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Alphabet Letters

I'm looking for a place that sells the alphabet letters for decorating a bedroom. If possible I'd like to find some that can be painted. Thanks. Lisa
Hi, I recall seeing unfinished alphabet letters at Gorman and Sons Furniture on Telegraph (a block or so south of Dwight, just across from the 7-11). They are a wonderful old Berkeley business that sells unfinished and finished wood furniture and smaller things made of wood like mailboxes and desk-top items -- not always the cheapest, but a huge selection and a non-chain locally owned store! Nicole
reply: alphabet letters for bedroom. we got ours at the teacher/parent store (forgot the exact name) on Grand Ave in Oakland, same block as the movie theater - they are beautiful! betty BBConsults
Note from Myriam: This is Oakland Parent Teacher Store 3308 Grand Avenue Oakland Phone: 510-444-5751

Alphabet Pasta

(From May 1998 digest)

From: Kathleen

Alphabet pasta can be found in the Mexican food section of Lucky's in
Montclair.  I have no idea why it is in this ethnic part of the store and
not with the rest of the pasta, but I purchase it for my kids all the time
and it is always in this section between the peppers and the pinto beans.  


From: Rosemary

Lucky carries a brand called Gamesa in the international food section,
it is a product from Mexico.  My almost-two-year-old loves it in his
soup.  I use a can of tomatoes, a bullion cube, diced onion, and grated
carrot.  This is one sure way he gets vegetables.


From: Allison

Alphabet Pasta, find it at Lucca's deli. They usually have it.  There's 
a Lucca on Telepgraph in north Oakland I think, (also SF Marina on Chestnut, 
even one in Castro Valley on CV Blvd.)


From: Elizabeth
  and Lucy 
  and Dawn 

Whole Foods carries pasta in the shape of the
letters of the alphabet.  It's Eden Organic
Vegetable Alphabets and it comes in 16 oz.
packages.  I think some of the other natural
food stores have it too.


From: "DL

Alphabet Pasta:
Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has an alphabet version (you don't have to use
the day-glo orange powder!)


From: "Wendy

Trader Joe's has pasta in a lot of fun shapes -- hearts, basketballs,
etc. I don't know if they have letters and numbers specifically, but
if you are just looking for fun shapes, you might want to try there!


From: Debbie

ou can get pasta in the shape of the letters of the alphabet at the
grocery store. Most stores sell small packages or boxes of tiny
pasta in the shape of letters. They are usually on a higher shelf than 
regular pasta. I believe I've also seen these shapes in bulk at
Berkeley Bowl. I think the Bowl also has packages.

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