Even though it's not officially winter for a few weeks yet, it sure feels like it's here! It has us rocking at Next to New- we're busy, busy, busy putting out great winter fashions...now's the time to pick up awesome coats, jackets, long sleeve tops and sweaters for very little moola. To make it even more enticing...
We're holding over the Wild Card Sale through Thursday...you remember how it works: we have cards labeled with different 30% off departments-ladies' tops, infantwear, dresses, menswear...you get the idea. One card even wins you 30% off of your entire purchase.
If our schedule doesn't fit with yours, please give us a call (770-534-9070) and we will work out a time that's mutually convenient.
First Friday Sale
Storewide Half Price
Friday, December 4
10 AM-6 PM
50% off original price unless already priced less.
Cash, credit/debit card or check only, please.
You can use your store credit but the discount won't apply.
My husband, Arthur, and I each write twice-a-month columns for The Gainesville Times. His deal with computing and technology issues. Mine deal with whatever strikes my fancy.
His latest was published on November 21th. Clickhere to read Arthur's piece on the impact of the Internet.
My November 27th column is about, oh, this and that. Click here to read it.
Restaurant.com is the leading website for restaurants and restaurant gift certificates. It connects restaurant seekers and food lovers to savings at more than 9,000 restaurants nationwide. Restaurant.com’s Feed It Forward program is donating $30 million in free restaurant gift certificates – over 30 days. It allows you to treat friends, family, and colleagues —anyone—to a $10.00 savings on a great meal out.
When you Feed It Forward, you simply choose whom to give to, and the site takes care of the rest. Each person who receives a gift through the giving site can help Feed it Forward, by giving free restaurant gift certificates to others. You can give one certificate each day. The program runs through Christmas. Clickhere to check it out.
Art with heart
If you're shopping in downtown Gainesville, be sure to stop by the Georgia Artists with Disabilities art exhibit at The Arts Council's Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St. (the Depot behind Hunt Tower.) Work from more than 50 disabled Georgia artists is showcased. It runs through Dec. 3 and it's free.
As beautiful as a Christmas tree is to look at, it is also a magnet for pets. Whether they are climbing it, toppling it, or attempting to eat it, pets love Christmas trees. Live or artificial, you are going to need a plan for protecting your tree from the wild animals who inhabit your home. Click here to find some some simple tips for pet-proofing your Christmas tree this year.
Tour of Homes
The Christmas Tour of Homes benefits Gainesville High School's Drama Department. It's from 1-5 p.m. on December 6. Houses in Gainesville on the tour are Eddie and Becky Martin's, 1071 Green Street Circle, Phillip and Lydia Sartain's, 696 Dixon Drive, Darrell and Denise Rochester's, 965 Green Street Circle and Kent Tench's, 731 Crestview Terrace.
For more information, call 770-654-0758 or 770-533-2748 or email@example.com. Tickets are $20.00 and are available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at the door or at Gainesville High School.
My daughter Rachel, a budding crafter, told me about this site:The ThreadBanger network is a landing point for people who want to create and discover their own style through alternative fashion: recycling, up-cycling and re-fashioning anything and everything with simple sewing tools and techniques.
From their episodes, forum and blog, to their newsletter, contests and viewer-take-overs, ThreadBanger is a multi-media network for people who want to share their passion for DIY, fashion and crafting with each other. ThreadBanger is a place to share ideas, tips and advice and help make the world more fashionable. Click here to go there.
Baked Apples with Cinnamon Sauce
5 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
4 apples (any variety but Red Delicious) peeled, halved, and cored, a thin sliver cut off bottoms so apples sit flat
1 (15 ounce) container 9-inch pie crusts
1 egg white
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix 3 Tbs. of butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon and all the nuts in a small bowl. Spoon a portion of the mixture into each hollowed-out apple core.
For boxed pie crusts, unroll one of the dough sheets onto a floured work surface. Pulling on sides of dough to straighten rounded edges, roll it into an approximate 12-inch square, then cut the dough into four 6-inch squares; brush the perimeter of each square with egg white. Set an apple half on each square. Bring up the 4 corners of dough around the apple and pinch edges to seal. Place on a large (at least 18- by 12-inch) parchment-covered baking dish. Brush dumpling tops and sides with egg white; sprinkle with sugar. Repeat process with remaining apples and dough.
Bake dumplings until pastry sets and starts to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes longer.
While apples bake, bring 1 cup water, the remaining 2 Tbs. butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon to boil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tsps. water; whisk into hot syrup for a smooth sauce. Cover, keep warm.
For each serving, spoon a portion of sauce on a dessert plate. Set apple dumpling over warm sauce; serve immediately.
Weekly this 'n' that
The Gainesville Evening Optimist Club's 53rd Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Fundraiser is in full swing. You'll find beautiful trees of all sizes and hand crafted wreaths at the tree lot on Browns Bridge Road next to Gallery (Wolfman's) Furniture. The Gainesville Evening Optimist Club is dedicated to serving the kids of our area and your tree purchase helps further that mission. Stop by the tree lot any time...if there's no one there, you can just pick out your tree and drop a check through the "Honest John" slot in the door. How's that for easy?
It's heartwarming to see how many people step up to help others during this season of giving. We get lots of folks in shopping for needy families. May I make a suggestion? Why not give a N2N gift certificate as part of your Angel Tree gift? I've discovered that often those who would most benefit from resale shopping don't know about us. They spend their meager clothing budget at cut-rate discount stores where the clothing is poorly made and wears out in no time. The same money goes MUCH further here at N2N and the items are well-made name brands and mall brands that are far more durable and (IMHO) cuter, too. We'll be glad to convert some of your store credit into a gift certificate or sell you a credit to use as part of your Christmas giving. You'll know the recipient will be able to find great fashions and learn about the many benefits of resale shopping at the same time. Now, that's the gift that keeps on giving!
We're still collecting both essentials and goodies to send to SSgt Latessa Bortner in Saudi Arabia. So far, the response has been wonderful- you've donated enough for us to send seven large flat rate priority boxes!
Packages will be going out to Latessa each Wednesday so please keep the goodies coming in!
Remember to bring in your plastic grocery bags to recycle and register to win a $25.00 store credit. October's winner is ANNA BELLE ILLIEN.
If you'd like to be added to the N2N Hot Flash list and receive freebie and bargain alerts during the week, just email me at
Each week, we'll be doing cash buying for one area in the shop that really needs inventory. This week it's SHOES.
We'll be buying shoes for cash all week- through Thursday, December 3rd. Check next week's newsletter to see what the next buy-for-cash department will be.
Get a $5.00 store credit any time you bring us a new shopper. It's easy. Just bring in your friends who've never tried N2N shopping. When they check out at the register, we'll give YOU a $5.00 credit on the spot.
THEN- at the end of the month we'll hold a drawing of names of everyone who brought us new shoppers. That winner gets a $50.00 store credit. Also, if you brought us the MOST new shoppers, you'll get a $50.00 store credit.
The winner of the $50.00 credit drawing is LYNNE SPICER. Last month's winner for bringing us the most new shoppers (5!) is ELAINE MINTER. Come on over and get your $50.00 credits, ladies!
Let's work to get the word out: friends don't let friends shop retail!
Don't hesitate to call Arthur if your computer has a virus or isn't running as fast as it should. He will come to you or you can drop off your PC at Next to New. His rates put the Geeks to shame and your satisfaction is guaranteed. One-on-one instruction is available or get some friends together for an even better rate. He can fix software problems through remote access if necessary, so no matter where you are, give him a call - your computer will thank you. You can click here to go to his website.
www.glazerthepctech.com (770) 540-5100
That's it for now. Remember-email goes both ways...
If you run across any exceptional bargains or impressive new products, let us know. We'll put the word out! Have a remarkable week!
Teressa and the Next2New Crew
Next to New Resale Boutique
1705 Cleveland Hwy.Gainesville, GA 30501
Monday- Saturday 10-6