This week, I’m pleased to be featuring a two-part feature by Jennifer, from Re-Diaper.com. This work-at-home-mom turned her passion for cloth diaper thrifting into a thriving business, helping other cloth diapering families build amazing stashes without breaking the bank.
First Time Cloth-Diapering Mom to Re-Diaper.com Owner
When I found out I was pregnant for the first time, I knew right away I would cloth diaper. I’ve been a dirt-loving tree hugger most of my life, so becoming a cloth-diapering crunchy mama was a natural progression. It also helps that my husband is… well… let’s just stay he’s “thrifty.” He was on board as soon as I showed him the math.
I had been underemployed ever since my husband had taken a “too good to pass up” promotion in 2009 that involved moving halfway across the country. After I quit the dead-end job that was making me crazy, we decided to try to have a baby and the stick was positive a couple months later.
Unemployment meant I had ample time on my hands to research cloth diapers and to decide what would be best… or so I thought. I was in no way prepared for what “modern” cloth diapering has become. My mom cloth diapered me as a child with good old prefolds and covers, and I was not prepared for the number of styles, brands, and fabrics to choose from. To make things even more confusing, what were all these acronyms??? The more research I did, the more overwhelmed I became.
I decided to go the same route my mom had used and purchased some newborn and small Cloth-eeze prefolds and Thirsties Duo covers. I also registered for a few cloth diapering items. Then I discovered Zulily aka the unemployed pregnant woman’s worst nightmare. Thanks to the amazing children’s resale shops in my area, I was able to control myself for the most part. Except when cloth diapers were available, then I just couldn’t help myself.
I purchased way too many Fuzzibunz (all those great colors!!!) from Zulily, only to realize I hated them. Hate is not a word I use lightly, but let me use it again. I HATE Fuzzibunz. Once my son arrived and was finally big enough for the OS pockets, I just couldn’t get a good fit. After countless elastic adjustment sessions (ending with raw fingers and a crabby sleep-deprived new mom) I would put one on him and it would leak out the leg…. again. Thanks to the Buy/Sell/Trade world on Facebook, I was able to rehome all my dreaded Fuzzibunz and recoup some of my initial investment.
After having great experiences selling my Fuzzibunz to other cloth-diapering mommas, I was at Target one day (minding my own business!!!) when I happened upon a Clearance rack full of Charlie Banana OS Pockets. FULL I tell you. And they were 50% off! $10 for an adorable pocket diaper? Are you kidding me? I took a pic, shared it via Facebook with my local cloth diapering momma friends, and then hummed and hawed about it. I walked around the store and got my other shopping done, only to make my way back to stare at them some more. I bought a couple. I didn’t need more than that. I didn’t really need any, but again… $10? How could I not?
I went home and told my husband about it. I could easily get at least a few more $$ each if I sold them online. He told me to go back and buy them all. BUY ALL THE DIAPERS!!! Could I make a business out of this? We’d been discussing flexible ways for me to supplement my husband’s income. I had been seriously thinking about offering childcare to another child in our home, but my son was very demanding baby and I honestly didn’t think I could care for another child as I was barely able to give him all the attention he needed and take care of myself.
A week or two later, Re-Diaper.com (which I had liked at some point, but never really paid much attention to after browsing around the site a few times) posted on their Facebook page that the business was up for sale. We jumped in with both feet and never looked back….