Everyone starts the new year off with great intentions of cleaning out their closet and getting organized. I’m one of those odd balls that perpetually cleans out their closet and reorganizes things, hoping that the next layout will be better than the last. As I cleaned out, I would list items on eBay. The more time eBay took with every closet clean out, the less I liked it. I started looking for an alternative. An Instagram buddy started selling her gently used items on Poshmark. I was hooked! It was a simpler alternative to eBay. Almost a year has gone by since I started using Poshmark. Here are some tips to get your own virtual closet started as you clean out your real closet!
First, here’s a little about Poshmark. It’s a community where ladies can sell their gently used accessories, shoes, and clothing. Listings include the basics like the type of item, size, and other details. The listings are grouped in a virtual closet. It is really easy to get started! Here are some tips I’ve found helpful:
- Make your cover shots neat and bright! It took me a while to figure out the best way to do this, but I try to find the stock photo from the Internet or take the picture with my camera and dropbox it to my phone. This is my closet currently via an iPhone screen shot:
- Get involved in Posh Parties and be social. Share your items to parties and share other user’s items from that party. Those users are most likely active right that moment and more likely to share your items in return. Find out what parties are coming up next and where your items fit in by clicking on the “parties” button at the bottom.
- Respond to buyers’ questions about your items in a timely manner. Not only it is polite, you’re more likely to make a sell before the buyer forgets about your item.
- Be ready to bundle! Bundling is something Poshmark allows. If a buyer likes more than one item from your closet, create a listing with the items in it for an agreed upon price to lessen the shipping costs for the buyer.
- Learn the lingo. People use all kinds of acronyms and short hand on Poshmark, and they aren’t the same as on eBay. LMK= let me know, HP= host pick, and others surface periodically.
- Familiarize yourself with the rules. It’s not OK to trade or take transactions to PayPal. Also, you cannot sell children’s or men’s clothing (something I didn’t know for a bit), and no other items like nail polish or perfume. Those are shipping liabilities. Check all the FAQs out here: https://poshmark.com/faq
- Keep your closet organized. Just like in real life, you can find things in your virtual closet easier if you have things grouped together. I keep mine grouped by sold and unsold items.