Welcome to PACE!

Update Sept 1, 2022

Summer Hours are OVER. We are open Tue/Wed 12-4.

 The Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange, or PACE, is a homeschool bookstore located in York County, PA with over 38,000 42,000 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 with 24-hour notice. I don’t take appointments on store days.

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 (preferred)

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

▪ 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019

▪ PACEbooks@live.com

▪ 717-432-9947

▪ Open T/W 12-4

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Thanksgiving Hours & Consignment Update

1. Hours for Thanksgiving week… No change. We will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 to 4 as usual.

2. Due to a significant influx of consignments over the past year or two, there are current edition items we will not be accepting for the time being. I have updated the Consignment Policy page with the list. Please read through this before bringing in your items. https://pacurriculumexchange.com/consignment-policy/

2.5 Bargain Section. I have said this before multiple times, and failed multiple times… I will be cutting back drastically on what I accept for the bargain section. I personally love that section of my store, I think it is very helpful to many people, but the pure volume of books coming through is defeating me. I operate that section of the store at a financial loss, which is fine within reason, but y’all just have too many books!! So if you are bringing books in for that area, I will be cherry-picking what I take. Most of what people bring in really should just be heading to the thrift store. It is hard for me to say no (because I LOVE books and feel they ALL have some educational value…and this is why I’m in this business to start with!) However, the amount of time and money going into the maintenance of this area of my store is extremely burdensome. So I will be more selective in what I accept.

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019

 PACEbooks@live.com

 717-432-9947

Open T/W 12-4

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QUARTER SALE!!

It is time…

The weather looks to be decent next week, so we’re going for it! The quarter sale will be Tuesday and Wednesday Nov 1 and 2. We’re going to try something different this time to help with any crowdedness…on Tuesday, we will open early at 10 am. So Tuesday 10-4 and Wednesday 12-4. The change in hours is just this week and just on Tuesday (and you are the only one I’m telling 😁)

We have a ton of stuff going in the sale, and in fact the whole store is packed to the gills if you need regular stuff. Coming in this time of year is also very helpful for Christmas gift ideas for the kids—games, videos, manipulatives, science kits….oh, and books!

For you newbies who have no idea what this is about, here is my usual blurb about the event:

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. We generally have 4,000-7,000 books in the sale. This year, I will also be including flashcards, binders, and movie DVDs.

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.

If possible, find alternative arrangements for little kiddos. It can get crowded.

I will be pulling as much as I can out of the bargain section to set up outside to help with crowding.

For your planning purposes, historically Tuesday is busier than Wednesday, and earlier is busier than later.

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.

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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Change in store hours

Summer hours are over. Effective immediately we will be open Tuesday and Wednesday 12-4. Other days are available by appointment with 24 hours notice. I don’t take appointments on store days.

There are no changes because of Labor Day weekend… We will be open Tuesday and Wednesday 12-4 the week before and the week after as usual.

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W 12-4
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Three Unrelated Announcements…

1. Roving Quarter Sale

These are done for the summer. Thanks to everyone who helped to keep my bulging hoard that is my bargain section under control! There will be a proper Quarter Sale in October-ish and I promise it will be bulging and out of control by then again. I have to watch the weather for this since it is held partly outside, so will send out a notice a few days ahead of time.

2. Scrapbook/Yearbook idea for 4-8 year olds

I have a new product in the store that is for young children to record what happens in a year, or store special projects.

Here is the description from the author:

Do you have kids? Do you have grandkids? Do you know someone with a kid? Do you like any of these kids? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, then this is the book for you. When I Was series books are activity books for your child to record their childhood. When I Was books will be fun for your child to fill out and complete now, and even more fun for you and them to look back on ten years from now. When I Was is an all-in-one book that has questions for your child to record their interests. It also has fun activities like having your child draw their family, a dinosaur, and other things to show their artistic abilities. When I Was also has pages in the book for your child to attach pictures to keep them safe. The book also has journal pages and pages for them to draw. Finally, at the end of the book, there are instructions on how to make a folder out of the last two pages to store mementos like report cards, school work, or anything else they want to preserve in a safe place. When I Was offers one convenient book to act as a time capsule for your child. Have your child complete them all to see how they changed and grew.

There is one for each year, 4 through 8. It comes in paperback or hardback.

3. Just a fun pronunciation guide

With the recent influx of new homeschoolers to the community, I have been hearing some very creative ways to pronounce certain curriculums. So I thought I would give a guide on how to pronounce these words, so you can look like an old pro. 🙂

  • Apologia….an awesome science publisher, the name really trips people up. It is like “apology” followed by “yuh”—-Apollo-GEE-uh. Frequently mispronounced Apple-LOH-gia
  • Saxon…a math publisher that has been around for decades. It is said exactly as written, though people often insert a “T” as in Saxton. There is no T. No T sound.
  • Usborne…again pronounced as written starting with “Us”, but frequently mispronounced as Osborne, like Ozzy Osborne.
  • Noeo…This science publisher had me stumped. But according to their materials, it is pronounced no-UH-oh.
  • Primer…this isn’t a publisher, but a type of book. And it isn’t just newbies that mispronounce this one. Examples are: Prairie Primer, Math-U-See Primer, McGuffey Primer. It is pronounced “Primmer.” The long-I sound frequently used is the word for a base-coat of paint.
  • IEW vs EIW…not a pronunciation issue at all, just thought I would use this moment to point out these are different curriculums. IEW is the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and EIW is Essentials in Writing.
  • Your lesson for today is now complete. 🙂

Summer hours continue for 2 more weeks, through August 31 (so last open weekend is Aug 26-27). The week of Labor Day we will be open as usual T/W 12-4–no change because of the holiday weekend.

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W and Fr/Sat 12-4
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Roving Quarter Sale—Language Arts and Binders

The sale for Aug 9-13 includes two bookcases of Bargain-Section Language Arts, to include topics of phonics, reading, writing, spelling, vocabulary and grammar.

These are normally $1 per book but will now be 25c each (or 25c/$1.00–so a packaged set of 3 books was $3 and is now 75c.)

We will also have dozens of binders for sale:

1” binders—normally $1, now 25c

2” binders—normally $2, now 50c

(3” binders are excluded. They are $3.)

If you missed the explanation of the Roving Quarter Sale, please see here:

Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W and Fr/Sat 12-4
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Roving Quarter Sale—HISTORY

The Roving Quarter Sale for this week, August 2-6, will be in bargain HISTORY. History takes up one and a half cases, so look for signs. This section includes American and world history, geography, biography, Native Americans, government and homeschool branded texts of older editions of history.

If you missed the explanation of the Roving Quarter Sale, please see here:

Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W and Fr/Sat 12-4
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Roving Quarter Sale—SCIENCE

This week’s Roving Quarter Sale will be in bargain SCIENCE, from July 26-30.

This includes the topics of experiments, life science, human body/health/nutrition/fitness/sex ed, plants, animals, habitats, earth science, weather, rocks & minerals, space, chemistry, physical science, physics, creation topics, and old edition homeschool brand science curricula. 

It takes up one and a half bookcases. These are normally $1 per book but will now be 25c each (or 25c/$1.00–so a packaged set of 3 books was $3 and is now 75c.)

If you missed the explanation of the Roving Quarter Sale, please see here:

Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

Consignment reminder—For the time being there is a lot of ABeka we are not accepting:

  • 4th-6th grade—only accepting consumables (workbooks and tests) and Lang Arts readers. No teacher parts or texts.
  • Consumer Math—only accepting texts and tests
  • World History (tests) and Chemistry (lab manuals and tests)
  • Keyboarding (none)
  • Bible 7th-12th (none)
  • What we need—3rd grade…everything!

Other current curriculum not being accepted due to overstock:

  • Horizons Math TEs
  • Saxon Math 1st-3rd TEs (but we REALLY need 5/4-8/7 texts, and Alg 1/2-Alg 2 solutions manuals)

And finally, curriculum we have permanently discontinued accepting due to unsaleabilty:

  • Videotext Math
  • Shurley English
  • KONOS
  • Weaver
  • Lifepacs

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • Open T/W and Fr/Sa 12-4
  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
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Roving Quarter Sale—Round 2!

It’s time for our second round of the Roving Quarter Sale for the summer. With record consignments coming in this year, we have filled all our nooks and crannies again!

The sale will run from July 19-23. It is in the Readers section, which includes two bookcases in the bargain area. This covers books from toddler board books up to high school/adult novels, and everything in between. There are early readers (I Can Read type books), chapter books, novels, abridged classics, and series books. Though usually located in a different section, children’s devotionals, Bible story books, and children’s Bibles will be included. Normally one dollar each, they will all be $.25 each.

If you missed the explanation of the Roving Quarter Sale, please see here:

Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

Please note:

  • It is fine if you would like to park in the grass, but please do not leave your engine running. If you need to have the AC on for grandma or the kids, please find a spot in the parking lot or road. Otherwise you will leave behind a car-sized dead spot in our grass.
  • Kids are welcome to view the animals in the company of their parent. But please be aware, we are not set up as a petting zoo, and there are obstacles and dangerous equipment around.

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W and Fr/Sat 12-4
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Roving Quarter Sale

The Roving Quarter sale for June 7-4 is:

Bookcase #1: Homeschool Helps/Teacher Prep, College/Career, Unit Studies guides, Activities/Projects, Bible Curriculum/storybooks/devotions/kids Bibles

Bookcase #2 (1/2): Test Prep (mostly Spectrum); KONOS v 1,2,3; and Bible Concordances/Dictionaries/Commentaries

And held over from last week (STILL 5 dozen left!) Binders. All of my 1” binders will be 25c. I have dozens in a plethora of colors! (Larger binders are excluded, but are still at the bargain price of $2-$3).

If you missed the explanation of the Roving Quarter Sale, please see here:

Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W and Fr/Sat 12-4
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Roving Quarter sale and Note for summer consignments

The Roving Quarter sale for May 31-June 4 is:

1. Bargain Reader bookcase. This includes adult/high school, elementary/middle school, and little kid reading books: novels, series, abridged classics, picture books, and phonics readers.

Also, in the main store in bins are I Can Read style books and 3 crates of over-sized picture books. All are 25c each. The bins will have signs.

2. Binders. All of my 1” binders will be 25c. I have dozens in a plethora of colors! (Larger binders are excluded, but are still at the bargain price of $2-$3).

If you missed the explanation of the Roving Quarter Sale, please see here:

Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

A note for consignors:

We will be putting a temporary moratorium on certain items even though they are current edition. We just have too many. So until further notice we will not be accepting:

  • Abeka grade 4, 5, 6 teacher editions or test keys. (Student books, test books and readers are fine.)
  • Well-Trained Mind First Language Lessons
  • Saxon Math grade 1-3 Teacher Editions. (K is fine.)
  • Alpha Omega LifePacs. (Health is fine)

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange 

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W and Fr/Sat 12-4
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