Stock Up on Thrifty Poshmark Packing Materials

Dollar Tree Posh Packing

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!

Dollar Store Poshmark Packaging Tips

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!

—Marge

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Little Bitty Thrift Haul

Hey, all!

Since I don’t live in the same town as my work anymore and can’t go home for lunch, I’ve been finding all sorts of things to do on my lunch break — go to the library, run errands, visit a nursery, etc. Today I had to drop off a Poshmark package at the Post Office, so I figured I’d pop into Salvation Army while I was in the neighborhood.

We have a plethora of ripe blackberries growing wild on our new acreage — too many to eat before they’ll inevitably go bad — so I was hoping to find a small stock pot to do some small-batch canning this weekend. (Long story short, we have 3 giant water bath canners that I can’t use this year due to the fragility of our glass-top stove that came with the house.)

Unfortunately, I didn’t find a small stock pot, which seems a bit odd to me because they always seem to be the one staple thrift stores carry. One of the sales associates said they’d had a big sale last weekend and most things were cleaned out.

BUT! I did find some excellent things anyway, and I paid under $10 total! Woo!


First up, something that has been on my list — a new muffin pan. One that holds more than a paltry sum of six muffins. This one is stoneware is made by Pampered Chef. It doesn’t appear they sell it on their site anymore, but it looks like it would have cost somewhere between $25 and $45.

It was marked at $4, and I got an additional 25% off since it was an orange tag. Yowza! I’m itching to bake some morning glory muffins in it soon.

Next up, this pretty little tea kettle. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for roses and bees (not necessarily in that order), and it’s a bonus that this print matches a tray I already had at home. It only made sense to complete the set, right? 😉

It was marked at 3.99, and I got an additional 50% off since it was a yellow tag. Whatta score!

And finally, I got a pair of women’s black plaid shortalls — they’re very ’90s grunge-looking, which is what stood out to me about them. Unfortunately for me (or fortunately, since I have shortalls problem already), they are a size too big for me and will be added to my Poshmark closet for some lucky ’90s babe to rock on the reg.

Something I saw but didn’t get: a box set of some old Stephen King paperback novels. I’m thinking I might go back for them — they would be a good birthday present for J.

And so the hunt for a small stock pot continues. I might check out the Goodwill in our new town this weekend, but since it’s a small town where a lot of antiques are donated, things tend to be priced higher, and I haven’t had a whole lot of luck there.

What great things have you thrifted lately? I’d love to hear!

Best,

Margo

Posh Packing 101

Poshmark packaging tips

Congratulations, you made your first Poshmark sale! Hooray! Time to pack that baby up and send it on its way. But where to start?

First, you need to determine what kind of container will work best for the particular item you sold. Envelope? Box? Padded mailer? It all depends on what you’re shipping — I might put a blouse in a large envelope, whereas a pair of heels would go in a box with lots of cushioning.

Note: You CANNOT use (or reuse) flat rate envelopes and boxes for Poshmark sales. Poshmark labels are priority mail — neither you nor your buyer paid for flat rate shipping, so you cannot use it. Sucks, yeah, but it’s the rules.

Extra note: If your item weighs more than five pounds, you will need to upgrade your shipping label through Poshmark. In my year of selling, I’ve only ever had to do this once when I sold a pair of heavy shoes. You do have to pay for the upgraded shipping out of your own pocket, which is a bit of a drag.

Next, I like to wrap the item like a little gift before nestling it in the box — think tissue paper and twine or ribbon. It’s much nicer than getting something just shoved in a box. The thought does count, and you’re much likelier to get a positive review from your buyer if you put some thought and effort into your packaging.

Poshmark packaging tips

Is your mailer waterproof? You never know if your package will be sitting on a doorstep in the rain or snow for a while. If I use a manila envelope that has no lining, I will slip the tissue-wrapped item in a large Ziploc bag before sealing the envelope closed — just to ensure no damage occurs.

Don’t forget a thank you card! 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. This doesn’t have to be expensive — I typically pick up a pack of cards from the Dollar Tree.

Tape your package closed and slap on your pre-paid mailing label. Drop it off at the Post Office, or use the USPS app to schedule a free next-day pick up from your home.

It’s as easy as that — you’re now well on your way to some 5-star reviews!

Happy Poshing!

—Marge

A Few Life Updates & Small Haul

Hello, all!

Long time no see (again). I’m sorry I’ve been so absent as of late — as I mentioned a few (many) months ago, we’ve been saving for buying a home, and I’m so excited to announce that mission has been accomplished, and we have been proud first-time homeowners for nearly three months!

Long story short, there hasn’t been much thrifting as of late. I’ve made a few small trips, but most of my effort these past few months has been concentrated on house, house, and more house, and clearing out my closet (check out my Poshmark closet for some deals on my gently loved clothing and accessories). It’s all been a bit exhausting, but I’ve loved every second of it.

I did make it to Goodwill and Salvation Army once before we moved, though, which was a nice bit of a break from everything. There’s something so calming about wandering down isles of knickknacks and racks of clothing and pondering the history behind each item. (Or is that just me? It is? Ok.)


On my trip to Goodwill, I found an assortment of cozy springtime things: two infinity scarves, a pair of green leather heels, and a crochet shawl wrap. I also found a book for my mom for Mother’s Day (Wow, that was a while ago, huh?), and a pretty tin jar I’m using to store my seeds — because we have acreage now, and I can have a garden! Wheee!


At Salvation Army, I found this pretty blue maxi skirt with tulips on it and this basket I intend to use for carrying things while puttering around the garden. I did make another stop in at SA a few weeks later (because I apparently can’t go to the Post Office without a pit stop at the thrift store afterward), and I scored this beautiful vintage floral maxi dress for only 81 cents! Aren’t those pearlescent buttons dreamy?

Oh, and I did make it to the humane society thrift store as well, which yielded my best find of the month: actual L.L. Bean boots in my size for $5.99! What a steal!

So there probably won’t be too many thrift hauls in the near future due to being pretty strapped for cash. But I’d assume there will be a few, at least!

If you’re interested in seeing some snapshots of our new life on 3 acres, you can follow me on Instagram @ unwritablegirl.

Hope you all are well and staying cool this summer!

—Marge

How to Get the Most Out of Your Eye Shadow Primer

In an earlier  Frugal Friday we covered getting the most out of your gel foundation primer. This time I’d like to talk about eye primer, like the kind that comes in a little squeezy tube.

I’m quite fond of the one by Urban Decay—it keeps my shadow on all day and really brings out the color of the shadow I apply. And even though this primer lasts forever, it’s still kind of pricey (roughly $20 per tube)—I’ll make sure I get every bit that I paid for, thanks.

So when the tube is smashed flat, I know it’s not totally empty. You just have to get creative.


Much like some people do with toothpaste (not I, because toothpaste generally costs $2 as opposed to $20), simply snip the tube where it can’t be squeezed flat anymore.

Open that bad boy up, and you should see a treasure trove of goo just waiting to be smeared.


Now, there are a few options for how to store your newfound glory. If you have a teeny makeup spatula, you can scrape the excess primer out and store it in a little sample jar.

Or you can go the less time-consuming route—reconnect the two tube halves by sliding one over the end of the other (kind of like what you’d do with a tube of lotion).

And there you have it! Hope this helps!

—Marge

How to Get the Most Out of Your Lotion

We’ve all been there: That tube of lotion has gone kaput, but it doesn’t feel totally empty. There’s still some product inside, but you can’t get it out. What’s a frugal girl to do?

First of all, don’t throw that tube in the trash! Grab a pair of scissors and a little elbow grease, and read on.

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Got your scissors? Good. Take your fancy tube of lotion and cut it into two pieces—about two inches above the cap. Pry that bad boy open.

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Look at all that gold in there! From here you have two options: You can either use a little makeup spatula and scoop it out, storing it in a small container, or you can do what I do.

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Simply slide the top half over the bottom half, making a mini tube of lotion! When you want to use it, just slide the top off and scoop your lotion out. Easy peasy!

Hope you enjoy this little little trick!

Until next time,

—Marge 💋

How to Get the Most Out of Your Bubble Bath

Welcome to the first installment of Frugal Fridays, in which I show you how to prolong the life of and get the most out of your beauty products.

First up, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart: bubble bath.

It’s no secret that I enjoy a hot soak from time to time  on a regular basis nightly. The shower in my master bath goes virtually unused because I take so many baths. I like to settle in with a good book and a beer for maximum me-time, surrounding myself with lots of candles. It looks like some weird sacrificial bathroom alter during the day.

But I digress. I think a bath with massive amounts of bubbles is the perfect way to relax and take care of yourself. Maybe you like to drink wine and watch Netflix instead of reading. That’s cool too. But we all must face the inevitable at some point: when the bottle of bubble bath is empty. 

  
Now, we all know that’s not quite true. There’s still a little clinging to the walls of the bottle, and even though you’ve turned it upside down overnight to get the last of it, there’s still a decent amount inside that simply will not squeeze out.

Maybe it was an expensive product, or maybe you just really enjoyed the scent. Either way, it feels frustrating and wasteful to throw it out when there is clearly a little product left.

Oh, if only there were a solution to our bathtime woes!

Well, I’m here to tell you there is.

All you have to do is take off the cap, fill the bottle about half full with warm water, and put the cap back on. Shake that bottle around a bit, and then pour it into your bathtub under running water. Easy peasy and oh-so rewarding.

  
Depending on the brand, you can get a least two to three more bubble baths with this trick (Dr. Teals will do this because of how thick it is). But if it’s a more watered down bubble bath on the cheaper end (like the I Love… brand), then you’ll most likely only get one more bath out of the bottle.

  
Now go treat yourself to a long soak, and don’t forget to recycle that bottle when you’re done!

P.S. if you’re wondering what that plastic bubble thing on my overflow drain is, it’s called a Bottomless Bath. Do yourself a favor and get one asap. It’s a life changer.

Until next time, stay fabulous! 

—Marge 💋