I spent the afternoon shopping for pre-homeschooling convention bargains at a local resource center, and in my view, mission accomplished! Everything was slightly used, and here's what I found: I did my best pricing everything out retail, and I think I came up with between $275 & $300 dollars (give or take $50 or so dollars) for all of the items, and I was able to purchase them in very good condition for $141.oo, and because they were having a 50% off sale, it then reduced the bill to $70.50! Favorite items are: the GeoSafari Game with multiple card sets(not shown). It's one of the prehistoric models but works beautifully! , 7X9" Christ Centered Phonics Card Sets (I purchased 3, using 2 as gifts for two new-to-homeschooling friends), the Usborne books-4 in total, the Phonics Fraction Manipulative kit, Eagles Wings Considering God's Creation Science Curriculum (been eyeing this all year!), plus pretty much everything else I was able to purchase-17 items total. God is good!
They say you should eat before going to the grocery story, and I'm hoping this little shopping venture will curb my appetite at the convention as well.