I’ve always loved reselling. I grew up tagging along in antique stores and estate sales that my parents took me to, begging them to buy me a cute purse or necklace. Today, I love giving a second life to used items. It is a sustainable option in our throw-away society.
My fellow Des Moines Moms Blog contributor Becky Georend introduced you to Poshmark a while back. It’s a mobile app that is THE go-to place to shop virtually for brand name clothing and accessories. This summer, I started a side hustle consigning items for friends and family on Poshmark.
I took the summer to learn brands and how to perfect my Poshmark game. Today I have over 10,000 followers on Poshmark (and growing), I have 5 clients, 700 items listed and I’ve made 100 sales!
Now, I’m ready to share some of my secrets to success that I learned over the summer.
How to Sell on Poshmark
What should I sell?
Poshmark accepts gently used clothing for women, men and kids – and they just added a marketplace for select home items! Along with brand name clothes, don’t forget to look through your shoes, purses, accessories and even makeup new in the box!
Make sure you are honest about the quality of the item. If there is a tear or a stain, note it in the description. There are no returns on Poshmark, but some buyers are OK with minor flaws to snag their dream item. Just be sure to price according to the condition of the item. I sold a Coach purse that had no zipper for a low cost, and I also sold a formal dress that had a tear in it. Again, I was honest in the listing and the items still sold and received 5-star ratings.
What are some tips for making a sale?
Play the game.
The key to a successful sale on Poshmark is to play their strategic marketing game. They have created a marketplace for selling clothing, and have set up a system where sharing is caring. Don’t just list your item and sit and wait for your buyer to come along. Sharing your items at least once a day filters your item to the top of a buyer’s search. If you’re looking for a pink dress, the most recently-shared pink dress will be the first item that pops up in your search.
Take some time really describing your item. Use descriptive words like distressed, embroidery, or boho – anything that people may be searching for. I have learned a lot more about fashion this summer as I look up the names of a top shape, or a jean cut. Don’t just list your item as “Dress,” because it will be harder for buyers to search for it. Describe its details, how to dress it, its condition, its varying colors – anything you can see!
Poshmark has a lot of fun deals days, posh parties, and an offer to likers option. Take advantage of these fun deals. There are four “parties” every day where you can share your closet items. You can even be chosen as a host pick.
What happens after my item sells?
Poshmark takes a 20% cut of your sale, and the buyer pays for the shipping. Poshmark makes a shipping label for you that you can attach to any USPS Priority box – you know, the ones you can pick up for free at the post office? Write a nice note, package your items with care and send your items to their new home!
This is honestly just the tip of the iceberg, but a great place for any new Poshmark seller to start.
If this all sounds too overwhelming and you have items you want to sell I would love to take you on as a client! Just start by filling out this form and we’ll be in touch.