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Starry-Eyed Hunt for a Security Blanket

February 09, 1989|HERB HAIN

Michael Peter of Hollywood wants to obtain a navy-blue double or queen bedspread that shows stars, planets and comets and glows in the dark ; he saw that bedspread on a trip to Pennsylvania but has not been able to locate it here. Can you throw some light on Peter's night life without spreading yourself too thin, or will he lose sleep because he may have seen too many stars in front of his eyes?

Pat Davey of Northridge would like to find a clear-plastic bubble umbrella. Can you help clear up this precipitous situation, or will Davey stop bubbling over when she finds out that she'll have to rein in her desires a bit if she doesn't want to end up all wet?

For her expensive custom-made shoes, Elizabeth Perreault of Hollywood would like to obtain some plastic covers. Can you help make shoer that Perreault's investment is protected, or will she, the next time out, have to be careful whose toes she steps on? They may be her own.

Reader-to-Reader Help Line: Esther at (714) 861-6089 needs to replace the glass carafe for a Ronson Cook 'n' Stir blender , which is no longer being made. Please stir yourself and see to it that things blend again in Esther's kitchen.

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.

Eugene Ryan of Baldwin Park, who was looking for an ultrasonic pest control device, may soon have the bugs out of his system; we have several mail-order sources. Rhea Proctor of Los Angeles mentions the United States Purchasing Exchange, Dept. 7999, North Hollywood, Calif. 91611. Their item is listed at $19.97. Mildred Walker of Hollywood says that Walker Enterprises (no relation), 15 E. Palatine Road, Prospect Heights, Ill. 60070, sells an ultrasonic pest repeller for about $10.

And Hammacher Schlemmer & Co., 9180 LeSaint Drive, Fairfield, Ohio 45014, sells a pest raider for $39.

For Jean of Fullerton, who wanted 25-inch separating zippers, we have two sources she could easily zip over to: Lois Jenks of Los Angeles mentions House of Fabrics, 185 N. Orange St., Glendale, (818) 246-7342; Louise Hauter of La Canada and Natalie Phillips of Alhambra say Stephens, 3219 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (818) 449-8301, not only sells zippers of all sizes but also fixes broken ones.

And Joyce Hannas says a catalogue put out by Mary Maxim, 2001 Holland Ave., Port Huron, Mich. 48060, telephone (313) 987-2000, lists all sizes of zippers; the firm specializes in needlework and crafts.

For Madeleine and other readers looking for Shadowline pajamas, we have a local outlet, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Alice Klindworth of Sun Valley says Laura's Corset Shoppe, 230 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, (818) 241-5616, handles not only Shadowline but difficult-to-find bras and girdles.

And for readers living north of here, Jessie Miller of Visalia has another source: Leggett's Department Store, 99 E. Tower Square, Tulare, Calif. 93274, telephone (209) 686-0023.

For the many readers who have been looking for Whink (the latest being Margaret Baccus of Downey), we have news that's nothing to wink at. The local distributor reports that Whink is now available in all Clark Drug outlets, most Sentry Hardware stores, most Builder's Emporium stores and most Ralph's, where you'll find it under Miscellaneous Hardware. Starting in April, Whink will also be available in Thrifty Drug stores.

Good news for Cleome Hayden of Pomona and several other readers who have been looking for Wiss scalloping shears. Owner Fred Wieser of Standard Cutlery, 9509 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, telephone (213) 276-7898, says his store carries Wiss in addition to many other difficult-to-obtain cutlery items.

Hain cannot answer mail personally but will, space permitting, respond in this column to readers who need--or have--helpful information. Write (do not telephone) to You Can Help!, You section, the Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles 90053.

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