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You guys have probably heard of Poshmark, right? It’s an awesome buy-sell app that takes all the hassle out of selling online! But there’s more to it than that. Poshmark has developed a culture and community that is unique to the app. Your purchases are hand wrapped by the seller, and it’s customary to include a handwritten note.
What I like most about buying on Poshmark is that you’re buying from a person – a regular person like you and me. You can either buy gently used clothes or new boutique items, which are sold wholesale to the seller.
With gently used clothes, most sellers not only take multiple pictures of the item to show the condition, they’re also available personally should you have questions on measurements or fit. Because let’s be real for a moment: who hasn’t grabbed their usual size off the shelf only to try the item on and realize it’s like two sizes too small. You haven’t gained weight; there are many irregularities in clothing and without being able to try it on, measurements are the next best thing.
With new boutique items, the seller may use stock photos provided by the wholesale distributor, however, they do have the item in-house to ship to you. These items are brand new and were not purchased in a retail store. If measurements aren’t provided in the description, don’t be afraid to ask the seller! Most sellers are more than happy to answer any and all questions.
The most important part to me as a buyer, though, is the protection. Although you pay for the item immediately, the seller does not receive their payment until you receive and approve the item. If you don’t approve within three days of receipt, the payment is automatically released so make sure you review your item promptly!
I love selling on Poshmark! It’s a quick and easy way to pass along clothes you love but just don’t wear anymore. My Poshmark closet is here, and I have some of my favorite items for sale on there. My reason for sale for each item is different. Some just don’t fit me anymore, others I bought for a special occasion and will never wear again.
But what sets Poshmark apart from other online buy-sell apps, in my opinion, is the ease of the sale. Any negotiations take place in-app through the offer button, and once the sale is complete, Poshmark emails you the postage paid shipping label. All you have to do is wrap and ship! (More on that later!)
Once you sell 10 items on Poshmark, you can qualify to become a boutique and purchase clothes and accessories from wholesale distributors. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I want you to know that while I qualify and have received my boutique certification, I haven’t purchased any items from wholesalers yet. This is something I’m considering for the future, but right now I’m just trying to clean out my closet!
The Fun Part
Packing up my sold items is my favorite part! The culture on Poshmark is such that shoppers expect cute packages. After all, they’re coming from an individual and not a large corporation! It doesn’t take much to send off a cute package, I promise.
This is all you need to get started. You can get the Priority Mail envelope for free from your local post office. I picked up the tissue paper and cards at a local dollar store or you can grab it on Amazon here.
As a stationary and sticker addict, I have a rather large stash of stickers, washi tape and notepads. It’s a little bit of an addiction. I use the stickers and washi to decorate the shipping envelope, and I include a little gift in the card. When I was packing up this package, I included a pack of post-its from Target’s dollar section.
You don’t have to break the bank to send off a cute package. After all, you’re on Poshmark to make money, right? You can find washi tape at the dollar store or on Amazon. I buy cute stationary in the dollar section at Target and include it as a free gift, but you don’t need to! All it takes to get started is some tissue paper and a handwritten thank you note!
The Not-So Fun Part
While Poshmark is mainly rainbows and unicorns, it can’t be sunshine all the time. My biggest gripe as a seller is feedback. I once received three stars because, while I dropped the item at the post office on Friday afternoon, they didn’t scan the item until Saturday afternoon. The buyer’s feedback was, “as described but shipping took longer than expected.”
Poshmark posts each seller’s stats so you can see the average time to ship and average feedback. Buyers can see when there’s one random weird feedback sitting out there, so don’t worry. But as a seller who tries their hardest, it can be disheartening to receive a negative note. Keep on keeping on, my friends! Just do your best and trust the universe to provide!
Do you have a Poshmark closet or boutique? If so, link it in the comments below! If not, what are you waiting for? Click here to download the app and get started today – for free!