Hi friends! If you haven’t heard of Poshmark, it’s an app that serves as a social commerce marketplace for fashion where you can buy, sell, and share your style. I started on it a few years ago but didn’t put much effort into it and I was lucky when I made a sale. I’ve been upping my game lately all while getting money for clothes I hardly wear.
I buy a lot of clothes for someone who wears the same 6 outfits over and over again.
Why am I like this? I mean, sometimes there are shirts with tags on them in my closet for months before I wear them. So this is basically how I got started on Poshmark. I would bring my old clothes that I didn’t wear enough, or new clothes for that matter, to local consignment shops and they would low-ball even the nice clothes with tags. Being petty, I vowed not to go back and downloaded Poshmark.
Now $1,000 isn’t a lot compared to some of the OG sellers on there, but if you’re looking for some extra cash here and there, Poshmark is the perfect place to do it. I wasn’t overly successful at first but I learned from others and found ways to make my shop better.
It is supposedly spring (that’s what they’re telling us here in Syracuse, even though it snowed last week), so it’s the perfect time to go through your closet as you’re swapping your sweaters for your sundresses. Once you do an inventory of your closet and decide what you want to get rid of, use these easy tips to help you get started!
This lead me to my first big round of sales. In the beginning, I was posting some pretty alright pictures of the item and hitting publish. Big mistake. Think of yourself as the buyer, are you going to look at an item if the lighting is dark, the shirt is wrinkled, and you can’t really tell what you’re looking at? Probably not. I learned to stage my item as a piece of an outfit. Take a look at one of my first postings compared to a more recent post. The recent one isn’t award-winning, but it’s certainly a glow up.
For instance, I was selling a pair of workout leggings, so I folded them nicely and added in a pair of sneakers and a sports bra so the buyer has the idea of how they can fit them into their own wardrobe. This has also lead me to some other sales – someone would comment asking if another piece in the photo was for sale, and if I felt like I could part with it, I made a separate listing and sold it!
Make sure the background (mine is always the floor) is nice, like a hardwood floor or nice carpet, have good lighting, and the item is in great condition and you’ll be off to a great start. I’ve also seen a lot of Poshers use mannequins, so my sister and I are looking into getting one!
I never understood these or used to ‘go to’ them but now I’m partying like it’s freshman year of college. Posh Parties are basically just sharing parties and you can share your item into it (like a retweet or social share). It gets eyes on more of your items and others will share it, too. Which means all of their followers see it! It’s pretty common to swap shares, so sometimes I will go to random closets and share their items knowing that they’ll return the favor.
Parties have themes and you can share items that fit the theme. You can turn on notifications for this or sign in around 9pm when they’re usually happening. It’s definitely the easiest way for buyers to see your stuff.
This tip is the cherry on top. Once you’ve sold an item, be sure to pack it with some love. I always fold the item nicely, wrap it in some tissue paper and tie it up with some cute string or ribbon. I truly pack it like a gift! I love to include personalized notes, thanking them for buying and letting them know they’re gonna rock whatever piece of clothing they bought from me.
Pack it with some TLC and ship it quickly – this helps your ratings and will make you a top seller!
Bonus tips: Never be afraid to negotiate when someone gives you a low offer if you know what your item is worth. If your item is NWT (Posh slang for ‘new with tags’) and someone is offering less than half the original cost of it, feel free to send an offer right back that’s higher than their first offer. And lastly, FLIP! Buy clearance clothes from stores or name-brand items from places like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx and sell them for more. Some might say this is wrong, but my mom called me an entrepreneur, so I’m doing something right! *flips hair*
There you have it – my best tips for Poshmark that helped me make my way to $1,000! You can check out their awesome guide to Poshing here. It’s worth mentioning I’ve also purchased some awesome stuff on there, too! If you sign up with my referral code CARLYD21, you’ll get $5 in Posh Credit to put toward your first purchase. Happy Poshing!