• 2024 Used Book & Curriculum Sale

2024 Used Book & Curriculum Sale

  • 05 Jun 2024
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18040 Unsicker Road, Groveland, IL


  • (no need to register to buy)
  • (no need to register to buy)


2024 PAACH Used Book & Curriculum Sale

It's that time of year again! PAACH is sponsoring a used curriculum sale for the greater Peoria area.

When? Wednesday, June 5 (9:30 a.m. to noon)

Where? Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18040 Unsicker Rd, Groveland, IL

Why? It’s a chance to sell your items & shop for the next school year. The 2023 sale hosted 54 sellers. Come early for the best selection. Doors open for shopping at 9:30 a.m.

Is there a charge for sellers? There is no charge for PAACH subscribers to sell their items. Non-subscribers wishing to sell will be charged $25 to register plus an additional $1 fee if paying with a debit or credit card at the sale. Sellers keep 100% of their sales dollars (there is no commission taken out.) 

Why do you need my information if I am a seller and why should I pre-register? All sellers need to register (either in advance by June 3rd or at the door) so we know where to mail your check and so we can contact you during the sale, if necessary. Registration will take a couple of minutes before you put your items in the sale. Pre-registered sellers will have a separate check-in spot for quicker entry. You can pre-register here.


Sale Day Timeline  

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. - Sellers check-in and set out their items on appropriate table.
  • 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. - VOLUNTEERS ONLY shopping (All others will be asked to exit the gym.)
  • 9:30 a.m. to noon - Sale open to everyone
  • Noon to 12:30 p.m. - Sellers gather their unsold items so volunteers can clean up.

Any items left after the sale will be donated.

If you would like to volunteer, please email info@apachecentralillinois.org.

General Information & Guidelines

Cornerstone Baptist Church has graciously allowed us the use of their gym. Please do NOT call the church with questions about the sale. We are very thankful for the use of their facility and need to be respectful. If you bring children, please keep them with you. Don’t let them wander the church. We also need to remember that there are people working in the church that day so we need to keep the noise level down. If children are playing on the playground, they must be supervised by an adult. 

Neither PAACH nor Cornerstone Baptist Church are responsible for injuries.

We cannot be held responsible for any lost or stolen items. Please ensure that all items are clearly marked and that the sale tag is securely attached as described below.

We retain the right to refuse any item(s) we feel unacceptable.

We cannot allow free items on the sales floor. Consider posting on a FB page or Yahoo group for donation.

How the Sale Works for Buyers

Buyers do not have a fee to attend.  Shop and find items you wish to purchase. When you are finished shopping, proceed to a cashier’s station for checkout.

At checkout, volunteers will remove stickers and total your sale. You may pay with cash or check made out to PAACH or with debit/credit card. Each purchase at the book sale made with a debit or credit card will have a $1 fee added.

Be patient – this sale is run entirely by volunteers and we work to check you out as quickly as possible.

Please be respectful of others and make your decisions quickly. (Do not hold on to an item for the duration of the sale and then put it back with 10 minutes left in the sale.) If you do not intend to purchase an item you picked up, return it to the table where you found it.

Categories of Items in the Sale

Listed below is a list of general categories to help you prepare. The tables at the sale will allow for lower grade items to be separate from upper grades. The morning of the sale, sellers place their item in the most appropriate category. As of right now, these are the general categories; this list is based on what we had seen at past sales and will expand as necessary.

At the sale, if you aren’t sure where to place your item (or are not sure where to find an item) find a volunteer. We will be available to provide some assistance

  • Language Arts (spelling, vocab, literary analysis, grammar, writing, penmanship, phonics, reading comprehension, etc.)
  • Math (books and manipulatives)
  • History/Geography (textbooks, historical fiction & non-fiction, maps)
  • Economics/Civics/Government
  • Chapter Books (elementary, young adult, adult)
  • Early Readers (board books, picture books, level readers)
  • Science (all branches including health & nature study)
  • Bible Study/Christian Living
  • Foreign Language
  • Logic
  • Arts/Crafts (books, kits, supplies)
  • Music/Fine Arts
  • “Boxed Curriculum” items (Bob Jones, ABEKA, Sonlight Core, etc.)
  • Unit Studies
  • Life Skills/Home-Economics
  • Games & Puzzles & Educational Toys
  • Educational Magazines (National Geographics, ZooBooks, Ranger Rick, etc.)
  • Electronic Resource (CD, DVD, Computer Software)
  • General Resource Books (parenting, self-help, homemaking, homeschooling, etc)
  • Reference Items (dictionary, encyclopedia, etc)

Information for Sellers

All items for sale must be labeled as described. Tag each item by putting clear tape topped with a smaller piece of masking tape, and making a small 'pull-tab' on one end of the masking tape for easier removal. (The clear tape protects the item from damage and the masking tape is your sales tag. We will remove the sales tag when the item is purchased so that you will get credit for selling that item.) Do NOT use Post-It Notes, labels, garage sale tags, etc. Uniform labeling allows for a more accurate and efficient sale.  If we cannot read your sales tag, you will not get credit for that item.  

Thin masking tape (1” or narrower) works well. Do NOT write on dark color painters tape (blue, green, etc.) as it is difficult to read. Do NOT use wide tape (>1"); it takes up too much room on the seller's page.

On the masking tape tag, put the price, the first initial and last name of the seller, and the title of the item clearly written in black FINE-POINT sharpie or black ink. Put your label on the front of the item so it’s easily viewed by potential buyers.

If you are selling a set of items, label each item (1 of 6, 2 of 6, etc.) in case they accidentally get separated.

Consider bundling smaller items in Ziploc type bags and larger items in a box.

Please price all items in 50¢ increments. It is easier for the cashiers to total during the busy sale. [If any item is marked in 25¢ increments, the cost of the item will be decreased by 25¢. ($1.25 item would be charged as $1.00. A $1.75 item would be charged as $1.50)].

Tables will be designated by subject. It is helpful to have your books sorted by subject prior to coming.

ALL labeling must be done prior to the sale. It is very busy in the hour before the sale opens so please come prepared and ready to set your items on the tables.

Bring items and set them out on appropriate tables either the night before from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. or the morning of the sale from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Please allow enough time to set out your items, as all except volunteers will be asked to leave the sale area at 8:30 a.m. before the volunteer-only shopping time. Please plan accordingly so you have time to set all of your books out by 8:30 a.m. Otherwise, you will need to wait until 9:30 a.m. to set out the remainder of your books.

At the close of the sale, each seller must collect all their remaining unsold books so that the volunteers can finish clean up and go home. You may want to have a list of everything you brought. Or use your cell phone to take pictures of your items before you set them out. Any items left at the end of clean-up will be donated immediately after the sale. 

While we appreciate your generosity in wanting to donate books to a worthy cause, we are not staffed to box up, load, and deliver items that are intentionally left at the sale to donate.  Please collect all your remaining items and if you wish, donate them to the charity of your choice on your way home.  If you are unable to pick up your books after the sale, make arrangements for someone else to pick up your books. Sellers will be charged $1 per book for more than 5 books left at the sale. 

After the sale, each seller sales sheet(s) will be totaled and a check will be mailed to sellers from Morton Community Bank (please allow two weeks). We will NOT be sending out scanned copies of the seller's sheets.

If items are not labeled properly, you will be asked to correctly label before items can be put out for sale.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about the sale, please email info@apachecentralillinois.org.

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