We're super excited to bring you this week's Featured Retailer. Her name is Bridget and she's the mama behind the adorable store Bun Luxury Cloth Diapers! Read her interview questions below and get to know her a little better.
Hi Bridget! Tell us where you're from and a little more about yourself and your family!
I'm originally from Ohio, but I grew up in the Dallas area with my aunt and two brothers. My aunt was always passionate about the environment and I grew up sorting paper, cans, plastic and glass and making weekly trips to the city recycling center. Caring for our environment was instilled in me growing up and I work hard to teach others to value our resources and keep the earth clean and usable.
My husband and I met in fifth grade and became good friends in junior high. We had a little fling in eighth grade, but we were just kids and it didn’t work out. He moved away after freshman year of high school to live in Arizona with his dad. He moved back to Texas my first semester of college before he was headed to boot camp and we have been together ever since. He was fortunate to get stationed two hours north of Dallas, so I moved there to complete my degree in Early Childhood Education. After I graduated and he finished his four year enlistment, we got married in Jamaica.
I taught reading in Dallas for a year before he got a job with the FAA in Phoenix. I then taught fourth grade for three years in Arizona where I began a school wide recycling program and Green Team before our daughter was born in June of 2010. We decided to use cloth daipers with her before she was born, but it took most of my pregnancy for me to convince my husband I wasn’t going extreme with my ‘tree hugging’ ways.
After our daughter was born and he started using cloth diapers, he was overly enthusiastic about our choice. He was always telling me stories about how his friends at work complained about blowouts, diapers taken off in the crib and spread around, and midnight trips to get more diapers. He would just say, “I’m glad I never have to worry about that.”
What made you decide to open your own business selling cloth diapers?
Once Baby J was older and we started going to playdates, I would always get other moms and parents asking me about cloth diapers. My husband would say I should get paid for all the advertising I’m doing for the cloth diapering companies. After a lot of coercion on his part, he convinced me to open Bum Luxury. I have always been happy to help people and love working in customer service, but I was hesitant because of all the work involved in owning my own business. I knew nothing about creating websites, SEO, and where to start with getting licensing and business permits. After a year in business, I’m still learning as I go!
What are some of your future goals for Bum Luxury?
When I first opened, I was in Waddell, a small area where cloth diapers are not a concept most people consider. We decided to move 6 months into Bum Luxury and we are in a more cloth friendly area of Arizona. There are other online businesses here, but only one brick and mortar store which is a good 30 minutes into the city. My goal for Bum Luxury is to have a retail location in Mesa open sometime in 2013. That gives me a good twenty months to prepare!
What's your favorite Knickernappies product and why?
My absolute favorite Knickernappies product has got to be the SuperDo insert for overnight diapering. It fits in multiple pocket diapers easily and dries fast due to the unique design. We have never experienced a leak using the SuperDo insert! I love that Knickernappies inserts are sized so that you can choose an option that won’t be overly bulky on your small baby.
What's your best piece of cloth diapering advice for families considering cloth?
I always tell parents who are considering cloth for the first time to just jump in. Cloth diapering seems way more intimidating than it really is. Jumping in with both feet will save you time and worry! Once you start, you will be happy you took the plunge!
Special Offer: Bum Luxury is offering Knickernappies Diapers on SALE for 1 week only! Buy 5 Get 1 Free! Please visit them on Facebook for more details or on the site Bum Luxury.