For those unfamiliar with APO (Army/Air Force Post Office) and FPO (Fleet Post Office or Federal Post Office) addresses, it is an American address that is used for military members living on a base or post overseas. Many U.S. merchants will not ship to APO, or they will only use couriers that do not deliver to APO, like UPS or FedEx. Or they can magically read your IP address and see that you're ordering from a different country, and as a security measure, will decline processing the order.
Of course, members can always order online within the country they live in (if they have what they need); however, it sometimes proves impossible to enter your payment information because the billing address is US and that isn't an option. It seems like there's one roadblock after another.
For the most part, quilt-shops are far ahead of the game when compared to other online merchants. Most quilt shops will now ship APO, whereas when I started quilting a few years back, I could only find a handful that would, and mainly it was only fabric. I had a very difficult time getting notions, or bigger things, like bags of batting. I'm grateful for the shops that would ship to me, and even more grateful that they offered discounts to military members, or would ship those hard-to-obtain items.
And I would like to share those shops with you today and just say "THANK YOU" to them for helping me out. The list is not all-encomposing, and if you know of any others, please let me know!! I will be adding shops to the list as I find them, and there is a button on the sidebar just in case any military members (or their family members) are out there and need quilt supplies!!
Quilt Shops that offer free/discount shipping to APO/FPO addresses:
Quiltbug.com - Free shipping to all APO/FPO address (and will even ship Quilter's Dream Batting--for free!)
Southern Stitches Quilts - Free shipping to all APO/FPO addresses
Quilting Adventures - Free shipping for orders over $35 to all APO/FPO addresses
Crazy Quilt Girl Fabric Shop - Free shipping for orders over $75 to APO/FPO addresses
Fat Quarter Shop - Free shipping for orders over $80 to all APO/FPO addresses
Donna's Lavender Nest - $5 shipping for orders up to 10 yards for all APO/FPO addresses
Quilt shops that will ship bolts of batting:
JOANN - Offers an in-store 10% discount to military members every day. Will also ship batting by the bolt to APO/FPO addresses for about $20 (and you can still use your 40% off coupon). The shipping is SAM (space available) but finding a merchant that will ship such a large item is worth recognition).
Other quilt shops that ship APO/FPO:
Fort Worth Fabric Studio
Fresh Modern Fabric
UK Fabric shops that will ship to US APO addresses in the UK:
The Village Haberdashery
Again, I would just like to say "THANK YOU" to all the quilt shops out there that support their military members, and understand that girls who wear combat-boots to work can still be quilters!!