DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you know if any business still sells sun lamps? I'm looking for a portable one.
Years ago, I had a portable one made by Westinghouse, but any brand will do, even if I have to send away for it. Thank you. — Deb, Livermore Falls
ANSWER: The traditional sun lamp doesn't seem to be as popular any more — perhaps because of fears of skin cancer — but you can find them online.
They are several available one at Amazon.com (1-800-201-7575) and one at Walmart.com ($99), but the biggest supply seems to be at tanninglamps4less.com. You can contact them at 1-800-274-1744.
Light boxes for mood enhancement and to fight seasonal affective disorder are also available online. See fullspectrumsolutions.com, usa.philips.com/c/light-therapy/ and lighttherapyproducts.com.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: Years ago I used to buy meat packages from Ouellette's Variety on Minot Avenue in Auburn. Sadly, they have long since closed and I was curious if there are other businesses that offer meat packages in the area?
Does Sun Spots or other readers know who may still offer these? And if they are out there, are there places that deliver? Thanks so much! — Louise Pepin, MissWeezy@roadrunner.com
ANSWER: Sun Spots isn't quite sure she understands what you mean by meat packages, but a search for that term online revealed plenty of companies selling bulk packages of meat. Those include beansmeats.com, kenricks.com, haverhillbeef.com and more.
When she searched for "meat packaging," Sun Spots turned up waltonsinc.com, westonsupply.com, butchersupply.net and ultrasourceusa.com (vacuum pouches). Some of these companies provide everything you need for storing meat at home.
If you order online, items will be sent to your house, usually via UPS or FedEx.
Editor's note: After this column ran, our readers called and wrote to tell us that there are many local markets that offer meat packages. They include: Town & Country Foods in Greene, Harvest Hill Farms in Poland, Tilton's Market in Buckfield, Bourque's Market in Lewiston, Little Alaska Farm in Wales and Nezinscot Farm in Turner.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I have quite a few U.S. coins I would like to have appraised as to their current value. Could you provide the names of anyone qualified to do this? Thank you. — No Name, East Livermore
ANSWER: The best way to see what coins are currently selling for is online at sites such as eBay. But several readers have recommended Republic Jewelry and Collectibles, 212 Center St. in Auburn, 784-4444, www.republicjewelry.com.
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am looking for an ammo magazine clip for an early edition Woodsman Colt (1930 series), 10-round clip, 22-caliber long rifle for a reasonable price. Call 783-3786. Ron, Lewiston, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is in response to the person who wanted help with a braided rug. The Oxford Mill End Store, Route 26 in Oxford, 539-4451, teaches rug braiding, but is very willing to help people other than in the classes. They also have a wonderful selection of wool, too. — Donna Kennison, email@example.com
DEAR SUN SPOTS: I am writing in response to your reader looking for macrame cord and beads. We carry both of these items at Craft-Mania right here on Center Street in Auburn. — Lee, firstname.lastname@example.org
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