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Trinity Parents Association

TPA Used Book Sale

Get your student’s school year started off right!

The annual TPA Used Textbook Sale will take place in the Estes Auxiliary Gym on July 31 and August 1. This sale will include many books students will need in the upcoming school year.
 
This is the your first opportunity of the school year to show support for Trinity Episcopal School. The proceeds from this sale go to support events throughout the year including Homecoming, Prom, professional development, and so much more.  

Student course selections will be available on PowerSchool prior to the sale. For faster service, print out your student’s schedule at home and bring it with you. Volunteers will be available at the book sale to assist with accessing course assignments in PowerSchool.

TPA Used Book Sale FAQ

List of 16 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. When are collection dates?  

    Book collection is set for Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24 immediately following exams. There will also be a collection the morning of Friday May 25.
  • Q. Why should I participate?  

    By selling your books you will receive a small return on your textbook investment as well as help raise funds for projects benefiting Trinity.  The more books that are turned in, the better selection of used books we have to sell to students at a reduced rate in the fall so everyone benefits. 
  • Q. Can I just donate my books?  

    Yes, of course.  Books that are donated allow the TPA to collect 100% of the sale proceeds. IRS tax forms will be available for book donors.
  • Q. How much money will I get?  

    The sale price is split 50/50 between the seller and the TPA.
  • Q. How will the books be priced for the sale?  

    The book prices are determined as 55% of the list price for a new book on the school distributor’s site, regardless of the condition of the used book.  This means that books in better condition sell first.  Please note that books with torn or missing pages, excessive markings, or in otherwise poor condition cannot be sold. 
  • Q. How do we know what books will be used next year?  

    Before the collection dates the website will have a list of books that are not being used again next year.  The TPA will accept any books, including those that cannot be sold next year, or you may opt to keep them.  
  • Q. Do you take back novels and workbooks?  

    Yes, we take both! If a teacher reuses novels we will sell them at the same 55% rate as textbooks, provided the book is not excessively highlighted or annotated. Workbooks can only be sold if they contain no writing.
  • Q. Where can I get an intake form?  

    Intake forms are available on the school website at www.trinityes.org/UsedBookSale. It will also be available at the book collections but it will save you time if the form is completed in advance.
  • Q. How do you know if it is my book that has been sold?  

    Each seller is preassigned an ID number, which will be used to track and identify all the books they turn in so we can credit them following the sale in the fall.
  • Q. When will I get the money for the books I sell?  

    Sellers choosing to share 50/50 will be paid in the fall once the sale is over. We cannot give “credit” towards book purchases since your share is not known until the sale is complete. Books continue to be sold until the class add/drop deadline has passed. Once we complete all sales and match them up to consignors, the business office will process checks which will then be mailed home.
  • Q. What happens to unsold books?  

    UNSOLD BOOKS WILL NOT BE RETURNED! Any books that cannot be used again at Trinity will be donated or sold in bulk with the proceeds going to Trinity. In previous years books have been donated to local schools and libraries, homeschooling groups and after school programs.
  • Q. What about AP and SAT study guides, etc.?  Can I sell these?  

    Current unused AP and SAT study guides will be sold for 55% of the new price.  Older copies will be sold for a $5 flat fee.
  • Q. What would make the process easier?

    • Complete the intake form in advance. 
    • Print carefully to help ensure your data is input correctly. 
    • REMOVE OLD LABELS so the previous book owner is not credited a second time for the sale of the book!
  • Q. What can I do if I need to buy books for summer work?  

    If we have any of those books in stock, or as they are turned in, we will pre-sell them now and you will be charged for them at the sale in the fall, once the prices are determined by the school’s distributor.  
  • Q. Can I volunteer?  

    Yes please! Volunteers are always needed for the spring collection, as well as the sale in August.  A signup genius link will be sent out via grade reps or contact Rebecca Bell at rlbell@comcast.net (937-1599) or Janice Brockenbrough at jwbrva@gmail.com (370-9956)  if you would like to help.
  • Q. When is the book sale?

    The book sale will be held the first week in August with the first time slot being reserved for new students. Sale dates/times will be publicized via the school website calendar, in Back-to-School emails to parents and at www.trinityes.org/UsedBookSale.

2018 Book Sale Times

NEW STUDENTS ONLY:
  • Tuesday, July 31 (8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS:
  • Tuesday, July 31 (4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.)

  • Wednesday, August 1 (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

LAST CHANCE SALE:
  • Monday August 13   (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.)

The sale benefits everyone:

  • The sellers clear off their shelves and will receive checks in the fall for all their books that sell.

  • Textbooks turned in are sold in August, offering current and incoming students an easy, efficient, tax-free method of getting the books they need for the new school year immediately with no shipping costs!

  • Each year the proceeds from the sale are used for campus projects that benefit all students. Past sales’ projects have included improving the library computer lab, the purchase of outdoor seating in the breezeway, on campus chargers for our students, refurbished furniture for the student commons, building a pole barn for the Outdoor Program as well as many more improvements to our campus. 

Contact

Rebecca Bell
TPA Book Sale Volunteer
rlbell@comcast.net

Janice Brockenbrough
TPA Book Sale Volunteer
jwbrva@gmail.com

Trinity Episcopal School

3850 Pittaway Drive | Richmond, Virginia 23235 Phone: 804.272.5864 Fax: 804.272.4652 Email: mail@trinityes.org