6.02.2015

How to sell your cloth diapers


The sad day has come when it's time to say goodbye to your beloved cloth diapers! Or maybe you are ready to celebrate, glad to be done with the days of diaper laundry and spraying out diapers. If you're ready to part with your stash, you can earn back a good bit of the money you spent by selling your diapers!

How to sell! 
Thanks to Facebook Groups, there are lots and lots of places to sell your diapers. These are typically referred to as B/S/T (buy, sell, trade) groups. Many of them are brand specific groups, but there are some broader groups available as well. Other options include selling locally on sites like Craigslist, holding an auciton on ebay, or websites like Cloth Diaper Trader. Don't be afraid to list your diapers on multiple sites.

Before selling your diapers, you'll want to use the following guidelines:

  • Start with clean diapers! If your diapers have any stink issues, you'll either want to treat the issue or be prepared to disclose the problem in your listing. 
  • Check for stains! To get the most for your money, having stain free diapers is best. Sunning your diapers is an excellent way to fade stains. Many buyers will still buy diapers with stains. Just be sure to take pictures of all the stains and detail them in your listing.
  • Inspect your elastics. If your elastics are relaxed, you can either replace them or sell them as is.
  • Look for any other problems. Does your organic cotton have holes? Is the PUL still intact in all places? Is the stitching fraying? Is the aplix/velcro/hook and loop curling or no longer sticky?


How to sell your diapers:

1. Take lots of pictures! Most buyers will want pictures of the diapers from the front, but also from the inside and pictures detailing any problems.

2. Decide on a condition. Please remember that the condition is subjective and can vary from person to person. You can use terms the following terms:

  • New - new diapers with tags/packaging that have never been used or washed. 
  • NWOT - New diapers that do have tags or packaging. These diapers have never been used or washed. 
  • Prepped only - New diapers that have been prepped, but never worn.
  • EUC - Excellent Used Condition. Diapers that have been used, but look brand new. These diapers have no stains or stink, elastic that isn't stretched, and PUL with no problems. 
  • GUC - Good Used Condition. Diapers that have been used, but there aren't any major issues. There may be some light staining or slightly relaxed elastics, but overall still have a ton of life in them and are in good condition. 
  • Play - Play condition diapers are very well loved! They usually have stretched elastics, holes in the cotton or are just very worn. 


3. Decide on a price! This may be the hardest part of all! The best way to find out the going rate for your brand of diapers is to look around other sites and see what the diapers are going for. Any issues with the diapers and the condition can cause the price to be lower. Remember that you can always lower your price if they aren't moving fast enough for you.

A note about shipping: If you aren't selling your diapers locally, it is typical to add the cost of shipping into your asking price. This is noted by using the abbreviation PPD. Be sure to note if your are only willing to ship to the country you live it. It can be expensive to ship to other countries. In the US, it will cost about $2-3 to ship one diaper, so adjust your price accordingly.

4. Make your post! On the BST (buy/sell/trade) site you have choosen, list what you are selling! Be sure to include the following details:

  • Brand and style
  • Colors and prints
  • Price per diaper or lot
  • Details on condition
  • Lots of pictures (or be ready with more detailed pictures available upon request)
Examples of posts to help you:





Donate! 
If selling your daipers sounds like too much of a hassle or you want just to bless another family, there are a ton of great cloth diaper organizations available that provide cloth diapers to families in need. You can do a web search to see if you have any local resources, but if you are looking for a reputable national organization try Giving Diapers, Giving Hope or Share the Love


5.07.2015

The sting of a pregnancy announcement

Just a disclaimer before I pour my heart into this blog post. I know I will get some negative comments. Someone is going to tell me to get over myself, that I need to move on or just be happy for other people. Many people will never understand the feelings I have and that's okay! Honestly, it's fine. If you are lucky enough to never have to experience the pain and longing caused by infertility, I truly am happy for you. For those of us that have suffered, it is a very hard road. This blog is my site and my place to write my feelings. My therapy. By writing these words and being able to "say them out loud", I am able to grow, to process my feelings and to move forward. Thank you for reading and thank you for your kindness!

I put up walls. Mentally, not outwardly. Facebook is full of friends, acquaintances, old classmates, and relatives. Most of my news feed is clogged with group posts from the tons and tons of cloth diaper groups I belong to. I rarely see business or blog pages and even friend posts are hidden among the cloth diaper chatter. None of this is by choice and honestly, I long for the old days of Facebook when you just completed sentences about yourself ("Jenny is .....") and sent badges to your friends to pin on their walls. Things were simple back then. Now Facebook is full of thoughts, information, drama, and whatever else people want to share. But really this post isn't a rant about Facebook. Facebook is a part of my job and as much as I dislike it some days, I love it others.

The problem is not being able to filter out things on Facebook. It happens almost every day. I log in to Facebook and put my guard up. I just know that at any moment a pregnancy announcement is going to pop into my feed. The truth is, I start putting these mental walls up around the time babies turn a year old. That's around the time that I expect a lot of my friends will start trying for more children. Some pregnancies happen way before then and many don't happen for months and months later, but I know it's coming. So I try my best to guard my heart and prepare for the ultrasound picture, the big brother or sister announcement, whatever adorable thing they've concocted to announce that another baby is on the way. And every time I see one, I catch my breath. The sadness sets in and the infertility once again begins to consume me.

It's not just on Facebook. I do at gatherings too. Whenever I find myself in a room full of young moms I worry that I will be hit with the news of a new baby on the way. It happened a few weeks ago. I met a group of moms for coffee. I honestly was worried one mom was going to have news and tried to prepare myself mentally. Instead, another mom showed up with her very new newborn. It hurts and it's hard, but it's life.

I am suffering from infertility. My husband and I don't get to have another baby. My son doesn't get to be a big brother. But not these other families. My infertility doesn't (and shouldn't) stop the rest of the world from growing their families and excitedly announcing it. The truth is, these moms, dads, siblings, families should be excited! They should share their news with everyone and on Facebook in the most adorable way that they choose. Babies are blessings and should be celebrated.

But for me, I need time. Time for the news to sink in. Time for the pain from the reminder that once again we aren't pregnant and my body is failing us. At home my mood may fall. I may cry. I may pour my heart out to my husband or on this blog. I get over it. I move on. I'll come to your baby shower if you invite me and tell you all about cloth diapers if you are interested. It's all part of the healing process.

It may not sound like it, but I've come a long way in three years. The infertility doesn't consume me like it once did. I've found a lot of peace. Most days are good days, but the bad days still come. The pregnancy announcements still sting. The newborns still make me long for my own.

4.30.2015

Simple & Affordable Cloth Diapers from Buttons Diapers!

This post contains sponsored links. 

Are you looking for a diaper that is SIMPLE and AFFORDABLE? Cloth diapering doesn't have be complicated, overwhelming, or expensive! You can easily create a cloth diaper stash using diapers that make the most of your money, while saving your sanity with their easy to use features.



SIMPLE
Buttons Diapers are an all-in-two (AI2) diapering system that makes diapering your baby easy, affordable, and fun! The system is made up of one-size (OS) diaper covers and inserts that snap-in to the cover.



Each cover is made from stretchy PUL (for a good fit) with a wipeable interior, so you can use them again and again before needing to wash! The covers also have double leg gussets and elastics at the back and front to prevent dreaded blow outs!



The inserts simply snap in place inside the cover preventing slipping and misplacement. You can choose microfiber inserts or inserts made from hemp and cotton for heavy wetting babies.

To use, just snap a clean insert into a cover and fasten the diaper onto your baby. When it's time to change the diaper, snap out the insert and wipe the inside of the cover clean!

AFFORDABLE
You can diaper your baby using this OS system for as little as $240! The covers retail for as little as $11 a piece. The inserts start at $3.50. Buttons Diapers recommends having one cover for every three inserts.



An example of diaper stash made with Buttons Diapers:

8-10 Diaper Covers 
18-24 Daytime Inserts 
2-3 Nighttime Inserts

But if you're just looking to get started, the Starter Pack is a great option! 



Buttons Diapers is owned by a family out of Washington and all of their diapers are CPSIA compliant! You can find out more about the Buttons Diapers family here




Would you like to win the chance to add some Buttons Diapers to your stash? Enter on the Rafflecopter below to win a prize pack from Buttons! One winner will receive two diaper covers and two daytime inserts of your choice! Open to the US and Canada. Must be 18 years old to enter. Giveaway ends May 10, 2015. Good luck!

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4.04.2015

Kelly's Closet Fluffiversary Giveaway!

This post contains affiliate links.

Happy 14th Fluffiversary to Kelly's Closet! I have been a fan of Kelly's Closet since I first found them when pregnant over 4 years ago! In that time, I have made countless purchases (hello cloth diaper addiction!), learned how amazing their customer service is, and become an employee! I think it's safe to say that I love Kelly's Closet and they are my favorite cloth diaper retailer!

Read about why you should shop at Kelly's Closet!

Kelly's Closet has the best coupon codes! If you're looking to make an order, these are two current codes available! Who doesn't love free diapers?



14 years ago I was in high school and cloth diapers weren't even something I ever thought about! bumGenius, Rumparooz, GroVia, and Thirsties weren't even companies! It's amazing to think how far the cloth diaper industry has come in 14 years!

Today, we're going to celebrate those years with prizes from Moraki and Logan and Lenora! Moraki diapers are sewn by a handful of moms in California (hooray for USA made!) and Logan and Lenora makes the most gorgeous, boutique-y wet bags I have ever seen! But the prizes don't stop there! There are also prizes from AppleCheeks, Balm Baby, and Rumparooz, with new prizes being added daily for a total of 14 days!



Enter to win on the Rafflecopter below! Happy Fluffiversary Kelly's Closet!

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