How to Sell, Donate, or "Re-Purpose" Your Gently Used Cloth Diapers
What do you do with gently used cloth diapers when they aren't needed anymore? Whether you plan to sell, donate or re-purpose them, read on for more information.
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There are several ways to do this:
- Offer your diapers in a “Free for Shipping” forum at places like Diaper Swappers. Simply post photos and brief descriptions and request that interested mothers message or email you with their zip code so you can figure the shipping cost.
- Post a photo and brief note on your Facebook wall and see if you get a response from your network of friends and family. There might be someone local to you, and that means no shipping would be necessary. At my church, mothers will sometimes bag items up, leave them in the parish hall and tack a note on that says “free” with a description of the contents.
- Donate/mail your used diapers to a charity that will distribute them on your behalf to a family in need. A few examples are Fluffy Wishes Diaper Closet, the Rebecca Foundation and Cloth for a Cause. You can find an extensive list of cloth diaper charities here.
There are a few routes you can take:
- Diaper Pin,
Diaper Swappers and Cloth Diaper Trader and three of the most popular
places to buy and sell used diapers. Ebay and your local Craigslist are
also good venues. Whichever you choose, good photos, accurate
descriptions and competitive prices (figure in shipping) will help you
make sales. You'll make the most money selling diapers on sites like
this because your buyer will absorb the shipping cost.
like Re-Diaper buy used diapers and resell them on their sites. With
services like this, you can usually opt for cash, consignment or store
- Check with your favorite cloth diaper store. Some
of them, like Cloth Diaper Outlet buy and sell new AND used diapers.
And if you already like shopping there, the store credit will be
valuable to you. The two main drawbacks to selling to a retailer or
consigner are (1) you have to pay out of pocket to get the merchandise
to them and (2) they are more particular about which brands they buy and
the condition of the diapers.
Gently used diapers can find new life in some very useful capacities:
- Turn them into burp cloths, wipes, dusting cloths or shop rags.
- Use old pockets for swim diapers. You don't want it to be absorbent, so leave out the insert.
- Let diapers find new life in your sewing projects. Some ideas: padding
for pot holders, quilt pieces or squares, doll clothing or mama cloth.
you can see, cloth diapers will save you money in more ways than one
over the long haul. And they might just be one of the most useful and
hard-working items in your home!
This is a guest post. Anne is the blogger behind Zephyr Hill Blog, which is one of my favorite cloth diaper resources! I encourage you to check out her blog, where she shares information about cloth diapers, family life, homeschooling, and life on the farm.
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