Welcome to PACE!

Due to Governor Wolf’s mandate, we are closed until March 30. Books can still be purchased through email and shipped. PACEbooks@live.com.

 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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Time is of the Essence

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

The governor issued a stay-at-home mandate for seven counties in Pennsylvania today. This does not include York or Cumberland or nearby counties yet. But he did say the entire state would come next.

I think at that point I will not be permitted to mail books or do contact-free porch pick-ups. So I want to encourage you, that if you think you’ll need books over the next few weeks to please contact me as soon as possible with your lists. Also remember I have tons of classic readers to make up what you may be missing from the library. I can take payment through PayPal or credit card.

You also can drop off consignments, leaving them on the porch with your name on them. If you’ve never consigned before, contact me first so we can go over what is acceptable. If you already are a consignor, you do not need to tell me first.

This is a tough time for everybody. As the owner of a small business coming into what was supposed to be my busy season, it is very difficult for me. I do appreciate all the support people have given me. Please remember when you buy from me, you not only support me but other homeschool families, as half of my sales of consigned books goes to these families. Consigned books constitute about 95% of my 35,000 to 40,000 books in stock.

If you are a consignor and want the money you have earned at this point, please contact me. I can pay you for what you have sold to date through PayPal (free) or with a check ($1 fee). You can also always apply your credit to an order.

The best way to contact me is through email at PACEbooks@live.com. I will get back to you immediately, since I don’t have much going on right now!

Thank you for 18 years of support. The homeschooling community makes me love my job.

Julie

25 Ridge Rd., Dillsburg, PA, 17019

717-432-9947

PACEbooks@live.com

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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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Consignment Update: What NOT to bring

Happy 2020!

I’ve owned a curriculum store for 22 years, and this particular one for 17–and I love my job! 🙂

For the first time ever, I need to seriously curtail the amount of books I accept on consignment. I can’t tell you how HARD this is for me. I love books passionately and saying no to a book is like the worst kind of diet for me. It hurts!

However, my customers’ loyalty and generosity in sharing their books with me have outstripped my ability to properly house and care for all of these gently used treasures of knowledge. It was a banner year for consignments: this summer I received an average of 50-80 boxes of books per week. In December, historically the slowest month of the year for this business, I got in 20-30 boxes/week. This is a phenomenal number of books. And space-wise, I can’t keep up with this volume of incoming books.

So here are the changes:

  • Complete moratorium on the bargain section. I’m not due for a bargain sale for a few months yet, and it’s already packed. I will no longer be taking old edition anything, books/workbooks that came from Ollie’s or Five Below or Sam’s Club. No public school texts. No books on parenting, devotionals or Bible studies, even no how-to books on homeschooling with a copyright before 2010. No older editions of Abeka, BJU, Saxon, Apologia, Story of the World, Math-U-See, Teaching Textbooks, Classical Conversations, Notgrass, and Mystery of History (please note v1 is in 3rd edition now.) My only itty bitty bargain exception–I will keep taking I Can Read style books and Abeka readers that are one edition old.
  • No current editions of the following (either the market is flooded and I have tons on the shelf or they are nonsellers): Shirley English, Sonlight manuals, Weaver, Konos, dictionaries, atlases, Spanish or French dictionaries (Latin is fine), Abeka French and Spanish, BJU Spanish 1 and 2. Saxon K-3 TMs, Saxon texts 54, 65, Alg 1/2, Alg 1, Advanced Math, Calculus (76, 87, Alg 2 and Geometry are fine), Horizons Math TE old covers (even though content never changed). Many of these I sell at vastly reduced prices–don’t buy them new!
  • Current editions I still accept for now, but you might not want to bring them due to the volume I already have on the shelf: Apologia elementary science texts, Math-U-See and Teaching Textbooks up through Alg 2, Diana Waring’s (AIG) history series, Life of Fred elementary math, My Father’s World elementary manuals.

You don’t have to memorize these lists. They are just for guidance when you decide whether or not to consign. I can do a quick sort when you come in.

May you have a blessed new year!

Thanks,

Julie Helms

  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Rd
  • Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • Pacebooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947
  • Open T/W 12-6 and by appt.
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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!

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

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!

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

News from the

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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