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TEMPLE TERRACE, Florida -- Most teachers spend their own money to pay for classroom supplies to teach their students, according to a recent survey by the online coupon website RetailMeNot. But two Tampa Bay area teachers started a company that gives instructors a break.

The women who run the company Twice as Nice put on a "Teachers Helping Teachers" event on Sunday morning in Temple Terrace. Educators could sell their items and get deals on new and gently used items.

Adrienne Wilson is one of the co-owners of Twice as Nice and says if you missed the event there's still time because they do consignment. Wilson is a professor at the University of Tampa and says, "It's a great opportunity. It's really a win-win where the teachers are getting a little back for the expenses that they put into their classroom while also being able to help other teachers."

Elyse Rhodes is a kindergarten teacher at Lewis Elementary School in Temple Terrace who says, "I think it's fantastic. You can get items for cheap, like this is only a dollar, and it's just a wonderful experience. And now I want to go through all of my items and help out other teachers." 

Teachers spent an average of $347 of their own money in the 2012-13 school year to buy school supplies and instructional materials for their class, according to a survey by the National School Supply and Equipment Association. That's up from $314 in 2009-10.

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