blue funk. . . . Arleen at (818) 991-1207 is looking for an opaque, heavy glass dish with the word Salad on the bottom; she believes it was made by Blenko. Please help and bring back the salad days to Arleen's kitchen. . . . We have two readers playing the pan game: Helen at (818) 286-9460 needs the lid for a square 10-inch stainless-steel frying pan made by Aristo-Craft , and Jeff at (213) 820-9651 is looking for an angel food cake pan that measures nine inches across. Please let this be food for thought, and make sure everything pans out for our two readers.
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Bad news for Eugenia Lynch of Ventura and Miriam Cutts of Seal Beach, both of whom were looking for an egg holder with a steel blade. Thelma Pierce of Claremont says the product was the Crax-Ezy Boiled Egg Opener made by Wecolite of New Jersey; but a phone call to that firm revealed that the item has not been made in years and they have none in stock.
Ray James of Hollywood, who was looking for collar wires that fit under a tie, may turn out to be a winner yet. Matilda Perelman of La Mirada writes that her husband bought U-shape wire collars at Oxman's Surplus, 14128 E. Rosecrans Ave., Santa Fe Springs, (213) 921-1106. And if Oxman's can't solve James' knotty problem, we also heard from a Hemet reader who has two old collar wires and will part with one of them. A stamped, self-addressed envelope will break the tie.
Marjorie Drew of Brentwood, who was looking for plastic glove driers, may soon have her hands full after all. M. Parrish of Santa Monica saw some of these driers at a thrift shop on Pico Boulevard between 25th Street and Cloverfield Avenue in Santa Monica. We also have some mail-order firms. According to Mary Langdon of Van Nuys, the following companies list the glove driers in their catalogue: Walter Drake & Sons, 36 Drake Building, Boulder, Colo. 80940; Lillian Vernon, 510 S. Fulton Ave., Mount Vernon, N.Y. 10550, and Joan Cook, 3200 S.E. 14th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. And then we heard from six readers who have these glove driers and wouldn't mind if someone took them off their hands.