We all know that cleaning out the closet is probably close to the top on the list of things we all hate to do. Most people are quick to just ship their unwanted stuff off to charity and while I do my fair share of this there are just some items that I know I could easily sell and make some money. So how do you do make money while cleaning out your closet? Well, Poshmark gives me the tools I need to get rid of stuff I don’t want and make a few bucks off of it!
Using an app like Poshmark to sell clothing can make people a little nervous but I’ve had a great experience using the app thus far. Why do I use Poshmark instead of other apps? From my experience, the buyers and sellers on Poshmark are pretty legit. Poshmark makes you pay up front for an item, including the shipping. This means all the seller has to do is box it up, print the label, and make a quick drop-off at the post office. Easy, right? Totally! Poshmark offers excellent customer service as well. In fact, when I had an item that I sent disappear, they refunded the money to the customer but also gave me a credit for what I would have made! Here’s a few quick tips on getting started with Poshmark!
Step One: Download & Sign Up!
This is probably the most straight forward part of getting started on anything related to social media. Just download the app and in a few simple steps you’re all signed up! Make sure you like your username though, because currently you can’t change it (mine is @darrianmduck btw). Once you’ve gotten signed up, be sure to follow people. You’re followers can help spread your product or give you opportunities to expand your own closet. Another great thing to do after you sign up is to go through the listings of your favorite brands. If you’re like me, seeing what a great Kate Spade bag can go for definitely motivated me to let go of a few of mine!
Step Two: To the Closet!
If step one is the easiest, actually going through your closet might be the hardest part. My best piece of advice is to start small. I chose to tackle my handbag collection first. I was in denial about my handbag addiction (you were right, Mom) so they were the first things to get paired down (sell one, three more appear). Once you’ve decided on a few items to sell, make sure you find a well-lit area to take pictures for your listing! The pictures are the most important part, in my opinion. These are the first thing a potential buyer will see. So make sure the product looks great in the images you’re uploading. Also, be prepared for people to ask for additional pictures and information.
Step Three: List It!
List it and they will come! No, but really, if you list your items well, your followers will skyrocket. My go-to list is to describe the item, design, color, and what it is (ex: Vera Bradley Weekender in [Insert Pattern Here]). Poshmark makes everything about selling your item fairly easy. The categories are laid out nicely so you don’t have to think TOO hard about what to put. I like to put in information about what I used the item for such as, “Great for College Students” because in my experience, giving the item a role will entice people to buy. Pricing is fairly straight forward too. I usually look around at similar items to see what they are listed for and then list mine competitively (usually lower). Poshmark has this great little feature where you can make an offer for the item you’re interested in. This gives you the ability to negotiate price. You can also trade with other sellers! When you’re determining price, Poshmark will automatically tell you what your earnings will be after Poshmark takes their cut. Poshmark takes $2.95 on all sales under $15 and a 20% commission on sales of $15 or more. A small price to pay for the ease of using the app!
Step Four: Hurry up and wait…
When selling anything, patience is key. You’re probably not going to make an immediate sale or make a fortune for that matter. But that doesn’t mean you should just sit idly by either! Make sure you connect your Poshmark account so that each item you list is shared on Twiter, Facebook, and Tumblr! Also share items from other closets with your followers and those sellers are likely to return the favor. Poshmark also utilizes a feature called “Parties” where you can share items that match the theme of the party. This is a great way to get more eyes on your closet!
Do you use Poshmark or do you have another favorite? What have your experiences been like using apps like these? Leave your comments below and share your experiences!