Today, I am beyond EXCITED To be sharing my first guest post on The Newbury Girl! As someone who loves thrift shopping and who hates wastefulness, Poshmark is a wonderful place for buying and selling gently used items. In today’s post, my friend and Poshmark Expert, Jasmine, will be sharing her top tips for getting started on Poshmark.
How I Got Started on Poshmark
I’m the type of person that will start a project and never finish it. So when I started selling unused Christmas gifts on Poshmark back in January I didn’t think this hobby would last long. However, eleven months later I currently have 151 available listings in my closet- a big difference from the 12 I started out with. I’ve officially transitioned from having a little hobby to a side hustle, and I have no regrets (except for the increasing lack of space in my house, but that’s a different story). If you’re looking to declutter your personal closet, or are even looking into making Poshmark a larger part of your life, here are 7 tips to help you get started on Poshmark!
How to Get Started On Poshmark
1 | Start by selling what you have.
Ease your way into selling on Poshmark by going through your personal closet first. Find that shirt that you haven’t worn for three years but always say that you will. Post it! See what you can find before going out and spending money on other items. You might be surprised by what you already have
2 | Find your favorite thrift store.
Thrifting can be fun if you have a good store near you! I personally go to my local Goodwill. In my location the prices are reasonable and I never leave without at least one good item. Some resellers have cheap thrift stores near them. Others might source from places like the Goodwill Outlet (rest up if you are going to do that. I can say from personal experience that it is exhausting!). Find somewhere that you can get items from with prices that work for you!
Source pieces from your favorite thrift shop! Photo by Burst on Pexels.com
3 | Source items that you like, not just what you think will sell.
This is a big one for me. If I’m out sourcing and come across some Lululemon leggings, I won’t pick them up just because they’re Lululemon. Sharing my closet can get tedious, but what can make it a bit more bearable is having items that I actually like. If I hate those leggings but pick them up anyway, it’s not going to be fun for me to share them. It becomes more of a chore. Buy clothes that bring you happiness and it will make the whole experience much more enjoyable.
4 | Put effort into your photos.
I mostly just sell on Poshmark, but every so often I will buy something. When I was looking for a Kate Spade wallet, I bypassed any listings that had dark or unclear photos. As a buyer, I wanted to really be able to see what I was buying. No one wants to make a purchase only to find out that there were undisclosed issues that were hidden by poor photos! As a seller, I try to make sure my photos show as much of my item as possible. I also prefer taking pictures of my items during the day so I can have as much natural light as possible.
Don’t have great lighting? That’s okay! There are apps that can help you with that. I use the app Snapseed to help brighten up my photos if I feel that they are too dark. Snapseed is free, but there are other great photo editing apps out there! You can definitely find the one that works for you.
Post Aesthetically Pleasing Photos Photo by Ree on Pexels.com
5 | Share your own closet first.
Poshmark is a social app. If you are not consistently sharing your items they will fall to the bottom of the listings, meaning other similar items will be visible before yours. Poshmark also encourages you to share items from other sellers’ closets. My opinion (which may be slightly controversial) is that you should mainly focus on sharing your own closet. When you share an item from your closet, it moves up in the listings. However, if someone else shares your item, that item will not move up in the listings, but will only be shared to that seller’s feed. Most buyers are searching for items by typing what they are looking for into the search bar, not scrolling aimlessly through their feed. So instead of spending your valuable time sharing other people’s closets in the hopes that they will share yours back, share your own! It will be a better use of your time, I promise!
6 | Order free shipping supplies from USPS.
No need to break the bank buying poly mailers (as cute as they are!). Poshmark has an agreement with the post office which states that Posh packages can be shipped in any priority mail flat rate boxes or envelopes. My personal preference is to use the Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. You can order online and have your packaging delivered to your door!
7 | At the end of the day, it’s your business!
If you’re like me and spend your free time watching reselling videos on Youtube, you’ll hear a lot of people telling you how should or shouldn’t be running your business. The reality is that what works for one person may not work for someone else. For example, when I first started sourcing at Goodwill I would pick up Anthropologie and Free People clothing. I watched coutless videos where successful Poshmark sellers swore by these brands. However, for whatever reason, I cannot give these items away! I also have a friend who says she has trouble selling the brand Boden, but in my closet I have found it to be a consistent seller. Your hustle is no one’s but yours. Own it! It’s great to do research and get advice, but at the end of the day, you’ll find what works for you through trial and error.
At the end of the day, being yourself is essential in how to get started on Poshmark. Sell what you already have, create postings that appeal to you, and buy what you love! Start small by selling things that you already own, but don’t be afraid to thrift shop to add more listings to your closet. Ultimately, your Poshmark closet is a curation of items that you’ve hand selected and should be things that don’t feel like a chore to sell.