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

How to Take the Perfect Poshmark Cover Photo

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Hey, everyone! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about selling on Poshmark since I posted this blog post last month regarding my thoughts and experience so far, so I thought I’d start sharing some tips and tricks.

The number one thing I’ve learned in my current seven-month span of selling is that a good cover photo is KEY to making a sale. Think about it: It’s a first impression. If your photo is poorly lit, the item you’re sellilng is wrinkled, and it’s laying on a dirty carpet, chances are a potential buyer will be turned off and won’t click on it. That’s not what you want.


You want your buyer intrigued from the get go—the key is to make your item (and your closet!) stand out from the slew of other items like it. You want someone to make an impulse purchase, or at the very least push that “like” button so they’ll come back to it later. So how do you do that?

  1. First and foremost, make sure whatever you’re selling is clean and as wrinkle-free as possible. Give it a wash and a light iron if needed. Lint roll if you have pets.
  2. Take your photos in natural light. Try to shoot near a window during peak daylight hours. I live in a very rainy area, so this tends to be a problem for me at times. Take advantage of that sunlight when you can!
  3. Pick a cover photo style and be consistent with it. Whether you use a mannequin, a seamstress dummy, a hanger, or the flat lay is totally up to you. Just make sure you have consistently styled cover photos—think of it as your personal brand. It makes it easier for other Poshers (other users) to remember and recognize your closet. If you’re at a loss for where to start, take a look at some of your favorite closets or some Suggested Users for ideas.
  4. Use a background that’s not too busy. I prefer a stark white background because I think it looks clean and really showcases the item, but that’s just me. You can use a bedsheet, a rug, a wall, a counter, etc. Some people even use large sheets of poster or foam board as a designated background. Whatever floats your boat! I personally use a white counter, and occasionally a white bedsheet or tablecloth. It kind of just depends on where I’m getting the best light.


Of course, the cover photo is only the first step—you then have to create the rest of the listing. Stay tuned this month for tips on creating listings that sell! Happy Poshing!

—Marge

Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store, Dec. 2016


Hello, everyone! With 2017 well underway, it is time to play catch-up (yet again, sigh). This is the last—and very belated—Haulin’ Home the Thrift Store of 2016, and I don’t know about you, but I’d say I had a pretty good year of thrifting, over all.

In December I didn’t do a whole lot of thrifting, but I did do a little secondhand shopping through Poshmark, which is kind of the same thing but from the comfort of your own home. (Are you guys tired of hearing about Poshmark yet?)

 

Before Christmas, I popped by our Salvation Army and snagged a retro-looking wicker purse with red accents (about 1.50 at the Salvation Army 50% off sale). I’m really exited about this purse because it’s perfect for summer! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it for you guys. Sorry 😦 I will try to add one later.


I took my sister thrifting at Goodwill while we were home for Christmas and gave her most of my thrifting good luck. She doesn’t really understand shopping thrift stores, but she had major luck when I took her and gave her a few pointers. Safe to say, I think I converted her!

I didn’t score nearly as much as her, but this is what I did find:

  • vintage floral maxi dress—It had a hole in one of the side seams, but nothing I couldn’t fix myself! -pair of black Ferragamo-style flats
  • men’s flannel for myself (the red and white one on the left)
  • two flannel shirts for my husband—one is L.L. Bean, perfect condition, and I got it for $5.99!

Living in the Pacific Northwest is a dream come true when looking for flannel, I tell you what. I’ve had a lot of luck, as you can see.

Keep your eyes out for the belated January thrift haul soon!

Poshmark: The Next Leap for the Avid Thrifter

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It was only a matter of time before the avid thrifter made the leap to online thrifting, right? Now I can thrift from the comfort of my own secondhand couch (not purchased through Poshmark, thank you), and it’s addicting as all get-out.

Poshmark advertises itself as a hub for buying and selling brand-name clothing, accessories, and cosmetics. And sure, there is a plethora of big names. But there is also an abundance of vintage and lesser-known brands of clothing. Now that’s my kind of shopping!

But what is Poshmark (you’re probably still wondering)? It’s an app (and a website) where users can buy and sell gently used or brand new clothing. If you Pinterest or Facebook, you’ve probably seen ads for Poshmark while scrolling through your feed. And maybe, like me, you’ve ignored them, until you’re looking for a good bridal shower dress and Google takes you to Poshmark.

Fine, ok, that’s probably just me.

“That’s all fine and dandy,” you’re probably thinking, “but isn’t eBay the same thing?”

Not quite. On Poshmark there is no listing fee, and the listing is up indefinitely—which means a lot less work for you in the long run. Poshmark receives $2.95 of any sale below $15 and  20% of any sale over $15. I think this is a pretty sweet deal, since on eBay you’re typically charged a listing fee, plus eBay takes a cut of your sales, and then PayPal takes a cut on top of that. Yikes.

When selling, you’re only allowed four pictures per listing (though there are creative ways to combat this), and sharing items from other “closets” (your seller profile) is strongly encouraged—almost as strongly encouraged as meticulously packaging your sold items in cute paper with a thank you card. It’s a very social experience.

Another difference between Poshmark and eBay is that buyers and sellers can haggle. True, eBay also has an offer feature—but only if the seller has added it to their listing. On Poshmark you can offer on anything. The seller can accept, counter, or decline your offer.

I’ve been using Poshmark for 6 months now. In my  journey so far, I’ve purchased a handful of items ranging from work clothes to eye shadow to my Halloween costume. And I’ve had a good experience, even though I only make one or two sales per week.

The money you generate from selling, by the way, can be used toward buying things from Poshmark, or it can be transferred to your bank account or mailed to you as a check.

So, what are the cons?

With the amount of sharing you’re expected to do to generate sales, I’m finding myself always on my phone, and that’s a gross feeling (not to mention it irritates my husband). And the app drains your battery something fierce. No thank you.

The four picture limitation can be a bit of a challenge, but like I mentioned earlier, there are ways around it. I wouldn’t call it a huge disadvantage, but it was definitely hard to get used to at first after being allowed to upload up to 12 pictures per listing on eBay.

Additionally, some people have listed things and abandoned their profile, perhaps deciding Poshmark isn’t for them. But their listings are still up, and that can be frustrating when they’ve listed an item that’s exactly what you’ve been looking for, but they haven’t used their Poshmark profile in, say, 6 months or so.

The last downside, in my opinion, is that shipping is always $5.99, which feels like a rip-off when you’re buying something small. On the flipside, the $5.99 shipping is also two-day shipping, so you’re going to get your purchase fast. It’s a double-edged sword (and if your item weighs more than five pounds, you may have to pay additional shipping).

That was a lot of rambling. So, what do I think?

Despite some of the negatives I mentioned, I love Poshmark. I have a handful of items “liked” so that I’m notified if the price drops, and I love that giddy feeling I get when something in my closet sells, or when I get a five-star rating.

So, should you give it a try? I think it’s definitely worth a shot. I’ve managed to sell 18 items so far, and I think it’s totally possible for you to sell some of your unwanted articles of clothing or unused cosmetics too. And it blows my mind that the stuff I thought was least likely to sell did, in fact, sell. You never know what someone is on the hunt for. Just because it might be unattractive to you doesn’t mean it’s unattractive to someone else.

If you decide to Posh, you can find my closet by searching my username, marglio, or by clicking the closet widget on the side of this blog. Use my code NKVFN when you register, and you’ll get a $5 credit—that’s almost free shipping! Score!

Happy Poshing!