How does the MHA used book and curriculum sale work?

This sale is different…no renting a table, no manning it all day in the hopes to make back your table rental fee. For the MHA sale, you register as a seller and we send you personalized tags to use to price your items. You price everything and drop it off  before the sale. We sort the items by category, organize everything and conduct the sale, using your assigned tag number to track your sales total.

At the end of the sale, we figure out how much each seller made and mail out checks to sellers for their individual total, minus their 10-15% surcharge to help cover the cost of the sale. (Premium members contribute 10%, free members contribute 15% of their total sales.) You only contribute based on how much you sell.

How do I get my tags?

You will be emailed your tags in the form of a pdf within 24 hours of registering.

Why do I have to be a member to register for the MHA sale?

In order to keep track of your information (so that we can pay you after the sale is over), you will need to have a user name and account for our database. You can choose a paid or free membership with which to register.

How much does it cost to register?

Registration for the sale is free. You only contribute based on your total of sales, 10-15% depending on your membership level. (Paid members contribute 10%, free members contribute 15%)

Do tags need to be printed on any particular color or style paper?

The answer is no–any color, including white, will do. As long as the price is clearly visible, it will work. Same goes for what kind of pen to use; anything clearly visible. No pencil, please.

Any tips on pricing?

There is no suggested price list, but you can find some suggestions of things to consider here.

What happens to the books that aren’t sold?

You can designate during the registration process whether you’d like to pick up your unsold books after the sale or if you want to donate them to MHA. If you donate your leftover items, MHA takes them to a book reseller and applies the cash received to cover the costs of the sale.

Will there be a “free” box or area if there are things I just want to give away?

Yes–and how nice of you! Our free area is always a big hit, especially with new homeschoolers who are always very appreciative of your generosity! If you have gently used items that you’d just like to pass on to a new home, you can box the items up, mark it clearly as “FREE” and drop it off for the sale. We will handle the rest–and any items leftover will be brought to a reseller and any proceeds will go to MHA to help cover the cost of the sale.

Can I include adult books (fiction or nonfiction) for the sale?

Sort of…we will be taking adult non-fiction books, but only those related to homeschooling. We have limited space and want to maintain the focus of the sale on homeschooling materials. So, please, no other adult books, including general parenting books. We reserve the right to exclude books that do not fit these parameters.

Can I box up my old set of encyclopedias (or other large set of books) to sell?

Yes, put it in a sturdy box with a label on the outside, but do not seal it shut. Buyers won’t haul home something they can’t inspect. And, you may want to price it to sell, as someone will have to feel like they are getting a steal to be persuaded to bring home something so unwieldy.

What are some examples of categories I should sort my stuff into?

Here’s a list of the categories we mark at the sale:

  • Language Arts (reading, writing, handwriting, grammar, etc.)
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies (history, geography, civics, government, etc)
  • Comprehensive Curriculum and Multimedia (Full curriculum sets, workbooks, plus CD-ROMs, DVDs, etc.)
  • Reference (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc)
  • Foreign Languages
  • Music and Art
  • Health & Fitness
  • Critical Thinking
  • Religious (religion curricula and devotionals of any faith geared toward school-aged students, NO general adult non-fiction books on faith please)
  • Preschool (preschool curricula and workbooks, preschool manipulatives)
  • Kid’s Literature and Fiction (early readers/short chapter books and up)
  • Little Kids’ Books (board books, very early readers)
  • Homeschool How-To (books on homeschooling styles, organizing your homeschool, learning styles, homeschooling/learning research, memoirs of homeschooling experiences, etc)
  • Games, Puzzles & Activities
  • FREE (see above for more info!)

How does the drop off work?

Drop off priced materials at the sale site in New Brighton the night before the sale.  If you are unable to make it Thursday night, please contact us at mha@homeschoolers.org to make alternate arrangements.

How and when is the money distributed to sellers?

After the sale, we tally everyone’s sales by their personalized number and mail out checks or send a Paypal transaction with each seller’s proceeds within 7-10 days following the sale. You can designate which payment method you prefer during registration.

Have other questions not addressed here?

Please contact us at mha@homeschoolers.org! We are happy to help!