Poshmark

Overcoming Obstacles in Your Poshmark Business

Lets talks about how to handle the challenges we each face as resellers, but first lets start with a story to put things in perspective.

Once a little boy was playing outdoors and found a fascinating caterpillar. He carefully picked it up and took it home to show his mother. He asked his mother if he could keep it, and she said he could if he would take good care of it.

The little boy got a large jar from his mother and put plants to eat, and a stick to climb on, in the jar. Every day he watched the caterpillar and brought it new plants to eat.

One day the caterpillar climbed up the stick and started acting strangely. The boy worriedly called his mother who came and understood that the caterpillar was creating a cocoon. The mother explained to the boy how the caterpillar was going to go through a metamorphosis and become a butterfly.

The little boy was thrilled to hear about the changes his caterpillar would go through. He watched every day, waiting for the butterfly to emerge. One day it happened, a small hole appeared in the cocoon and the butterfly started to struggle to come out.

At first the boy was excited, but soon he became concerned. The butterfly was struggling so hard to get out! It looked like it couldn’t break free! It looked desperate! It looked like it was making no progress!

The boy was so concerned he decided to help. He ran to get scissors and snipped the cocoon to make the hole bigger and the butterfly quickly emerged!

As the butterfly came out the boy was surprised. It had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. He continued to watch the butterfly expecting that, at any moment, the wings would dry out, enlarge and expand to support the swollen body. He knew that in time the body would shrink and the butterfly’s wings would expand.

But neither happened!

The butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings.

It was never able to fly…

As the boy tried to figure out what had gone wrong his mother took him to talk to a scientist from a local college. He learned that the butterfly was SUPPOSED to struggle. In fact, the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. The boy’s good intentions hurt the butterfly.

~The original story of the butterfly can be found HERE.

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Like the butterfly, we need our challenges and obstacles to make us stronger. I often find myself wishing things were easier for me.

Wishing I didn’t have to work ten hour shifts on my feet every weekend that leave me completely wiped out.

Wishing I didn’t suffer from horrible migraines that leave me an anxious hot mess for a few days following the attack.

Wishing that business in general wasn’t such a difficult thing.

The truth is, while these things are hard they make us strong. And in this life, you have to be strong or life will grind you into dust.

I utilize a few strategies to help me manage the overwhelming whirlwind that is business and life. 

One: Incorporate regular physical activity.

Now, when you’re busy grinding away at your work, you may think you don’t have time to exercise. I would encourage you to MAKE TIME.

If you look at majority of the really successful people…one thing they have in common is that they exercise. Ever heard the saying “Manage your energy not your time?”

I love this saying because honestly I could have all the time in the world to get a task done but if I have no energy to complete the task then I will waste the time I have.

Two: Find a supportive community of like minded entrepreneurs.

As you grow your reselling business, it is going to become even more important that you surround yourself with people who encourage you as you face challenges.

Stay away from people who constantly complain that the sky is falling. They are a drain on your mental and emotional resources.

Not sure how to find other positive and encouraging resellers? I would say start with Instagram. Search the hashtag #poshmarkcommunity or #poshmarkreseller and then go through that hashtag and look for people who share encouraging and uplifting messages.

A word of caution though, don’t assume just because someone has a lot of followers that they are a positive influence on you. I have had to unfollow SEVERAL popular resellers because they are president of the “Ain’t it awful” club.

Three: Make sure you are taking at least one day off each week, or at least a half a day off.

Now, lets be real for a second, I can’t take an entire day off. I’m an overachiever who enjoys working.

However, each Wednesday morning I force myself to put work aside and go do some non work related things to help me re-energize myself.

I go to Starbucks with my journal, my planner, and a legal pad.

I drink my coffee, write in my journal, and then rewrite my goals for the month. This helps me refocus and reset my mind for the upcoming week.

Now, believe it or not, I also go thrifting on my day off. Thrifting is the one part of reselling that doesn’t feel like work to me. I enjoy hunting through rows and rows of clothing and feeling like I’m hunting for buried treasure.

So, I do allow thrifting to be a part of my day off but only because it re energizes me.

My friend, we have a long road ahead of us as we build these businesses that could eventually allow us to work for ourselves full time.

We each possess our own unique box of challenges, but I hope some of these strategies will help you.

I’m curious, what strategies do you use to overcome the challenges you face as a reseller?

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN  If you’re new to Poshmark, make sure you sign up using code: CURVYGIRLTN (all one word) and when you do, you’ll get $5 to spend on your first purchase. 

 

 

 

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migraines, Personal Life

How I Reduced the Intensity of My Migraines

Today marks my fifth migraine day this month. I woke up with an aura around 4:45 a.m. and immediately took the meds I take at the onset. Now I am tired and have a mild headache, but I can function thankfully.

For a quick recap if you’re new to my blog and my struggle with migraines. I have suffered from migraine with aura since I was 16 years old. 

In the first years of my migraines I would get one migraine attack a year with aura. What is an aura? An aura starts out as a tiny blind spot in my right eye and eventually moves to cover my entire field of vision in one eye. 

I refer to it as the blindness stage of my migraine because at this point it is very difficult to see as the aura slowly fills my entire vision. My peripheral vision is usually completely gone during an aura.

The aura part of the migraine also usually precedes the headache for me.

When I initially started having migraines, I didn’t have them often enough to really research effective treatment methods.

So, my method of treatment initially was to get past the throw up stage of the migraine and then take Nyquil. I would then pass out in hopes that the pain was gone by the time I woke up.

However, once I had my first child in 2010 the frequency of my migraines increased dramatically. I went from having one migraine a year to two to three a week. It was brutal!

I’m sure it was a combination of the added stress of having a baby and not getting much sleep.

Fast forward to 2019 and I typically have no less than four migraine attacks in a given month. 

In 2017 I started using Evernote to keep a migraine journal. I use this migraine journal to track my attacks, triggers, and treatment.

If you are a migraine sufferer, I would strongly encourage you to keep a journal and track the time of the attack, the duration, and the intensity of the attack. 

Also, write down what you did the night before or anything you think may have triggered you.

My known triggers: stress, sleep disturbances, sugar, cheese dip (so sad I know), and potato chips. I think I may need to add wine and microwave popcorn to that list but I am not emotionally prepared to let those go yet, especially since I can’t have cheese dip.

So, as I stated earlier, this is my fifth migraine with aura this month. From my notes/migraine journal I have noticed that half of the migraines I’ve had in the past month and a half are triggered upon waking, or I’m right in the middle of an aura when I first wake up.

Here is what preventative and onset medication are working for me right now:

Daily: Drink 90 oz of water and take 250 mg of magnesium. Since starting magnesium daily, I have noticed a decrease in the intensity of the migraine once I do get one. However, it did take about eight weeks of consistently taking the magnesium for me to notice a significant difference.

The first time I tried magnesium daily, I was taking 500 mg, which ended up being too much for my stomach and I quit taking it. I noticed a significant increase in the intensity of my migraines once I quit taking magnesium.

When I resumed taking it, I cut my dosage down to 250 mg.

Onset of attack: At the first sign of an aura I immediately take two Excedrin and one CBD capsule. I know CBD is controversial, but as a chronic migraine sufferer I am inclined not to care. If you suffer as well, I would encourage you to have an open mind.

Most CBD does not contain THC, which is what is found in marijuana and is also the part that gets you high.

The CBD not only helps with the pain but it also reduces the significant anxiety I usually get in the days following a migraine attack.

Also, I’m not 100% sure of this, but I used to also throw up when having a migraine and that has since stopped. The nausea is still with me, but it is mild. I’m not sure if this is because of the CBD or because of the magnesium. I suspect it is a combination of both.
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The next preventative thing I intend to add is melatonin. I do believe migraine and poor sleep go hand in hand for me. I also came across this article about the “Benefits of Melatonin for Migraine Sufferers” while conducting migraine research.

I plan to start using Melatonin tonight and see how it does for me over the next 30 days.

I’ll keep you guys posted. I am extremely grateful to have gone from 2-3/migraines a week down to one a week.

What treatment has worked for you in your battle against migraines? Let us know in the comments below. 

To your continued healing.

Hugs,

Bria

Marketing and Business, Poshmark, Social Media

Social Media for Poshmark Sellers

There is a debate among resellers as to whether you need social media to grow a successful reselling business.

Side note: I could write an entire book on the different debates that rage on among resellers!

This is a debate that actually happens in multiple small businesses on a regular basis. Owners often question the ROI (return on investment) of investing time and money in social media. They wonder if it is even worth their time.

Within the Poshmark community, I’ve heard several top Poshmark sellers have to defend themselves and their success using social media to grow their reselling business.

In case you didn’t know, I am the president of the CRA (Comment Reading Association). If I see a post on an interesting topic with a lot of comments, I’m delving into the comments to see what people’s differing points of views are.

This also makes for excellent market research. Comments can sometimes provide you with more answers than Google!

Now, one of the most common comments I’ve seen is “Well so and so is only successful with Poshmark because they have a ton of followers on Instagram or YouTube.”

At this point I start scratching my head in confusion because I don’t understand the point they’re trying to make when they say things like this.

Of course their followers/viewers buy from them. What you are witnessing with this is the common business saying “People do business with people they know, like, and trust.” Building a social media following allows your potential customers to get to know you, and allows you to build a relationship with them as well.

Now, if you choose not to use social media as a part of your marketing strategy because you “don’t have time,” or “it doesn’t matter,” that is totally understandable.

However, don’t belittle someone elses success because you’re irritated that they have more followers than you. It’s petty and its childish.

So back to my original question…can you build a successful Poshmark business without a social media following? Well OF COURSE you can, but my next question is why would you want to?

Here are three reasons why I think social media matters for you as you build a business:

One: Social media is a great way to stay in front of your customers.

A quick disclaimer here though. If all you do is post “look what I have for sale,” or “buy my stuff” people will ignore you and engagement on your posts will go way down.

So what do you post instead of “buy my stuff” all the time? You need to mix in some educational content as well as some lifestyle content. People want to see the human side of you, not just the business side. Again, know, like, and trust…

A great way to decide what kind of things you should post is to think about your top three favorite people you follow on Instagram or Snapchat or wherever. What types of things do they post? Is every post a “hey buy my stuff” post?

Now, I’m not saying copy these people, I’m saying look at their strategy and use the knowledge you gain from that to build your own strategy.

Two: Within the Poshmark community, using social media effectively is a great way to stand out from the noise on the Poshmark platform itself.

When you build a social media presence, you’re essentially building a brand.

Now for me, I’m more likely to buy from someone I follow on social media vs. an account on Poshmark with a fish as their profile picture. Again, this is where know, like, and trust comes in.

Three: Using social media is a great way to build your email list.

Your email list is your back up plan in case Poshmark goes out of business. If you build an email list as you build your business, then again you are building a relationship with a group of people, and that relationship over time turns into trust if done right.

Also you don’t own the social media platforms you’re utilizing either, but if you build an email list it is yours.

With email, their are no algorithmic changes that are going to make it difficult for people to see your content.

Now, as you build an email list, don’t be like other retail stores who have an email list but all they do is send coupons. We all ignore those…

Find a way to add value yo your customers lives.

Again, spamming your customers with “buy my stuff” will get you ignored.

Now my friend, I acknowledge this is a LOT of work and a lot of planning and strategizing. However, in a crowded marketplace you have to find a way to stand out.

There is the saying “Go the extra mile, it is never crowded.” In my experience this more often than not is true!

If you want to improve your social media strategy as well as your online marketing strategy, below are some books I would recommend you start with. R

  1. Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson
  2. The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck
  3. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuck

As a matter of fact I would encourage you to follow Gary Vaynerchuck on social media and subscribe to his podcast. Be warned, he does have a potty mouth but his content is SO GOOD!

Now, all knowledge is useless without action so get to work planning your strategy today!

Hugs,

Bria

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN If you’re new to Poshmark, make sure you sign up using code: CURVYGIRLTN (all one word) and when you do, you’ll get $5 to spend on your first purchase.

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

Your Poshmark Business Is a Marathon Not a Sprint

 

In all my years as an entrepreneur, the graphic above is one of my all time favorites. Sure, it is a little cheesy but who cares? It represents a major mental challenge that we all face as entrepreneurs…the fear that there will be no success behind the dirt we’re chipping away at.

As much as I hate to feel like the bearer of bad news, I have to tell you something that probably no one has told you…

Every business takes a long time to build. My favorite motivational speaker Les Brown, encourages us all as entrepreneurs to have a 3-5 year perspective on our business success. To be willing to climb the mountain every day for the next 3-5 years.

I tell you this because in the beginning no one told me. I think I have started and quit so many businesses because I legitimately thought something was wrong with me when after three months of trying I wasn’t seeing the success I wanted to see.

In hindsight I realize that was a very naïve perspective but in the moment I didn’t know. You don’t know what you don’t know right?

My Poshmark business has caused a roller coaster of emotion for me over the past six months. I often wonder if ANY of what I’m doing makes a difference and is helping me get to my goal? However, I remind myself on a regular basis that THIS is a business and nothing happens over night.

The great thing about Poshmark is that I actually HAVE made money every single month since I joined. With this business I actually can see a clear path forward. My greatest challenge: Patience.

Unfortunately in business, a lot of people give up because success is not happening fast enough. Honestly, I’ve been guilty of this just about every year since 2010. I’ve started a business/side hustle every year since 2010 and the longest I’ve stuck with one is 4 months. I don’t have a shortage of ideas, I have a shortage of persistence, patience, and commitment.

Or should I say I had…because this year is my year of consistency and commitment. It is the agreement I made with myself when I joined Poshmark at the end of July 2018. I made an agreement with myself that no matter how difficult Poshmark was, or how steep the learning curve was, I had to stick it out for ONE YEAR. No more quitting.

It never fails though, I’ll be scrolling Instagram and I’ll see a stack of Poshmark packages with a caption that says something like “Weekend sales going out,” or “It was a good day on Poshmark.”

For a split second my mind does the comparison thing and I think to myself “but my package stacks don’t look like that! I sold one thing this weekend!” Womp womp…

Then the logical side of my brain reigns me in and says “self, go look at how many listings they have…” And sure enough my inner voice is right.

The people with large stacks of packages more often than not have 1,000 or more listings in their closet. Which clearly means they have been at it a while. My brain reminds me to chill TF out.

So how do you get better at running this marathon instead of being discouraged because you can’t sprint to the finish line?

One: You work on being more patient

Gary Vee, one of my favorite entrepreneurs always says “Your lack of patience is killing you…” And he is right. We are so used to having everything instantly, that we have deluded ourselves into thinking that success can be microwaved, but it can’t.

Success is more of a slow cooker process.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that my business is like a third child for me. I remind myself that my first two babies took 9 months to grow! And that even after they were born, they were completely dependent on me for the first two years.

My business is my third baby and requires just as much care and attention as a baby in utero, a newborn, and a toddler require.

Two: You set goals, or benchmarks for yourself to keep you encouraged

I have strategically laid out a plan for year 1, year 2, and year 3 of my business. The first year for me is the build/attention phase. So this first year I am building my audience and building my customer base.

The goals I have set for myself not only help me stay on track, but they keep me encoruaged becuase each time I accomplish a goal it provides me with a small win.

Trust me, in the marathon that is business, you need those small goals. They are like energy chews for you in the race, giving you the boost you need to push to the next benchmark.

Three: You consistently review why this matters to you!

Finally, you need to constantly remind yourself why this matters to you. For me, my biggest motivator is remembering the angst I felt every day sitting behind a desk for 8 hours.

It is the reminder of the Sunday night blues that used to hit me in the early evenings every Sunday because I knew I had to go to work the next day.

I have other reasons why the success of this business matters to me, but the fear of the two previous things mentioned keeps me motivated because I don’t EVER want to go back to that.

Life is too short to waste it in a state of sadness over something I have 100% control over. “If you don’t like where you’re planted, MOVE, you are not a tree!”

Hugs,

Bria

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN  If you’re new to Poshmark, make sure you sign up using code: CURVYGIRLTN (all one word) and when you do, you’ll get $5 in to spend on your first purchase. 

 

 

 

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

The Importance of Self Shares on Poshmark

 

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If you’re new here you should know something about me…I’m a RESEARCH JUNKIE.

I never start anything new without reading just about anything I can get my hands on about the subject.

So when I joined Poshmark in July of 2018, a posher who commented on my “Meet the Posher” listing to welcome me to the platform, told me I should join some Poshmark related Facebook groups.

As I found a few good ones to participate in, I realized that these groups had post after post on particular Posh related subjects that I knew nothing about. Even better, you can search within the group for different keywords related to a specific topic.

My current favorite group is Poshmark Analytics. This group does a lot of experimenting and reporting back to see what is working for everyone to get sales. The group was created by Lyn McLaughlin Cromar, who is also the creator of the 30 Minute Method. 

It was in this group that I learned the importance of mixing my sold listings in with regular listings, and it was also in this group that I learned the importance of self sharing my closet. I learned that the successful sellers on Poshmark pay attention to not only how much they are sharing daily, but what their “30 Day Self Share” number is as well.

Where can I find my 30 day self share number?

This number can be found in your Posh Stats section. If you are already a Poshmark Ambassador, you may be familiar with checking this number.

The Theory: 

What I took away from this groups conversation about self shares was that keeping your self shares at or around a certain number increases your sales.

What I could gather from the comments on several different posts is that 20,000-45,000 self shares seem to be the sweet spot for making consistent sales. 

Moral of the story for me was the more self shares the better. More self shares = more sales.

Although a quick disclaimer; I did read where someone said once they got past a certain number of self shares they stopped noticing an increase in sales.

However, I don’t think sharing too much is a problem for a lot of us. I think we probably don’t share our own closets enough. Which I completely understand why. It is tedious work. There is nothing sexy about clicking the share button on your own listings 1,000 times in a day.

I should also note that self-sharing a lot is NOT spamming your followers so if you’re new to Posh don’t feel bad when you share your closet 5-10x in a day.

Don’t worry, your followers aren’t seeing you as much as you think they are. Which is why it is recommended you self share multiple times in a day.

How often do you share your closet in a day? Tell me about it in the comments below. 

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

Poshmark Weekly Review #9 My Unique Advantage and Reserved Listings

Weekly Review: Week of January 7th-January 13th

Numbers for the week: 

  1. Items Sold: 17
  2. Gross Sales: $327
  3. Average Sale Price: $19.23
  4. Items Listed: 28
  5. Total Available Listings: 145

I don’t usually share cost of goods because as a business owner, that is one of the things I choose to keep to myself.

What is working this week?

As always, I think sprinkling sold listings throughout my closet is beneficial. As of now, to keep it from being the same sold listings mixed in, when I make a sale I share that sale to the top of my closet.

Also from my data I have noticed that I have now reached the point where I consistently make one sale a day. Although I’m not 100% sure whether to attribute that to number of active listings (145) or number of followers (37,841).

Also, mixed into that 17 items sold this week, I had one bundle sale of 8 items that sold for $150. This was my largest bundle sale to date and it was from a repeat customer.

I’ve been on Poshmark for six months and have acquired about three repeat customers. I’m slowly building that number up and I’m grateful!

My Unique Advantage 

When I started Poshmark I knew I wanted to focus on plus size clothing. As a plus size woman myself, I knew how frustrating it was to try to find clothes that fit. I knew how frustrating it was to feel like there are no stores that really cater to plus size women. So I saw a hole in the marketplace and decided to use Curvy Girl Resale to fill it.

I’ve seen recently on Instagram people attribute some of the more popular Poshers success to other things. They’ll say “oh they have 10,000 followers that’s why they’re successful” or “well they’re pretty so that’s why they’re successful.” OR my least favorite “Well they’re a pretty white girl and that’s why they’re successful because people won’t buy from me when they see that I’m black.”

You guys, let me tell you something…the market DOES NOT CARE what color you are. If you provide value you will win. SIMPLE.

Realize that each and every one of us has a unique advantage. Something that we do better than our competition. Instead of saying you’re not successful because you don’t have X,Y,or Z, spend that time trying to figure out what your unique advantage is and USE THAT.

Stop buying into the lies, its distracting. Yes, there are people who won’t buy from you because you’re black, but I think those people are in the minority. Don’t cripple yourself with a limiting belief like that.

Reserved Listings

Finally, let’s talk about reserved listings. Last month I was sharing my closet and I noticed a yellow banner across the bottom of one of my listings that said “reserved.”

“I didn’t know people could reserve listings in my closet,” I thought. So after some searching in Facebook groups I realized the reserved sign ONLY appears if a customer has clicked “buy now” and is in the process of purchasing the item.

You can’t add the reserved sign to a listing, unfortunately. However, even though I don’t control it I still get excited when I see that yellow reserved sign on one of my listings because that means I’m about to make a sale.

 

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An example of a reserved listing. NOTE: I do not own these images. If you know the original owner comment and I will give credit to them for this image. 

 

 

 

An example of a reserved listing. NOTE: I do not own these images. If you know the original owner comment and I will give credit to them for this image. 

How was your week on Poshmark? Tell me about it in the comments below.

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN

 

 

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

Curvy Girl Resale: Poshmark Week In Review #8 Modeling Clothes and What Sold

Week of December 31st – January 6th

I am having a great time modeling the clothes for my Poshmark closet, and I am so grateful to my husband who has stepped up to take the role of Poshmark photographer.

I’ve heard several Poshers say that modeling the items for your closet isn’t sustainable, but I disagree. For me personally, as of now, I’m enjoying it.

I think if it’s something you enjoy it won’t feel so much like work. Also, I have help. Initially, when I started modeling the clothes for my closet I was doing it by myself.

Now, every Saturday my husband and I take an hour for me to model the clothes and for him to photograph me in them.

To prepare for the upcoming photo shoot, throughout the week I will set aside clothes that I think will look good modeled vs on the mannequin or hanging up. Its usually about ten items.

Can’t say I’ll model the items in my closet forever, but I have gotten positive feedback from my customers. So, for now, if it makes my customers happy I’ll keep doing it because that is customer service 101.

I do get asked quite a bit, “Should I model the clothes for my closet?” My advice, if you feel comfortable I would recommend it. I think it helps give your customer an idea of what the item looks like on.

However, I do always like to provide the counter-argument. The counter-argument says that you shouldn’t model the clothes because while people know the clothes are used, you modeling them reinforces the fact that they are used and people don’t like that.

Honestly, that has not been my personal experience but like I said, I want you to be aware of the counter argument.

I don’t think I would have sold one of my recent sales as fast without me modeling the item.

I do have a mannequin, but she isn’t a Plus Size mannequin so sometimes my Plus Size body needs to get the job done.

I believe the top below would have taken a lot longer to sell if it wasn’t modeled. I checked the solds before listings and there were very few solds.

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Also side note, this item sold for $20. For those of you guys who are unfamiliar with Poshmark, the item was not originally $999. That is a placeholder! It requires you to put in an original price, but when I don’t know the original price I use $999.

Numbers for the week:

I had a vision board party at my house on New Year’s Eve, and one of my friends who attended bought several things from me. The perks of having a rack of unlisted clothes visible. Yay! Okay numbers…

  1. Items sold: 1 Instagram 4 In Person 10 Poshmark (Total 15)
  2. Gross sales: $249
  3. Average sale price: $16.60
  4. Items listed: 13

I’m way behind on my goal of ten listings a day but I can honestly say I’m getting faster and am coming up with a pretty good system.

What sold for me:

(Note the first four in this list I sold directly to a buyer not on Poshmark, and one sold on Instagram, again directly to a buyer)

  1. Potters Pot Long Sleeve Sheer Blouse – $10
  2. Ambiance Apparel Top – $15
  3. Venezia Denim Jacket – $15
  4. Sam Eddleman Sandals – $25
  5. Gap Striped Top – $12
  6. Lane Bryant Wide Leg Dress Pants – $16
  7. Evan Picone Blazer – $20
  8. Eloquii Plus Size Top – $18
  9. Style & Co Jeans – $16
  10. Eileen Fisher Top – $19
  11. Jones New York Top – $16
  12. Pinkblush Top – $19
  13. LOFT Ruffle Top – $18
  14. Graphic Tee – $10
  15. Velzera Boho Tunic – $20

Overall it was an amazing sales week for me! Notice, the majority of the brands I sold are not super popular brands. Again, my goal is quantity to get to quality. Sifting through large quantities of clothes will help me figure out what are my best sellers. Hence my goal of 3,000 listings by December 2019.

I know there are a lot of sellers who won’t “waste time” selling items that sell for less than $30 but for now, as a relatively new reseller I’m not quite so picky.

Also, I think its important for people who have access to what is considered lower end brands to know that they can sell those items, but with the realistic expectation that they may have a lower sale price.

How was your week on Poshmark? Tell me about it in the comments below.

Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN

P.S. If you’re not signed up for my Poshmark Tips Newsletter you can do that HERE. I send you an email twice a month with Poshmark highlights from my month that may benefit you in your own Poshmark business. 

Hugs,

Bria

 

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

Curvy Girl Resale: Poshmark Week in Review #7

Week of December 24th – December 30th

As was expected it was an extremely slow week leading up to Christmas.

However, I did manage to snag my very first host pick! My host pick was a pair of Just Black Skinny Jeans with a zipper on the ankles.

I was shocked that they sold within two hours of being selected as a host pick y’all! There is a common consensus among fellow resellers, that a host pick doesn’t necessarily help your item sell any faster. I’m inclined to agree.

While I do think it was a rarity that it sold so quickly, I am grateful for a positive first experience with having an item selected as a host pick.

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Alright, lets get to some numbers for the week:

  1. Total Items Sold: 4
  2. Gross Sales: $87
  3. Average sale price or ASP: $21.75
  4. Total active listings: 127
  5. Total listings: 232

What Sold:

  1. Gray Talbots Blazer (14W) – $35
  2. Black Biker style jacket with fringe – $25
  3. Charlotte Russe Button Down – $13
  4. Cable & Gauge Plus Size Tunic – $18

2019 GOALS

We are officially in 2019 and I want to share with you what my Poshmark goals are for 2019. First, let me tell you why I set this gigantic goal for myself.

I believe the best way to learn is through experimentation. There is no blog post I’m going to read, or Youtube video I’m going to watch that will tell me what works for ME!

The only way I will really learn what works for Curvy Girl Resale is experimentation. So, my strategy for this next year then is quantity to get to quality.

My goal: 3000 listings on Poshmark by December 2019.

I can accomplish this goal by listing 10 items a day, six days a week with Saturdays off. I’m not shooting for 3,000 active listings, but 3,000 total listings including active and sold items.

It is also my goal to grow my Instagram to 13,000 followers. There are those in the reseller community who don’t see the importance of having a social media strategy. However, I think if you want to treat this like a business, most businesses have an online marketing/social media strategy so I plan to as well. 

I’m gaining followers on Instagram but I’m also experimenting with running Facebook Ads weekly to grow a fan page on Facebook. There are those who spend several hundred dollars a month on sharing services that will share their closets for them. I’m interested to see what happens if instead of investing in a sharing service I invest in Facebook ads.

As Gary Vee says, Facebook ads are SUPER underpriced right now. So, I’m going to experiment with running ads to drive traffic to my Poshmark closet. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

You may be wondering why Facebook and not Instagram? I discovered through market research that my ideal customer spends quite a bit of time on Facebook and not so much Instagram. I plan to test it out and report back.

How was your week on Poshmark? Tell me about it in the comments below.

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN 

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

How to Share Likes to a Customer’s Bundle on Poshmark

I have several different sales strategies in my toolbox for Poshmark and today I want to share one with you: direct sharing likes to the customer’s bundle.

When a customer likes multiple items in my closet, I often share those likes to their bundle and make them an offer.

Often customers don’t realize that if they put all of their likes together they’ll save on shipping and likely get a better deal.

Some sellers might argue against sharing likes to their bundle. Their argument is the customer could do it themselves if they were interested in bundling, but 9 times out of 10 customers aren’t even sure what our signs that say “bundle your likes for a discount” even mean.

Sharing likes to their bundle can be a little confusing though, so today I’m going to show you how I do it. We’re going to use my husband’s closet for the example.

First I had the hubs go like multiple things in my closet.

So once they have liked multiple items, go to their profile and click on their shopping bag icon in the top right corner to get to their bundle.

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Once you’re there, click on those little ellipses in the top right corner.

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Once you click those several options will pop up. Click “switch to sell view.”

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Now, once in sell view you will see EVERYTHING they have liked from your closet at the bottom of their bundle. Click the share button.

There will be several users bubbles in your recent section next to the search icon. His is first because I was just on his account. I then click his bubble and it shares my item directly to him.

Go through and share each of the items they have liked. You’ll need to refresh the page so they all appear.

Once they are all shared you can make an offer.

After I have shared and made an offer I will also leave a comment.

DO NOT just send the offer and run lol. Good customer service is reaching out to your customers and communicating effectively with them.

Hope this helps those of you guys who seriously struggle with how to add likes to a bundle. I know it was a struggle for me until I figured it out.

Hugs,

Bria

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Curvy Girl Resale: Poshmark Week In Review #6

Week of December 10th – December 16th

I am slowly adding more tools to my reselling toolbox. This past weekend the hubs and I picked up a new dress form mannequin from Hobby Lobby. Oh the looks he got carrying that thing through Hobby Lobby.

He is such a trooper.

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I have also resumed sending out the Poshmark Tips Newsletter every two weeks. If you’re not on the list already, you can sign up HERE.

NUMBERS FOR THE WEEK:

  1. Total items sold: 7
  2. Total sales: $97
  3.  Average sale price this week: $13.86
  4. Total active listings: 101
  5. Total listings (counting actives and solds): 197 – For those of you who are new to Poshmark, your total listings includes actives and solds. Sold listings cannot be deleted.

WHAT SOLD: 

  1. Infinity scarf $8 (I think I’m done picking up scarves. Profit margin way too low)
  2. Kasper Cardigan $18 (Cardigan’s seem to be the way to go for me)
  3. Stitchfix Cardigan $20
  4. Style & Co Plus Size Top $9 (Do not plan to pick up anymore Style & Co)
  5. Lauren Ralph Lauren Top $12
  6. Kim Rogers Ugly Christmas Sweater $15
  7. Ugly Christmas Sweater $15

Cardigans do really well for me so I will continue to pick those up. Also, I was really surprised by how well ugly Christmas sweaters did in my closet this year. I plan to stock up on those year round so that next Christmas I will have plenty to list!

This was my first Christmas season as a reseller, but I sold every single Christmas sweater I listed this year. I think there were about 8 or 9 of them.

SOURCING

For the past few weeks, I have been purchasing clothes directly from friends before they take their items to Goodwill. I like this strategy and will continue to use it in the future.

I was able to source about 40 items from a friend’s cousin for a really good price.

My goal as of now is to list 3,000 items in 2019 so I need to be sourcing like a mad woman. I am inspired by people like Chris at Daily Refinement, and the podcast hosts for “The Scavenger Life.” They each have HUGE stores and that is my goal to.

There is a part of me that wonders how reasonable I’m being with this goal, but then I think, lets just see how big we can build this thing!

It’ll be interesting at the end of 2019 to see how close I came to actually hitting that goal.

RESELLER NEWS 

Mercari

In other news, Mercari has announced Mercari UK is coming to an end. I’m not a big user of Mercari but I know some of you are. I don’t know if this means anything for Mercari US but I’m sure it comes as a blow to sellers in the UK who have a lot invested in Mercari.

The last day for buying and selling will be January 15, 2019. You can read the full article HERE.

Here you will find the full article from the Mercari UK website.

How was your week on Poshmark? Tell me about it in the comments below.

P.S. Want to stay connected? Follow me on Instagram @CurvyGirlResaleTN and Poshmark @CurvyGirlTN 

Hugs,

Bria