Sunday, May 9, 2010

Next to Newsletter -Monday, May 10, 2010

Thanks so much to all of you who made our First Friday Sale such a success! Our next sale will be on June 4th.

This week, choose a card and get 30% off a particular department (ladies' pants, menswear, infant's clothes- you get the idea.) There's even one card for 30% off your entire purchase!

Wish List

Costume jewelry
Maternity wear

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 May 1st. Click
here to read Arthur's piece on using safe mode to track down problems in your computer.
BTW- do you have computer questions and you're not sure who to ask? Drop Arthur an email ( or give him a call at 770-540-5100. He'll be happy to help. Don't be shy- he lives for this stuff.

My column on the need to preserve the Governor's Honors Program was published on April 30th. Click here to see it. (BTW- after the column was published, funding was allotted for a 4 week GHP in the summer of 2011...not the 6 week program that needed, but it's better than a stick in the eye!)

Sweet Iced Tea

Comedian Anita Renfroe explains (musically) sweet tea and why we're so picky about how it's made. Celebrational, yet educational. Click here and raise a glass to that!

Strike Up the Band!

North Hall High School Band's Stage Show, "Something... Old, Blue, Borrowed, New," is coming to the Hosch Theatre at Brenau University's John S. Burd Center. Times and dates are 7:30 p.m. May 13 and 14; 2 and 8 p.m. May 15 and 3 p.m. May 16. Admission is $8.00. Call 770-983-7331 for reservations and details.

And Speaking of Music...

A retired Scottish-born man should have died long ago. But after facing death on more than one occasion, he decided to share his secret to happiness ... music. Click here to see Steve Hartman's report. If you would like to support Andy Mackie’s efforts to teach and share music with kids you can do so through the Andy Mackie Music Foundation.

Local commercials (part 2)

I Love Local Commercials is a group that makes...wait for it...wait for it...local commercials! They're holding a contest to choose a local business somewhere in the USA- and they'll make a free commercial for them. Well, I think N2N is the perfect candidate. If you do, too, click here to nominate us.

The Cullman Liquidation commercial that was featured last week (click here) has become a classic. And what follows that? Well, T-shirts, of course! Click here to see their T-shirt commercial, done in distinctive Cullman Liquidation style.

You Go, Girl!

Congratulations to Candice Dyer, the North Georgia writer who has been named a finalist in the Excellence Awards of the Atlanta Press Club. She is in the running to be named Journalist of the Year. Click here
and here to see why these kudos are so richly deserved.

The Hall County Relay for Life team THE DOLLAR DIVAS is having a fundraising yard sale on Saturday, May 22. It's from 8:30 AM to 3:00 pm at Tailwaggers Doggie Day Care, 2376 Murphy Blvd. (across for Milton Martin Toyota)

There will be music, refreshments, quality yard sale items...all for a good cause! You can even rent space to set up your own table- it's $15.00. Have items to donate? Call Ceil at 770-561-6672 or email her at

Field Trip

Mark your calendar- N2N's having a FIELD TRIP! Here's the deal: twice a year, the Cleveland-White County Optimist Club holds a $6.00 Jewelry Sale. It's a bargain cavalcade of necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, purses, even reading glasses.

Let's all go together! We'll meet up at the N2N parking lot on Friday, May 14th at 10 AM. We'll caravan up to the sale (it's in the Roy Ash community Building on Jarrard St. behind United Community Bank). Any of ya'll in the northern counties can meet us there at about 10:30. We'll shop ourselves silly, then have lunch at Glenda's at 11:30. Next we'll stop by Deb's Deals and Discounts and Just $2.00 More or Less. You'll be home in plenty of time to meet the school bus.

RSVP to Feel free to bring friends and family- the more the merrier!

There's a lot of international development news that doesn't make it onto CNN. So bookmark AfriGadget, a site dedicated to simple, sustainable inventions in Africa. Recent entries have covered efforts to create biodiesel fuel out of local pine nuts in Sierra Leone, and programs to build bicycles out of bamboo in Ghana and Kenya. AfriGadget isn't updated every day (and sometimes not even once a week), but it offers such distinctive reporting that you won't want to miss a single post. For other good sites addressing sustainable development in Africa, check out the African Uptimist and Timbuktu Chronicles.

What's for Dinner?

Arthur's Aunt Bella Feuer passed away last week. She was a sweet, smart, funny, nurturing woman who succeeded in doing what I never could: get Molly interested in cooking. In tribute to the inimitable Bella, here's her lasagne recipe.The ingredients are the usual items- it's the cooking method that makes it priceless.

Aunt Bella's Lasagne

1 lb ground beef or turkey (or TVP, for that matter)
1 jar spaghetti sauce- 32oz
1 lb cottage cheese
8 oz. sour cream
8 uncooked lasagna noodles
18 oz Mozzarella cheese (shredded)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup water

Cook meat in skillet until it's brown; drain fat. Add spaghetti sauce. Reduce heat to low. Heat through, stirring occasionally; set aside. Thoroughly combine cottage cheese and sour cream in medium bowl.In a 13 x 9 inch pan, spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce. Place 1/2 of the uncooked noodles over sauce, then 1/2 the cottage cheese/sour cream mixture, 1/3 of the mozzarella, 1/2 the remaining meat sauce and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers starting with noodles.Top with remaining 1/3 of the mozzarella cheese. Pour water around sides of pan. Cover tightly with foil. Bake in a preheated 350* F. oven 1 hour. Uncover and bake 20 minutes.

Wise Words

Never cut what can be untied
--Portuguese proverb

Weekly this 'n' 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 and linking to other great frugal sites. We'll have the Deal of the Day and any other Hot Flashes that come our way. One recent Saturday, we even had a storewide 30% off rainy day special for our Facebook friends!

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

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...

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

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