Kids’ costly Halloween costumes are worn only once and typically tossed the following year. This fall, we’re helping families save time and money by recycling online.
San Francisco, CA (Vocus) September 30, 2010
thredUP, the premier peer-to-peer online kids clothing exchange, has just launched a national Online Halloween Costume Swap. The children’s clothing swap platform will now help busy parents conveniently exchange outgrown costumes for ones that fit.
thredUP’s Halloween costume exchange works exactly like the existing swapping service. Members can browse “Halloween Boxes,” and pick one they’d like to receive - paying only $5 plus shipping. While that box is in transit, swappers list their kids’ outgrown costumes. Box owners are notified when their listing has been picked. thredUP generates the shipping label and schedules home pick-up – facilitating a seamlessly even trade.
“Halloween is a no-brainer for thredUP,” said James Reinhart, Chief Knitwit of thredUP. “Kids’ costly Halloween costumes are worn only once and typically tossed the following year. This fall, we’re helping families save time and money by recycling online.”
In addition to Halloween costumes, thredUP has rolled out “Specialty Boxes,” or listings containing unique items. Parents can now browse, pick and list boxes flagged with sports gear, dance apparel, Scout uniforms and more. The “Specialty Box” search feature makes it easier than ever to find perfect clothing matches on thredUP.
The team at thredUP continues to emphasize convenience, affordability and sustainability, rolling out a new set of supporting features each month. Since the company’s spring launch, thredUP has saved parents upwards of $600,000, recycled 60,000 lbs of kids clothing and reached a swapping rate of about 1,000 boxes each week.
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. thredUP aims to help parents “conveniently exchange outgrown kids clothing for clothes that fit.” The company is currently based in Cambridge, MA and is advised by current Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.