Someone in this house has a bad habit. Someone in this house loves good deals and maybe is a huge sucker for a good deal and makes purchases solely on that alone. I am opportunistic and buy in advance so that my future self saves money. With a family of six, running a small farm, homeschooling, and trying to pay off as much debt as possible on one income, we can use as much extra cash as possible.
In our minimizing journey, I have had to purge at least half of the clothes I owned before our move into this house. I went from large, small-bedroom-sized-walk-in closet to half of a tiny closet that I share with my hubby. Though our society may have been horrified at the prospect, I embraced it. It was hard but I wanted it. Deep down, I know I want to be a minimalist. My being craves not being tied down to material things any longer. Ridding myself, though, is another story.
A few months ago, I decided to go through all of my pre-pregnancy clothes to either donate or sell. I hope to get back to pre-pregnancy size but, like everything else right now, I want to let go. I could store clothes until then but I also want to let go of any expectations and just live in the moment. I will get there but I want to do it in a healthy and loving way to my body and not because I feel the need to be a certain size by a certain date. I saved my favorites and separated the rest. I am much happier peering into my clean and organized closet and know that I love what is in there, because that is the only stuff I will keep.
After some googling, I found a website, Poshmark. I know there are more and I will update soon on my experiences with those, but for now, I am perusing this one and gaining some wisdom and style at the same time. If you haven’t heard of Poshmark, it is a website created to serve as an online consignment store for mostly women’s clothes and just recently men’s and children’s were added. You photograph your clothing, accessories, shoes, etc. and list. It is super easy. You store your clothes until they sell. Poshmark gets 20% of the sale price and provides pre-paid shipping label. When the buyer accepts, you get paid.
I have made a little over a hundred dollars in just over a month of creating listing to sell. While I may not be rolling in the riches just yet, it is a fairly easy system to set up and just wait. I could make more if I spent a little more time with it, promoting my items and some other tools I will share. It is also pretty fun to arrange outfits with accessories to market them. Don’t get the wrong idea either. I am no fashionista by any means. Like I said, it’s easy and it’s extra money you may not otherwise have with extra clothes sitting in your closet taking up space. During this short time span, I have also acquired about three thousand followers, “fast-shipper” status, and “Posh Mentor” status. This is something easily attainable in your spare time and has the potential of making you lots more money.
Use this invite code and get $5 upon signing up: NZSRB
Here are some tips I’ve learned:
1. Be descriptive and accurate
People leave comments and ratings on a scale from 1 star to 5 stars, five being the best. This, like your college GPA, is super difficult to live with if you get a low rating and lots and lots of work to make up for it. Be as accurate and descriptive as possible so that when the buyer receives the item, they are not surprised by any discrepancies in the description. Your buyer will be happy to receive an item, even with wear, if they know this up front and are expecting it. By the same token, leave good reviews if you are happy with a purchase. It is a social community as well, so make connections.
2. Ship quickly
Again, you want your buyer to be happy with their purchase. They will be excited and eagerly awaiting their package. The faster you ship, the better. If they are disappointed in the wait, they be more likely to be disappointed in the item. You want them to receive it while they are still excited about their purchase.
3. “Follow” others because they will “follow” you
On Poshmark, it is a common courtesy to re-follow someone who “follows” you. Why? When you expand your followers, you are extending your audience. Everyone is trying to expand their market. There are also follow games you can join in order to gain followers quickly. The quicker you expand, the more you will sell because more people see your items when you “share” them on the newsfeed, which you can politely share once a day.
4. Share your listing along with others’ listings
This rule is like the previous one; if you share another seller’s listing, they will share yours. You scratch my back. I will scratch yours. It is a win-win. You both reach markets that may not otherwise be seen if you only share to your own followers. Their followers will see your listing and likely follow you as well and you increase your chances of a sale.
5. Accessorize your listings
Market your clothes and accessories so that they are appealing. You want them to stand out amongst the stream of pictures and to catch the eye. If you are on Pinterest and save those cute little Polyvore outfit pins, you will understand this concept. It is like staging a home to sell. Show the buyer the potential. This market is different from shopping in a store so take advantage of that. You can show them what works with that outfit. I have made purchases based on this because, frankly, I am not so good at fashion. With that said, I list mine very simply but use an app to create an appealing image with a nice background.
6. Make your closet stand out
You also want your closet to be appealing to draw a potential buyer in. People like to “bundle” items, which means to purchase several in order to get a discount and save on shipping costs. If they look through your closet, you could sell multiple items at a time. Choose a color scheme or theme and try to stick to it. Some photograph on a faux fur white rug, some on a white wall, some on their living room sofa, which is honest, but not as appealing. I use an app to remove the background from my item. I, then, use a different app to place the image on a background for a nice effect and add the brand in a pretty font on that image. Have some sort of consistency in your listings and this will make your closet stand out.
7. Share listing on social media
By sharing on social media, you are again extending your market, and as an added benefit, possibly gaining credits. This leads us to the next tip.
8. Invite friends to join you
Share your code with your friends and they receive a $5 credit upon joining Poshmark while you, also, get a $5 credit upon their first purchase. If you would like this credit, use the code NZSRB.
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