Rewind to early Summer of 2018. I was working a shift as a retail store supervisor in the Greater Boston area. I was casually cleaning the store, tending to customers, and processing new items that had been shipped to us from the warehouse. It was midday, which meant that the morning employees were leaving while closing employees were coming.
One employee caught my eye on the way out of the store. She had a set of smaller boxes I previously processed shipment from earlier that day. To me they were trash, but to her they were something more. I asked her why she had them in her hands while she was leaving. She replied; “someone bought a few items from my Poshmark closet and I need a box to ship them out!” To my confusion, I replied;
Poshmark is a social commerce marketplace where people in the United States can buy and sell new or used clothing, shoes, and accessories. There are millions of people to shop from which provides a wide spectrum of different styles and preferences for everyone to find something they never knew they needed.
Knowing that I had been working in retail for sometime and I had a large collection of clothing myself, she recommended that I give Poshmark a try and let some of those clothes that I haven’t touched in years get a second chance. I thought, “Sure, I’ll give it a shot. Making some extra cash before going to college can’t hurt.” At the time, I didn’t think much of it and was just trying something new. What I didn’t know at the time is that Poshmark would turn into this amazing journey for me.
I do not buy much on Poshmark, but when it comes to selling… guru. Some of you may be wondering how it works. I will be the first to say, just like any social media platform, it is a bit confusing and tedious in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it it’s smooth sailing.
-Here’s How It Works-
For starters, download the app from your iPhone or Android. Once you have the app downloaded, you will make an account. I believe you can sign in through your Facebook, Google account, or by creating an account just with Poshmark alone. When you are done making your account, Poshmark’s app will bring your through a series of questions based on your style and other logistic questions for your account.
The app will ask you to enter your banking information, I know right… Scary. But, don’t worry! This app is 100% secure and the banking information does not mean that you are actually buying anything. Entering your information makes it possible for you to get paid for what you sell!
OKAY! Now it is time to shine and make some money. Listing items for sale just takes a few clicks. Snap a few photos of your item at all angles of the garment you are selling. Input all the specifics of the item and the post. The more specific you are, the less questions you will be asked by shoppers, and the more sales you will produce.
Once you have a a handful of items in your closet (I would list at least five to ten), you will start getting likes and comments. At some point the traffic to your closet will die down, especially if you aren’t posting regularly. Lucky for you, there is a share button. You are able to re-share any of your listings as much as you would like to. I typically share my items once to twice a day in the morning and in the evening.
Finally, after a week of posting, liking, commenting, and sharing your posts, you nail a sale down. You sold and item! Poshmark will email you a prepaid shipping label which is called PoshPost. Print out the shipping label, fold the item neatly in an envelope or box, and bring the package to the USPS. Poshmark does take 20% of the sale you make due to the prepaid shipping label. I mean, they have to make money too!
About three to five business days the buyer will receive the package and accept the item. The funds will be released to your Poshmark account. When you decide you have accumulated enough money, you can transfer the funds to whatever account you would like.
Some other cool benefits of Poshmark include:
- Posh Parties – categories of items Poshers are able to sell through
- Post Protect – buying safely
- Posh Authenticate – ensure luxury items are what they are said to be or money back
- Poshmark Community – filled with sellers who help and support one another
- Posh Ambassadorship
Like I said before, when I started Poshmark I did not expect it to be anything other than a ‘visit the app once a week to check if I made a sale’ type of thing. For me, it became so much more. In the first year of having a Poshmark closet I made over $1,000. Yes, that is right, over $1,000. Granted, I did have a lot of clothes in good condition by well known brands.
During the first few months I came across a tab in Poshmark’s app which involved me becoming a Poshmark Ambassador. This meant I would have the title of ambassador, Poshmark would fend for me and make my life easier, and sales would come flooding in. There was a list of things I had to complete before becoming an ambassador and I nailed each one. Since June of 2018 I have been a proud ambassador of Poshmark and I plan on continuing.
Today, I still check my poshmark daily and share regularly. Just like everyone else, my sales do fluctuate depending on how often I put in work. I have a plethora of items by different brands, different sizes, different colors, and different styles throughout my closet. To shop my closet check it out here or visit https://poshmark.com/closet/robpicano.