Remnants from the diaper pail

Posted September 25th, 2007 under Life, Mothering by MicheleP.

I’m loving being diaper free – it’s so nice not to have to lug a 20 pound diaper bag everywhere we go and the extra money in my household fund isn’t bad either ;) Last weekend was our big Mothers of Multiples Garage Sale. Our club does this twice a year and I wanted to get rid of everything I could in preparation for our move. Since we are now diaper-free, the diaper pail was one more thing that we could bid farewell to.

The garage sale is a blast – there are over 70 mothers of multiples selling their used baby equipment, toys, clothes, etc. We hold it in a church and the sales usually total well over $35,000 – and that’s a whole lotta of baby stuff being sold! There are strict rules about what you can and can’t sell and everything is supposed to be in great condition. On Saturday, I was sitting at the checkout table and overheard this discussion at the table next to me…

Customer: “Hi. We are interested in this diaper pail but we want someone to take out the dirty diaper.”

Club President: “WHAT? Someone left a dirty diaper in there? That’s horrible, I’m so sorry…”

About that time I look over there and realize it’s MY DIAPER PAIL they are talking about. I get up and go over and apologize. I’m trying to imagine how on earth a dirty diaper got in there (we haven’t actually used the thing in months) and then I remember…

As I was getting all of my things out for the sale, I put the diaper pail in the girls room. One morning last week, I told the girls to take off their pullups and get dressed. Several minutes later, Clara was still walking around in her pullup and I got frustrated with her – asking her why she had not yet taken it off. Clara says, “But I can’t find the trash anywhere.” Oh yeah. I had taken the trash out of the bathroom earlier that day, “Just put it in your room and I’ll get it later.”

Sweet girl – she went back in her room and must have seen the pail and put it in there. I never even thought to check it for dirty diapers before taking it to the sale.

I tried to explain to the customer – it wasn’t REALLY a dirty diaper but just a dry pull-up…but she really didn’t care – she just wanted the diaper removed and a discount on the pail.

I gave her both.



  • 1

    oh michele.

    sweet, sweet michele.

    Comment by Heather — September 25, 2007 @ 11:24 am

  • 2

    No, I didn’t get a Dyson…according to Consumer Reports* the Dyson vacs may not lose suction, but they don’t have suction as good as many of the others to begin with. I opted for a Hoover. I’ve named it Herbert. It may never be the 28th president of the US (I think that’s where Hoover fell in the rankings, but I’m guessing here), but it does clean like a fiend. That’s a beautiful thing.

    *Yes, I used the phrase “according to Consumer Reports” and I realize that means I’m one step closer to impending spinsterhood. I’m at peace with that…and I’ll have clean floors. And baseboards. And living room furniture.

    My life is pretty rad.

    Comment by Heather — September 25, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

  • 3

    Yay!! (to the previous post) I am so glad that you sold your house. I actually had prayed for you! I couldnt imagine how difficult that was to keep clean. And you even made me dinner in the process. You are amazing!!

    To this post….that is HILARIOUS!!

    Comment by Sarah Williams — September 25, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

  • 4

    I’m not sure what style of diaper pail you had…but those things grossed me out. The thought of used diapers being pulled from a trash can looking like sausages is just WRONG. I have diaper pail issues.

    PS – thanks for the kind words in the previous post.

    Comment by Happy Mom — September 25, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

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