With this swapping expansion comes a little piece of home for U.S. military families across the globe.
San Francisco (Vocus) November 10, 2010
In honor of Veteran’s Day, thredUP, the premier peer-to-peer online children’s clothing exchange, has extended the popular swapping platform to U.S. military families stationed overseas. For the first time, U.S. military families can connect from anywhere in the world and swap 100% online.
Following the company’s spring launch, the team at thredUP quickly recognized a universal need for reasonably priced, easily accessible children’s clothing on military bases. thredUP has extended the swapping service to ensure all U.S. military families have convenient access to affordable kids clothing. thredUP is now the complete end-to-end swapping solution for U.S. military families anywhere in the world.
Military families stationed abroad can connect with thousands of parents online and exchange kids clothing from the comfort of home. From a technical standpoint, international swapping functions just like the domestic service: pick a box, list a box, send a box. thredUP’s integration with the USPS and use of flat rate boxes allow for exchanges to and from any APO/IPO address globally. While all swappers pay only $5 + shipping, military members receive 33% off a thredUP PRO membership and other exclusive member benefits.
“Having been stationed overseas, I know how isolating the experience can be for military spouses. Exchange rates, travel difficulties and limited on-base selection can make clothing your family cumbersome and costly,” says Sara Gibb, Chief Military Mom at thredUP. “With this swapping expansion comes a little piece of home for U.S. military families across the globe. A military spouse stationed in Germany can now send outgrown clothes to a family in Texas, while ordering a box of clothes from her cousin in California. As a military wife and mother, I’m thrilled to support U.S. military families internationally this Veteran’s Day by announcing thredUP’s exciting expansion.”
In addition to thredUP’s overseas reach, the company will allow its members to “support the troops” this Veteran’s Day. thredUP users can gift “box picks” to military families, donating their extras credits to express gratitude. For more information about thredUP please visit http://www.thredup.com/military .
Testimonails from the Military ‘Pilot Program’
“I am a military wife stationed in Bamberg, Germany. We have been here for a year and a half, and I am missing my thrift stores and consignment shops back home. thredUP has helped me to find inexpensive clothes, and it's also a nice little 'surprise' not knowing exactly what's in the box! Thank you for working with military families.” --Rachel
“We are stationed over here in Okinawa, Japan with the USMC and have been for over a year now. We have a 2 year-old daughter who seems to be growing non-stop! thredUP is helping me to swap out the clothes my children grow out of to get brands 1000 times cuter than what I’m able to find over here. thredUP is making it more convenient for me in so many ways -- it really helps off set our budget and it's so easy! Thank you so much for doing this special program for us. --Nicole
About the company
thredUP.com is the brainchild of co-founders James Reinhart, Oliver Lubin, and Chris Homer. Both Reinhart and Homer are recent graduates of the Harvard Business School and all three developed the idea in the Spring of 2009. The company is based in San Francisco, CA and is advised by current Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.