Friday, July 5, 2013

adventures in reselling: Poshmark review

About two weeks ago, I got a text from my friend Mary that said, "Hey I just joined Poshmark and was glad to see you on there. I hope you are gonna sell that gorgeous Hobo bag!" Internally, I scrolled through my mind trying to remember what the hell Poshmark was and when exactly I signed up for it. [Tangent: I get app happy sometimes, as you know, and sign up for things only to get complete amnesia about them the next day, hence why I am on every mailing list possible. Poshmark was one of these sites as evidenced by the fact that I had a closet online waiting for me. ] After a quick redownload of the app, it all came back to me and I remembered that it was an online (and mostly app based) consignment shop for designer/name brand clothes. Since I had tons of inventory in my actual closet and in my "stuff to sell on ebay pile"- I thought it was worth revisiting. [Tangent: Real talk time- I need money more than I need those shoes I never wear or that dress I wore to a wedding once.]



After reading the Poshmark downlow online, I logged on via iPhone and surveyed some of the merch up for sale and immediately thought, "This is doable!" Within minutes, I began listing designer and vintage purses that I have been attempting to sell on eBay.  [Tangent: Any online selling is definitely feast or famine, but lately my eBay sales have been the latter, so I was excited to find an alternate avenue to make me some cash and free up some space in my life.  When you sell an item, they take 20% of your sales. I know this seems like a huge cut, but this is actually pretty reasonable considering they send you a prepaid shipping label and the listings are free. ]

here's some of my loot...I definitely have more.

So far I haven't sold anything [Tangent: Cue the sad trombone!], but it's only been a week and on the bright side I have gained lots of followers. Over the weekend, I also got a boost of confidence at the Nashville Blogger Meetup from Aubrey from Adventures in Aubreyland, who said she has sold lots of things on there and was smitten with it!

Since I now have loads of free time, I am gonna clean out my closet this week and post even more stuff.  Although, I'm not the biggest fashionista, I love the premise and I promise to be selective and curate my "online closet" diligently. I mean, I realize no one wants my 1978 cub scout jamboree shirt that I sleep in. [Tangent: It's definitely skewed more towards brand name designers, but a lot of people didn't get the memo. I don't want your pilling Faded Glory bras, ladies! Keep those in the garage sale pile, where they belong.]

I encourage you all to give it a go. And to make it mutually beneficial for my sweet readers- When you join, we can both get a $5 credit if you use code: HGENX or look for me, my name is @kimmiemobile. [Tangent: I also posted a button/link to my margins so visit me periodically and check out my wares. I swear I feel like a gypsy even saying that.]

11 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Poshmark sales are hit or miss. One week I'll sell a bunch, then it's crickets up in that closet. But as long as you're willing to negotiate, I feel you get a much better return than selling via eBay or consignment, even after the 20%. I made $250 in one month, $65 so far this month. Brand names do the best though; my other stuff often gets donated instead. Disclose all flaws in items and take multiple pics to give people scale/ideas of how to envision in in their own closet. :)

    That said, my friend Caroline (carolinesday.com) who got me hooked told me that you have to (1) Share, share, share to gain followers - if someone shares your item you try to return the favor, (2) Add your listings to the "Parties" they have throughout the day - the later the better, (3) Be patient. For me, all my PM listings are sitting in a big duffel in my closet, so it's not like I am in a rush to get rid of them. Caroline says most everything she lists will sell eventually. So don't be discouraged by (or give in to) the cheapskates who lowball you ridiculous offers, or try to coerce you into going the PayPal/Trade route if you don't want to. :)

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    1. Yeah I have read up on all the tips and etiquette and join nearly all the parties. Gonna add some more merch this week...it's just a matter of getting my closet cleaned out!

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  2. That houndstooth hat is so cute! Too bad I have the cartoonishly big head problem too. (People swear my head doesn't look big, until they see me trying on hats....)

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  3. I actually do want your 1978 cub scout jamboree shirt. I was very intrigued when I read that......

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    1. NOT FOR SALE! Its on of my prized posessions!

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  4. I'm so glad you posted this--after you mentioned Poshmark at Rumors, I was curious. I think it might get addictive!

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    1. Use my code so we can both get $5! Yeah I have yet to sell anything but read Aubrey's tips above. They're helpful. It's like a fashion social network, so it's all about the share and getting followers! I'm gonna purge my closet this week. I have so many dresses (especially nicer ones for weddings and such) that I spent a lot of money on and never wear

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  5. There was a Nashville Blogger Meetup? Nobody told me *waah*.
    I'll take a look at Poshmark next week for sure. Something tells me I'll be doing more buying than selling! I'm currently racing to get my blog caught up and house cleaned up to host a wayward Spanish classical guitar player crossing the pond for NAMM.
    Speaking of which, is anybody going to NAMM this weekend?

    Alicia

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    1. We need to meet up soon so you and I can talk blog stuff. I also have another friend I think you'd enjoy meeting at some point. You can find her blog in my margins "in case of fire use stairs" she's a disabled sassafras lady and has even had several pieces published in the huffington post site. She's cool peeps.

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    2. I would love that! I'll check her blog out and I'll PM you on FB to see if we can't do something in the next week or two.

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