Tuesday, January 18, 2011

How excited would you be to get to shop for cloth diapers in person?! Maybe you can!

How far would you drive to be able to shop in person?

In writing last week's Featured Retailer post I realized when looking at the photos of For the Monster's retail store in Elkins, AR that it would have been so cool to have been able to shop for cloth diapers in person when I was just starting out.

To be able to drive over to a shop or a boutique owners home and touch, feel, and ask questions of a qualified, knowledgeable retailer...that would have been priceless.

We can do all the research we want online but truthfully, it's really hard to know exactly what the materials feel like and how the diaper functions just by looking at product photos.  Not to mention, being able to see all the different styles and brands side by side in order to compare them, that would have been awesome.

One of the reasons I am sure we're all addicted is because we shop online and shopping online means you have to do your research.  You want the best prices, the best colors, the fastest shipping and a quality product.  So what else can we do but sit at the computer and read, read, read all about diapers until we're feeling that fluffy high.

I recall not to long ago there was some buzz about a major cloth diaper manufacturer of onesize pockets, who were suddenly being carried in Target stores sprinkled across the nation.  The internet's cloth diapering communities were all chattering "do you have them in your local target?"  "oh my gosh, i saw them!"  "nope, so sad, my Target doesn't carry them..."  "take a picture, we all want to see!"

So what's a mom to do but load up the kids and take a drive to Target! lol  I was a bit apprehensive, even if they sold them in Target, how was a mom new to cloth going to be able to get the support and knowledge to cloth diaper successfully from one of the local high schoolers who stock the shelves in the baby isle?  There's so much to know and if you didn't know about the wealth of information online...surely a moms "target" purchase would end in failure.

Three kids and one shopping cart later I approached the diaper isle and found the display of cloth diapers.  I stealthily took out my camera and took pictures!  I must be crazy I thought, but it was so fun, like a secret cloth diaper spy mission!  I stood and stared for a while, handled the diapers and waited to see if anyone was going to come and look at them.  I secretly wished I could engage a newbie in discussion but alas, no one came near me, the crazy lady taking pictures of a diaper display.

I returned home, mission complete, and reported back to my cloth diapering friends that I indeed found the cloth diapers in my local store, I even shared the photos as proof! 

The online commotion surrounding this brands temporary stocking in Target stores proves that many of you are not lucky enough to have a knowledgeable cloth diaper retailer near you.

So with this post I am wondering?  Do you have a local retailer to buy from?  Have you shopped there or just used them to investigate the products and then go home and order online?  How far would you drive to be able to see diapers in person?  If you don't have a local retailer you shouldn't give up, keep checking our Retailer Locator, you may have a retailer near you that you didn't even know about!

Below I thought it would be fun to share a few pics of the insides of some of our retailers stores so that you all could daydream a little about shopping there!

13 comments:

Tina said...

We drove 20 min to a store only to find they had 1 Flip diaper and knew NOTHING about cloth diapers (they are an upscale boutique baby store). Then we drove an hour (longer if you count how long we were miserably lost) to small play place business who was hosting a demo/display of a local online retailer. Actually getting our hands on diapers and hearing common sense explanations of diaper features brought to life the months of research I'd done online. Now that I know what I'm looking at, it's easier to order online since an hour's drive isn't always realistic. There is another baby store 2 hours away that we almost went to, but we got the experience/information we needed before we headed out there.

Our family did consider opening a cloth diapering store. Fear of lack of interest and lack of available funds put our dreams on hold.

Cheryl S. said...

Rockin' green sent me :) Love your blog

Susan said...

I'm following now! Rockin' Green sent me!

Nicole said...

Rockin' Green sent me.
OMG, drooling over the pictures on this post. I could fill a shopping cart in two minutes. :)

Ryan said...

I would love to be able to see all the cloth diapers in person. We used to have one store that carried cloth and they only had limited brands, but sadly they recently went out of business. If they had the brand I wanted to buy, I always bought local, but I have purchased about half my diapers online because they are not available in my area. Being able to see the product is so helpful. I'm oh so jealous of the people who get to shop in the stores you showed pictures of. I had no idea such places existed!

jenaq said...

I am following now...Rockin Green sent me!

I would travel FAR. I would have LOVED to get my hands on diapers before I purchased my stash!

Amy said...

The closest store to me that is still in business is an hour away so no hands on. I just find online retailers with free shipping or low min order thresholds. Maybe I'll just open up my own shop someday.
BTW-Rockin' Green sent me and I'm now following your blog.

Christy said...

:) EcoBuns is near me! They do a super great job of educating people about cloth diapers and spreading the love. :) Yay for local cloth!

The Trophy Wife said...

Wow! That's what a diaper store looks like?! Oh, how I wish I could see one. Your post spoke volumes to me. Thank you!

The Trophy Wife said...

I am a new follower! Rockin' Green sent me.

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katiepquiet said...

The Nappy Shoppe was a life saver! She's located in Allen,Tx and really knows her stuff! I made my initial order from Sharni before my son was born, and not really knowing what I was getting into thought cloth diapering was prefolds and plastic pants! She walked me through the other options out there! Since then she's been a wealth of knowledge and has a wonderfully stocked shop with all sorts of fun goodies in addition to the variety of diapers she carries!

katiepquiet said...

The Nappy Shoppe was a life saver! She's located in Allen,Tx and really knows her stuff! I made my initial order from Sharni before my son was born, and not really knowing what I was getting into thought cloth diapering was prefolds and plastic pants! She walked me through the other options out there! Since then she's been a wealth of knowledge and has a wonderfully stocked shop with all sorts of fun goodies in addition to the variety of diapers she carries!

Nicole said...

Oh my I am drooling over those pictures! And like a previous poster said, I could fill a cart easily in just minutes!!!

I have to drive over an hour to get to the nearest store for hands on and they only have about 3-4 brands to choose from.

This is one reason why I am opening my own store (starting out of my home). I want to bring cloth diapering to our area here in central Nebraska. Just today I asked our family doctor if he had any other parents who cloth diapering and he said I was the only one! Really! Wow!!

 
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