Over the past 6 months, we've watched in dismay as the bastions of our industry have fallen. The biggest stores, the longest in business, the pillars of the cloth diapering community. And after 13.5 years, we're sad to say it's our turn.
Many of you are aware of our struggles over the past 2 years to remain relevant in a changing marketplace, and to change to meet your needs. We've added free shipping, we changed our packaging, we added products to our selection. But overall, it hasn't been enough. I can't speak for any of the other stores, but for us, we simply haven't had the traffic or orders needed to survive. We don't have any staff, and our office and warehouse are located in our home's custom-built garage, so that helped us to linger when other stores could not. But we're moving on to new things, and it's time to finally bid farewell to Cloth Diaper Outlet.
Here's how it'll all go...
June 10 - closure announcement - all sales final - no longer accepting trade diapers
June 14 - final day to earn or redeem rewards
June 24 - final day to use reward certificates
sometime in July - final date of business
We've been incredibly blessed by our business over the past 14 years. At one time, it allowed both my husband and I to work from home, and be available to our children. It helped us to buy our home, and provided a way for us to foster babies and toddlers through Oregon State DHS. We've cloth diapered 20 babies and toddlers over the past 14 years, and we've kept over 34,000 diapers out of landfills. All this to say...THANK YOU. Thank you for being part of our journey, not just in business, but in life. Your support of our business has helped us to foster babies in at-risk situations, and many have been successfully reunited with their parents. This is an incredible difference in their world, and you've been a part of that with us!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you forever. We'll never forget you.
Heather & Shannon Hicks
founders of CDO since 2005