I bought prefolds and flats and one-size pockets. I love my prefolds (Indian cotton) my flats had some stink issues before DD grew out of them (bamboo/cotton blend) and I had to throw out the one size pockets because they grew mold that i couldn't get rid of and began to fall apart (alva brand=cheap). I have a one size cover that I like (a snap bububibi) that was inexpensive, but I like the thirsties duo wrap snaps best.
If I had it to do all over again I would still buy my Indian cotton prefolds (from cottonbabies.com) and the thirsties covers.
I do diaper laundry weekly and strip/line dry every six weeks. The alvas gave my prefolds mold but I was able to bleach it out and sun bathe them and resolve it and now have no problems.
I used a service and my own diapers when DD was little since I only had a laundromat, but now that she is older (she goes through less diapers in a day) and I have a washer and dryer, I go though about 30 diapers in a week. I wash covers every 2-3 days and have 8 size two (i had 10 size 1) covers. I made my own cloth wipes by cutting up an old 100 percent cotton bed sheet from the thrift store and serging the ends. It made so many wipes!
I like the Indian cotton a lot. I would reccomend against anything bamboo (the alvas had bamboo inserts, part of the problem)! IME and from what I've read/heard bamboo has stink issues and molds easily if not washed often enough. Also, go for snaps and avoid Velcro (hook and loop) unless you like to sew pul, the Velcro wears out pretty fast.
I have two large wet bags in rotation and leave them unzipped. They don't stink up the place.
All-in-all I did not spend a lot of money and what I did spend was over time. It was around $700 including two months of diaper service, two newborn diaper covers and the diapers I had to throw out. I also bought an overnight wool cover for $40 and never figured out how to lanolise it properly so it would repel instead of leak. I put it away and plan to try again with the next baby. If I add up just the prefolds, the wetbags, and the covers it cost me under $470! If you were willing to launder more often (most do) you could get your total cost down to around $300.
GL! I love cloth, I hope you will too.