When I first started selling on Poshmark, I thought it would be expensive to keep a ready supply of packing materials on hand — I especially felt the pressure to make sure each package looks cute and has a little note, and I worried that the costs would add up, but I soon found that this doesn’t have to be the case.
The first rule of thrifty Posh packaging: reduce and reuse.
I’m big on reducing waste, so I like to reuse as much packaging as possible when it comes to shipping my Poshmark sales. I usually save all my boxes, envelopes, and tissue paper so long as it’s in good condition. Yes, it’s true that you can request free Priority Mail boxes and envelopes from USPS and they’ll be delivered to your door. But isn’t that pretty wasteful? (It totally is.)
With that in mind, I try to be careful about how I open envelopes and boxes when I get them so that I can reuse them later on. Plus, it’s free packing materials! Who doesn’t like free? Just peel the old label off and you’re good to go!
If you don’t have any packing materials and need a cheap starting point, I recommend checking out the dollar store. It has a wide variety of packing materials (bubble mailers, boxes, envelopes, etc.), and the party section has a nice array of colorful tissue papers. Sometimes I even buy the flat, rectangular gift boxes from this section for shipping larger items, like men’s shirts or long dresses, and wrap the box in brown paper (aka brown paper bags) to ship. Easy peasy!
One of my favorite things to stock up on at Dollar Tree is packing tape. I always skip the rolls from the office supplies/shipping section and buy a roll of clear tape from the automotive/home improvement isle. It’s basically the same thing, but you get more feet per roll — score!
The last thing I like to stock up on from the dollar store is thank you cards. Poshmark encourages its sellers to include a personalized thank you note in each package. It adds a special touch that lets your buyer know you appreciate their business.
Dollar Tree has a variety of cute cards — I recently picked up the ones in the picture above featuring a dachshund riding a bike. Cute, huh? There are six cards per pack, so I think it’s a pretty good deal. I’m not shipping off a package every single day, so six cards is enough for now. (Plus I have a ton of thank you cards left over from our wedding that I’ve been using.)
Other things you can get at the dollar store to personalize your packing: ribbons, twine, confetti, bubble wrap, glitter pens, Ziploc bags, and fun little extras like lip balm or whatnot! Buyers love getting a surprise little extra in their package — it’s not something I personally do, but if it’s your thing, go for it! I once got a stick of incense with a Poshmark purchase, and I thought it was so thoughtful and unique.
What are your Posh packing secrets? I’d love to hear!
Thanks for reading!