I moved to South Carolina in 2013 after living in Manhattan for a little over seven years. It quickly became apparent that open positions in my former field, the arts, were not as abundant as they had been in Manhattan. Greenville is an extremely vibrant city with thriving culinary and art scenes. However, job openings at museums or similar institutions rarely become available. People lucky enough to score one of these coveted positions typically occupy them for twenty years or more.
I had two children in under two years, so finding a 9 to 5 after not being able to find a 9 to anything was on the back burner for awhile. I decided to take another look when both of my boys started preschool. This second search proved again to be fruitless. Who would have thought, there aren’t a ton of positions available two or three days a week that would allow me to drop my kids off at 9 am but leave in order to pick them up at 1 pm.
We are currently saving for a massive renovation of our house. I say massive because we were told we will probably have to tear it down due to all the changes we want to make. This came as a surprise since we thought, being the non-professional contractors we are, that we could probably, just like, live in it while we did a project at a time. Therefore, I am happy for the fruits of my hard-working husband’s labor to go toward our dream house rather than a new pair of jeans that I don’t really need. I still want the jeans though. It’s not like I am the millennial version of Imelda Marcos. I just happen to be really good at finding fun, non-necessities to purchase. As a result, I decided to look for a way to earn money to buy things for myself while maintaining the flexibility I enjoy as a stay-at-home mom.
That’s how I discovered Poshmark.
Poshmark is one of the leading online retailers that specializes in the sale of new and used clothing and accessories. There are 4,000,000 daily users on its app. I recently read where one out of every 10 retail items sold in the world is purchased on Poshmark.
I initially tried selling through other similar websites, but they either required a lengthy consignment process or payments could take up to three weeks. If you download the Poshmark app, you can do everything through your phone. They do take 20% (or $2.95 on sales of items under $15) but I think their fee is worth it since selling is so easy once you get the hang of it. You can order shipping boxes and envelopes for free through USPS, so getting started costs nothing. It is much more convenient to earn money this way rather than spending $400 to join a pyramid scheme that requires you to harass people you haven’t spoken to since high school about trying an eye cream. Once an item has sold, Poshmark sends you a shipping label and you pack up the item. The buyer has three days to ‘accept’ the item after it has been delivered. If they immediately accept their order, then your money is released to you right away. Otherwise, the longest you wait is three days so long as there isn’t a dispute filed by the buyer. I have had four disputes total (for perspective, I have sold about 600 items) and only had one returned. I sold a jacket that had belt loops. I didn’t have the belt but since I didn’t disclose the loops, Poshmark understandably sided with the buyer.
Here are a few tips to getting started:
- Take clear pictures, and post a lot of them. I always like to use a stock photo for my first photo to show fit. An interested buyer will want to see how it fits but you may get weirdos who ask you to “model” something so the stock photo helps keep the creeps away.
- Be honest about the condition. If it has a hole, snag, or has been repaired then be honest. People will buy anything, even if the condition isn’t pristine. However, if a buyer receives an item that has issues that weren’t disclosed then they have the option to return it within three days of delivery.
- It’s like Instagram but for selling clothes. Therefore, it is important to be social in terms of ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’ items from other people’s closets. They will then generally like and share items ‘back’ from your closet. This helps with reach and increases your chances of making a sale.
- Price items for 40-50% off of what you paid for it. If the condition isn’t that great, then take that into consideration as well.
- You also don’t have to only sell designer brands to make a sale. I was astounded at how quickly brands like J. Crew and Zara sold when I posted them.
- If someone asks to purchase ‘outside’ of Poshmark, don’t respond. They will typically say, “can give you less on PP (meaning Paypal)” This can get you banned plus this does not protect you as a buyer and you could get totally screwed.
- When you first start to list, plan on posting 10-20 items to sell. Then add three items everyday for the next week. This will help draw traffic to your closet during the early days of selling.
Overall, selling on Poshmark has been a pleasant experience. The extra cash is definitely nice. There have been difficult buyers but users are generally very friendly and luckily there is a feature to block anyone that is rude or potentially nefarious. I have made about $30,000 selling items over the last two years but there are stories online of people who have made well into six, and even seven, figures. There isn’t a fee to join and I can’t stress enough how convenient the app is to use! The community is also very supportive to newcomers.
You can even find great deals when you want to take a break as a seller too. I will post soon about tips regarding buying on Poshmark soon!
If you have questions about selling on Poshmark send me a DM on IG @reinesoleillesoin