When your toddler has potty trained and your days of keeping up with the latest prints or seasonal cloth diapers are over, it is time to de-stash. Rid your house, once and for all of your beloved collection of fluff! Last week I reviewed where to donate your diapers. But if you (like me) have told your husband (time and time again) what a great investment cloth diapers are, then you may want to look into selling – at least your better ones. Here is my proven method of how to sell your diapers for top dollars.
- WASH YOUR DIAPERS! (I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but trust me – apparently it isn’t!)
- Strip them if you have used them a lot.
- Stick them out in the sun for that fresh bright white look that we all strive for!
- A little lemon juice strategically squirted on stains will add to the sun’s bleaching effect.
- Inspect them thoroughly before listing for sale.
- Take pictures of the inside, outside and closeups of any defects or stains
- Research the brand and print to see if it is a rare/ hard-to-find diaper. Some diapers can be sold at a premium, even for more than what you bought it for – so spend a few minutes to check eBay, Google and the brand’s website. Perhaps even ask on the company’s Facebook page if you are in doubt.
Things to disclose when selling used cloth diapers:
- The condition of the diapers and/ or inserts:
- Look for stains (inside and out)
- rips or unraveling seams
- missing snaps, loose elastic, wear from the aplix or anything else that compromises the diaper’s effectiveness or looks.
- BE HONEST! Your reputation is on the line here. I would MUCH rather knowingly purchase a used diaper showing some wear, than to come home and find loose elastic or a missing snap. Let the buyer determine if they can live with the condition of the diaper.
- Your wash routine: Mention briefly what type of detergent you used, were the diapers line or machine dried and if your water is soft or hard.
- Your home environment: pet friendly or pet free, smoke free – or not so much. Again, be honest and let the seller determine if they wish to proceed with the transaction.
Where to sell:
- Facebook groups: “B/S/T” groups (= Buy/ Sell/ Trade groups), there are FB groups like this for specific cloth diaper brands or your local area may a cloth diapering group set up.
- Local Cloth Diaper Store: Your local cloth diaper store may have their own groups established for their clients. These groups are generally used to create a sense of community and customer loyalty. Always contact the store owner/ group admin BEFORE you post items for sale.
- Craig’s List: When Facebook doesn’t have the appropriate group I have used Craig’s List. However, I take precautionary measures, as you never know who replies to your post. I generally meet people in a public place to exchange cash for the product.
- eBay: Great for hard-to-find prints and larger lots. You have to factor in the cost of shipping when you use eBay, and there is the added time spent going to the post office. However, some times you can get more for your lot if the demand is high and the supply low.
When done right, selling your diapers can be as much fun as buying them once was. Personally, I try to rotate my stash every so often, as the baby grows particular diapers that once fit like a dream become a leaking nightmare – and that’s when I start to sell… and then quickly replenish again!
What is your favorite brand of cloth diapers?