So I'm kinda obsessed with Poshmark these days. I'm sure you've heard of it- the app that lets you sell items right out of your closet, and shop others' closets at the same time!
I was a late adopter, and if you're like me, you might be thinking "surely I don't have things in my closet that people would be interested in!" But trust me, you really do!
I can summarize why I love it so much in two points:
1) It allows me to make a little money on things I would have otherwise given away for free. Which is closely linked to
2) It has helped me clean out my closet. Previously I had held on to items that I did not wear (because of fit or otherwise) simply because at one point, someone spent a considerable amount on them. Knowing I can make a little back completely takes that "guilt" away. Even gifted items that fit me at one time are fair game, because isn't it better to turn them into something new I could actually benefit from?
I also love how user-friendly it is. You can literally snap & upload photos with your phone, and Poshmark takes out the messy part about postage by sending you a pre-paid label. USPS picks up at my office so it is literally SO easy for me to do.
I've had some blog friends & real friends that have asked me about using the app, so I thought I'd compile my quick advice in one place, for anyone starting out (or otherwise!)
1. Give them the 411 | Shout-out to Jess for this. Literally, the more info you can provide about your item, the better! Details about material, fit, and wear are essential. I always like to say WHY I'm selling an item- just to show I'm not trying to swindle anyone (90% of the time something doesn't fit me, and the other 10% is that it's become neglected.) Suggestions on how to wear are also great!
2. Pics or it won't happen. | Bloggers have a leg-up on this one- chances are you have some gorgeous photos of you wearing the item already! People generally love to see photos of you wearing something- show 'em how to style it! I've also experimented with "laying out an outfit". Like with any photography, the biggest thing to keep in mind is LIGHTING- think about it, if you saw an item listed on gross carpet with murky lighting, you would pass too.
*Pro tip*: if there's a great item in your closet that sits for too long- try changing up your cover image!
3. Start by listing your items high- | But don't fib on your "original price" to make your deal seem better. Try to make this as accurate as possible- I will literally Google an item and find something similar if I can't remember how much I paid for something. I would advise initially pricing your items higher than you actually intend on selling them for, and then slash those prices baby.
*Pro tip*: anytime someone "likes" one of your items- they are automatically notified when you lower the price. I have made several sales this way!
4. But make peace with selling them low. | Be prepared to sell items for pretty cheap. I would say the average price my items go for is about $13 (I'm selling mostly in the Urban Outfitters/Old Navy range.) If you have high end or designer stuff to sell, I would actually recommend taking them to a consignment shop or using another service, I doubt you'll get what you're hoping for on Posh.
5. Don't be afraid of offers- but don't be afraid to counter-offer. | Most sellers are looking to get rid of stuff- and will happily take your reasonable offer. So there's a tip for shopping! Likewise, 90% of the time, I accept the offers people make me. However, don't be afraid to counter-offer or meet in the middle on an item you think is worth a little more. Great items can totally sit for a while before they sell, it happens!
6. Be a party animal! | Shout-out to Danielle for this one! Probably my most valuable piece of advice. "Posh Parties" last an hour or so and are literally just a time to share items in a category. These are a fantastic way to give your items exposure and get those likes! I try to share a couple items at every party- it takes just a few seconds.
*Pro tip*: Go into your settings and turn ON your notifications for parties- you'll get a pop up on your phone!
7. Tie it with a bow. | This can make such a difference in a sale. I always take a minute to write a quick thank you note (I am genuinely thankful- people are helping me!) and tell them I'd appreciate a good review if they had a good experience with my shop and love their item. Reviews on your closet can make a huge difference. Then I wrap my item in pretty paper and make sure it's securely packaged. This doesn't take long, but makes all the difference.
And there you have it! So far I've made a few hundred dollars using the app, and I only share that to say; while I'm not an expert, I've had some success, even while selling items really steeply discounted.
By the way- this post was not sponsored by Poshmark in any way. I've just really enjoyed using it, and thought this might encourage you to do the same!
Sign up with my referral code: PWGSG and we both get $10 to spend!
Oh, and one more shameless plug to shop my closet, if you're interested!
If you've had experience using Poshmark and I'm missing out on some stellar advice- I'd love to hear it!