Hey Everyone! In step 3 of my “Tidying my life… well maybe just my bedroom” post I mentioned an app called Poshmark which I promised I would write a post on. Well here it is. Prepare to spend your entire next weekend creating a side business for yourself.
Before I go into the specifics of the app, ask yourself a few questions:
- Do you have items in your closet that you haven’t worn in years and are still in great condition?
- Do you have items in your closet that you bought years ago and still have the tags on them?
If the answer to either of those questions is yes, then continue reading.
Before moving to Chicago a few years ago I started going through all of my clothes. I had a lot of shirts, skirts, purses and jeans that I no longer wore but were still in great condition. Throughout the years I have taken my clothes to places like Plato’s Closet or other local consignment stores and the return was not great. Some of the items I was getting rid of were designer and it felt like I was losing a piece of my soul by giving them away for such cheap prices. One day as I was scrolling through Facebook I saw an ad for an app called Poshmark. I was bored at home that summer so I decided to download it and give it a try…and what a great decision that was. Over the past 2 years I have made over $2,000 selling items on the app (can I get a hell yeah!)
In the past few years the app has really transformed and now includes categories for women’s, men’s and kids fashion. Below are some steps to help you set up your own Poshmark account where your “fun money” account is waiting to be created.
Step 1: Download the Poshmark app onto your phone
The Poshmark app can be found in the app store and is FREE to download. Use code HVQJA to get $5 when you sign up.
Step 2: Create a profile
Your profile is a place to add a picture of yourself, put your location information (ex. Chicago) and add a seller discount (ex. if someone purchases 2 or more items from your closet they will receive a 15% discount). Your profile will give your followers information about your closet including your average ship time, total listings and total shares (I will explain shares below). It will also show any “Love Notes” you have received or given which is a comment someone can write to you when they love something they have purchased. This is a good place to check if you are ever thinking of buying something on the app because it will give you a look into how others reacted to the things they purchased from that seller.
Step 3: Take pictures of your items for the app.
This step is very important. When you are taking pictures of your items stage them in a way that will make your followers want to purchase them..aka have clear photos that are in good lighting. Make sure that when you are posting an item you are clear about any defects there may be – for example a slight discoloration on a button or the tag is missing. I suggest uploading at LEAST 2 pictures of each item (one of the front and one of the back). You are only allowed to add 4 pictures of each item so I normally use the additional 2 pictures to model the item so the buyer gets a good idea of how whatever I am selling looks on.
Step 4: Refresh (share) your listings and watch them sell!
After you have listed all of your items you need to stay active on the app in order to increase your sales. The easiest way to do this is through re-listing (sharing) your items which puts them back at the beginning of your followers feeds. The feed section of the app shows you items from the people you are following. It’s sort of like scrolling through Pinterest or an online shopping site. To get your items to appear at the beginning of your followers feeds you can click on the listing for the item you want to re-list, click edit, click next, click list.. Wallla.. your item will now display on the top of your followers feeds.
Another good way to stay active in the Poshmark community is to share other poshers listings. By doing this you are giving their items exposure to your followers and opening the door for that person to share your items with theirs. From my experience, I’ve noticed that the more involved I am on the app the more sales that I make.
One last thing to note is that your buyers will have the opportunity to use an offer button to offer you a different price than you are asking. You will receive a notification in the app when this happens which will bring you to a screen where you can either accept, decline or counter the offer given. This can go back and forth a few times depending on how willing you are to change your price and how much bartering the buyer wants to do.
Step 5: Package and Ship your item
Once an item in your closet has sold, Poshmark will send you an email with a pre-paid shipping label attached. You can ship you item in any extra box you have lying around your home or you can use the free boxes available at USPS (this is what I normally use). Before I ship out an item I like to package it by wrapping it in tissue paper and writing a little handwritten note to the buyer. Adding your own personal touch is what will keep you buyers coming back to purchase more items (and leave you “Love notes”).
Once your item is shipped out, all you have to do is wait a few days for your buyer to receive the item and the money will go into your Poshmark account. To see how much money you have made click on the @XXXXX (mine is @deyounke) button on the bottom of the app and then click on the green circle with the dollar sign in it on the top right hand part of the screen. This will show you a screen called “My Balance”. The money that shows under pending is what you have sold and have either not shipped or are still waiting for the buyer to receive. The money that shows under redeemable is what you have made and is available for you. Once you have money in your redeemable account you can take a few different actions. The first thing you can do it is use this money to purchase things on the app. The second thing you can do is click on the redeemable line and it will take you to a screen where you can either direct deposit this money into your bank account or request a check to be sent to your house. It’s that simple!
I know that might seem like a lot of information but it is a lot easier than it first seems. Once you get the hang of it you will be slowly cleaning out your closet and giving yourself some side cash to spend on things that you actually want! Even if you don’t sell things for a high price, all of the little sales eventually add up to big money!
Good luck, and please reach out to me or leave a comment if you have any questions while setting up your account.