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10 Tips for Selling on Poshmark

I’m slowly creeping up on my 2 year anniversary of selling on Poshmark! I’ve learned a lot from trial and error, and I wanted to round up a few tips for selling on Poshmark! Poshmark is pretty easy to figure out – snap a picture, write a description, download a shipping label + put it in the mail. Whether you’re trying to earn a couple extra dollars, start a side hustle, or just get rid of stuff in your closet, there are a few tips you can be implementing to help your items sell! I’m always amazed that people don’t know about these, so I wanted to make sure to share these tips for selling on Poshmark!

If you’re new to Poshmark, check out my blog post about how to list your items for sale on Poshmark!

10 tips for selling on Poshmark

ONE // Describe your item in your title!

Google drives a LOT of traffic to Poshmark, and Google is a search engine! What might people be trying to find when they discover your item? For example, go to google and type in “Anthropologie sunglasses dress.” Look at the images. The third result is my listing! Include things like brand name, color, size and any style detail you know. Don’t say “red t shirt” when you could be saying “Gap ruffle hem red v-neck tee shirt size M.” You have 50 characters for your title; use them well!

TWO // Re-describe your item in the listing!

Just because you wrote the description in the title doesn’t mean you shouldn’t re-state the information in your description! Use that first description as a building block. After describing the item again, elaborate on the condition and any extra details.

THREE // Share your items!

A LOT of people don’t know this, but Poshmark’s newsfeed is kind of like Pinterest (before the algorithm lol). Most recently shared stuff goes to the top of the newsfeed! If you haven’t shared your item in awhile, there will be a banner at the top of an item you’re viewing that tells you how long its been since you’ve shared it. Try sharing your closet once in the morning and once in the evening and see what kind of traffic that gives you!

FOUR // Price with some wiggle room

When you price your items, make sure you have room to send and accept offers. If you’re hoping to sell an item for $8, don’t be afraid to list it for $13! Then if someone offers you lower than listing price, it still has a chance of being more than what you wanted to make. Don’t forget about Poshmark fees, too. Luckily they show you what you’ll earn when you’re making your listing, but it’s important to remember that selling for $13 doesn’t mean you’ll earn $13 ๐Ÿ™‚

FIVE // Take a bunch of pictures

Don’t just take a picture of the front of the item and list it. I always take at least 4 photos – front, brand/size tag, fabric content tag and back. If there are any details or flaws/wear, take close up photos of those parts. Beading, embroidery, snags, pilling all deserve a close up photo so the buyer knows what they’re in for!

SIX // Offer to Likers!

When someone “likes” your item, you can send them a special discount! Go to the item listing, click on “Price Drop” and select “Offer to Likers.” You’ll have to offer 10% off the lowest listed price plus a shipping discount. The offer stays open for 24 hours after it’s sent. I’ll write a whole blog post about this later, but when I first had access to this feature, I sold 50+ older items in 48 hours. Price to keep offers in mind!

SEVEN // Share other people’s listings!

At the end of the day, only your items getting shared will actually result in shares but Poshers often have a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” mentality. Shares are often returned, so if you find closets to share, your items might be shared to a whole new audience! Find closets with a high share number and a high following. That means they’re likely to share and the item will be seen by a lot of people. This is one of my top tips for selling on Poshmark.

EIGHT // Offer a bundle discount

In your seller tools, you have the option to offer a bundle discount. That means that if a buyer orders 2+ items for your closet, they’ll receive a discount AND they’ll save on shipping! Even more incentive for someone to buy from your closet. Yesterday I sold 11 items for $110, profiting $88. Some of them were items I’d been given. The rest I purchased for under $1 each at the Goodwill Outlet. I’ll take that all day every day!

NINE // Create a bundle for someone who likes your items

If you see someone has “liked” a few of your items, you have the opportunity to bundle those items for them and send them an offer. I often offer $5-$10 less than my bundle discount of 20% off 2+ items. I price with wiggle room so it’s still a price that makes me money!

TEN // Be consistent (and patient)

I see more action when I’m consistently posting (even just 2-3 items every few days) and sharing. When I ghost my Poshmark closet, it often ghosts me. Show up and put in the effort even when it’s not yielding immediate results! Poshmark’s algorithm is a bit mysterious. You can’t force people to buy anything. Sometimes you are consistent and you are showing up and… crickets. Don’t give up, it’ll come back around (I tell myself this so often).

I hope these 10 tips for selling on Poshmark yield great results for you! Let me know if you have any specific Poshmark questions ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re new to Poshmark, sign up using the code STEPHANIEAMBER and you’ll get a $5 credit towards your first purchase! If you choose to redeem your $5 credit in my Poshmark closet, let me know and I’ll give you an even deeper discount!

Cheers and happy poshing!

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My Favorite Brands to sell on Poshmark

If you’re new to selling on Poshmark, be sure to check out my post 10 tips for selling on Poshmark!

As of today, I’ve sold 1800 items on Poshmark.
Which is so bananas, y’all.
Last year I started my Poshmark closet as a way to start a side hustle and get out of debt.

Two actual jobs, a temporary move across the country, getting married and having new responsibilities and Poshmark is the main source of my income and my work-time.

I’ve been excited to see so many friends start their own Poshmark closets to earn a little extra money! I personally buy a lot of my clothes to resell from the Goodwill Outlet (aka the bins!) and it can be SO OVERWHELMING to walk in and see all the clothes and figure out what’s good and what’s bad. So here’s a list of my favorite brands to sell on Poshmark.

Before I share my list, I want to let you know about how I run my closet. There are people who have closets full of high end designer brands. When they make a sale, they make $25. I’m okay to make a $5 profit. The way I plan on making my money is by having a high quantity of items and making MORE sales than having less items for a higher price. Neither way is “right” or “better,” because it’s all about 1. how much space you have, 2. how much work you’re willing to put in (and in what part of your closet you want to put your work in), and 3. what kinds of items you want to sell.

That said! My ideal is to make $10-15 from EVERY sale. I’ve been playing around with what items I’m putting in my closet, so this list is ALWAYS changing. It’s personal to ME, MY STYLE, and what items I want to offer for people at a discounted price!

My favorite brands to sell on Poshmark

Here’s a small list of my favorite brands to find at the bins for reselling on Poshmark:

  • Anthropologie
    It doesn’t sell as well as it used to but I personally love it. Here’s a list of Anthropologie labels.. they RARELY actually say ANTHROPOLOGIE. When in doubt, check the tag labels for the RN #66170 – that means it’s either Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters.
  • Free Peopleย 
  • lululemon
  • Joieย 
  • Eileen Fisher
  • NWT Mossimo/A New Day/Universal Threads
    Our bins get a lot of NWT Target clothing, and I often can sell them for a $7-$10 profit. I’ll take a $10 profit any day!
  • LuLaRoe
    Some people have stepped away from LuLaRoe because of its over saturation, but I PERSONALLY love LuLaRoe, and I know there are a LOT of LLR fans, so I always pick up LuLaRoe at the bins. They often sell in bundles.
  • Lilly Pulitzer
    Living in the northwest, Lilly Pulitzer is fairly unknown, but I once paid $22 for a pair of Lilly Pulitzer pants at TJ Maxx and sold them for $85. If I find Lilly Pulitzer, I get REALLY happy.
  • Torrid
    Torrid is a really popular, trendy plus-size store that is SO EXPENSIVE. I like being able to offer these items at a reasonable price!
  • Maurices
    I’m not sure why, but Maurices tends to sell really well for me! I always make sure the styles are trendy and the item is in great condition.
  • Sundance
  • Soft Surroundings

Brands I don’t buy:

  • Brands exclusively sold at Sears, JC Penney, Walmart, Fred Meyer, etc.
  • Boutique brands
  • Nike
    So weird, I know! But unless the style is SUPER new and SUPER trendy or classic like the tempo shorts, I tend to just sit on Nike items for literally a year.
  • H&M, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Rue21

This is not at all an exhaustive list, and this is also not a list for people who are looking for high-end brands. This is my list of what I’d call “bread and butter” items – items I love to fill my Poshmark closet with.

I’m going to start sharing more about my Poshmark journey on my blog because there are so many people looking for information about Poshmark and I love sharing what I’ve been learning, so let me know if you have any questions!

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The Poshmark Series: How to list on Poshmark

Welcome to the third installment of The Poshmark Series, where Iโ€™m walking yโ€™all through how to make some moolah on Poshmark. You can read the intro post here, and you can read about why I choose Poshmark over other selling platforms in this post here.

Check out my closet here, and sign up for Poshmark here with my code BWCTE for $5 credit towards your first purchase!ย 

 How to list on Poshmark

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything in The Poshmark Series, but the more I talk to my friends about Poshmark, the more I realize how valuable my Poshmark knowledge is!

Last time I covered why I choose Poshmark over other selling platforms and today I’m going to walk you through one of the most important parts of Poshmark: listing your items to sell!

Let’s break this whole listing thing down into easy steps. Listing on Poshmark is actually pretty easy once you get the hang of it. I’m going to be really thorough, so stick with me, y’all! This is how I list.

ONE: GATHER ALL ITEMS TO LIST

Whether you’re attempting to earn a full-time income or just cleaning out your closet, you should first gather everything you want to list. For me, that doesn’t mean ALL of my unlisted inventory (or death pile as resellers call it), it just means what I want to get through in that listing session. I find that it’s best for me to get into a groove, so I’ll grab a pile of usually 20-25 items and bring them to where I’ll be photographing. Unfold them all and lay them flat on each other. It’s one less thing you have to do in the groove.

If you have items that desperately need to be ironed or steamed, this is when you should do that. You can get a steamer for around $20 but you probably already have an iron. Irons just stress me out ๐Ÿ˜‰ Once you start listing on Poshmark, it’s good to have everything photo-ready.

TWO: SET UP YOUR PHOTOS

If you look through my Poshmark closet, you’ll notice that I have a BUNCH of different photo layouts. Some were on a fuzzy blanket, some were on a white bedspread, some are hanging, some are on a white rug with a wood floor, and some are a white rug with a yellow rug behind it. I’m still figuring out the best way (for me) to take photos. I like hanging them, but I also don’t have the space to do that consistently. Find what works the very best for you, and get the area all set up. Move away any furniture or decor that gets in the way. Here are some of my favorite Posh closets for some inspiration for listing on Poshmark:

@alvictoria

I love her gold speckled wallpaper. It’s unique but still really classy + girly. Her flatlays for shoes + bags is really nicely done, as well.

@alvictoria's Poshmark Closet

 

@sydneyodelia

Sydney does a BEAUTIFUL job with flat lays!

@sydneyodelia's Poshmark Closet

 

Here’s what you’re looking for with your location for photos: LIGHT! Lots of natural light. Try to find or create a bright, clutter free space for your photos, regardless of if you’re hanging them or flat laying them. If you’re unable to find any natural light, you could invest in a lighting kit. That’s the next step for me, so that I can take photos that are bright and airy regardless of what is or isn’t coming through my window.

THREE: PHOTOGRAPH

For the first few months I only used the Poshmark app for taking photos, and now that I’ve stepped away from that I highly recommend taking photos with your camera app. For whatever reason, Poshmark doesn’t let you edit the orientation of your photos and sometimes the photos take sideways and you have to keep retaking them. By taking them with your camera app you can easily edit them, regardless of their orientation.

At a MINIMUM, I take 3 photos of each item: full-length front, close up of tag/size, full-length back. If there are any cute details (embroidery, ruffles, lace, beading, etc) I always include a close up of that as well.

If there is ANY damage to the item, take a photo of it. Snags, wear, tiny holes or stains. You can still sell the item damaged, but you need to disclose any and all wear. Photos make sure the buyer knows exactly what they’re getting.

Go through the pile, photographing each item. Once you’re done with that, it’s time to move on to actual listing.

FOUR: OPEN AND LIST ON POSHMARK

Since I’ve started selling on Poshmark, they’ve enabled web-based listing. My computer is always really slow and on the verge of freezing or crashing so I’ve chosen not to list with my computer. If you decide to list on your computer, go to Poshmark.com and go to the top right of the dashboard and you’ll see a the words $ SELL ON POSHMARK. Click that and you’ll go to the new listing page. You’ll have the opportunity to upload up to 8 photos, add a description, select the size/color/brand and set your price.

On the app it’s very similar. Once you open the app, there’s a camera with the word “Sell” underneath located in the middle of the bottom of the screen. Click that and you’ll be at the app-version of the new listing page. You can upload photos, add the description/size/color/brand and set the price.

Something you need to know about pricing: DO NOT list for the lowest you’d be willing to take the item for. I used to list items at $7-8 each and would get so frustrated when people would offer me $3 (I’d make $0.05 off of that!) So I started listing things at a higher price to accommodate offers. I’ll share more about offers in a later post, but for now make sure you pick a reasonable price that allows wiggle room for people to offer lower.

For what it’s worth, I usually turn on Netflix (click here for some of my recommendations!), sit next to the pile of photographed items, and then list them. When I’ve listed an item, I put it on the other side of me. At some point I look like I’m sitting on a throne of clothes.

FIVE: PUT YOUR ITEMS IN A PLACE YOU’LL REMEMBER

Just today I had to contact a buyer because I couldn’t find this one pair of shoes she purchased. I’ve seen them, I know I have. But I cannot for the life of me FIND THEM. Make sure you keep them in a box or a bag or a special place in your closet. I’ve refined my inventory system, and I’ll share that soon! Keep everything together so you’ll know exactly where to go when you need to ship them.

Some helpful tips when it comes to listing on Poshmark:

  • Always disclose any damage or flaws to the item, both in writing and in pictures.
  • Make sure you always take pictures of brand and size labels and other details that make the item appealing.
  • Use natural light whenever you can!
  • Always fill out the brand in your listing. A lot of people search for brands!
  • Share to Pinterest! You have the option of sharing to a variety of social media platforms, but I think Pinterest is the best option – often times when I’m searching for something, what I’m really seeing is a Poshmark listing via Pinterest!
  • Don’t list your item for the lowest price you want to take. Give it some wiggle room.

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The Poshmark Series: Poshmark vs. other options

Welcome to the second installment of The Poshmark Series, where I’m walking y’all through how to make some moolah on Poshmark. You can read the intro post here, or you can keep scrolling to find out why I recommend Poshmark over other reselling options.

Check out my closet here, and sign up for Poshmark here with my code BWCTE for $5 credit towards your first purchase!ย 

How Poshmark compares to other selling platforms

Poshmark VS. ThredUp

ThredUp is an online consignment store. They send you a big bag, you shove it full of high-quality name brand items and send it in. Prior to them sorting the bag you can pay a fee to have anything they won’t accept returned to you, or you could forgo that expense and they’ll discard the unaccepted clothing. They take the shipping charge off of what your bag is worth and then they give you a ThredUp balance of that amount. After two weeks or so you can redeem it for a visa gift card sent via the mail. The waiting period is probably in hopes that you’ll choose instead to spend it on their site.

ThredUp is better than Poshmark if you have piles of clothing you’re on the verge of donating and making $0. If you have a bunch of clothes you want out of your house ASAP, then ThredUp is the best option for you. You can join with my link and receive off your first purchase.

Poshmark is better than ThredUp if you are wanting to have control of the money you make and you have the time/space to dedicate to clothes you’re waiting to sell. Your items may not sell immediately, but you get to choose the price and you get to control how low you’re willing to sell them.

Here’s why I choose Poshmark over ThredUp: I once found a pair of Athleta leggings at the bins. I only paid 75 cents or so for them. They weren’t in my size, but I thought they were a pretty good find. This was pre-Poshmark for me, so I sent them to ThredUp expecting to make some good money off of it. They gave me $4ish dollars for the leggings, and within 24 hours they had sold them for $54. No. Thank. You.

Poshmark VS. eBay

I have been selling my old Victoria’s Secret PINK sweatpants on eBay since… well, forever. Most of my sweats came from various thrift stores, so I tend to acquire overflowing drawers full, then I’ll sell a bunch and then re-fill the drawers. Most people know how eBay works, but here’s an overview just in case. You can list your item to sell or auction and it’s seen by a lot of people. Buyers can bid and outbid and they have a bit of a choice over how much they’re willing to pay. You, of course, can set the startingย bid or buy it now price.

Where ThredUp is the middleman between buyers and sellers, eBay is less so. You are in charge of determining shipping costs and deciding which shipping method to use and invoicing the buyer, unless you have a set shipping fee.

eBay is better than Poshmark if you want to sell a variety of items. Poshmark is strictly clothing, shoes, accessories & NWT makeup items. If you have lotions, trinkets, etc. eBay is your way to go. It also is more widely known, so your potential audience is much greater.

Poshmark is better than eBay if you don’t want to deal with the hassle of shipping. I’ll talk about this more in a later post, but they charge a flat shipping rate of $6.95 for 2-3 day delivery up to 5 lbs. The buyer automatically pays the shipping cost and your only hassle is making sure you have the correct packaging.

Here’s why I choose Poshmark over eBay: There was a pair of NWT Old Navy jeans that had been sitting in my Poshmark closet, unsold. I’d picked them up at the Bins and I decided I just wanted them gone.ย Shipping is confusing, and even though I’d weighed the jeans beforehand when I went to buy the postage, I ended up paying almost exactly what the buyer had sent me to cover the whole transaction – meaning I sent away a brand new pair of jeans and made less than a dollar on them. I’m sure there’s a learning curve, but I’m not down to lose a bunch of money while I figure it out.

Poshmark vs Vinted, Mercari, other clothes reselling sites/apps

Vinted is similar to Poshmark, but online. They have forums and encourage a lot of user engagement. There’s just not a huge buyer audience there. There’s a reason you won’t find a J. Crew store in a little Main Street shop in the middle of nowhere. If you’re selling a product you want people to buy, you should probably sell it where the buyers are. This is why so many big name stores have been closing lately. The buyers are not walking through their doors, the buyers are shopping online.

As for the other reselling sites and apps, I just don’t have time to manage that. Cross posting, making sure the inventories are accurate.. I just have not the time. Instead of spreading my energy thin by learning a zillion different selling tools, I’ve chosen to focus on ONE: Poshmark. If you want to learn more, here is a post about selling on Mercari and here is one about selling on Vinted.

So now that I’ve shared with you why I choose to use Poshmark over other platforms, join me next Friday for the next installment in The Poshmark Series, which is going to be all about getting started – the lingo and the basics! As always, hit me up with any questions you may have because the last post in the series is going to be full of YOUR questions!

 

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The Poshmark Series: How to make money with Poshmark

How to start selling clothes on Poshmark // stephanieorefice.net

A few months ago I was scrolling through the #debtfree hashtag on Instagram and I stumbled upon a few people who were paying off their debt by selling/re-selling clothes through Poshmark. I remembered downloading Poshmark years ago but being so confused by it that Iย immediately deleted the app.

I decided to give it another shot and one day before work in the middle of February,ย I uploaded 5 or 6 items to my Poshmark closet andย got to work following people in hopes of gaining a following, even though I had no idea what that meant or how it would help.

It’s been a crazy, exhausting two months since then and this is how well it’s gone for me so far:

 

I keep encouraging my friends to start selling their stuff on Poshmark, and I’ve been getting so many questions that I realized it’s worth it to share on my blog,ย because I want to see people succeed.

This is going to be broken down into a zillion few blog posts. Here’s the list; you’ll notice the last blog post is for questions – please hit me up with your questions throughout this series, and I’ll answer them in the last blog post!

If you don’t have Poshmark, here’s a quick overview. It’s an app (and site, but functions primarily as an app) where you can post and sell clothes OR you can shop and buy clothes. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy kanye yeezy. I added that last part in. You can download the app hereย and use the code BWCTEย and you’ll get $5 to spend (and so will I!). You can shop my closet here:

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