Penn State girls who are strapped for cash but want new clothes will soon have a new way to get their fashion fix.
Treydit.com, a developing fashion website launched by Penn State student Nicole Green, offers girls the opportunity to trade in unused items from their closet in order to receive clothing from other girls. The site is currently set to launch in October.
Green (sophomore-finance and economics) said that the site works on a points system known as “kisses.” Users start by posting an item of clothing they no longer want, along with an image of the item. Users receive kisses for uploading items.
Those kisses can then be spent on items that other users post. “It’s almost like you’re trading clothes,” Green said.
After Green’s first semester at Penn State, she realized that she used about half the clothing she brought to college. The other half was stored under her bed.
“I noticed girls are always trading,” Green said of her experience in her freshman dorm building. “We had a Facebook group on my floor, and everyone was always asking, ‘Do you have this? Do you have that?’’
That was when Green got the idea for Treydit. She said she thought it would be “cool” to expand the concept of trading clothes between friends to include the entire Penn State student body. After brainstorming ideas, she started work on the website’s prototype, which she has since finished.
Green set up the entire website herself. She took classes in coding and in software in order to learn how to turn her vision into a reality.
“I’m not very technical,” Green said. “But since I’ve learned a lot, it really wasn’t hard at all. I always was able to find what I needed to do and I really just learned how to put everything together.”
Treydit is free to use for both the buyer and the seller, which is ideal for college students.
“People can buy things with money anywhere,” Green said, explaining why she chose to implement a points system rather than use money. “I feel like girls like to trade, so this is more fun. You don’t have to spend any money.”
There is also no charge to the buyer or the seller to ship the item. The item can either be sent for free to the buyer’s commons desk, or the buyer can meet up with the seller to receive the item.
Recently, Green held a pre-launch in which students could sign up to show their interest in the site. Green said she got hundreds of responses, including some from campus representatives from other universities. She plans to expand Treydit to other universities after launching at Penn State.
Mia Stokes, who was Green’s roommate, is one of the hundreds of girls who are interested in using the site. She said Green told her about the idea while it was developing. She has already submitted an item of clothing to sell on the site.
“I’m a very fashion-forward person and I feel like this website is very convenient,” Stokes (sophomore-psychology) said in an interview. “It’s a more affordable way of buying clothes rather than paying out of your own pocket.”
Stokes said she believes Penn State girls will be interested in using the site.
“There’s quality clothes on there,” she said.
Girls who are interested in using the site can go to treydit.com and upload an item to receive five free kisses. They will be notified by email when the site has officially launched.