Everyone will list something on eBay or donate to a consignment store at one point in their life, whether it be spring cleaning or the need to de-clutter. For some, it just means getting rid of stuff, to get it out of your house and out of your hair. For others, it turns into a side job. Recently, I’ve been learning how to make money with Poshmark and it’s been going really well!
Before Poshmark, my mom was working a lot of weekend shifts at a local hospital as a nurse in addition to her full time job. My brother and I didn’t get to see her often over weekends, and I couldn’t make many weekend plans. Now, my mom and I spend our free time during evenings and weekends shopping local consignment and second-hand stores to find clothes we can resell on Poshmark and eBay.
Selling on Poshmark can be super rewarding in many ways. You have to learn about clothing brands, about entrepreneurship, and sometimes you can make a lot of money while you’re at it. What you sell on Poshmark is the deciding factor in how much you make. Trial and error is a huge part of reselling, as my mom and I have learned the hard way. In our basement, we have maybe a 500 pieces of inventory. My mom has about 400 pieces listed between her Poshmark and eBay accounts. She adds something every day to replace what gets sold, and I have 35, purely out of my own closet. Sometimes we find clothes that need a little love, but sometimes we find clothes that are in like new condition, or even new with tags.
For example, my mom has had successes with Lilly Pulitzer. When we first started, she bought a dress for $3 at a consignment shop. Incredibly, she turned around and sold it for $150! Another dress, that sold last month for $70, was originally $12. Just a few days ago, I found a $100 tennis racquet for $3, which I’ll be keeping for myself.
Poshmark is super easy, with only 6 required steps.
- First, take pictures of your item. This should include the front, back, any details, and any imperfections at all.
- Second, write your title. You have 50 characters to get the title of your item written out and described well enough.
- Third, describe your item. In my descriptions, I add a restated version of the title, a description of the item and any imperfections or quirks I pictured, mention that the measurements are taken laying flat (this would mean that the chest or waist measurements would have to be doubled to fit around a body), and the measurements (I use www.size.ly to figure out measurements I wouldn’t know).
- Fourth, choose the category your item best fits into, picking from women, men, or kids. Pick the category before the size so that adequate sizing can be given to choose from.
- Fifth, choose your size. There is a feature called ‘my size’ so make sure you include it. You choose your size from a pre-made list, or make a custom size, and those appear in your search options for the category you choose. Sometimes to understand the listing requirements, you have to understand how an active listing works.
- Sixth, the price. You add the original price, and the listing price. There are only whole dollar prices on Poshmark. If you bought
the piece originally from a consignment store, or don’t remember it exactly, you can enter $0.
Optional categories include:
The brand, give your items more exposure when people search for a particular brand.
Color, where it can be added in the case of a particular search, or just to make the listing more specific.
Quantity, where you can list multiple or one item(s). This is helpful if you have multiple versions of one item, or if you have the option to sell in bulk.
The ‘new with tags’ option gives chances for particular searches. Some buyers are really interested in new items that still have their tags. Adding NWT into the title of your listing can change the line between sitting on an item for a while and selling it.
Don’t forget the details:
One thing about selling anything on any platform, is be ready to answer lots of questions. Even if you think the answer is obvious. I usually add in a picture of the tag showing the fabric, because someone will ask if you don’t. I add in measurements, because the one time you don’t, someone will ask for them. Putting the work in initially means less work later, just because you’ll always have to pull one thing or another from your inventory.
If you’re planning on making a career out of Poshmark and selling seriously, you can look into buying female and/or male mannequins, if you think you’d use them. My mom primarily does flatlays. Flatlaying is using a background to lay out your items neatly. I use our mannequins most of the time. Investing into a black or white background, or a mannequin, is good for long term selling. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just selling a few things to get rid of them.
My mom bought her mannequin a few years ago, and we bought our lights in a kit that came with backgrounds. Prices vary, but for getting started, a light, solid colored blanket or sheet works. As long as your items are presented in a nice way, with your pictures taken in clear lighting, everything should be okay.
Make money with Poshmark and have fun!
Knowing all of this has created a hobby for my mom and I to share. We have fun shopping together, and we always find things to talk each other out of getting while we scavenge. Working to earn the money can be hard, but if you have a goal in mind, it feels great to reach it. I’m saving my money to buy a new laptop, but I’ll spend a little here and there when I see something I love, and I can do that since I’m gradually making money. I’m excited to see where Poshmark can take me, and what I can do.