Sunday, March 28, 2010

Next to Newsletter Monday- March 29, 2010


Good morning, everybody!

Wow, time's flying...Passover starts on Monday night, next Sunday is Easter, then there's Spring break. School will be out before you know it.
Now's the time to get your warm weather fashion bargains. N2N is full of shorts, capris, summery tops, sweet sun dresses... everything you need to ready yourself for the season.


Cleaning out closets? Here's the 411 on our buying program:

Do the first cut for us. Don't bring anything with problems...spots, stains, smelly, outdated...you know the drill.

We do our store credit buying Monday thru Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm. You don't need an appointment but our buying is on a first come, first served basis so you may have to wait a few minutes (Hint: we have TWO buyers here on Monday and Wednesday so if you're pressed for time, those days are your best bet)

As a rule, we don't buy on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There's often only one employee in the shop and it's impossible to give our customers the attention they deserve if we're up front buying. Thanks for understanding.

We want to buy your clothes. If your schedule prevents you from coming in during normal buying hours, just give me a call (my cell # is 770-539-1911) and we'll work out a time.

Don't Forget:


First Friday Sale
at Next to New
Storewide Half Price
Friday, April 2
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.

Hot Off the Presses


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 March 20. Click here to read Arthur's piece on email options.

My March 19 column is about the current legislation to add a bittering agent to antifreeze. Click here to go to it.


Crafty Fun


No Time for Flash Cards is a mommy blog with wonderfully creative ideas for crafting using common household items...don't you just hate when a craft project involves trips to Michael's, Home Depot AND Hobby Lobby? There are book reviews, cooking projects, songs and lots more. It's a great resource for families with preschoolers. Click here to check it out.


Perspective


Local writer and bonne vivante Candice Dyer posted this video on her Facebook page at just the right time. I was having one of those "oh poor pitiful me" moments...then I saw this video about speaker Nick Vujicic and my attitude did a 180.

Click here to be amazed.


Clip Job


For all you coupon clippers out there, here's a good idea: BUY your coupons!

That's right- get your coupons on eBay! I tried it and was pleased- for $1.59, I got 100 coupons (and that included shipping.) One of the coupons was for a free bag of Hall's cough drops so that alone more than covered my cost.

The trick, as with all eBay transactions, is to check the seller's feedback and wait until the last minute or so to bid. Ask questions before you bid. I make sure the coupons have at least a month before they expire and are for nationally available products, not from stores that are only found in, say, Wyoming and Nebraska.


This comes compliments of my techie husband, Arthur:

One of his favorite places on the net is Giveaway of the Day.

Each day there's a different giveaway to download. It's mostly utilities and programs with games and screen savers thrown in for good measure.
I recently downloaded a $50.00 word processor geared to writers and poets...for FREE! The catch is you only have 24 hours to install and activate the featured program. Click here to check it out.


Showtime!




Riverside Military Academy presents "Little Shop of Horrors" on Wednesday, march 31 and Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM.

The performance includes a wide range of RMA students (including the pit band). Other cast members include North Hall's Suzanne Zoller and Rachel Glazer and GHS's Carrie Franklin.

The performance is in the Sandy Beaver Center Auditorium. There's no charge for admission.

Phoebe Cam


I love this webcam of little Phoebe the Channel Island Allen (California) Hummingbird and her nest. It goes off the air at night and back on at 7am Pacific time. Click here to visit with Phoebe.


Green Bean Casserole- from SCRATCH!


This Easter, try making this perennial family dinner classic without opening a single can! You'll be amazed at the difference.

2 (12 ounce) packages frozen French cut green beans
8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
3 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 (2.8 ounce) can canned French fried onions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Place green beans into a saucepan and fill with about 1/2 inch of water. Bring to a boil and steam until beans are tender but still bright green, about 5 minutes. Drain and toss with the mushrooms. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and parsley; cook and stir until onion is tender. Whisk in flour until blended, then mix in the lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly, so that no lumps form and then stir in sour cream. Warm over medium heat until the sauce begins to bubble. Dump in the green beans and mushrooms, stirring to coat.

Remove from the heat and toss briefly with some of the Cheddar cheese and French fried onions, saving some of each to sprinkle over the top. Spoon into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish and top with the reserved onions and cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese melts, about 15 minutes.


New Favorite Quote


"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity."
--- Dorothy Parker


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.


Remember to bring in your plastic grocery bags to recycle and register to win a $25.00 store credit. The winner for February was Dee Snow. Congrats, Dee!


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!


...and don't forget Senior Discount Day- each Monday, everyone 55 and over gets 30% off their cash purchases.



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...

So what's up with you?

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
770-534-9070

Monday- Saturday 10-6
Sunday 1-6


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Next to Newsletter- Monday March 22, 2010

Ah, at last! Spring is officially here. We spent the last week stocking the shop with wonderful spring/summer fashions- the racks are packed with jeans, shorts and capris, sweet spring dresses, sandals and spring shoes, kids clothes galore...something for everyone.

Plan on stopping in soon and often!


Let's do the Wild Card Sale this week...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.


...and don't forget Senior Discount Day- each Monday, everyone 55 and over gets 30% off their cash purchases.


Current 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 March 20. Click here to read Arthur's piece on email options.

My March 19 column is about the current legislation to add a bittering agent to antifreeze. Click here to go to it.

Truth or Legend?

Anytime I get an email dealing with a scam, a warning or a missing person the first thing I do is go to snopes.com to see if the information is accurate or yet another urban legend being spread throughout the Internet. Click here to hear a fascinating NPR interview with Barbara and David Mikkelson, the originators and editors of snopes.com.




Outside Play


Remember hopscotch? Jacks? Kickball? The variety of ways we've found to amuse ourselves in the streets is amazing. At the drop of a hat, we invent games and through sheer determination make them indispensable and legendary. Using whatever is at hand--bottlecaps, a stick, or the spaldeen (a high bounce rubber ball)-- kids though the ages create games that are the envy of any sportsman or marketeer. Now that spring's here, click here to refresh your memory of the rules and introduce your kids and grandkids to these perennial favorites.


Smile!


Thanks to Kayanne Massy for sending along this little gem of a video: Coca-Cola could have just handed out some free coke, but decided to create a "Happiness Machine" in the student commons area of a university. It sure looks like a regular vending machine, but this group of college students was in for a surprise. This vending machine takes quarters and gives out smiles.

Click here to view the video.


Showtime!



It talks. It moves. It eats your enemies, employers, and love interests while the urchins sing and dance. Look out!


Riverside Military Academy presents "little Shop of Horrors" on Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM.

The performance includes a wide range of RMA students (including the pit band). Other cast members from include North Hall's Suzanne Zoller and Rachel Glazer and GHS's Carrie Franklin.

The performance is in the Sandy Beaver Center Auditorium. There's no charge for admission.



Next to New Family News


It was great to see so many of you at the Family T.I.E.S. 1Mile/ 5K Fun Run on Saturday! It was a lot of fun for a very worthy cause.

Our Rachel came in third in the 1 mile event and Molly was first in the 20-24 age group in the 5K! Congratulations, girls!


Pavlova


This is a delicious recipe from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog. It's perfect for a shower or brunch. Just remember- don't try to make meringue on a humid day. That's a recipe for disaster!
  • 3 egg whites at room temperature (I use large eggs)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (1st amount)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (2nd amount)
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. vinegar

  • 8 oz. carton whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • fruit of your choice. Fresh berries are great, as are fresh or canned peaches, nectarines, pineapple, kiwi or a combination.
  1. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks begin to form.
  2. Add 1st amount of sugar, a few tablespoons at a time, beating very well between additions. I was told to check that the sugar had dissolved before adding the next amount. You can check by tasting a bit of the meringue to see if there are any grains of still sugar intact. This can take a long time so I don't always beat it that long.
  3. Beat in vanilla and vinegar.
  4. Mix cornstarch with the 2nd amount of sugar and continue to add sugar in small amounts beating well in between each addition until meringue is very thick and most of the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Cut a round of parchment paper to fit a pizza pan. You can sprinkle the pan with a bit of water before putting the parchment down so it sticks to the pan. Alternately you can use foil which is lightly buttered.
  6. Pile the meringue on to the parchment in a circle about the size of a dinner plate. Using a spatula or spoon, push the meringue to the outside edges and indent the center so it is lower than the sides.
  7. Place in center of a 300ยบ F oven and bake for 1 hour.
  8. After one hour, turn oven off. DO NOT OPEN OVEN DOOR until it is completely cold. (I usually bake my pavlova just before going to bed and leave it in the cold oven overnight.)
  9. Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form.
  10. Pile the whipped cream into the center indentation of your Pavlova. (You can do this a couple of hours ahead or right before serving.
  11. Top with cut up fruit or arrange fruit slices in a circular design. Do not put the fruit on until just before serving or the meringue will soften.
  12. Cut into wedges to serve.
Wise Words


"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." ~ Buddha


Weekly This and That


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.


Remember to bring in your plastic grocery bags to recycle and register to win a $25.00 store credit. The winner for February was Dee Snow. Congrats, Dee!


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

Next to New Resale Boutique
1705 Cleveland Hwy.
Gainesville, GA 30501
770-534-9070

Monday- Saturday 10-6
Sunday 1-6


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Next to Newsletter- Monday March 15, 2010


As I was leaving work Saturday, there was the most beautiful rainbow. It appears the pot o' gold is located right behind Johnny's BBQ.


This week, with Easter right around the corner, we'll do a little variation on the Wild Card theme. It's the Surprise Egg Sale. When you check out, pick an egg- you'll receive a discount that could be 10, 20 or 30 percent off or even your entire purchase for FREE!


...and don't forget Senior Discount Day- each Monday, everyone 55 and over gets 30% off their cash purchases.

Current 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 March 6. Click here to read Arthur's piece on printers and ink.

My March 5 column is about Family TIES Gainesville's parenting programs and it's upcoming fundraising fun run. Click here to go to it.

Bubble, Bubble...



With spring right around the corner, it's time to get ready for all those fun outdoor activities. When our girls were little (and even now, I suspect) they loved blowing bubbles. You can make your own solution for a fraction of the cost of those little individual bubble bottles. Click here to find great bubble solution directions. And if you want to turn it into a learning experience, click here to learn the science behind bubbles.


Wednesday is Movie Night


Here's a special bargain for St. Patrick's Day: Visit the Redbox Facebook page for a code for a free one-night movie rental Wednesday, March 17 at your local Redbox and it expires on Wednesday, March 17 at 11:59pm CT. Write your code on your calendar so you remember to use it next Wednesday! Locally, there's a Redbox inside Ingles on Thompson Bridge Rd. and outside Walgreen's on Enota.


Learn From My Fail



What's the best way to learn? Why, from somebody's else's mistakes, of course! That's the premise of Learn From My Fail. For example: "Do not open a pressure cooker without thoroughly cooling it off first. It takes a long time to clean exploded potatoes off the ceiling, cupboards, walls, and your hair." and "Wait a few minutes after the popcorn comes out of the microwave before putting the unpopped kernels in your mouth. Just because they haven’t popped yet doesn’t mean they won’t…" See what I mean? Click here for more.

Irish Cream Brownie Dessert



For a fitting ending to a St. Patrick´s Day celebration, serve fudgy brownies with a creamy liqueur-scented topping.

1 package brownie mix and required ingredients

Topping:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp. Irish cream liqueur
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed
2 tbsp chocolate chips, chopped

First, prepare a package of brownie mix according to package directions except substitute 2 tbsp. of the liquid with 2 tbsp. Irish cream liqueur. Bake according to directions and cool for at least 30 minutes.

Mix powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon liqueur in small bowl. Fold in whipped topping. Spread evenly over cooled brownies. Sprinkle with chopped chocolate.

Next to New Family News


Rachel Glazer and Kristen Ellis, Oratory Chair of the White Co. Optimist Club

Last Monday, our Rachel placed first in the White County Optimist Club's Oratory Competition.

The topic was "Cyber Communication: Promise or Peril?" Next is the Zone competition on Saturday, March 20 in Oakwood. Good luck, Rach!

Wise Words


Weekly This and That


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.


Remember to bring in your plastic grocery bags to recycle and register to win a $25.00 store credit. The winner for February was Dee Snow. Congrats, Dee!


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.



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
770-534-9070

Monday- Saturday 10-6
Sunday 1-6