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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!! 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!

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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!

News from the

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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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

 

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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