I am so, so stoked to finally be sharing all about my Poshmark journey and how it’s become a great way to make extra money. While I’m not a Poshmark reseller, I do consider Poshmark to be a side hustle for me. Over the past year and a half, I have been able to make $2,300 on Poshmark with very minimal effort.
I actually started on Poshmark years ago in college and then a few years later. To be honest, I never had much luck selling even though my items were new with tags or excellent condition. So, I eventually gave up. When I was pregnant with Taya, I cleared out my closet a bit and started listing unused beauty products that I knew I wouldn’t be using. I started having some success so I decided to keep at it. I’d join Posh Parties when I could. I really focused on taking great photos and adding detailed descriptions for my listings. It all helped.
After having Taya and realizing the resale value in many baby clothing brands that I prefer for her, I decided I’d try to sell her gently used or NWT (new with tags) clothing and accessories. Well, I was right on the resale value! I really started to find success in reselling her baby clothes! This gave me more hope and I started to list my own clothing. For me, baby clothes are definitely the better seller (especially in bundles) but I’ve had some great luck with my own items and even some of Mike’s.
So, that’s my Poshmark journey so far! Now let’s get into the details and what I’ve found works best. Sidenote: I have tried other resale apps but found that Poshmark is definitely best for me.
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It’s free to list an item for sale on Poshmark but they do take a percentage of each sale. After an item or bundle sells, Poshmark takes a fee from the final order price. For sales under $15, the fee is a flat rate of $2.95. For sales above $15, the fee is 20% and you keep 80%.
TOP TIPS FOR SELLING ON POSHMARK
1. LIST ITEMS THAT ARE NWT OR EXCELLENT CONDITION – I think this goes without saying but items that are new or are in excellent condition are much more appealing to a buyer than a pair of really worn-out jeans, shirts with crazy piling, or dirty shoes. Not every item you’re looking to clear out will be a great fit for Poshmark buyers. Save your items that have been loved well and donate them to a local thrift store or shelter.
2. TAKE CRISP AND CLEAN LISTING PHOTOS – People open the Poshmark app to browse when they’re bored and not necessarily because they’re looking to shop. You need to take multiple crisp, clean, and eye-catching listing photos. Don’t just take 1 photo in a dimly lit area and list it. That’s a huge no-no. Take your phone in your best lit room, take photos there, and make slight editing adjustments if needed.
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HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS FOR POSHMARK:
- For bottoms, accessories, and beauty items, it’s best to take photos on a white background or a background that will really let the true color of the item show.
- For tops and dresses, take a photo of the item hung up on your wall or with some kind of neutral/white background. Pro tip: Use your best hanger, not the old wire hangers. I use wooden hangers for my listing photos.
- Photos to take:
- Product straight on
- Product from the back
- Tag details – sizing/brand/material
- Product details – especially what makes an item unique (slide slits, hem, etc.)
- Include a stock photo of the item if you can find them
- For beauty/skincare listings, include screenshots of ingredients
- If you have any photos of you wearing the item, be sure to include that.
- If an item has any kind of flaw, be sure to get an up-close photo clearly showing it.
- Optional: Take mirror selfies “modeling” the item – really helps the buyer envision how the fit is.
- If you find your photo needs to be brightened or have any other adjustments to show the true color, use Snapseed to brighten it. The adjustment options in Poshmark aren’t that great.
3. GET SPECIFIC IN YOUR DESCRIPTION & LISTING DETAILS – You don’t need to write an entire paragraph but definitely make sure your listing is detailed and clear. Here’s the format that I use for my listings.
- Brand Name & Item
- Condition: NWT (new with tags), NWOT (new without tags), Excellent Condition (Never worn or gently worn a couple of times), Very good condition, Good condition, Play condition. If there is a flaw, clearly state that.
- Size: Tag size. Buyers love when you include if an item is TTS (true-to-size) or runs large or small.
- Any details that make an item unique
- Bundle discount: If you offer a bundle discount in your Poshmark closet, say something at the end of the listing like – “BUNDLE & SAVE!”
4. ITEM PRICING – Pricing an item may seem tricky at first. To accurately price an item, you need to consider the brand, the condition, and the item itself. Never sell yourself short but don’t overprice either. Poshmark does take a percentage of each sale but you shouldn’t overprice your items because of that. Now with that being said, if an item is NWT or in excellent condition, you can start on the “higher” end while taking into consideration the points mentioned above. If you have a NWT dress from Old Navy that retails for $35, consider listing it at $28 as your high price. Old Navy has sales all of the time so someone isn’t going to buy something they could order for retail (or on sale) on ON’s site at full retail on Poshmark. If any item gets no bites after a few days, drop the price a few dollars and continue to do this over time until it sells. Once you start getting likes on an item, send an offer to those likers. I’ll share more on this later but you’re going to need to have wiggle room with your pricing.
My closet is an affordable closet so I’m not looking to make a huge profit in any way. My closet is on average 61% off but is usually more than that. My whole purpose in using Poshmark is to keep clearing out items I no longer need while getting a bit of what I paid back. I want others to find pieces from me that they’ll love without making their pockets hurt.
5. SHOW YOUR PERSONALITY THROUGH BRANDING – This part is totally optional but I think it’s made a difference for me. I have a detailed “Meet the Posher” listing introducing myself, sharing that I ship the same or next day, as well as some fun facts. I also state my stats (height & weight) since I am “modeling” some listings.
As you can see in the photo above, I have other graphics after my “Meet the Posher” intro. Most people are visual people, so I think of these listings kind of as a billboard. I accept offers, have a bundle discount, and at the moment, am offering 3/$15 on select listings. I made sure in creating these graphics that they’re all in the same colors and fonts. Again, this isn’t needed but it helps make you more approachable as a seller.
6. SHARE YOUR CLOSET – You don’t need to be on Poshmark all day to share your closet but pop on a few times a day to cycle through. Each time you share a listing in your closet, it bumps it up to the top of the feed under the brand you have it listed under. This means FRESH eyes are seeing your listing(s)! I try to share my closet at least 3 times a day – in the morning around 8:30, early afternoon, and the evening. This does not include any Posh Parties that I might share to. Honestly, Posh Parties are hit or miss for me. If I do share to Posh Parties, I do so from my desktop browser. For some reason, if sharing from my phone, my listings rarely get shares/engagement in parties.
On this topic – If you have a bunch to sell, try to organize your closet. For me, I have all baby items listed in a row, then bottoms, dresses, tops, etc. If I’m running a sale, I try to keep those items at the top of my closet.
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7. FREE ITEMS WITH PURCHASE – If you have smaller items that are in excellent condition but aren’t worth much money-wise, make it a free with purchase item. This gives your buyer a freebie and helps you continue to clear out.
8. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE – I recommend turning on push notifications so you never miss anything like an offer or questions about an item. You want to have A+ customer service. Respond to all questions. Send offers. Offer good shipping discounts. Ship quickly. The faster the better on all accounts here! Again, people use Poshmark when they’re bored, not when they’re looking to shop. So most of the time buyers are impulse-shopping.
9. PACKAGE YOUR ITEMS NICELY – Don’t just throw your item in a poly mailer or box and call it a day. Put care into packaging your sale! Use tissue paper to wrap your items and thank you stickers to add a special touch. You don’t need to go all out and be fancy but little touches let your buyer know you care and appreciate their order. You can get bulk poly mailers, tissue paper, and thank you stickers on Amazon.
I hope this has been helpful! Happy selling! 🙂 Be sure to follow my Poshmark closet @summer_telban!