I WANT TO BUY CURRICULUM
If you would like to join the home school mom’s version of Filene’s Basement when the bridal gowns go on sale, come on down to Chapel of the Cross for our annual Used Curriculum Sale! Last year we had 16,000 items for sale and 8600 FREE items (we really count them all! All that is missing from making this year even more successful than previous years is YOU!
No childcare facilities will be available. This is an intense shopping time with hundreds of shoppers and thousands of books in a gymnasium-sized space. You will find it easier to concentrate if you can make childcare arrangements for toddlers and preschoolers who still need to hold a mommy’s hand. We will have volunteers to help pregnant mothers and those with special needs. Once again, the “Chivalry Livery” will be on hand to help bring books to cars. The book rest table will also be available.
Shopping Aids permitted: (Plastic wheels allowed due to carpeted floor—Yea!)
Luggage carts, rolling milk crates, any rolling container the size of a milk crate or smaller. Small strollers are permitted ONLY if they have a child in them!
Shopping Aids not permitted: (must be left outside the sale area & claimed after paying)
ANY OPAQUE CONTAINER due to past problems years ago with theft including tote bags, backpacks, and rolling suitcases. Space constraints with large crowds do not permit us to allow wagons, double strollers, or laundry baskets on luggage carts or any aid larger than a rolling milk crate. People need to be able to get to the tables!
NEW—we can accept credit cards with a 3% service fee added.
No FEE for Cash or Personal Checks
I WANT TO VOLUNTEER
This sale is 100% dependant on volunteers! I am a volunteer, as are all MassHOPE Board Members. Volunteers (children included) who sign up by July 19, 2013 and volunteer to work 3 hours or more are allowed to shop one hour before the sale opens to the public and have first choice of items. It is also a great way to help children (age 10 & up) develop a servant’s heart while learning valuable skills. Most of all, it’s a wonderful way to share in the camaraderie of being part of the group that makes a big event happen. There are an awful lot of wonderful homeschoolers! REMEMBER, SIGN-UP DEADLINE IS 11:59 pm, Friday, July 19, 2013.
- Volunteers are needed to help receive, sort, distribute, set up, and organize books during Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26. We appreciate cheerful people who like to make things neat! While we happily accept on site volunteers, only volunteers who have signed up in advance and are scheduled to work three hours or more, are eligible to shop early on the sale date. No one may shop before July 27.
- We also need volunteers to help man the sale, i.e., helping direct shoppers and assisting those with needs, keeping books neat in assigned areas, helping with the book rest, assisting with breakdown (from 1 – 2 pm) and cleaning up.
- We need a few volunteers to help us set up before we receive books Thursday and to help clean up and set up the church on Saturday after the sale. This involves more physical labor than volunteer jobs during the regular volunteer hours…a great chance for husbands to volunteer so their wife may shop early!
- Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a sack lunch.
- Children 10 and up may volunteer with a parent. To register, please do so online at masshope.org/ucs/volunteer, or contact Julie Caprera at firstname.lastname@example.org
I WANT TO SELL CURRICULUM
It is the desire of MassHOPE to help you sell your items and for buyers to find items of value to them. While the instructions may seem extremely detailed, they all have reasons behind them, and many have come about as an improvement from problems in a prior year! Another big factor for the strict guidelines is the size of the sale. Such a large volume of activity requires carefully constructed procedures to make the sale run smoothly for all parties involved without placing an inordinate amount of work upon the volunteers.
ALL SELLERS MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE OF BRINGING THEIR ITEMS TO BE SOLD. Registration is available only online at masshope.org/ucs/sell. If you do not have online access, please ask a friend or use your local library. If there are still problems, call Julie Caprera (508) 764-7647. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 11:59pm, Friday, July 19, 2013. When you register to sell you will receive an e-mail within 48 hours with the files containing all the directions for preparing your items and the item labels. If you have not had a confirmation response from Julie Caprera within 48 hours of your registration, please contact her to be sure it was received! Ultimately, it is your responsibility to make sure you are registered.
When registering to sell items, all sellers must make an appointment time to drop off their items. All items are checked individually (we really do this!) to make sure they are properly labeled before they are accepted for sale. Please allow sufficient time (30-45 min) for this when you make your appointment. You will be given opportunity to correct any problems or will be asked to bring the item home. Improperly labeled items have required many hours of volunteer time for correction, and we no longer are able to do this. If you bring items for another person you will be expected to wait for all their items to be checked also.
The main reasons items are not accepted are the following (with solutions):
MassHOPE uses donated unsold items to provide free curriculum for families who start home schooling on an emergency basis during the next year. Remaining unsold items go on the FREE table the following year along with items donated at the time of the sale.
- Handwritten tags (need all new computer generated tags);
- Tags taped at top and bottom instead of down the sides (tags must be taken off and re-taped correctly);
- Items taped on all 4 sides (tags removed and re-taped correctly);
- Items without duplicate tag inside back cover (duplicate tag must be added);
- Items not secured with enough rubber bands to withstand the sale crowd (rubber bands added).
NEW: Due to our increased costs for the facility we are raising the donation to 18% for Thur/Fri drop offs. We are eliminating the shipping/handling charge. MassHOPE will provide the envelopes and stamps for mailing the sales slips and payment to each seller.
Times for Bringing Your Sale Items
- Chapel of the Cross
Thursday, July 25 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, July 26 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
(Last drop off appointment is 7:30 pm Thurs. or 11:30 am Friday)
18% of sale price is donated to MassHOPE
- Chapel of the Cross
Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 to 8:30 am
(by appointment only—limited to 100 items each--4 appointments max)
23% of sale price is donated to MassHOPE
NEW THIS YEAR
Pick-up for Unsold Books
ALL sellers collecting books must come to Chapel of the Cross at 1pm to help sort unsold items. Sellers may check out their unsold items after ALL items to be collected are sorted. We do not sort “donated” items. Sellers may have a representative come for them to help in the sort/collect the unsold items. If a seller wishes to collect their items but does not come help their donation will raise from 18% to 23%.
This will help make the sorting time go faster and allow sellers to be able to collect their unsold items faster. It also helps those running the sale!
Any books not picked up will be donated to MassHOPE. Please arrange for someone else to pick up your unsold items if you are unable to collect them.
From all points:
Chapel of the Cross is located in central Massachusetts, at 160 Flanders Road, Westborough, just off the intersection of Rt. 9 and I-495 one exit north of the Mass Turnpike (I-90). Your approach will depend on your starting point, but almost all people will find the directions below provided by the church relevant to them.
From Intersection of I-495 and Route 9 - Go west on Route 9 and take immediate exit for Computer Drive. At end of exit ramp turn left. Go 300 feet and turn left onto New Flanders Road, heading south, over Route 9. After bearing left, New Flanders becomes Flanders Rd. Go under I-495 and look for driveway on the left, immediately after Washington Street.
Directions can be customized for your location by going to www.chapelofthecross.com and clicking Find Us button at the top of the page, or using Google Maps.
You will receive a check from MassHOPE in approximately three to four weeks for the proceeds of your books less your donation to MassHOPE. You will also receive the tags of the items sold and two register tapes of your sale items. It is your responsibility to keep track of what you bring and plan to sell. We keep no records of individual items sold by sellers.