|Picture courtesy of the Nashville Homeschool Sale|
If you are anything like me, you are already planning the next school year. That is just what homeschoolers do. While we have one foot in our current lessons, our minds occasionally wander to the next school year and sometimes the school years, two and three years after that one. That probably happens, because it gives us an excuse to shop. If you like shopping and homeschool products excite you in a manner like no other, you should plan to make a stop at the Nashville HomeSchool Sale (NHS) in May.
Faith Young, NHS Coordinator, has been making plans since January for the 2016 sale. It will be held at the West End Community Church on Tuesday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The NHS, now in its fourth year, was an answer to requests from homeschoolers in the area who wanted to shop affordably for their school items like they were able to do when it came to clothing items and other children accessories.
“The sale was started by Gaye Carmon, who was homeschooling her child at the time. I took it over three years ago, because Gaye was getting out of homeschooling. She asked me if I would take it over since I am passionate about consignment sales,” said Faith, who has been mentored over the years by her friend Jenifer Gifford. “Jenifer owns Once Around the Block Kids consignment sale and was supportive to me in continuing the sale.”
Faith has seen growth in consigners and shoppers since she started coordinating the sale. The Facebook presence for the sale now touts more than 1,000 followers and she anticipates more than 50 consigners for the upcoming sale. The reason behind the positive response and excitement about the event may be due to how she runs the sale.
“At a traditional sale where sellers rent a table, if you are looking for a product like Math U See, you have to visit multiple tables to determine what set you want to buy. Sometimes, when you go back, it may or may not still be there,” said Faith. “At the NHS, we organize the subjects and publishers so they can be found together. If you are looking for Math U See, you can go to the Math U See basket, and find everything our consignors have brought in under Math U See. Also, with our layout, you can find everything by subject in one area.”
Other items shoppers can expect to find are supplemental materials, manipulatives and learning games. They usually get a wide variety of math, language arts and science curriculum.
“As a homeschooler, we get in some great curriculum and offer lots of educational items, toys, games etc. It's great for any family on a budget, especially if you are looking to try something new without the investment of the "new" price,” said Faith, who homeschools her two children. “If there is something you are looking to just put in your hands to evaluate to see if it's the right curriculum for you, you can do that too if one of our consignors has brought that in.”
Participating as a consigner is easy and you earn 80 percent of your selling price. You may register to sell and volunteer, which earns you shopping privileges. It is free to shop at the sale. Visit the NHS website to learn more or e-mail Faith at nashvillehomeschoolsale at
gmail dot com if you have questions.