UPDATE: Summer Hours, Quarter Sale, Consignments

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

 

  • Summer hours are over. We are back to Tues and Wed 12-6 and other days by appointment.
  • The Quarter Sale will be September 5 and 6, 2017. I will post again on this during the coming week.
  • FAQ on consignments:
  1. Are you closing your Bargain Section?

No! We are just seriously limiting how much we accept. Please see the list on this post. If you are shopping you won’t even notice the difference–I just don’t want my shed filled with the overflow where they can’t sell.

2. Are you still accepting consignments?

Yes! Year round. The most effective time to bring them in is during the spring so they are available for the big summer season, but we take them year round.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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Teaching Textbooks, Life of Fred, and Apologia

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

A quick update of some items that have come in recently.

Teaching Textbooks:

These are all current.

  • Math 4 CDs $59.97
  • Math 7 CDs $77.97
  • Pre-Algebra 2.0 CDs $92.97
  • Algebra 1    2.0 CDs $92.97
  • Algebra 2 2.0 Workbook only, $20

Life of Fred:

  • Cats and Butterflies $9.60 each
  • Fractions $11.40

Apologia:

  • Elementary–Zoology 1,2,&3, Botany, Anatomy, Chem and Physics, Astronomy–each text $23.40
  • Astronomy 1st edition $10
  • High School–General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Physics, Advanced Physics–$39 each text, $13.20 each solution/tests
  • Chemistry 2nd edition $20, solution/tests $10
  • Physical Science lab kit from Home Science Tools–unopened $32.37 (retail $53.95)
  • Chemistry Microchem kit from HST–$62.80 (retail $119–enough for 5 students, 4 still left)
  • All other texts and notebooks I carry new for 5% off retail.

 

I have multiple copies of the Apologia texts. I have only one each of Fred and Teaching Textbooks–if you are interested in these EMAIL me and I will reserve them based on first come order.

ABeka–FYI–I have a ton in right now, including quite a bit of the brand new first grade editions. All of it is 40% off their catalog price–Don’t buy it new!

THANKS!
Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
  • Open T/W 12-6, F/Sat 11-2

 

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Local Author–Cooking Through Geography

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Dillsburg’s own Marci Wolf has developed a curriculum from her years of experience homeschooling. It’s available at PACE for $14.95

From the author:

Cooking Through Geography was developed by a local homeschool mom with a threefold purpose: to give children an appreciation for the many different cultures in this world, to teach children how to cook (a wonderful life skill) and to taste the flavor and variety of the diverse cultures around us.  This simple curriculum can be used alone or will compliment any geography program.  List of supplies, pages for copying and instructions are all included to enjoy many different cultural foods and learn geography, too!  For more information go to: https://cookingthroughgeography.wordpress.com

THANKS!
Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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Consignment Policy Change: Effective Immediately

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

If you plan to consign books with us in the near future, whether for the first time or not, please read this!

One part of my store that has always been close to my heart is my bargain section (old editions, non-homeschool publishers, slightly off-topic to homeschooling books, etc. for $1 each). When I homeschooled my girls, these types of resources played a big part in our homeschool. I found a lot of value very inexpensively this way.

I know some other moms feel the same way. I also have customers who simply can’t afford the standard stuff and are blessed to be able to completely educate their kids through the bargain section. For these reasons, I have stubbornly held on to the section despite my financial adviser (aka my husband 🙂 ) telling me for years now to get rid of it because it is a drain on the business.

Currently I am receiving approximately 50-80 boxes of books per week on consignment. I am incredibly honored that homeschool moms entrust me with their items–I wouldn’t have a business without them. The issue is that roughly half of these are books that qualify as bargain books. Basically, Lisa (my faithful worker) and I are completely overwhelmed with the volume. It takes as many resources to process bargain books as regular curriculum (in terms of the time sorting, pricing, and shelving) but in a section that operates at a financial loss. Space is another issue. I had a sale 6 weeks ago that liquidated about 80% of the books, and since that time we have already filled up all the shelves, have crates on the floor, and next comes storage to await the next sale.

So effectively immediately, I will no longer accept bargain books. When consignments are brought in, I’ll sort them immediately and send back the ones that aren’t current homeschool books. The Free Boxes are going to be phased out also, so the books will have to go back home. I’m not getting rid of the bargain section, but it will be used to take on books from the regular sections as they age out. It would be helpful if you could self-sort books before you bring them in, so here is a list of items I will no longer take (and yes, my heart is breaking!):

  • Public school branded texts (including charter and cyber schools, even co-op chosen ones)
  • Bibles, Bible studies, and devotionals (except ones used by specific homeschool curriculums)
  • General Christian reading, parenting, and marital advice
  • Dictionaries, thesauruses (thesauri?), and atlases prior to c. 2010
  • Books you got at Ollies, the thrift store, and yard sales
  • Workbooks from BJs, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart etc.
  • Readers/Chapter books that aren’t classics or used with a specific homeschool curriculum.
  • Homeschool how-to books prior to c. 2010, or that have been updated.
  • Cassettes or VHS tapes
  • Curriculum that is not in the company’s current catalog (there are a few exceptions to this below).
  • Magazines, coffee table books, inspirational gift books

If you aren’t sure, it’s not a big deal–I can sort pretty quickly.

The exceptions on old editions that I will take because there is still a decent demand and good turnover are: Abeka readers, Abeka and BJU curriculum sets that MUST include the student parts, Apologia Science, and Saxon Math.

Current Edition Curriculum

Unfortunately, there are perfectly current items that are non-sellers that I also won’t accept:

  • Rosetta Stone (these won’t run on a second computer, cannot be resold)
  • Sonlight Manuals
  • Switched on Schoolhouse

A Favor to Ask

And finally, a favor to ask if you are consigning. There are many different companies out there now that use a variety of books for their programs (like Sonlight using literally hundreds of different readers). These companies include Sonlight, Notgrass, Heart of Dakota, My Father’s World, Classical Conversations, Veritas Press, Beautiful Feet, Memoria Press, and Tapestry of Grace. If you consign books that were used with any of these, it is very helpful to me to let me know. I try to catch them all, but we are talking thousands of titles here, and I miss some of them. Just bagging or rubber banding them together with a note saying which curriculum you used it with would save me a ton of time searching, and the possibility of missing it altogether.

There is no change and I still accept manipulatives and science equipment.

Thank you very much to all my consignors–we have close to 800 active accounts right now–you all have been a huge blessing through the years. And I hope you will continue to trust our store to sell your books for you.

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com

 

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Open for the Fourth

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Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

We will be open for normal hours this week–so we will be here Tuesday, Fourth of July 12-6. It’ll be slow–so if you need a place to think quietly…  🙂

  • T/W 12-6
  • F/Sat 11-2

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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It’s that time again– QUARTER SALE!

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

It is time for another quarter sale, where everything in the Bargain Section (7,000+ books) will be 25¢ per book!

But wait, you say, it’s only been 2½ months since the last one. Yup! I have had more than 5,000 bargain books alone consigned during that time and we are full to the brim!

The sale will be Tuesday 12-6 (6/13), Wednesday 12-6 (6/14), Friday 11-2 (6/16) and Saturday 11-2 (6/17). No appointments.

Here’s the spiel…

Each item in the bargain section 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. 🙂

Young children are always welcome in the store, but if you have an option to not bring them this week–it would probably be safer for them 😉  (I’ll be temporarily removing the play area this week since it’s in the bargain section and there is just no room if we add in people, too).

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.

Note: It is perfectly fine to park in the grass if the parking lot is full. But please don’t leave your engine running while you shop (a/c for the kids). It leaves a car-sized dead spot in the grass.

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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Summer Hours Begin

News from the

Pennsylvania Curriculum Exchange

Effective immediately, summer hours begin, now through the end of August:

  • Tuesday/ Wednesday 12-6
  • Friday/ Saturday 11-2

Thanks!

Julie Helms
  • PA Curriculum Exchange
  • 25 Ridge Road; Dillsburg, PA 17019
  • (717) 432-9947
  • PACEbooks@live.com
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