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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Poshmark Review

What is Poshmark?

Poshmark is a simple and fun way to buy and sell fashion.
Shop the closets of women across America – and sell yours too!
Ever wish you had a style-mate and could shop her closet? Now you can. Poshmark connects you to people whose style you adore, allowing you to shop their closets, anytime you’d like.
Have items in your closet that you love, but just don’t wear anymore? List it for sale on Poshmark in less than 60 seconds. Sell what you have in your closet so you can shop for what you really love today.

With Poshmark, you’ll fall in love with your closet…again.

That's straight from their website.

So What is Poshmark?  Its actually a really cool app that allows you to sell your unwanted clothing, purses, shoes, and accessories.  And once you get started you can list stuff in 60 seconds but its a process like anything else.

What do you need to do to get started?

CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET!  I mean really really go through everything in your closet.  I was reading Real Girl Glam's post Building A Wardrobe Series: Part 1 Out With The Old, that had a lists of rules when going through your closet.  This was extremely helpful when I was cleaning out my closet.  Below is my take on her rules and the basics of how I got started on Poshmark.

1) Carve out 3 hours of time when you have nothing to do and ready to edit your closet.  If you have other stuff to do, phone ringing, texts coming in, worrying about this and that you will not accomplish your closet cleanout.

2)  Eat something light and put on some music you love.  You don't want to eat something heavy that will make you sleepy.  Music will get you pumped and dancing around.  Make sure you start the cleanout early in day so you have good natural light if your bedroom has lots of windows.  Fake lighting will play tricks on you!  Now that you're ready to tackle that beast of a closet......

3)Take everything out if you can and sort by clothing type.  Put all your shirts in one pile, pants, dresses, skirts, and anything else in separate piles.  The reason?  So you can try every thing on at one time instead of having to switch bottoms, then tops, then take everything off, its a pain and you will totally get discouraged after an hour of doing this.

4) Before you start to make your piles get some big garbage bag or a laundry basket to use to sort your items.  You will need the following piles:  STAY, SELL, and DONATE.

5) Put on your favorite jeans that are flattering to your body shape as a base for trying on your tops.  Now try on EVERY TOP YOU OWN.  Does it fit right?  Is it too short?  Did you buy it because it was on sale or clearance but have literally never worn it?  Does it still have the tags attached?  Would you buy this now if you were out shopping?  What's the likelihood you will ever seriously wear this again in life?  Ask yourself these questions it will help with your decisions!

6) Once you have gone through the tops, find a cute top that you can use to try on with your jeans and skirts.  Try them all on.  Go through your dresses and be hard on yourself!  Is it too short, can you put leggings under it?  No then it goes.  Is this maxi dress versatile enough to wear multiple ways or is it a one wear a year dress? 

7) Accessories, scarves, handbags, and jewelry are next.  I have a tendency to buy a shit load of accessories because I feel that's what pulls my outfits together.  Problem is after 36 years on the planet I've accumulated enough stuff to open my own store and never have to buy a single thing to put in it!  These types of items sell relatively well on Poshmark so decide what stays and what goes!

8) Put all your stuff back in your closet but this time, organize your clothing by color and type.  If you need a white shirt you can go straight to that section and find one easily.  You should have some room to get around in there now that you have (hopefully) cleared out some things you do not need.

I like to donate my items to Purple Heart or Lupus Foundation because they will come pick it up from your house.  Purple Heart Pickup or The Lupus Foundation to schedule your pickups.  You can always go by Salvation Army or Goodwill to drop off your donations.

My Poshmark Closet began as a series of trial and errors.  The very first thing I sold was a Dooney & Bourke Purse that I had purchased from the thrift store for $5 and never used.  I figured I'd list it and see what happened. 

A few weeks later a very nice lady contacted me and asked me if I could go down on the price I wanted which was $55 to $40.  I was so excited about making my first sale so I said yes!  So after Poshmark's 20% commission I made $32 less the $5 I paid so a profit of $27.  Not too shabby.  

I'm mentioning this sale in particular because it was my first with Poshmark but look at the horrible picture.  I mean a year and change into selling on Posh I cannot believe that's the picture I took.  

This is a sample of what my pictures look like today:

A few more awful ones I took:

Poshmark has its own blog and I started reading up on the website, how to take great pics, listing items, the do's and dont's of the site, and how to make your "Cover Photo" something great!  Their Blog can be found here.

Short run down of my Do's and Dont's -

  • Don't use Paypal to bypass paying the 20% commission they will kick you off permanently.  
  • Don't put up wrinkled clothing and bad photos you will not sell anything!  
  • Be careful who you hold items for, I have been burned many times by people asking me to hold stuff for a week then they don't buy.  
  • When someone comments on one of your listings you cannot remove/delete the comments.  If someone asks you what's your lowest, ask them what they are willing to pay.  If you wanted $45 for something you can counter the person and get THEM to make an offer.  That way you don't say $20 and they don't want it.  So you just screwed yourself.    
  • This is a biggie in the community, if you have the same item as someone else, don't tag people and say yours is cheaper.  
  • When you do sell an item, wrap it up nicely in tissue paper.  I had business cards made to send along with the items so that way they will remember you!  
  • Ship promptly when you sell your items.
  • Keep communication open with your buyers and offer them discounts every now and again.  I offer a 25% discount if you are a return buyer.
  • Be polite and never be rude to fellow Poshers.  They will not forget it!
  • There is bound to be drama, stay out of it.  Trust me you do not want to get involved!
  • When there are parties, share your items.  It will give you some exposure when you first get started. 

With that out of the way how do you really get started?  Look at the Blog it will give you great ideas and will help I promise.  But this is how I started.

1) In your Sell pile, go through and see what you have.  I started listing items that had tags attached first.  I started on the back on my bedroom door but quickly learned that looked like CRAP!  I am in a small one bedroom apartment and do not have a mannequin so I used my shower curtain as my backdrop.  So find a good place in your house with good lighting and hang the item up.

This looks acceptably cute for your first try right?  I even added a necklace that matched perfectly.

Now look at this picture and decide which one looks better:
This one includes some flip flops, a pretty background, and some bangles.  You want to merchandise your items to the best of your ability.  Crappy photos = crappy sales!

On thing to keep in mind, if you are using props in your listings and they look good together, someone is going to want them.  I went to the thrift store and invested $10 in costume jewelry that I use for accessories when I'm styling my items for sale.  The reason is I used a scarf that I loved and the lady wanted the entire look, so I begrudgingly sold it only to be sorry a few weeks later.  Use the items you are selling to jazz your stuff up.

For instance this shirt looks fine by itself I added a cute necklace lol 

BORING!!  So I really styled this sucker up and came up with this instead
Use your imagination and really make your clothing look GOOD!  If it looks great people will buy from you!

Once you have your photos go into the App and click on SELL

 The Red Folder in the right hand corner will take you to your photos:

Go into Camera Roll and select your Cover Photo.  This is going to be the "Main Photo" of your listing so you want to use the best photo of your item.
 I was selling this Old Navy Dress so I used the photo below to make my listing.  There will be a square white box that is going to crop your photo so try to pick the best portion of the photo and click CHOOSE:

Posh offers some great ways to style your covershot.  Select the different options below your picture.  For this one I used Vintage:

So here is where you actually make your listing.
  • Add up to 3 more photos for 4 total.  
  • Details is going to be what you are selling.  
  • Describe it is pretty self explanatory.  Be specific on the item here.  
  • Categories will allow you to pick from a list to classify your item for people to search from.  
  • Size is also a list of available options or create your own
  • New With Tags - Yes or No 
  • Original Price - You can put how much you paid or enter 0

So now the fun part Listing Price.  This is your starting off price for your item.  I always mark my items up so I have negotiation room with buyers.
Your earnings will show which is the selling price less 20% which is the Posh Commission. 
Everything look good?  Click NEXT in the upper right hand corner.

If your listing is corresponding with a Party and it fits their guidelines, you can share it directly to the Party.  Otherwise Click LIST.

Bam look at that Listing Detail!  You are all set and have listed your first item!

Don't get discouraged if you don't make a lot of sales at first.  Its going to take some time to get going.  You will get better the longer you are at it. 

A few more helpful hints:

  • You have to FOLLOW people, they follow back and look at your stuff!
  • List items frequently so you show up in the feed frequently!
  • Share your items daily!
  • If someone shares your item share back! 
  • Always respond in a timely matter if people have questions!
  • Make your listings as accurate as possible, Point out an flaws, signs of wear, or stains.  Its ok that the clothes aren't perfect but don't LIE!

My final review is 5 Stars out of 5.  This App has forever changed my life.  I'm able to rid my closet of things I don't wear and make extra money doing it.  I have sold so many items it amazes me sitting here typing this.  So good luck to you on your Posh Adventures!

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