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Used Curriculum Sale

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Date:Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time:10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location:Chapel of the Cross
160 Flanders Rd, Westborough, MA


Chapel of the Cross is a lovely air-conditioned facility on one level with easy access for parking and loading/unloading. Last year we had 10,000 items for sale and 9,000 FREE items. All that is missing from making this year even more successful 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. It will be easier to concentrate if childcare arrangements are made for toddlers and preschoolers who still need to hold a mommy’s hand.  Volunteers will help pregnant mothers and those with special needs. The “Chivalry Livery” will be on hand once again to help bring books to cars. The book rest table will also be available for weary arms!

Shopping Aids permitted:
Luggage carts, rolling milk crates, any rolling container the size of a milk crate or smaller. Small strollers are permitted ONLY with children 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 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, Personal Checks and Credit Cards (Visa, MC—3% service fee added).


This sale is 100% dependent on volunteers! All MassHOPE board members are volunteers. Volunteers (children included) who sign up by June 14, 2015 and work 3 hours or more are allowed to shop one hour before the sale opens to the public. It is 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, Sunday, June 14, 2015.


  • Volunteers are needed to help receive, sort, distribute, set up, and organize books during Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19. We appreciate cheerful people who like to make things neat!   While we happily accept onsite 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.
  • We also need volunteers to help man the sale, i.e., direct shoppers and assist those with needs, keep books neat in assigned areas, help with the book rest, sort tags, assist with breakdown (from 1 - 2 pm) and clean 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 wives may shop early!
  • Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a sack lunch.
  • Children 10 and up may volunteer with a parent.  To register, please go to, or contact Julie Caprera at


MassHOPE desires to help you to sell your items and buyers to find items of value. Instructions are very detailed, but have reasons behind them, and many have come about as an improvement from problems in a prior year! Also, 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 SALE ITEMS.  Registration is available only online at  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, Sunday, June 14, 2015.  Upon registering to sell, you will receive an e-mail confirmation 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 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):

  1. Handwritten tags (need all new computer generated tags);
  2. Tags taped at top and bottom instead of down the sides (tags must be taken off and re-taped correctly);
  3. Items taped on all 4 sides (tags removed and re-taped correctly);
  4. 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).
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. 

MassHOPE receives an 18% donation from items which are sold (Thurs/Fri drop off) and 23% (Sat drop off).  MassHOPE will provide the envelopes and stamps for mailing the sales slips and payment to each seller.

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.

Times for Bringing Your Sale Items

  • Chapel of the Cross
    Thursday, June 18 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Friday, June 19 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 20 from 8:00 to 8:15 am
    (by appointment only -- limited to 100 items each -- 4 appointments max)
    23% of sale price is donated to MassHOPE

Pick-up for Unsold Books

ALL sellers who are collecting unsold items are asked to come to Chapel of the Cross at 1pm on Saturday, June 20 to help sort unsold items. Only after ALL items to be collected are sorted may sellers check out their unsold items and take them. Sellers may choose to donate some/all of unsold items at check out. We do not sort “donated” items. Sellers may have a representative come for them to help in the sort/collect of unsold items. With the cooperation of all we can sort items much faster and sellers are able to collect their unsold items more quickly.

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 in Westborough near the intersection of route 9 and I-495 one exit north of the Mass Turnpike (I-90). Your approach will depend on your starting point, but almost all 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. New Flanders becomes Flanders Rd. Go under I-495 and look for driveway on the left, immediately after Washington Street.

Customized directions for your location may be obtained by going to Google Maps.

Used Curriculum Sale

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