Welcome to PACE!

September 2019–Summer hours are over. We are open T/W 12-6 and other days by appointment.

 The Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange, or PACE, is a homeschool bookstore located in York County, PA with over 38,000 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, science equipment, 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)

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

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Consignors: Please Read–Response Required

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

This week we will (hopefully) be completely switching my consignment records from my trusty note cards over to a computerized system in the Cloud. My computer code-writing daughter is dragging me into the 21st century! The paper method has served me well for the past 21 years, but at nearly 1000 active consignor accounts it has become unwieldy and extremely labor-intensive during my annual payment time.

Not only will it make the work load easier for me, it will also benefit you, in that I can pay you in real time. Up till now, if you came in the store and asked for your money, I could give you what you had earned up to the end of the previous month. Now I will be able to pay you earnings through that same day.

However, like all wonderful things, it comes with a cost. There will be a $1 processing fee charged to me for each check I mail. That may not sound like a lot, till you multiply it times nearly 1000 checks! So I will be passing that fee on to people who receive checks. BUT you can choose not to receive checks and simply pick up your money in the store at no charge. Checks are mailed once a year for all accounts at $25+.  Cash can be claimed in the store for any amount (no minimum) and as often as you want.

Your Response:

If you want me to mail your check as usual for $25 or more and automatically have $1 deducted, you do not have to do anything–all accounts will default to this option.  This is generally necessary for people who live far away or no longer homeschool.

If you want your money held until you pick it up, you need to contact me and I will put a HOLD on your account. Money will just continue to accrue until you come in for it. Your money will never go away–it will patiently await you. You can change the status back to ‘mail check’ at any time.

To Contact Me:

You can-

  • email me directly
  • hit ‘reply’ if you got this post in an email
  • comment below if you are reading it online (it won’t post the comment till I ‘approve’ it, which I won’t)
  • contact me through FB or Messenger.
  • Please don’t call, because…well, 1000 consignors!

You need to simply leave HOLD as your message and make sure your real name is attached to the message. I will acknowledge every message (thumbs up or ok, etc) so you know I got it–but give me a week or two, then contact me again if I didn’t respond.

Side Notes:

  1. If you feel your account is dwindling (maybe because it’s been awhile since you last consigned) and you are ready to close it out, I can send a check (-$1) for lesser amounts than $25. You just need to contact me, it won’t happen automatically.
  2.  I checked with other homeschool businesses like mine to see how they handled this. One store refused to send checks to anyone within 50 miles and another deducted 20%!!
  3. Also, this new system will allow me to take credit cards at some point. I hope to have this up and running by the new year, but I will let you know when that happens. Until then we will remain at cash, check and Paypal as acceptable payment methods for sales.

Feel free to contact me with any questions. And thank you for entrusting me with the sale of your books!

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

 

 

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October Quarter Sale!

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quarter

 

Bargain Section Quarter Sale

The sale will be Tuesday, October 1 and  Wednesday, October 2 from 12-6.

It’s a good chance for you to check out our new Book Barn if you haven’t yet.

Here is the usual explanatory blurb:

Each item in the bargain section (somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 books) 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 . And TONS of flashcards.

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. 🙂

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.

For payment, I accept cash, check and Paypal.

Parking on our grass is fine, but please don’t leave the engine running–it leaves a car-sized dead spot on the lawn. If you need to leave the A/C on for the kids, please find a piece of pavement in the lot or on the street to park.

 

Thanks!

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

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

quarter

 

Bargain Section Quarter Sale

The sale will be Tuesday, June 25 and  Wednesday, June 26 from 12-6; and Saturday, June 29 from 11-2.

It’s a good chance for you to check out our new Book Barn if you haven’t yet.

Here is the usual explanatory blurb:

Each item in the bargain section (somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 books) 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 . And TONS of flashcards.

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. 🙂

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.

For payment, I accept cash, check and Paypal.

Parking on our grass is fine, but please don’t leave the engine running–it leaves a car-sized dead spot on the lawn. If you need to leave the A/C on for the kids, please find a piece of pavement in the lot or on the street to park.

Fourth of July week: Normal hours–no changes.

Thanks!

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

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Summer hours have begun–we have added Saturdays.

  • Tues/Wed 12-6
  • Saturday 11-2

And appointments still available if you can’t make those days.

On a personal note (unrelated to homeschooling),  for those who may be interested, the book I wrote is now available for free on Kindle Unlimited: Gods They Had Never Known

I have the paperbacks for sale in my store for $10 also.

Come out and see our new Book Barn!!  🙂

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-6, Sat 11-2
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Expansion, Reorganization, and a Gentle Chaos

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

We are excited to be making some BIG changes that will ease the squeeze in the store. WE ARE OPEN AS USUAL throughout.

We added a small building about 10 feet behind the store and have installed 22 new bookcases in there. This is the new home for Alpha Omega, CLE, ACE, Rod & Staff, Art, Music, Games, and the Bargain Section. I’m calling it the Book Barn. You will access the new building through the back door of the store where the Bargain Section used to be:

 

This part of the renovation is mostly done–still waiting for the carpet, and the shelves are not well-labeled yet. Also, we will put down a flagstone path in the spring (sorry–gotta slog across the wet grass till then).

The choas part is inside the main store. I now have the equivalent of about 20 empty bookcases that over the next few weeks I will be expanding some of the over-stuffed sections in to.

About 1/3 of all the books will eventually end up somewhere they didn’t use to be, so PLEASE please ask when you are looking and can’t find something. We can search for it together. 🙂

So please pardon our mess and thanks for your patience as we get through this. It should be a whole lot easier to shop when all is said and done.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-6
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Winter Blues Quarter Sale!

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quarter

 

We are having a quarter sale a little earlier in the year in order to enlist your help. Over the next few weeks we will be working on a renovation in the shop that requires me to move the entire bargain section, all 7,000 books, among other things. So I thought, if I could have fewer books to haul around, that would be great! So do your part–buy lots of cheap good books, and save me some moving :-).

The sale will be Tuesday, Jan 15 and Wednesday, Jan 16 from 12-6.

Here is the usual explanatory blurb:

Each item in the bargain section (somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 books) 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 . And TONS of flashcards.

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.) As a head’s up, I am getting pickier due to space constraints throughout the store. I can sort your stuff quickly when you bring it in to let you know which I’ll take.

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.

For payment, I accept cash, check and Paypal.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-6
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Apologia Science Lab Kits

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Apologia Science Kits:

We have some Apologia lab kits–most are complete, even never opened. Some are missing just a few items. Complete ones are discounted 40% off retail, ones missing a few items are marked down substantially more. Here is what we have:

Elementary-

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Botany
  • Astronomy

High School-

  • General Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Advanced Chemistry

We also have lots of equipment sold individually: chemicals, glassware, physics stuff, alcohol burners, burette stands, biology slides, magnets, rocks/mineral sets, and tons of other kits.

We will be open regular hours through December 19, closed for the holiday, reopening January 2. The shop is expanding and we hope to have that completed by early to mid January! (More news to come on that.)

Thanks!

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

 

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