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Hi ladies!<br><br>
First, let me introduce myself...<br><br>
I'm Kristin, mom to Simon (born 8/30/06). DH and I are opening our bricks and mortar store in a week and a half!!<br><br>
Some background on our shop:<br>
Our store is in an upscale area, and we will be selling organic and natural baby clothing and accessories and natural toys and gifts, but the main reason I wanted to open the store is to sell soft baby carriers and cloth dipes, so mamas can come see them IRL.<br><br>
I would love your opinion on what I should stock for cloth diapers.<br><br>
I am looking at two scenarios:<br><br>
1. carrying a limited selection of dipes (Little Beetle organic cotton dipes and wool covers, Llamajama wool covers, hemp dipes, bummis SWW, some custom covers made of recycled fabrics) and then having samples of *many* dipes, sortof as a library.<br><br>
2. carrying a broader supply of dipes (happy heiny's pockets, fleece covers, fitted hemp dipes, kissaluvs fitteds, bumgenius, bummis, cotton pre-folds as well as the stuff listed above)<br><br>
We have a very small space (650 sq ft), but I do want to have a broad selection available for mamas to see. Do you think doing a "library" type of thing, where I have 1 dipe of many different styles available for people to see/touch/feel etc. would be of interest to people? That would basically be a marketing tool to encourage mamas to come into the store.<br><br>
I think I'm getting hung up because I started placing my first order of HHs and it came to $1000...I would actually rather carry FBs, but they're not taking new wholesale customers at this time.<br><br>
OK, so if you read this far (and aren't totally confused!!), let me know what you think.<br><br>
I do CD myself, but have only had 8.5 months experience with it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
TIA!<br>
--kristin<br>
mom to Simon, 8/30/06
 

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Is your plan with the "library" that you would then order these diapers for the customer? I have no idea what wholesale minimums are, but if they're small enough, you could set it up as a win-win situation for you and the customer. You wouldn't have your money tied up in inventory, and customers who order a specified # of one brand would receive a significant discount, cheaper than the same size order online.<br><br>
I don't see a need for you to stock a large inventory, as long as you can fill orders quickly.
 

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I just wanted to say I would have loved being able to see diapers in real life rather then just ordering based off a picture. I wouldcstill like to be able to go into a store in see others than what we use. I would try to have a good variety (pockets, aio, wool , organic etc.) but don't have so much that it is overwhelming. Goodluck!<br><br>
-Pam
 

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That would make the most sense, but I don't know if I can set up accounts with so many vendors. And some companies (ie. FuzziBunz) are not taking new wholesale accounts at this time.<br><br>
I've been thinking some more about it, and I think I am going to try and order enough for a few "started packages" of various varieties (pre-folds, fitteds, pockets and AIOs). That will help me focus on the amounts to order.<br><br>
I think I may have examples of other dipes, even if I don't carry them, so people can see them and compare (hopefully the stuff I carry will be better!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )<br><br>
--k
 
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