Enjoy these used curriculum sale tips for the big day on June 7 at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene!
Prepare for parking challenges.
The earlier you come to the sale, the better. Typically a long line forms outside the doors before 6:15 p.m. (opening time), so make sure you’re in the area and ready to wait!
Other ideas: try to go with a friend or carpool with other families. It’s also handy to check a traffic website like http://www.kshb.com/traffic, where you can see all the construction work around the KC metro and whether it affects your route.
Remember, cash is king.
Bring plenty of change and small bills for your purchases. This is especially true for sellers. You don’t want to be wiped out by another $20 note!
Another alternative is to bring your checkbook, but cash is certainly your best and safest bet. Credit cards are not accepted.
Come with the right equipment.
Of all used curriculum sale tips, this one is probably worth gold to you. Come armed with a small and narrow rolling cart or even small suitcase to cart around your purchases!
Even if you don’t plan on buying a lot of stuff, we strongly recommend following the example of veterans who bring something along anyway (even if they don’t fill it to bursting). Your neck, back and feet will thank you.
Prepare for tight spaces.
This year we are requesting that sellers bring books only or items that can be placed on their table (NO large items due to limited space).
Sellers are responsible to stay with their items and handle their own sales.
If you’re a buyer, try to travel as lightly as you can! Leave everything you don’t need in your car or at home.
We respectfully request no strollers at the sale because of space issues. People could leave their strollers up front and use backpacks, front packs, or a second person to carry the baby.
If you bring rolling carts, make sure they’re small and narrow.
More good news for both buyers and sellers: This venue has no stairs to navigate!
Look for the freebies table!
We always have a table of free items at the used curriculum sale. Families will have donated resources and materials there that can go to any homeschool.
If you’re bringing children, let them participate for maximum enjoyment.
If your children are old enough and you want to bring them with you, consider giving them a small amount of money to spend on whatever toys they find there.
They’ll learn valuable bargaining skills, using math skills and interacting socially with different age groups – all in one easy place!
Watch the clock.
Take note of the start and end times, and make the best use of the time you have. Setup and cleanup times are strictly enforced.
Drop by the MPE table.
Our office manager will be there to help answer any questions about our organization, membership applications and renewals, area and national homeschool resources, or just to say hello!
You can also sign up as a new member or renew an existing membership at the sale in person.
If you’re a buyer, feel free to chat with sellers.
We keep hearing from homeschoolers who love coming to this event – not only for the sale, but also for the help and encouragement they receive!
Many of our sellers are longtime homeschool veterans with amazing insights. Take advantage of their experience, as it can help you make better purchases.
This blog post was originally published in June 2015. It has been updated for timeliness and detail.