October 6, 2010

5th Anniversary Celebration!!

To celebrate Cloth Diaper Outlet's 5th Anniversary, I want to have some fun!  Let's do a couple of giveaways and do some special discounts, shall we?

First up, we're giving away a 3-pack of Happy Heiny OneSize cloth diapers in your choice of colors or prints.  Happy Heiny's was one of our very first diaper brands and I'm proud to carry them 5 years later.

Happy Heiny's cloth diapers - 5 years at Cloth Diaper Outlet!

Use the code HAPPYHEINYS and save 10% off all Happy Heiny products until Wednesday, Oct 13!

Guidelines For Entry-
  • First entry requirement is to comment here and tell me why you would love to win 3 Happy Heinys OneSize diapers.
  • Please comment once per entry so that you are entered the correct number of times in the giveaway.
  • Make sure you either leave your email address, blog or website address in each comment or make sure you are logged in to your Blogger account so that we can be sure to have a way of reaching you should you win.
  • Contest is open to participants in the US and Canada.
  • Contest runs from Wednesday, October 6, 2010 to Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at midnight PST.
  • Winner is chosen via random.org and winning announcements are posted on Thursday, Oct 14.
  • Participants have 7 days from close of giveaway to respond and claim their prize.
How to earn extra entries-
  • Earn (1) extra entry for letting us know what you were doing 5 years ago (kids, job, school, etc)
  • Earn (1) extra entry for becoming a FAN of Cloth Diaper Outlet on Facebook!
  • Earn (1) extra entry for Following the Cloth Diaper Outlet Blog.
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you Follow @ClothDiaperTips on Twitter.
  • Earn (3) extra entries each time you Tweet about the giveaway, please be sure to include a link to the giveaway and use #clothdiapers in your tweet. (Max. 2 tweets per day)
  • Earn (3) extra entries when you invite your FaceBook Friends to become a FAN of ClothDiaperOutlet or Announce the Giveaway.
  • Earn (1) extra entry for each comment you leave to a non giveaway blog post on the Cloth Diaper Outlet blog.
  • Earn (5) extra entries when you Blog about the giveaway in a blog post. Please include a link to the giveaway. 
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you leave a review for a Happy Heinys product on our website. 
  • Earn (1) extra entry when you tell us what your very favorite Happy Heinys product is.  

Happy 5th Birthday Cloth Diaper Outlet!

That's right--5 years ago today Cloth Diaper Outlet opened for the first time with 6 boxes of Baby Bits in stock (and that was it!)  Here's a screenshot of an early Cloth Diaper Outlet (circa Feb 2006).

Some of my memories:
  • We opened with just 6 boxes of Baby Bits wipe solution, the minimum order at that time.  Two weeks later we had our first sale--2 box of Baby Bits!  
  • Our second sale happened 2 months later right after Christmas.  A friend bought a few FuzziBunz diapers from me.  These were not the FuzziBunz of today, remember the pointy tabs and larger sizing?  Back then a minimum order from FB was 24 diapers and that was exactly what I bought.  We were on a very thin shoestring budget!
  • Diapers didn't come with inserts back then.  BumGenius hadn't been invented yet.  FuzziBunz and Happy Heinys were the two main diaper brands and neither had a one-size.  In fact, the only one-size diaper that was widely available was Wonderoos.
  • Planet Wise, GroVia, Rumparooz, and Thirsties did not exist yet.
  • Wahmies wet bags were just becoming popular.  The original owner still sewed them herself in her home.
  • I didn't bother carrying covers or prefolds because "they didn't sell" and I didn't like using them.  Same for disposable diaper liners.  LOL  Diaper liners are one of our biggest sellers now!  Covers and prefolds are something I now recommend regularly.  
  • When I started Cloth Diaper Outlet, every store was wahm-run and every manufacturer was either out of the home or just barely into a factory.
  • None of the diapers came with any sort of packaging back then.  
When I started CDO, I had a full-time job working in our family's bookstore.  I brought my daughter to work with me.  While I nursed her throughout the day, I built CDO.  I promised my husband that CDO wouldn't take any time away from my job since I would only work on it while nursing.  Back then, we never ever dreamed that someday CDO would provide our family's sole income or that my husband would quit his real job to come work with me.

I have been blessed abundantly these last 5 years.  I love helping moms and dads be successful with cloth diapering.  I love meeting new people and becoming friends.  I have customer-friends scattered all over the world.  They tend to come and go as their kids potty train or they have new babies. 

Thank you for the past 5 years.  Thank you for supporting our family and making it possible to be the store we are today.  Here's to another 5 years!