I’ve been thinking for a while now about completely stripping back my pad stash. It’s no secret that I have a lot of pads. And I mean A LOT. Here is a complete stash shot, minus a few liners that are in the wash:
Crazy, isn’t it. I struggled to fit them all across my living room floor! I have 31 liners, 29 regular/moderate pads, 24 heavies, and 19 night pads. That’s 103 altogether! For ONE vagina!
I’m very lucky that I am occasionally sent sample pads to review on my blog or design stage tester pads for various makers. This is always a huge privilege. The fact they value my opinion and my writing enough to entrust me with that task. I am always completely honest in my reviews and usually the pads are brilliant. Usually very good quality, well made, comfortable to wear, and fit for purpose.
But unless it’s a brand I absolutely fall in love with, I am more inclined these days to give them away after my post is published. It seems a bit greedy to hang on to pads that I don’t really need when there are so many people out there keen to make the switch but struggling to build their own stash. So that’s what I’ve been doing. It’s good to give something back to the readers who support me and share the fluffy love with you when I can.
Then there are all the other pads. Pads I have purchased. Sometimes I buy in haste and they turn out to be the wrong size or shape for me. Sometimes they aren’t what I expected. I have a tendency to hang onto them (perhaps for my daughters to use when they get older) but lately I’ve been feeling a bit more ruthless and started selling them on.
There is a strong market for selling second hand (or pre-loved) pads. There are a lot of Facebook pages devoted to just that (search for The Fit and Fluffy Mama Market Place or CSP Sales Group, for example). It’s not for everyone. Sometimes even the most hardened cloth user is a bit “icky” about the thought of used pads. But for a lot of people, they are an absolute godsend. Uncomfortable and frustrated with their disposables but unable to afford new pads from popular makers, the pre-loved market place presents a brilliant opportunity for those desperate to make the switch. They’re also a great starting point for those who are curious about cloth but unsure where to start. The myriad of shapes, styles and top fabrics are bewildering at first, so buying pre-loved offers an opportunity to dip your toe in the water without spending a fortune.
Of course, then there are the pads that I bought just because the fabric is so darned gorgeous that I couldn’t resist. These are the ones that I find it hardest to part with. I have my favourite pads that I reach for every month and there are others that I genuinely like but for some reason, never get around to using. And sometimes they remain deliberately unworn and kept purely for gazing upon and occasional stroking. INSANE. I know. But I think the time has come to get back to basics.
I’m going to stick with my most favourite, trusted makers. I’ll run through them for you, in case you want to check them out:
Pretty Eco Intimates for liners.
Made by Gituce
Pretty Eco Intimates
These are the makers I seem to reach for month after month. The makers I know will deliver for my particular body shape and flow. It’s safe to say that Lady Days and Homestead Emporium are my all time favourite brands. I’ve spoken about my love affair with Lady Days here.
I’m also building a good stash of Homestead Emporium too.
But the rest? It’s time to destash. I’ve picked out 29 that I really don’t use. These I’ll be selling, giving away, and passing on. I feel a bit sad about it. Silly how we become attached to these things, isn’t it?! But that leaves 74 pads. Still way more than I need but these are all pads that I know will get the fluffy love they deserve. And my stash drawers will be a bit easier to close now too!
When did you last have a clear out? Were there any pads you found particularly hard to part with? Drop me a comment below!