My friends and family are always asking for tips ‘n tricks on how I’ve earned $6,000+ selling clothes on Poshmark—so I figured my blog-reading friends may also like to take a sneak peek into my personal Posh world. Am I right? 🙂 I hope so! If you’re interested in learning how I make some extra “fun money” AND pay my car payment (!!) every month selling clothes and jewelry online, then read on.
NOTE: This blog post is not sponsored by Poshmark. I’m not an affiliate or anything. I just really feel strongly that it’s a good source of surplus income, so I’m sharing with you!
I won’t go into too much depth today, because 1) I tend to be long-winded, if you’ve not yet noticed and 2) I have a sneaking suspicion this may become a recurring topic for my blog! So, more deets will follow in upcoming posts. But for now, I’ll happily divulge some high-level good stuff.
I downloaded the Poshmark app in Spring 2016 just to poke around, but didn’t become a full-fledged seller until several months later. Once I got my first sale (a plain long-sleeved tee from Express that I’d bought on clearance, wore once, and flipped for a few more bucks), I was hooked. I knew if I could make a bit of dough on that, there’d be plenty more where that came from! Don’t get me wrong: I am NOT what you’d call a “high-powered Posher.” But I know what I’m doing enough to be a Suggested User (now a Posh Ambassador)… So take my advice or leave it. Find what’s right for you.
A lot of people sign up for Posh on a whim, and start trying to sell immediately. But not me. I’m a planner. A PLOTTER. I don’t fly by the seat of my pants. Nuh-uh. I need to methodically research and analyze it all before diving into it—and this is what I did with Poshmark. I read other blogs; I scanned news articles; I watched YouTube videos; I signed up for a user group on Facebook wherein tons of experienced and newbie sellers share expertise and ideas (and rants…), and I downloaded as much info as I could into my brain before I started selling.
If you’re a pantser (i.e., you DO fly by the seat of your pants), then you’ll do just fine selling on Posh without a “plan.” In fact, the homepage and app literally tell you upon first view that it takes just “60 seconds” to upload your first listing and start selling—and it’s true! But there are certain methods I’ve learned over the past couple of years that really help a Posher sell.
The #1 mistake all newbies and casual Poshers make is not sharing enough. This is totally fine and completely up to you—but I promise you, the more you press that “share” button, the quicker your items will sell. Posh’s algorithm changes all the time, so we can never be totally sure what magic fairydust gets some Poshers more visibility than others, but sharing is a surefire way to help it.
SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! Share your own items a few times a day (or several if you’re bored and binge-watching something on Netflix). Share other Poshers’ items, too. If you share theirs, there’s a good change they’ll share yours back—and so on, and so forth.
The BEST things you can do on Posh to increase your sales include:
- Share your listings a few times/day at the minimum
- Take BEAUTIFUL photos
- Make sure your background is nice ‘n clean! (Would you want to buy a shirt from someone who took a photo of it in a dirty kitchen with junk scattered everywhere? No? Me either)
- Take multiple measurements and include them in the written description AND a photo
- Include the fabric content in the written description AND a photo
- Include as much possible info about the item as you can up-front, so that potential buyers DON’T have to waste time asking questions — you want them to just click “buy” while they’re geeked!
- Answer questions/comments quickly — while the potential buyer’s excited! (Notice a theme here?)
- BE KIND TO OTHER POSHERS
- Wash your items (especially if you’ve thrifted your pieces to flip!) — c’mon, now; no one wants a stanky old sweater when all you have to do is pop it in the laundry with some soap and a dryer sheet
- Package your items super cutely
- Thank your buyers
I’ll update you soon with more intricacies on how to make that moolah, gals and gents!