The homeschool, used book sale is coming up this week. It is a sale that I look forward to every year. It is a chance for me to sell lots of homeschool books that we have grown out of. It is also a chance for me to buy books that I need at a fraction of their original cost.
This year, I only need a few items (i.e. Alpha Omega Language Arts T.M., some Sonlinght/Veritas readers, some books on Texas history, and a Heath Algebra T.M.). I am hoping to set up my booth early so I can do some shopping before the doors are opened to the homeschooling community. Last year, I made enough to buy all of our books for this year. I sure hope I can do that again this time around.
The downside to homeschool book sales is the effect it has on your teaching confidence. I don’t know about other homeschoolers, but I tend to doubt the materials I use when I go to sales. I might see a new program and hear how great it is from the seller. I then say to myself: “Maybe this is better then what we use. Hmm…maybe I should buy this and try it too…” That is definitely not a good thing. That is one of the reasons that my school room is FILLED with tons of curriculum that we don’t use. I see something that looks great and I add it to my shelves. Normally, those materials will sit there and collect dust.
I have been going through our school room over the last week. Our living room is full of items that I plan on selling. I really think I am a “curriculum pack rat”. Why do I have four language arts programs? When am I going to use all of these math textbooks? It is time for me to let go and only use what I know works for us. THAT is why being an eclectic homeschooler can be tough.
For me, I only attend used homeschool book sales. That way, I won’t be bombarded by new programs and sales people at the big conferences. I went to the homeschool conferences for one year. I think I walked away with $1K less in our savings account. Thankfully, I have learned over time not to go to them. They are too much of a temptation for me.
With two used book sales coming up and places like Book Mooch & Paperback Swap, I should be able to clear out our school room. That would be so nice.