Did you know that all those great condition, old or never worn clothes in the back of your closet could be worth hundreds? Yeah, I knew that was going to catch your attention.
I’m constantly searching for side hustles that will make me some extra spending money, and one of my ideas was to sell my clothes. Initially, I was just going to gather them all together and sell them to a Plato’s Closet or Goodwill, but they only pay a couple dollars per item of clothing (and many of my clothes, I’ve only worn ONE TIME).
So, like heck I was going to see perfectly good and practically-new clothing for 1-3 dollars each! So I did my research and I found Poshmark.
Poshmark is one of the largest commerce platforms for resellers, retailers and shoppers. They combine the power of people like us and technology to make shopping and selling from each other simple, social, and fun!
And wow, setting up a Poshmark to sell from really is a thrill. Just the other day, I sold a perfect condition casual dress for $15 that Goodwill or Plato’s Closet would’ve only paid $5 tops for!
Before I get on with the post, I want to invite you to sign up with Poshmark! Click here and use my code RHEAVNE to get $10.
HOW TO SET UP YOUR POSHMARK TO MAKE MONEY
01 | compile at least 30 items of clothing
After you create a PoshMark account, you want to start creating listings. Don’t worry about following people right away because once you start making listings of the clothing you have to sell, the followers will literally start flooding in. I listed about 5 items my first day and received 300 followers just that evening.
The more listings you have, the more people will think you’re legit. People want to make sure you’re reliable and that you seem professional and won’t scam them. PoshMark is actually super smart about scams and I’ve never heard of anyone being scammed. So don’t worry about not getting your money once you make a sale. PoshMark will make sure you do. And vice versa, PoshMark makes it a priority to make sure you receive the items you pay for!
02 | photograph the clothing
I recommend that you use the same exact pose, background, filters, and positionings for every single photo. The reason for this is that you want to create a “brand” with your store. For one, it just looks more professional to have all of your listings match each other and look like they’re all part of a larger store. And two, it makes it so that if someone sees your item on their feed, they’ll know it belongs to your store.
The nicer your store looks at a glance from your profile, the more likely people will be to buy, so make sure you take good photos, with good lighting and a consistent theme.
I tend to put a filter only on the cover photos for each listing to make my store look the same for every listing, but I make sure to put an unfiltered version of the cover photo right behind it along with all other unfiltered photos of that item.
03 | create the listing, part 1: description
When you create the listing, there are several things you need to do. Since it’s a longer process, you’ll be tempted to just skim over it real quick to get it posted. DO NOT do this. You need your listing to be very in-depth, with a bunch of searchable keywords so that people can find it if they search up anything to do with that item.
For example, if you took a picture of blue jeans, you don’t just want to put “Blue Jeans.” Make sure you include if they’re skinny or bootcut, if they’re distressed, if they have holes, what brand they are. Make sure you make that title as descriptive as possible. The more description you have, the higher chance you have of ranking in more searches.
Same goes for the description. Things you can include in that are: kind of fabric, brand, colors, any damages or frays or snags (you need to be as transparent about your used clothing as possible), if it still has tags, if there are any stains, the size, how many times it’s been worn, if it comes from a smoke or pet free home, etc.
Make sure to choose the correct category, size, brand, and color for your listing.
Then down below, you need to put the listing price of the item of material (or if you don’t remember, many people just put a 0) and then your listing price. Your listing price is your asking price…
04 | create the listing, part 2: deciding on price
So for a pair of jeans that originally were $60, you may want to ask $20, but I recommend that you DON’T. Always list your items for higher than you want, because PoshMark has a feature where shoppers are allowed to send you an offer price to bargain the price of your listing. So if you put it at $20 and a shopper goes and offers you $10, and you guys compromise at $15, you just made $5 less than you wanted to.
Not to mention, PoshMark does take its cut from your profit. I think it’s only 10% which is not a big deal since the buyer pays for the shipping, and PoshMark handles all your shipping labels and what not.
So if you have a pair of jeans that were originally $60, and you’d accept $20 for it, I would price those jeans at $35-40. That way you can accept bargain prices offered by buyers, or extend discounts to people who like your item to encourage them to buy while it’s on sale.
05 | after you list items
Once you start listing items, the followers will flood in. Start following a couple people, liking listings that pop out to you, and maybe even sharing other people’s listings in their closets to show support.
BUT, because you are here reading this, I will give you a top secret tip that not a lot of PoshMark newbies know. Sharing other people’s closets may encourage them to check yours out, but you will not get the best results from that.
It’s best to save your energy and put it towards things that will actually make you sales. Once you start gaining a following and possibly start listing more and more items, go through 1-3x a day and share everything from your closet from beginning to end. This boosts your listings in feeds and your old listings will show up to more and more people, newer people!
Sharing YOURSELF definitely gets you more exposure to potential buyers. Sharing other people’s closets is nice, but it’s not going to help YOU in the long run.
READY TO START A POSHMARK?
Now, are you ready to start a PoshMark account and start making money with all that clothing sitting in the back of your closet? I want to remind you that if you sign up using my code, you’ll get $10 credit in your account! Click here and use my code RHEAVNE to get $10.
You can also check out my PoshMark Closet by clicking here!
Do you have any other PoshMark related questions that you need answered? Do you have a PoshMark closet? If so, comment down below! I would love to answer more questions about PoshMark if you want to request blog posts on certain things and I would also love to check out your closets once you have them up and running.