I recently cleaned out both my closets and as I was purging them and preparing to take them to the consignment shop like usual, I discovered Poshmark. If you aren’t familiar with it, Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell clothes from your closet at prices YOU set. Buyers can make you offers or trade you something if you like things in their closet and want to swap.
For listings over $15, Poshmark takes 20% of your earnings. Kind of steep but really no different than the consignment shop. Anything under $15 and it’s a flat fee of $2 and some change. Shipping is incredibly easy – the buyer pays a flat rate of $5.95, Poshmark e-mails you a shipping label and you just slap it on a box and drop it in the mail. Super easy!
If someone likes more than one item in your closet, they can bundle them into one transaction. Some sellers will offer a small discount as an incentive to bundle. Usually the shipping label will cover the cost but if not, it’s up to the seller to pay the difference.
So how is it working for me? I’ve been on there for about two weeks and have listed about 60 items. So far I’ve made around $100!! I’ve been selling multiple items daily. Once your buyer has received their package, they have to accept it and then your funds are released to you and you can use them toward clothing on Poshmark or transfer to your bank account. The only negative experience that I’ve had was when a buyer reported that her package wasn’t delivered. Poshmark opened a case for the item and then things got a little strange. The next day I was notified the buyer reported the item as “not as described and soiled” (which was false, by the way). Whatever photos she submitted must not have backed her claims up because Poshmark ruled in my favor and I got my money. I have no idea if she really received the package or not but it worked out in my favor.
When choosing items to list, I picked things that were almost new or in like new condition. So far anything PINK by Victoria’s Secret, Converse, and American Eagle are the most popular. All of the things in my Poshmark closet are items that don’t fit me right anymore, I never wear or after wearing a few times, I decided I didn’t like the material/fit after all. Pictures are important too – take your photos in good lighting and if your items are too small to model or you don’t have a good place to hang them, see if you can find an old photo of the item online from the store you purchased it at. You’d be surprised at how long images hang around on Pinterest and Google.
How does it compare to other online sites? I’d say I’ve been more successful with Poshmark than anything else I’ve tried. I sent a few things to Thread Up and they barely took anything I sent them. I didn’t get the items back that they didn’t take because I thought they’d take most of them and chose not to have them sent back. So I lost outon that one. Ebay is hit or miss with clothes – shoes do better for me there. Plato’s Closet has always hated my stuff for some reason and consignment shops tend to be extremely picky but what I do take there always sells.
Hopefully this has helped some of you thinking of using the app – it’s been a good experience so far! And if you’re already on there, I’d love to follow you and see your closet! Here are just a few pictures of some of my listings. and you can shop the rest at this link: https://poshmark.com/closet/kellys0384.