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Willi Gross of Temple City, who wanted button-down cotton flannel sleep shirts with collars for her husband, should soon be able to rest easy. A Van Nuys reader says camping stores (such as Wilderness Experience and REI) carry these sleep shirts. And if she's not successful there, Lucy Edwards of Palm Springs writes that the item can be obtained through various mail-order sources for about $25. She lists the following: Cabela's, 812 13th Ave., Sidney, Neb. 69160; L. L. Bean Inc., Freeport, Me. 04033 and Recreational Equipment Inc., P.O. Box 88125, Seattle, Wash. 98138-0125.
More on skunk odors: Patti Garrity of Manhattan Beach warns readers not to use liquefied ice plant or calla lily juice on any fabric; she says these plant products cause a stain that will not come out.
For Miriam Aarons of West Los Angeles, who wanted to finger some perforated, double 3x5 index cards for recipes, good news is in the cards. Fran Measly of Santa Barbara says Osco Drugs carries these alongside the regular 3x5 cards in the stationery section (but you have to look for them carefully). And Vaughnie Belle Eddes of Alhambra and Cecile Schreiber of Goleta both said the item is available from Current Inc., Box 2020, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80941.
For Robert Getchell of Los Angeles, who was looking for wool sweat socks, it's no sweat at all. Susan Wood of Temecula says her local Army surplus store has loads of them. Eleanor Palmer of Long Beach writes that the REI store at 405 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance, carries socks that are 85% wool and 15% nylon. And according to Lucy Edwards, the mail-order sources she mentioned above as carrying flannel sleepwear also have the sweat socks.
Here's another source for deerskin shoes: Martha Griffin of Pasadena highly recommends Sorrentino Orthopedic Shoe Store, 140 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; it's a father-and-daughter operation that gives friendly service, Griffin says.