Roving Quarter Sale—May 10-14

This week’s Roving Quarter Sale will be in bargain SCIENCE.

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:

Quick note about our farm—The store is located at our home on a small farm with animals. However, we are not set up to be a petting zoo. It is not safe for children to wander around the animals or the farm equipment. It is fine if an adult would like to walk with their children to look at the animals. But the kids should not do this alone. We have had children get hurt, animals get hurt, and equipment damaged. Thank you for your cooperation in this!

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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How to Get a Company Started When You’re a Teenager

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Here’s How to Get a Company Started When You’re a Teenager

This guest post was written and provided by Jason Kenner of On-Par Parent.

You don’t have to be in your twenties to launch a company. If the entrepreneurial fire is raging and you want to start making a profit from your skills and talents, it’s never really too early to begin the process, as long as you have the necessary perseverance and are willing to navigate the startup process diligently.

Becoming a teen entrepreneur can teach you valuable problem-solving, financial management, and decision-making skills. Not to mention, it can significantly boost your college and career prospects. Here is a quick-start guide to get you going!

Settle on an Idea

Your first step will be to identify a business idea that aligns with your talents, interests, and skills and that can bring you a profit. As a teen entrepreneur, you have plenty of options.

You could start an affiliate marketing blog where you write about topics you’re passionate about. You could open an online store selling products you believe in. You could even craft and sell your own products through an online store or major marketplaces like Etsy and Facebook Marketplace.

Some teenagers make money from tutoring or coaching younger kids, which you could do house-to-house or from your own home. If you’re good with children, you could succeed as a babysitter. If you want to add manual labor to the mix, consider starting a lawn maintenance company. Take time to explore potential ideas and research the market to gauge demand. 

Identify Your USP and Market

Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what distinguishesyour brand from others. It essentially describes why customers choose or should choose your company’s products or services. Whether it’s the specific product or service, the speed at which you work, or any other characteristic, determine what is unique about your business so you can strategize around it.

You’ll also need to identify precisely what customers you will target. Where do they hang out locally and online? What messages and channels will you use to reach them?

Form an Entity

Every company needs a legal structure. As a teen entrepreneur, you might benefit from establishing a sole proprietorship, limited liability company (LLC), or corporation. A sole proprietorship is the easiest to set up and manage. But forming an LLC will protect you from personal liability, yield pass-through taxation, and provide other perks.

If you ever hope to scale your business, it could be worthwhile to set up a corporation. Investors are drawn to corporations because it’s typically easier to transfer a corporation’s shares than the membership interests of an LLC. Corporations are also more predictable and provide all the benefits of an LLC. Consider using an online formation service to ensure your corporation complies with all state regulations.

Develop Your Marketing Strategies

Once you start to lay a foundation for your new business, begin thinking of how you can promote it to the masses. These days, it’s critical to utilize social media, email, paid ads, and other digital marketing channels for building an online presence. But traditional marketing methods can also help you build brand recognition.

Consider using a DIY business card maker to create professional-grade business cards that will leave a lasting impression on your target customers. You can choose one of many pre-made templates and customize it with any typography, colors, text, and images you want. Many customers like business cards because it gives them something to hold and remember companies by.

Starting a business as a teen can teach you invaluable life skills that benefit your career and personal life for many years to come. Follow the tips above as you explore business ideas and lay the groundwork for your new company. And never stop learning how to be a better, more adaptable entrepreneur!

Would you like to read more helpful content or access our homeschool bookstore? Visit PACurriculumExchange.comtoday!

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Summer Hours and Roving Quarter Sale!

Summer hours begin effective immediately. We are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12-4pm.

Roving Quarter Sale: we are going to try something different this summer. I cannot run my usual quarter sale during the summer because it becomes too crowded in the store during the busy season. But I need to unload some bargain stuff. So each week one bookcase/subject in the bargain section will be on sale…$0.25/book. I will announce each weekend which bookcase/subject will have the sale that coming week, and it will continue all 4 days we’re open. There is not a predetermined list of which subjects are coming when… It will be based on which sections are overfull. The sale is first come-first served—I cannot reserve these books ahead of time.

I realize this is not convenient for people coming from a distance, but we should be able to run a standard quarter sale in the fall.

The Roving Quarter Sale for this week, starting May 3 (so includes May 3-7) will be in HISTORY. History actually 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.

Thanks!

Julie Helms

PA Curriculum Exchange

  • 25 Ridge Road, Dillsburg, Pa 17019
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • 717-432-9947

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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!

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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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