Saturday, July 28, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Chapel of the Cross
160 Flanders Rd, Westborough,
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
We’ve moved! After 7 years in two different locations in
Southbridge, MA the UCS is moving locations to help us better serve a wider
population. Chapel of the Cross is a
newer facility on one level with easy access for loading/unloading and
parking. It also has good
air-conditioning and more bathrooms!
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
17,000 items for sale and 8000 FREE items (we really count them all! All that
is missing from making this year even more successful than previous years is
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
of the Cross has carpeted floors which allows us to
permit plastic wheels on your shopping aid for your shopping convenience. Yea!
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!
Aids not permitted: (must be left outside the sale area & claimed after
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!
Cash or check only – NO CREDIT CARDS.
sale is 100% dependant on volunteers! I
am a volunteer as are all MassHOPE Board Members. Volunteers (children included) who sign up
by July 20, 2012 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 midnight, Friday, July 20, 2011.
Volunteers are needed
to help receive, sort, distribute, set up, and organize books during Thursday,
July 26 and Friday, July 27. 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 28.
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.
appropriate clothing and bring a sack lunch.
Children 10 and
up may volunteer with a parent. To
register, please go to the registration link on the MassHope.org website, or
contact Julie Caprera at firstname.lastname@example.org
I WANT TO SELL
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.
SELLERS MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE OF BRINGING THEIR ITEMS TO BE SOLD. Registration is available only
online at www.masshope.org on the Used Curriculum link. 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 20,2012. 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.
main reasons items are not accepted are:
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)
5) Items not secured with enough rubber bands
to withstand the sale crowd (rubber bands added).
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.
will provide the stamps and envelopes for mailing of sales slips and payment to
each seller. A small fee ($2 to $5) will be deducted from the sales to cover these
costs based upon the number of items sold and the postage. There is no charge if no items are sold.
for Bringing Your Sale Items
Chapel of the Cross 15% of sale price is donated to MassHOPE
Thursday, July 26 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Friday, July 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
(Last drop off appointment is 7:30 pm Thurs. or 11:30 am Friday)
Chapel of the Cross 20%
of sale price is donated to MassHOPE
Saturday, June 28from 8:00 to 8:30 am
(by appointment only—limited to 100 items
each--4 appointments max)
for Unsold Books
For questions and information, contact: Julie Caprera at (508) 764-7647 or Masshope2012ucs@aol.com. If you get an answering machine, please
leave a message, speaking slowly and spelling your name.
Chapel of the Cross,
Saturday, July 28, 2:00 to 3:00 pm
All books must be picked up by 3:00 pm
Saturday. Any books not
picked up will be
donated to MassHOPE. Please arrange for
someone else to pick up your
unsold items if
are unable to collect them.
Chapel of the Cross is located in
central Massachusetts in 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
Directions can be customized for your location by going to www.chapelofthecross.com and clicking on the link for directions located under the “Join us this weekend” header on the left
You will receive a check from MassHOPE in approximately
three to four weeks for the proceeds of your books less your donation to
MassHOPE and fee for P&H. You will
also receive the tags of the items sold and two register tapes of your sale
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.