Welcome to PACE!

Update September 1, 2021

Summer Hours are over. Now open Tue/Wed 12-4 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 Tues/Wed 12-4 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, Credit/Debit Cards, or Paypal with your smartphone.

Location: 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg PA 17019 (Click for Mapquesthere) Be sure your GPS takes you to 25 Ridge, not 25 East Ridge.

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

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Looking for Donations 😁

In case you just have these laying around, taking up space in your house, serving no good function…

We could really use egg cartons. The girls didn’t get the memo that it’s freezing out and are laying like crazy!

And plastic grocery bags for the store. Many thanks!

Also, after way too long, I have updated the Consignment Policy page. Take a look if you’re getting ready to consign and aren’t sure about what we take.

Consignment Policy

Stay Warm!!

Julie Helms

  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-4

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Attention High School Students!

[Posting for HAHA]

Do you have or know a homeschooled high school student?
The Harrisburg Area Homeschoolers Assn (aka HAHA) is hosting a Pre-Employment Seminar in Feb 2022 and it is SO GOOD that we can’t keep it to ourselves. Therefore, we have decided to open it up to ALL area homeschoolers. This event will give your students an advantage when it comes to writing resumes and especially with those nerve-wracking job or college interviews. Who wouldn’t want to give their child an advantage as they prepare for life after homeschool? You do not want your high school student to miss this so sign up now – while there is still room!

9th-12th: Pre-Employment Seminar Details

Date: Feb 2, 2022 (snow date Feb 9, 2022)
Time: 9:00a – 1:00p
Cost: $43.00/student (non-HAHA member)
Ages: 9th-12th
Location: 1201 Slate Hill Rd, Camp Hill
Sign up: via the HAHA website link below

Dr. Michael McGough, a retired educator, is offering a Pre-Employment Awareness Seminar. Open to all 9th-12th graders,this seminar will be an essential tool for our students, as they begin to think about, plan for, and prepare for “life after homeschool.” He will answer questions such as: What is a potential employer looking for? And what will turn them off? How is a college interview different than a job interview? He will focus on writing resumes, letters of reference: what are they and how do I get one, job search skills, interviewing strategies and how to dress for the job you want. And because his teacher’s heart wants each student to succeed, Dr. McGough will candidly discuss such topics as voice modulation and volume, bad breath, hair, tattoos and piercings.


Studies have shown that students who have pre-employment instruction and practice, do dramatically better at the interview process. So come prepared with a notebook, writing utensils and lots of questions. Dress is business casual. (Look it up if you’re not sure what exactly that means) Bring a brown bag lunch and we will enjoy a “working lunch” as Dr. McGough discusses the newest trend of “job interviews over lunch” and talks about good table manners.

This seminar will include information he has taught to his college students on how to present your best self in an interview, even explaining how to show confidence without coming across as arrogant. Shortly after the holiday season, Dr. McGough will provide us with a worksheet that the students can work on prior to the seminar and will be sent out to those signed up via email.

https://www.homeschool-life.com/346/events/events_view?public=1&eventid=3264298

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Holiday Hours and the Tuttle Twins

We are open this week as normal: T/W 12-4. Then we will be closed for regular hours until reopening January 4. However, I can still take appointments through the holidays (with 24 hours notice).

Due to multiple requests, I now have the Tuttle Twins in stock! There are 12 books in the series. $8.99 each. They are a direct antidote to what is being taught to our kids now in schools, media and the culture. They are aimed at elementary-aged readers, however I read several of them and learned things I didn’t know on the topics of Economics, the Constitution and Politics. I think a third-grader would understand the material the way it is presented. Truly a unique product!

These, along with many other classic books we carry, games, science experiments, etc, make great Christmas gifts. We also have gift certificates available.

From our home to yours, we wish you a very blessed Christmas!

Julie Helms

  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-4
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Shipping/packing supplies

I’m looking to re-home many boxes in good shape. Most of them are about 1’w x 2’l x 1’h. I also have garbage bags full of bubble wrap and thick, brown wrapping/packing paper. If you are interested in any of this, please let me know before the end of the weekend when we will need to dispose of them.

Also, we will be open regular hours for thanksgiving week T/W 12-4, but no appointments.

Thanks!

Julie Helms

  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-4

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!! QUARTER SALE !!

The weather looks great for a quarter sale next week!

  • Tues and Wed, October 19 and 20. Extended Hours: 11-4 (This week only)
  • Biggest. Sale. Ever. (~10,000 books)
  • We now have two checkouts to cut wait time in half.
  • If possible, find alternative arrangements for little kiddos. It can get crowded.
  • For your planning purposes, historically Tuesday is busier than Wednesday, and earlier is busier than later.
  • I will be pulling as much as I can out of the bargain section to set up outside to help with crowding.

Here is the usual explanatory blurb:

Each item from the bargain area 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. 

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, Paypal, credit and debit.

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.

Feel free to email with any questions PACEbooks@live.com.

Thanks! 
Julie Helms

  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-4
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News from the Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Summer hours are over. We return to our regular hours Tue/Wed 12-4 and other days by appointment.

Overstock sale: A few things I have way too much of are on sale until further notice.

1. Diana Waring’s V1. Ancient Civilizations and V2. Romans, Reformers Audio CDs—What in the World, Digging Deeper, and Tall Tales. $5 per set. (V3 is excluded and are available at the usual 40% discount).

2. Alpha Omega Lifepacs. I have 2 bookcases stuffed with Lifepacs in every subject and most grades. They are now $1/Lifepac and $3 per teacher edition, regardless of whether they are new or consigned. Ignore current price tags—there are hundreds of them and I’m not going to reprice them.

3. Bargain section—these are recent additions to the bargain section. Apologia 2nd edition Physical Science and General Science, and 1st edition Botany and Astronomy; Winston Grammar; Shurley English. All $1/piece.

Quarter Sale: Aiming for a date in October. It is weather dependent so I’ll put out the notice about 5 days in advance. For the newbies, this is when the books in the Bargain Section (usually 5-7,000 books) are 25c each.

Thanks! 
Julie Helms

  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-4
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Finally—a Quarter Sale!

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

quarter

Bargain Section Quarter Sale

The sale will be Tuesday, April 27 and  Wednesday, April 28 from 11-4. (These hours are for this week only).

It’s been a year and 7 months since the last quarter sale! Definitely time for one 🙂

Face masks are not required, so make sure you are comfortable with that before you come. If you can leave the kids with someone at home, that would also be helpful, but not required. It can get very crowded during the sales.

Here is the usual explanatory blurb:

Each item in the bargain section (about 3,000-4,000 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.

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, Paypal, credit and debit.

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 12-4
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Master Books Sale

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

I just received my first order of Master Books. So to celebrate, they will be 25% off retail for the month of June. Some of these are Teacher Editions that I have the student books in the store used at 40% off.

At the moment, I only have one copy of each available in the store, but will order whatever is needed—so feel free to contact me ahead of time and I can order the ones you need and let you know when they are in (about a week). But you are welcome to come in and use this opportunity to flip through them and see what they are all about. You can purchase what I have or order it.

Here are some examples:

On another note, my Notgrass and All About Learning orders have come in too—we are very well stocked!

We take credit/debit cards, PayPal, cash, or check.

Open: Tue, Wed 12-4 and by appointment

Thanks!

Julie Helms

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

25 Ridge Rd, Dillsburg, Pa 17019

717-432-9947

PACEbooks@live.com

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Re-opening May 19

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Dear homeschoolers,

I have decided to re-open the store. We will be operating on different days/hours than before:

  • Tues/ Wed
  • 12-4

Some of my thoughts in regards to the governor’s suggestions…

  • Face masks I’m not a fan as I don’t think homemade masks are particularly healthy for the wearer. So they will be optional. If you prefer to be in an environment where everyone is wearing face coverings, please make an appointment and I will accommodate you.
  • Distancing The store is not large, but generally doesn’t get too crowded (quarter sale days don’t count!) When it does feel crowded it’s usually because there are a lot of children. So if you have an option to leave young kiddos home with dad, swap with another homeschool mom, or bring grandma and let her watch them in the car, that would help ease any overcrowding. But it’s not required. If you are with a group that would like to come, contact me for an appointment. I have also added 2 days to my normal days to help spread people out. I plan to increase hours once summer comes.
  • Sanitation I will be diligently cleaning surfaces. However, with 40,000 books…total decontamination isn’t exactly possible. So if that’s a problem, bring gloves. The children’s play area will be removed for the duration for this reason.

Other thoughts:

  • Consignments Yes, I’m taking them (always!). However, in the very near future “bargain” items will be boxed up and stored till the next quarter sale. I am near capacity in that section now. If you don’t want that to happen to your books, I will return them to you as I sort them.
  • Quarter Sale Sorry, not happening till everything is back to normal. It’s the opposite of social distancing…it’s a happy homeschooler jumble!
  • Uncomfortable Coming In the Store? No problem… I will continue shipping books, doing porch pickups, and making private appointments. Just ask!

Please feel free to email me with any questions.

Thank you!

Julie Helms

  • PACE
  • 25 Ridge Rd
  • Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • 717-432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Hours: T/W/F/Sa. 12-3

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Coronavirus impact

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange 

 

Due to Governor Wolf’s mandate for PA, the shop is closed till March 30. However, I can still mail out books. Please contact me by email if you’d like to send me your list for possible shipment. PACEbooks@live.com

Thanks,

Julie

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