Are you thinking of buying a pre-loved stash of cloth diapers? Maybe you are confused by the process, or perhaps the thought of used cloth diapers is kind of gross to you. This article will remove the mystery of used diapers and help you tackle the buying (or selling) process.
NWOT = New Without Tags
NWT = New With Tags
EUC = Excellent Used Condition
VGUC = Very Good Used Condition
GUC = Good Used Condition
Play Condition / Play Quality = May have some function issues
Seconds = The factory has determined these as functional, but they did not pass quality control
PPD = Postage Paid Domestic
Yeast can transfer from child to child via used coth diapers- not to mention other bacteria. But dont let that scare you away from the valuable and brilliant commodity that is Secondhand Cloth Diapers. Bleach is an amazing thing. Used cloth diapers are unlikely to be covered by any manufacturers warranty, and so that little note on the tag which reads “do not bleach” can be dismissed. It is recommended that you always ensure a used diaper stash is put through a Bleach Soak before using them on the next child.
In addition, if the previous owner used a questionable wash routine and you are concerned of mineral buildup from hard water or poor detergent choices, you can also choose to Strip your cloth diapers. I always do a Strip and then Bleach Soak for all my used cloth.
Where to Buy
My favourite place to buy used cloth diapers is on my local Facebook group called Calgary Cloth Diaper Moms. Just about every city/town has its own cloth diaper group on facebook nowadays. You can also shop on a national group that covers your whole country, or on Brand Specific B/S/T groups. Here are a few to get you started, but many more can be found on Facebook.
- Cloth Diaper Destash Canada
- Cloth Diaper Swap and Sell
- Funky Fluff Official B/S/T
- Thirsties B/S/T
- Best Bottom Cloth Diaper B/S/T
- Official GroVia B/S/T
- B/S/T bumGenius
Ebay is a popular choice for people that are selling rare and hard to find prints, and limited edition colours. It’s a valuable tool for cloth diaper collectors, but I haven’t had great success buying general used stashes. I prefer Facebook for that.
Kijiji / Craigslist
Online Buy and Sell websites like Kijiji and Craigslist can be a valuable resource for finding used cloth diapers. You can choose to search locally or broaden your search to include areas that you may be travelling to. I love to check the listings in a city that I’m planning to visit- you never know what you might find!
If you can find a local seller, you will save yourself on shipping costs. If your used diapers are coming from across the country, or border, expect to pay for the shipping on top of the sell price. Many people include domestic shipping (ppd) in the price, but be sure to ask. Lettermail is the cheapest option, but does not have tracking. In order to qualify as Lettermail, it must be able to fit through a lettermail slot (in canada that means less than 20mm thick). I prefer to ship my diapers in a vacuum sealed Ziploc bag (or if you have a foodsaver, use that!) inside a lettermail envelope. It’s usually only a couple of dollars and I can fit up to two diapers if I really work at compression.
You can build a pretty great stash one used diaper at a time buying from sellers that include PPD lettermail pricing!
Selling Your Stash
One of the main selling points for my getting hooked on Cloth Diapers is resale value! When was the last time you could sell a used disposable diaper? Cloth diapers can earn back some of your investment by selling them on local or national buy/sell/trade boards! It’s the same principles as above. As a seller, you are responsible for properly labelling your diapers’ condition and setting a fair price. Most Facebook groups have Files that will help you with pricing, but I tend to just copy the trend of what I see. I expect to lose at least 25% of their retail value.
If resale is important to you, you should choose brands and diaper styles that are well known and popular. Picking high quality brands may cost more up front, but they will last you through your needs and still be in great shape to sell later. Brands like Funky Fluff, Thirsties, Best Bottom, Blueberry, bumGenius and AppleCheeks all have thriving B/S/T groups and will be easier to sell.