Welcome to PACE!

SUMMER HOURS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT  T/W 12-6 and F/Sat 11-2 thru the end of August

The Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange, or PACE, is a homeschool bookstore located in York County, PA with over 27,000 books and educational manipulatives.  We carry new and consigned items.  Most books are discounted with used items at least 40% off of retail.

The store is open Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to six  and other days by appointment.

Consignments can be brought in any open day. We accept current edition curriculum, classic books, educational games and manipulatives.

If you subscribe to this blog you will receive updates of interesting things brought in on consignment, sales in the store and articles on homeschooling.

For payment in the store we accept cash, checks, or Paypal with your smartphone.

Location: 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg PA 17019 (Click for Mapquesthere) Do not use an IPhone GPS to find us–it will take you to the wrong location (iPhone–Google Maps now has us in the right place). Car GPSs are fine.

 

Contact:  (717) 432-9947     or      PACEbooks@live.com

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Teaching Textbooks, Life of Fred, and Apologia

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

A quick update of some items that have come in recently.

Teaching Textbooks:

These are all current.

  • Math 4 CDs $59.97
  • Math 7 CDs $77.97
  • Pre-Algebra 2.0 CDs $92.97
  • Algebra 1    2.0 CDs $92.97
  • Algebra 2 2.0 Workbook only, $20

Life of Fred:

  • Cats and Butterflies $9.60 each
  • Fractions $11.40

Apologia:

  • Elementary–Zoology 1,2,&3, Botany, Anatomy, Chem and Physics, Astronomy–each text $23.40
  • Astronomy 1st edition $10
  • High School–General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Physics, Advanced Physics–$39 each text, $13.20 each solution/tests
  • Chemistry 2nd edition $20, solution/tests $10
  • Physical Science lab kit from Home Science Tools–unopened $32.37 (retail $53.95)
  • Chemistry Microchem kit from HST–$62.80 (retail $119–enough for 5 students, 4 still left)
  • All other texts and notebooks I carry new for 5% off retail.

 

I have multiple copies of the Apologia texts. I have only one each of Fred and Teaching Textbooks–if you are interested in these EMAIL me and I will reserve them based on first come order.

ABeka–FYI–I have a ton in right now, including quite a bit of the brand new first grade editions. All of it is 40% off their catalog price–Don’t buy it new!

THANKS!
Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-6, F/Sat 11-2

 

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Local Author–Cooking Through Geography

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Dillsburg’s own Marci Wolf has developed a curriculum from her years of experience homeschooling. It’s available at PACE for $14.95

From the author:

Cooking Through Geography was developed by a local homeschool mom with a threefold purpose: to give children an appreciation for the many different cultures in this world, to teach children how to cook (a wonderful life skill) and to taste the flavor and variety of the diverse cultures around us.  This simple curriculum can be used alone or will compliment any geography program.  List of supplies, pages for copying and instructions are all included to enjoy many different cultural foods and learn geography, too!  For more information go to: https://cookingthroughgeography.wordpress.com

THANKS!
Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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Consignment Policy Change: Effective Immediately

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

If you plan to consign books with us in the near future, whether for the first time or not, please read this!

One part of my store that has always been close to my heart is my bargain section (old editions, non-homeschool publishers, slightly off-topic to homeschooling books, etc. for $1 each). When I homeschooled my girls, these types of resources played a big part in our homeschool. I found a lot of value very inexpensively this way.

I know some other moms feel the same way. I also have customers who simply can’t afford the standard stuff and are blessed to be able to completely educate their kids through the bargain section. For these reasons, I have stubbornly held on to the section despite my financial adviser (aka my husband 🙂 ) telling me for years now to get rid of it because it is a drain on the business.

Currently I am receiving approximately 50-80 boxes of books per week on consignment. I am incredibly honored that homeschool moms entrust me with their items–I wouldn’t have a business without them. The issue is that roughly half of these are books that qualify as bargain books. Basically, Lisa (my faithful worker) and I are completely overwhelmed with the volume. It takes as many resources to process bargain books as regular curriculum (in terms of the time sorting, pricing, and shelving) but in a section that operates at a financial loss. Space is another issue. I had a sale 6 weeks ago that liquidated about 80% of the books, and since that time we have already filled up all the shelves, have crates on the floor, and next comes storage to await the next sale.

So effectively immediately, I will no longer accept bargain books. When consignments are brought in, I’ll sort them immediately and send back the ones that aren’t current homeschool books. The Free Boxes are going to be phased out also, so the books will have to go back home. I’m not getting rid of the bargain section, but it will be used to take on books from the regular sections as they age out. It would be helpful if you could self-sort books before you bring them in, so here is a list of items I will no longer take (and yes, my heart is breaking!):

  • Public school branded texts (including charter and cyber schools, even co-op chosen ones)
  • Bibles, Bible studies, and devotionals (except ones used by specific homeschool curriculums)
  • General Christian reading, parenting, and marital advice
  • Dictionaries, thesauruses (thesauri?), and atlases prior to c. 2010
  • Books you got at Ollies, the thrift store, and yard sales
  • Workbooks from BJs, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart etc.
  • Readers/Chapter books that aren’t classics or used with a specific homeschool curriculum.
  • Homeschool how-to books prior to c. 2010, or that have been updated.
  • Cassettes or VHS tapes
  • Curriculum that is not in the company’s current catalog (there are a few exceptions to this below).
  • Magazines, coffee table books, inspirational gift books

If you aren’t sure, it’s not a big deal–I can sort pretty quickly.

The exceptions on old editions that I will take because there is still a decent demand and good turnover are: Abeka readers, Abeka and BJU curriculum sets that MUST include the student parts, Apologia Science, and Saxon Math.

Current Edition Curriculum

Unfortunately, there are perfectly current items that are non-sellers that I also won’t accept:

  • Rosetta Stone (these won’t run on a second computer, cannot be resold)
  • Sonlight Manuals
  • Switched on Schoolhouse

A Favor to Ask

And finally, a favor to ask if you are consigning. There are many different companies out there now that use a variety of books for their programs (like Sonlight using literally hundreds of different readers). These companies include Sonlight, Notgrass, Heart of Dakota, My Father’s World, Classical Conversations, Veritas Press, Beautiful Feet, Memoria Press, and Tapestry of Grace. If you consign books that were used with any of these, it is very helpful to me to let me know. I try to catch them all, but we are talking thousands of titles here, and I miss some of them. Just bagging or rubber banding them together with a note saying which curriculum you used it with would save me a ton of time searching, and the possibility of missing it altogether.

There is no change and I still accept manipulatives and science equipment.

Thank you very much to all my consignors–we have close to 800 active accounts right now–you all have been a huge blessing through the years. And I hope you will continue to trust our store to sell your books for you.

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com

 

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Open for the Fourth

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

We will be open for normal hours this week–so we will be here Tuesday, Fourth of July 12-6. It’ll be slow–so if you need a place to think quietly…  🙂

  • T/W 12-6
  • F/Sat 11-2

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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It’s that time again– QUARTER SALE!

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

It is time for another quarter sale, where everything in the Bargain Section (7,000+ books) will be 25¢ per book!

But wait, you say, it’s only been 2½ months since the last one. Yup! I have had more than 5,000 bargain books alone consigned during that time and we are full to the brim!

The sale will be Tuesday 12-6 (6/13), Wednesday 12-6 (6/14), Friday 11-2 (6/16) and Saturday 11-2 (6/17). No appointments.

Here’s the spiel…

Each item in the bargain section will be a quarter (25¢). Sets of books are 25¢ per item. This includes books from my bargain area from the topics of math, science, history/geography, language arts, Bible, homeschool helps, old edition BJU and Abeka, and lots and lots of readers/novels .

This is a great opportunity to stock up on educational resources. For a quarter, it’s easy, for example, to buy a science book and cut it up to use the pictures for a lap book–no guilt involved. 🙂

Young children are always welcome in the store, but if you have an option to not bring them this week–it would probably be safer for them 😉  (I’ll be temporarily removing the play area this week since it’s in the bargain section and there is just no room if we add in people, too).

I will be accepting consignments. (I take them year-round, no exceptions.)

If you’ve got them, bring your cloth supermarket bags–they are ideal for hauling away all your goodies. And I take donations of plastic grocery bags if you’d like to recycle them with me.

Note: It is perfectly fine to park in the grass if the parking lot is full. But please don’t leave your engine running while you shop (a/c for the kids). It leaves a car-sized dead spot in the grass.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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Summer Hours Begin

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Effective immediately, summer hours begin, now through the end of August:

  • Tuesday/ Wednesday 12-6
  • Friday/ Saturday 11-2

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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PA History and Other Stuff

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Hours: Starting June 2, we will be opening for extended hours for the summer. Tue/Wed 12-6 and Fri/Sat 11-2. I’ll make an announcement right before they go into effect.

Consignments: We accept consignments year round. But this is the BEST time to bring them in so they are on the shelf for the heavy shopping summer season. Please keep it to current edition homeschool curriculum and classic books, manipulatives and science equipment. People tend to bring me a lot of the following–please don’t, they aren’t worth anything in my store. Bless Goodwill with them instead: Old editions, public school/cyberschool/college texts, Christian reading (Bibles, devotions, Bible studies, nonfiction), how-to books unrelated to homeschooling, and parenting books. You can bring in books any time I’m open–no appointment needed. Or if I’m not open, then leave them in front of the store door with your contact information–put your name on each box/bag.

Quarter Sale: We will be having one in June. I’ll announce the date next week. Hoping this one won’t be sidelined by a snowstorm again. 😉

Recycle: We gladly take donations of plastic grocery bags and milk crates, if you’ve got them laying around! I could also use egg cartons for our farm. For you, I have an unlimited supply of reusable ice packs. They just toss them at my husband’s work after one use–really wasteful and it drives me crazy. You can let me know ahead of time if you want me to set aside a certain number for you (and your friends and family) or just help yourself to what I have sitting out here.

PA History: Looking for some options to teach PA History? I now carry Sandy Sieber’s series of books.

Click here for her website and explanation of the contents: PA History

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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