Thursday, November 25, 2010

You know you've got the fluffy fever when...

Article previously published on Diaper Discussions Blog

My Freecycling Dream turned Nightmare 

I was recently reminded of a funny incident that happened back when I was just starting cloth diapering. I had only a handful of diapers to use on my sons and the day they arrived in the mail I knew I needed MORE!

The thought occurred to me that I could "ask" my local freecycling group if anyone had any cloth diapers they weren't using that they'd be willing to part with. I figured it wouldn't hurt to ask and who knows, maybe I'd hit the jackpot.

So I posted to the group and got a response immediately! A woman who was about 45minutes away said she had a whole box of cloth diapers she wasn't using and that I could have them. I was excited, I asked if she knew what kind and she said she didn't know the brands. I was hopeful it was a box of fluffy new pocket diapers like Knickernappies or FuzziBunz so I agreed to take them and make the long drive to get them.

My twins were only about 4-5months old at the time and I had never taken them for more than a 15 minute car ride, let alone on the interstate AND with my 4yr old daughter, all by myself. The ride went smooth, thankfully, but I soon realized the location was in a very bad part of town, not the type of place you would normally even want to stop at a stop sign.  I questioned whether or not I was making the right decision but my addiction to fluff just had to be met and my curiosity was getting the best of me.

I arrived at the mobile home which had plywood over some of the windows, the yard was nothing but dirt, and I wondered if I was going to have to knock or be invited inside and what I should do if that were the case.  Luckily I spotted the box outside in the carport. There were large barking dogs tied up outside which no doubt notified the homes occupants that I had arrived. However, they did not come out to greet me. The dogs chains were just short enough that they couldn't reach the box but were within just a couple feet of it. 

I swallowed hard, left the kids in the car, ran up and grabbed the box, threw it in the car seat next to me and then took off. I got a couple blocks away and pulled over to inspect the boxes contents. There were at least two dozen diapers and an assortment of covers. They looked like they hadn't been used since 1969 and were riddled with holes and covered in dirt, dust and cobwebs. All were bleached by the sun in a way that told you the box had been outdoors for quite some time.  They were completely unusable and the trip proved to be a total waste of time.  I was seriously disappointed and a little embarrassed.

I studied the box the entire drive home waiting for a giant roach or tarantula to jump out at me. I felt like a huge idiot for having gotten so excited and was sort of upset the people, who knew I lived almost an hour away, would allow me to drive all the way there for what was obviously garbage.  Seemed like some sort of a cruel joke.

My husband got a kick out of my little adventure and since then I haven't asked for anything from my freecycling group.

The moral, of course, is that most of the time when things seem to good to be true, they usually are!

*Do you have a silly cloth diapering story, a blooper, or something to share? I'd love to hear from you!  If you'd like to submit your story in the form of an article or blog submission please email it to me at and we'll feature it here on the Knickernappies Blog!


Heather - CDO said...

What an awful (and funny) story! Thank you for sharing and giving me a Thanksgiving-day laugh.

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