I don’t know about you guys, but I’m all about making easy money on the side! If you’re looking to make some extra cash, clean out your closet and list your unwanted items on Poshmark. Now, when I say “unwanted,” I don’t mean ratchet. I’m not telling you to list ragged stuff no one wants. I’m talking about gently worn clothing, clothing that’s brand new without tags, or clothing that’s brand new with tags. I’ve sold my clothing and accessories for years now. I’ve tried various platforms, and in my humble opinion, Poshmark is by far the best. So, that brings me to today’s post! I’ll be sharing all my tips with you guys so that y’all can sell on Poshmark like bosses, too!
1. Model your clothing.
Trust me, it makes a huge difference – you’ll sell much more in the long run if you do so. Don’t get me wrong, I love flat lays; they’re super cute and all, but I’ve found that customers prefer to see others wear whatever it is they’re looking to buy. Remember to shoot from different angles and if you can, take your photos outside – natural lighting trumps indoor lighting any day. Also, make sure you take close-up shots of cute details. Ex. if the buttons on your shirt are special, mention it in your description and snap a pic!
2. List info on fabric and care.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m out shopping I take everything into consideration regardless of the price. I don’t care if it’s Forever 21 or Maxmara, I want to know what the fabric is and how to take care of it. Everyone machine washes, but not everyone takes their stuff to the cleaners so if it’s dry clean only, it could be a dealbreaker. I mean, technically, if he or she doesn’t ask, it’s their “fault,” but you want to make sure your customer’s happy. Take an extra second to enter this info in while creating your listing to facilitate sales in the future. Regarding fabric, study the label and enter it in exactly as written.
3. Provide measurements.
I know this may seem like a hassle, but it’s really not as bad as it sounds! Keep a retractable tape measure handy when you’re updating your Poshmark closet so you can quickly enter ’em in as you create your listing. Chances are, your customer will ask you what they are anyways. I mean, think about it from their perspective. They’re shopping online, so unless they’ve tried the exact piece on in-person at another store, they don’t know anything about the size since it varies from brand to brand. Save yourself time and do it while you’re writing your description so you don’t have to dig it out later on.
4. Have some fun with your listing!
Make sure it’s informative but interesting. Don’t just write, “blue shirt, size small.” Who wants to buy that? It wouldn’t kill you to use some adjectives. Is it a cobalt blue, a sky blue, or a turquoise? Where can he or she wear it out and what should they wear it with? Remember, you want to be specific in your description. Here’s a sample for you guys: “This teal top is super versatile – it transitions beautifully from work to play! Pair it with fitted dress pants for a chic, office-friendly ensemble or style it with a sequin mini for a fun night out with friends. This top is a size small, and it fits true to size – length: 23″, shoulder to hand: 17″, bust: 34″. This fab top’s made of 100% polyester but it feels like chiffon. Care: machine wash cold.”
5. If you’re selling pre-loved clothing, be honest and upfront.
Make sure you list ALL flaws! Also, avoid using filters on your pictures – as mentioned above, natural light looks way better anyways – because you might inadvertently mislead your customer by accidentally masking imperfections. Here’s a sample for your reference: “This maroon skater skirt is absolutely adorable – it’s pre-loved, but I’ve only worn it twice so it’s in near perfect condition with 0 flaws whatsoever. It’s a size XS, but it’s made of rayon/polyester/spandex blend so the material has a bit of give. Perfect for a warm summer day!”
6. Be active!
Poshmark hosts themed parties every night so share listings when applicable. If you’re looking to get more followers on the app, go on a massive follow spree. Most poshers will follow back, and if they like what they see, the offers will start rolling in. Also, if you’re active on other social media platforms, cross promote! Let your friends and family know that you’re selling. One last tip for y’all, make friends with other poshers by sharing cute items from their closets. I’m convinced that posh karma’s a thing, ha! In all seriousness though, they’ll usually reciprocate, and more eyeballs mean more money – cha-ching!
7. Always follow-up.
Even if this isn’t your main source of income, you’re still technically running a small business. If you plan on selling for a long time, you want to make sure that your customers are pleased! Maintain good relationships with them, and always thank them for their business. You want to make sure you hook them and turn them into repeat customers. Now, how do you do that? Provide stellar customer service. I’ve already taught you how to write a killer description so all you have to do at this point is be friendly, courteous and prompt!
8. Ship your parcel with care.
Don’t just shove your clothing in a box because you feel lazy – that’s straight-up disrespectful. Take time to fold your clothing nicely, and if you’re shipping something pre-loved, iron it! How would you feel if you got a crappy package in the mail with a wrinkly shirt stuffed inside. You want your customer to feel special! They spent good money on you, and they deserve a great product in return. Go to Walmart and pick up some tissue paper – you can get 40-some sheets for like $3. Then head on to TJ Maxx to get some thank you cards in the clearance section! If you don’t have any boxes at home, don’t fret – just go to usps.com and have free shipping supplies delivered to your home. Wrap your package nicely, throw in a personalized card, place it in a box, and then schedule a pick-up with USPS. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy!
If you guys have any questions, tweet me, email me, leave me a comment, whatever! I promise to answer ASAP. I have over 200l+ followers on there (view my closet here) and quite a bit of experience so I’m confident I can help. Anywho, what do you guys like to do with your old clothes? Are you familiar with Poshmark? How many of you guys already sell something on the side?
Photos are NOT mine – uploaded from Pinterest and Poshmark.