POSHMARK: The (More Lucrative) Alternative to Trading Stores
In the experience of Jamie de Guzman:
This summer was the first time I took my clothes to one of those "trading company" stores. With my expectations set pretty low and knowing that the majority of my clothes are considered to be premium or brand-name, I was pleasantly surprised to get $125+ back for my clothes. Coming home happy, I was looking forward to the next time I would rid my closet of clothes that I no longer wear or don't fit.
With the rush of resale still on my mind, I remembered how a friend told me wonderful new app called Poshmark that helps women sell their unwanted clothes straight from their own closets and into those of others. And let me tell you, if you've got an iPhone or iPad, a ton of clothes in great condition that are no longer being worn and some time to sell, then download this app now!
This has been my main hobby this summer, and so far I have sold $500+ worth of stuff! One man's trash is another one's treasure, right? It's user friendly because you can do everything from your iPhone/iPad. Users post multiple pictures of the products, set their own prices, and pre-paid labels are even sent to you when you make a sale! On top of that, listings are free, and as far as I know are unlimited. Users get 80% of the sales and the app gets 20%, which is more than you get from brick and mortar trading stores. And if you're worried about scams or frauds, the app holds your funds until you receive the item you buy and gives you a chance to report any damages if any. Customer service is also very helpful if you happen to receive something different than described. I once bought a dress and received it with loose threading around the dress and Poshmark gave me $10 in credit to spend. Not to mention, I still got to keep the dress! Nothing a little $5 tailor job couldn't fix.
The inside scoop: There are tricks to selling, so make sure you are smart about it and have fun with it! To optimize your exposure, post great photos of your products in natural light. Products shown being worn or styled in photos seem to really sell because it gives people a better idea of how it fits and how it can be styled! People also tend to buy more if you are willing to bundle, so they can save on shipping fees. Just know that if your bundle weighs more than 2 lbs, you're going to have to pay the extra fees for the heavier shipping label. You'll see that some people ask to trade or try to sell through PayPal, but if you want to make sure you don't get scammed, do everything through the app! While I've sold a bunch of my unwanted fashions, I've also found quite a few gems of my own along the way. I personally like to haggle and it seems to be very a common culture. But beware, there are those who hate "low-ballers". It doesn't hurt to try. I'm always willing to negotiate on prices, because if it's not being used in my closet it might as well find a happy home in someone else's.
So why wait to minimize your life and make a few extra $$ to boot? Create your own closet with Poshmark today and share your clothes with ladies all over the US! Don't forget to visit my closet: @jdeguzman9. Happy "Poshing"!
P.S. Here's a preview of my closet below!