Sunday, February 21, 2010

Next to Newsletter- Monday February 22, 2010

Thanks so much to all of you who sent your best wishes for my quick recovery from whatever virus or flu had taken over my life. It worked! All those aches and coughs and shivers are just a dim memory now.

We've marked down lots and lots of tags...there's a sidewalk sale and a new clearance rack. You'll find great deals on winter clearance and wonderful new spring fashions, too. Whatcha waiting for? Come on over!

N2N on Facebook!

Next to New is now on Facebook! Click here to go to our fan page and join up. We'll be posting great deals when we find them during the week, giving out N2N coupons to our Facebook friends and linking to other great frugal sites. We'll have the Deal of the Day and any other Hot Flashes that come our way. For example, last week we featured deals such as magazine subscriptions for as little as $3.75/ year, a 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon, great deals and rebates on appliances at Kohl's (I got an electric skillet for $11!), designer coffee and mug for $3.00 and a coupon for 20% off at Big Lots.

See you on Facebook!

New Columns

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 February 20th. Click here to read Arthur's piece on cloud storage.

My February 19th column is called "Observe and Report? Not if you have a conscience" Click here to go to it.

Free Pancakes!

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly three million dollars to support charities in the communities in which it operates. With your help, they hope to raise $1,000,000 for Children’s Miracle Network in 2010!

So take your appetite to IHOP on Tuesday, February 23, for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. Instead of paying for the flapjacks, guests will be invited to donate to Children's Miracle Network programs at affiliated hospitals around the country. The free pancakes will be offered from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Why Pancake Tuesday? Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.

Shop Well; Do Good

Evelyn Asher of Asheville sent in this great suggestion:

Donate to your favorite cause and get bargains in return. At, which connects to the sites of some 1,400 retailers including Target, Apple, and Sears, up to 30% of what you spend is donated to your favorite charity. Choose the beneficiary from more than 84,000 listed, or add your own. Retailers offer coupons and discounts on GoodShop, some of which aren’t offered elsewhere.

A related website,, is a search engine that donates a penny to your favorite cause for every online search you make.

Thanks, Evelyn!

Anatomy of Gray

When June's father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again, the next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town's preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. Set in Indiana during the late 1800s, Anatomy of Gray deals with death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming of age story.

The play is a collaborative performance between Johnson High School and North Hall High School. It opens on Friday, March 5 at 7:00 PM and runs through Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 PM at the Johnson High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.00.


A hot tamale tries to throw off a different sort of heat in this comedy of small-town manners. Carnelle Scott is best-known in her hometown of Yazoo City, MS, for her unrepentant promiscuity. An orphan taken in by her genteel relatives, she idolizes her older cousin Elain Rutledge, a former Fourth of July "Miss Firecracker" contest winner who is taking time out from her pampered life to give a speech on "My Life as a Beauty" at this year's pageant. Determined to follow in Elain's footsteps, Carnelle implores Elain to let her borrow the red dress in which Elain won the contest in 1972. Meanwhile, Elain's ne'er-do-well brother arrives with a get-rich-quick scheme that involves hocking the family estate. Into this mix steps Mac Sam, one of the men who contributed to Carnelle's scandalous past.

Gainesville High's production will run Feb. 23-25 (Tuesday-Thursday) at 7:30 PM at the GHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5.00.

Improv This!

It's time once again to delve into the wonderland of Improv with North Hall's very own troupe. Join Improv This! for their season finale- an unpredictable night of laughs and things yet unknown (unpredictable, remember?). It's at 7:30 PM on Thursday, February 25 at the NHHS theater. Admission is $7.00

Secret Dry Skin Lotion

Usually our recipes are for edibles but not this week. Cynthia Vey brought in
this recipe for dry skin lotion. It has easy to locate ingredients (not always the case when you're making lotions and potions) and it really does the trick on dry skin. Pack it up in some pretty containers and it'll make a great gift!

16 oz. Johnson's Baby Lotion (pink plastic bottle)
8 oz. Vaseline (be sure to use Vaseline, not an off-brand)
16 oz. Vitamin E cream (only found at Dollar General) It's in a white 8 oz. container with pink lettering. You'll need 2 bottles. Make sure it's the cream.

Microwave the Vaseline for a few seconds until just soft. It will plop out of the jar. Put it into a big bowl and combine all the ingredients with an electric mixer until it's fluffy. Package however you'd like.

Wise Words

Weekly This and That

Remember to bring in your plastic grocery bags to recycle and register to win a $25.00 store credit.

January's winner was Bobby Jones.

Here's Bobby being awarded his certificate in a solemn ceremony presided over by Lisa.

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.

Let's work to get the word out: friends don't let friends shop retail!

Computer Problems?

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 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.

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

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Gainesville, GA 30501

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