Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Oral Commitments

To date, Three Sisters has gotten oral commitments from the following vendors to exhibit at our Home Learning Resources Sale:


Simply Fun

Barefoot Books

Dawn Werts-Philbin

Entrance to the Home Learning Resources Sale is admission-free and will be held from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sat., April 18, 2009 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, located at 3900 Ashworth Rd. in West Des Moines, IA.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Stuff Sale Details

Just thought I would pop in here to comment on the location of the upcoming Stuff Sale in April 2009, especially because someone said they tried to find the location previously with no luck.

Grimes United Methodist Church
is EXTREMELY easy to find. From 141, take the Grimes exit and go west. Drive west. You may feel that you are running out of town, but then aha! there it is on the north (right) side of the street. Handicap accessible, adequate parking lot. Look for our HLR signs in the easement.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Stuff Sale Update

Someone has started an early spring cleaning! We have two gals committed to tables for the Stuff Sale already. Books seem to be in excess -- pretty typical of most homeschool families that I know! As kids get older, some books just don't work anymore (or never did work). If you have an overflow of books at your house, you'll want to reserve a table as soon as you can. Since we're trying to maintain a fellowship/kid area at one end of the room, our space is limited.

Monday, January 12, 2009

January Newsletter

Happy New Year, Home school Parents!

In this issue: HLR Stuff Sale details and spotlights on speaker Kristie Karima Burns and vendor Sheryl Maxey with Usborne Books.

HLR Stuff Sale, by Julia: Details are in! This event was the brainstorm of a home school mom, where families sell “home school stuff” that they are not using to other home school families at used prices. We will run the sale as we did last year, with time for sellers to set up, time for doors to open to families who want to browse and shop, followed by a time for everyone to tear down. There will also be an area for families to visit.

HLR Stuff Sale
Friday, April 24, 2009
Free admission
12 - 4 p.m. –- use the east double doors
Grimes United Methodist Church
13525 NW 70th Ave Suite A, Grimes, IA 50111
It’s on Hwy 44 in Grimes, 1/2 mile west from the water towers
Look for Three Sisters’ HLR signs to guide you!

To sell your materials at the Stuff Sale, see the documents attached to this message. New this year will be take-home bags. Adoremus Books has kindly donated bags for shoppers to use for their purchases.

Conference News

Home Learning Resources Conference and Sale

“Who We Are”

Sat., April 18, 2009

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

3900 Ashworth Rd.

West Des Moines, IA 50265

Park in the south lot – look for the HLR Signs!

Speaker Spotlight, by Cathy: Kristie Karima Burns, one of our five speakers, will be speaking on Waldorf Education in home schooling. If you are like me and are unfamiliar with this topic, I encourage you to attend the conference and learn more about Waldorf.

In preparation for writing about Kristie, I was hopping around all of her various websites and have decided Kristie is a woman of boundless energy! Along with home schooling her children, she runs many online businesses and helps others in their home schooling trek in the Waldorf way.

Recently, Kristie asked us to join in her joy of finishing her first full-length chapter book! She enjoys storytelling with her children and has completed the story entitled "The Journey of Analise". If you would like to hear this story, told by Kristie, you can do so for free at Waldorf Radio.

To learn about our other four speakers, visit the Three Sisters website and click on “Conference Speakers.” Registration begins now. Early bird pricing is in effect for registrations postmarked by March 30.

Vendor Spotlight, by Julia: Sheryl Maxey of Usborne Books is not new to home schooling, but she is somewhat new to town. We first met Sheryl at our 2008 Home Learning Resources Sale. She was a door prize winner, and loved connecting with the other home school families. Shoppers can visit the vendors on the sales floor for free!

Since Sheryl has home schooled for 18 years and used Usborne books for every grade level, she will give a presentation about the books while working in some great ideas about how to teach multiple grade levels successfully at the same time. For a preview of the merchandise she may have on hand at the Home Learning Resources Sale, visit her website.

Kristie and Sheryl will be Three Sisters Home Learning Resources Conference and Sales Event, scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3900 Ashworth Road in West Des Moines. With the theme “Who We Are,” Three Sisters’ Conference will focus on workshops and motivational topics to assist you in your home school journey, no matter “who you are” or where you are in that journey.

Visit the Three Sisters website to find information and updates on our events. We are still fielding ideas for the conference as a way to respond best to the home school community. We would love to get your input at see3sis@yahoo.com. Carrie, our sales rep is working hard on getting vendors. You can suggest businesses to her at carrie@homelearningresources.com. Additionally, to join our direct email list (and get monthly updates like this one), let us know and we’ll add you.

Until next month,

Julia and Cathy
Three Sisters

THREE SISTERS is a small Iowa company founded by three bargain-loving home school moms. After frustrating attempts to change the system to allow admission-free shopping, these three moms decided to create their own system and produced their first sales event, Home Learning Resources, in 2005.
Since then, THREE SISTERS has produced two other Home Learning Resources sales events in Des Moines and one in eastern Iowa. Always sensitive to the needs of the home school community, the HLR Stuff Sale was a suggestion the company took from a loyal shopper. It was held in early April 2008.
The company will make its first venture into conference production in April 2009. It remains open to producing other events.
Three Sisters is now operated by two of its founders. The founders realize that sisterhood does not rely on bloodlines.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Stuff Sale Details

HLR Stuff Sale
Friday, April 24, 2009
12 - 4 p.m. -- enter through the east double doors
Grimes United Methodist Church
13525 NW 70th Ave, Grimes, IA 50111

The site is located on Hwy 44 in Grimes, 1/2 mile west from the water towers. It is very easy to find. You can try this place for directions. We'll have our HLR signs out to point the way.

There is no charge to get in. As with our last Stuff Sale, there will be space for visiting, a place for shopping, and the understanding that your kids will be under your watch and care at all times. Please keep food items in your vehicle or at home.

We encourage you to bring your own bags and boxes for hauling your purchases home. In case you forget, we are pleased to announce that take-home bags will be available courtesy of Adoremus Books.

To sell your 'homeschool stuff' at Three Sisters' Stuff Sale, go to our website, www.homelearningresources.com Find the HLR Stuff Sale page, then print the necessary form. Once we receive it, you'll get an email confirmation. Start sorting through your stuff to sell!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy New Year

Our monthly newsletter will arrive in your email inbox late this week. If you would like to join our e-mail list to get the latest news delivered to you, send your contact info to see3sis@yahoo.com