Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale Season

You may already know, but as garage sale season winds down, a whole new type of sale begins to dot the landscape. The clothing resale.

I first learned about these sales over twelve years ago and have haunted them ever since.

Basically, children’s clothing and toy resales provide families a place to sell their outgrown items and buy other people’s outgrown items all in one place.

If you want more details about how to buy and sell successfully at these sales, I wrote about that a while back on my blog:

Buying from used clothing sales

Selling at used clothing sales

It may be too late in the game to jump in as a seller, but the buyers have lots of opportunities. Here are the ones that I know of so far (click on links for more details regarding locations and times):

September 12th — Dupage County Fairgrounds —Step by Step, Mothers and More, and Mothers of Multiples

September 11th and 12 — Batavia — Alice Gustafson School

September 12th — Lemont — Church of Nazarene

September 19th — Mooseheart (Thanks, Raelyn!)– Tri-City Mother of Twins and Triplets

September 26th — Kaneland —

September 25th and 26th — Geneva — Western Avenue School

September 26th — Elmhurst — Timothy Christian School

September 26 — Lilly Lake — Lily Lake School (THIS ONE WAS CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF SELLERS!)

September 26 — Oak Park — Mothers of Multiples

September 26 — Round Lake Beach — Lake County Mother of Twins Club

Do you know of any that I missed? Please leave a comment with the location and times if you know so we can share this information around.

Free Educator’s Screening

Some great information from a Chicagoland area theater. Check with your local theater for the availability of educator screenings.

They offer a free screening for you and one guest. They often have snacks available as well, and lots of information on planning an outing for your homeschool group to the IMAX. Even if you cannot attend, they have some fun tips and educational activities to use with your kids.

Randall 15 IMAX

What is IMAX®?

Free Educator Screening

See More Hear More Feel More

You and one (1) guest are Invited to the Free Educator Screening of Under the Sea 3D and Bugs 3D. Additional guests will be charged $5.00 for each or $9.00 for both.

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, September 15 & 16

Time: 4:00 pmBugs 3D , 5:15 pmUnder the Sea 3D (please arrive a half hour prior to check-in and register)

Place: Randall 15 IMAX® 550 N. Randall Rd. Batavia, IL 60510

RSVP: Email or Call 630-659-6762. RSVP by noon on Monday Sept. 14th. Please leave us your first and last name, school name, date, theater, and number of people attending. If registering via email, you will receive an email confirmation. If registering via phone, you will not receive a phone call to confirm your space.

Under the Sea 3D: Under the Sea 3D, a new IMAX® 3D adventure, transports moviegoers to some of the most exotic and isolated undersea locations on Earth, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and others in the Indo-Pacific region, allowing them to experience face-to-face encounters with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea. It offers a uniquely inspirational and entertaining way to explore the beauty and natural wonder of the oceans, as well as the impact of global climate change. In IMAX 3D, the images will literally leap off the screen and float around the theatre, putting the audience in the movie. Narrated by Jim Carrey, Under the Sea 3D is directed by Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers, produced for Howard Hall Productions by Michele Hall and executive produced by Graeme Ferguson. This Warner Bros. film is produced and distributed by IMAX Corporation. Website Teacher’s Guide 3-5 Teacher’s Guide 3-5

Bugs 3D: Bugs are bizarre, beautiful, and an endless source of fascination. BUGS! will magnify the miniscule world of insects and explore the miracle of their success. From metamorphosis to mastery, predator to prey and community to concealment, extraordinary large-format 3D images will bring audiences face-to-face with this amazing universe of creatures. Website Teacher’s Guide

Group Rates: For groups of 10 or more, $5.00 per person (Traditional 45 minute films) or $7.50 per person for IMAX DMR. Groups of 20 or more receive one free admission for a teacher or chaperone.

Book a group and call Jeannette at 630-659-6762 or email

www.GQTIMAX.comTeachers GuideLearning to the MAX online brochure

Library Film: We offer a collection of IMAX films to enhance your curriculum. From space to the prehistoric times of dinosaurs and the sea. All films have teacher guides available. Teachers Guide Click here


Under the Sea

Star Trek



Concession Combos available for groups

Free Magic School Bus

The buzz around the blog world is a free book from the Magic School Bus series.

Cover of the book The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up

Here is the info from the EPA website:

“The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up”

EPA’s Clean School Bus USA program has partnered with Scholastic to write, illustrate, and publish a new book in the popular “Magic School Bus” children’s series. In this acclaimed educational series of books and videos for children from kindergarten through fourth grade, a teacher named Ms. Frizzle takes her class on several science-oriented field trips, riding in their magical school bus.

In “The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up,” the children and Ms. Frizzle explore the pollution emitted from their own diesel school bus and learn about how to reduce the emissions as they find themselves traveling through a diesel engine. The children learn about idle reduction and ways the community can help reduce the health risks from diesel exhaust. At the end of the book, the “Magic School Bus” gets its own pollution control device, a diesel particulate-matter filter.

Released on October 18th, this special-edition book is intended to be used by libraries, schools, state and local air programs, non-profit education and outreach campaigns, and for other targeted opportunities to increase awareness of the importance of reducing diesel emissions.

The books are free and can be ordered from the National Service Center for Environmental Publications, EPA’s publication warehouse. They may not be sold.

Quantities are limited due to the popularity of the book. Individuals, schools, and libraries may order up to 20 copies. Non-profit organizations working on diesel emissions issues and outreach may order up to 500. Other organizations, including for-profit companies, may order up to 100. Larger requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information give them a call at: 1-800-490-9198 and request item number EPA420-K-07-001

It may not be as subject appropriate for homeschoolers as the topic addressed is making a school bus more environmentally friendly, but you can still learn about the engine workings and the impact on the environment. And, of course, it’s Magic School Bus, and FREE!

Last call, Six Flags Homeschool Day

If you did not already make arrangements to enjoy the Six Flags homeschool day on Thursday, September 10, you can still do so, just minus the early registration discounts.

A reader found out this information today (Thanks, Janet!).  You can still get in at the gate for $38.00 (rather than the $32.00 advance rate). However, you cannot order the buffet.

If you want more details, feel free to check out my earlier post on this great event or give them a call today or tomorrow
at (847) 249-4636.

Edit: Note the comment left at this post as well, for information on the buffet picnic!