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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Career, Personal Life

Why I Am Grateful For a Career As a Reseller

There are a lot of varying opinions about a career as a reseller. While some view it as a necessary evil, a stop off on the way to whatever other career they’re pursuing, I view it with sheer gratitude.

Oh sure, I have days where I am irritated by how many different ways I’m asked to measure a shirt, but overall I feel like I have found a home in this profession.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane shall we? I’ll explain why. 

In 2013 I graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Growing up, it was my Dad’s dream for me to get good grades, go to college, graduate, and get an office job where I would be able to pay my bills.

I don’t blame my Dad for his assumption that a college degree would prevent me from having to live life the way we did growing up.

I mean my parents raised four kids on $25,000/year. I have NO idea how they did it. Thank God for government assistance programs.

It’s funny how little you actually know about life after college. While I was in college I majored in Psychology and was sure I would find a well paying job once I graduated.

However, what no one really explained to me, until it was too late, is that about the only way to get a job in your field with a Psychology degree is to go to graduate school.

Bless my heart. I mean I could’ve worked in HR somewhere with a Psychology degree, but I kept running into the problem of they wanted you to have at least two years of work experience before they would even consider you for the position.

Ummm hello, I literally just graduated from college five minutes ago. The only work experience I had was waitressing.

I thought I would never find a job, but I got a lucky break and was hired on at the non profit I interned for a few months before graduating.

Post college 2013 in my first job for Madison County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) 

I loved my boss. She was my first experience with working for someone who actually cared about you.

Fast forward to 2018 and I was on my fourth office job in five years. I often wondered if there was something wrong with me. I was a hard worker no doubt, but after about a year in each of those jobs I started to feel like a caged animal.

My migraines would increase in frequency and each Sunday was torture as I thought about having to go into work the next morning.

Honestly, none of the jobs were terrible jobs. They paid well, my bosses were nice (well most of them), and the work wasn’t difficult.

My problem? I realized after lots of journaling and self reflection that I HATE sitting still.

Office work = sitting still. A LOT. There are meetings, more meetings, and did I mention that sometimes we would have meetings about meetings.

I am often surprised, when I look back that I never picked up a pencil and jabbed it through my eye while sitting in yet another boring ass compliance meeting.

“I have to get out of here,” I would often think to myself.

At this time, I was no stranger to entrepreneurship.

Since 2010 I had been apart of many different business. My very first one being a Network Marketing business, in a company called BeautiControl (they are no longer around).

I joined BeautiControl three different times before I was convinced network marketing wasn’t for me.

I think I kept going back because it was the only business opportunity I could see that would allow me to start without a major investment. All I really needed was my hard work and determination.

After the third try I finally gave up on BeautiControl and decided to start my own online business as a Weight Loss Coach.

In 2013 I lost 80lbs using diet and exercise and decided to start a blog called From Fluff 2 Fit. I will never forget how it felt to land my first coaching client. She handed me a check for more money than I had ever seen at one time.

I was able to land several clients before my husband at the time told me I was going to have to get a job because From Fluff 2 Fit wasn’t bringing in enough money to support our family. I was absolutely heartbroken.

I will never forget laying on my bathroom floor and crying my eyes out as I realized I would have to go back and get a corporate job. I wasn’t even that upset about the job. I was more upset that my business had failed.

It felt like I lost a person. Like something died. And something did die that day. My hopes and dreams that I could start and grow a successful online business.

Fast forward to 2018. I was in my fourth position since graduating from college and barely six months in I started to feel the cagey feeling again.

I had just finished Marie Forleo’s B-School. I had the tools to start a business but I knew I didn’t want to start another coaching business.

Over the years I learned two major things about myself: 1) I don’t like to sit still so office work is definitely not for me. 2) I prefer businesses that have actual physical products.

The “Laptop Lifestyle” and the “Digital CEO” is very popular. There are people online making millions of dollars running businesses that are purely digital with courses, ebooks, and online coaching.

I knew I didn’t want to build a business that way. So I started googling and eventually landed on Poshmark. I’d read a few articles about women making good money on a platform that allows them to sell used clothes online.

In July 2018, I was introduced to the world of reselling for the first time and I was hooked. In January 2019 I quit my office job to go back to waitressing and build my resale business “Curvy Girl Resale.”

In that time I have come to feel so grateful for a profession that feels like home for me. Sure, it is HARD freaking work. Sourcing and steaming and listing and constantly feeling like you don’t know what the hell you are doing.

But as I am waitressing while I’m building my business I realized that reselling is not nearly as hard as being a waitress. I will take reselling ANY DAY.

For example, one night at work I had a party of 16 BY MYSELF. First, it was 100 degrees in our restaurant at the time and I could not stop sweating.

Secondly I literally ran my ass off with drink refills, and fry refills, and extra this and extra that to make $55.

Now, as a waitress a $55 tip is AMAZING!! But when I think about how hard I had to work to make that $55 I realize reselling is hard but its not THAT hard.

I mean as a reseller I could sell six items for $20 and end up with a $55 profit after fees and cost of goods are removed.

Honestly its all hard, I guess you just have to pick your hard.

One night at work, I had a lady ask me for coke with light ice. Okay, so I brought her a coke with light ice. She looked at it and looked at me and said “This is light ice?!”

And my customer service person, not the real me, said “Oh I’m sorry mam, is that too much ice? Let me take that back and put less ice in there for you!”

Like I said reselling is easier…

I am grateful for these experiences as a waitress though because it gives me perspective. When I grow tired of reselling I will remember what I endured as a waitress.

The back pain, the long nights, the rude customers, the rude cooks (because cooks and servers generally don’t get along. They think we’re all dumb and that somehow they’re better than us…it’s annoying).

Not to mention my income potential as a reseller is so much higher than it is as a waitress.

So, I am grateful for my career as a reseller, because after years of searching for where I fit, I feel like I have finally found my place as a reseller.

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.

 

 

 

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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

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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

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

Curvy Girl Resale: Poshmark Week In Review #5

Curvy Girl Resale Weekly Review: Week of December 3rd – December 9th

So I finally gave in and bought some cute poly mailers, and they did not disappoint! I still plan to ship some of my items with Priority Mail Boxes from the post office but I do like these poly mailers for smaller packages.

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I’m reflecting today on the ups and the downs of the past few months. Today I am grateful that when I started Poshmark in August, I made a pact with myself that this would be a year long experiment.

I made a pact with myself that no matter how difficult this next year was that I wasn’t allowed to quit until the year was up. That I had to see the experiment through. I am so glad I made that pact with myself because if I hadn’t I would have already quit.

The first two months on Poshmark were impossibly hard. I couldn’t figure it out and I expected things to sell a lot faster than they did.

I remember my longest stint without a sale was 20 days!! Honestly I don’t know how I didn’t quit, aside from the fact that I had made a pact with myself to see the year through. My second longest stint without a sale was 9 days, and my third longest was five days.

Now, four months in, I rarely go two days without a sale. I am so grateful I stuck it out!

Alright lets get to some numbers:

  1. Total Active Listings: 94
  2. Total Listings: 185
  3. Total sales this past week: 13 (14 items sold. One sale was a bundle)

I had my best weekend on Poshmark this past weekend. Saturday morning before 1:00 I sold six items.

Then Sunday I sold three more items. One of them was a coat that sold for full asking price from a guest buyer. I did a happy dance all over my living room and my husband looked at me like I was a lunatic. It happens lol.

Take a look at the images below. Here is what sold for me this past week:

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Sometimes I think I’m crazy putting my numbers out there for everyone to see. But then I remind myself I’m not doing it to say “look at me and what I sold.” I’m doing it because this is a year long experiment for me and I’m using this blog as a place to track my data and go back and look and see what worked for me. 

I also think its helpful for people to see what sells for someone else. My goal right now is not a $30 average sale price (or ASP). My goal right now is to sell enough clothes and gather enough data to be able to know what items bring in the highest sale price.

I prefer the volume approach (selling a lot more for a lower price point). This helps me have small wins. If I were selling a ton of higher priced items I would go longer in between a sale, because more expensive things take longer to move.

Maybe its impatient of me, but I like quick flips. This is MY strategy and doesn’t necessarily mean its the right one for everyone, but for now its the right one for me.

Because while everyone’s trying to get rich flipping high dollar items I’ll be over here crushing it with $12-$20 sales. This won’t be my strategy forever I’m sure, but for right now it works.

Finally, lets be real about how much I have fallen in love with thrifted clothing. I bought this absolutely beautiful jacket to put for sale in my Poshmark closet. I tried it on to check the fit and well…I kept it. Womp womp. But I LOOOVVVVEEE it.

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How was your week on Poshmark? Leave me a comment and tell me about it.

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

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Curvy Girl Resale: Poshmark Week In Review #3

So far this week, November 19th – November 25th, I’m up to 78 active listings. My goal is to get to 100 active listings. I did make it to 81 active listings but then I sold a few items and it knocked me back down to 78. I am constantly listings and selling so the number goes up and down.

Total listings though, including sold listings is 138.

Now lets talk about what sold for me this week on Poshmark.

I had three bundle sales (meaning the customer purchased more than one item) and five single item sales.

So what sold? Here’s a quick photo snapshot of what sold this past week for me. 

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You’ll notice that some of these items are priced really low. Those are what we call “bad buys” and not things that I intend to pick up again. They were also some of my first purchases so I didn’t really know what I was doing when sourcing.

I will definitely continue to buy more plaid, especially for this time of year. I was shocked  when the Panama City Beach shirt sold. When I bought it I thought to myself “No one is going to buy this!”

I have got to stop doing that though, because usually the things I say no one is going to buy are the things that end up selling.

 

 

In other news I am extremely grateful for my husband who is always willing to drop off my packages for me at the post office. Also, I may be creating a monster because the hubs started a Mercari store and has four items listed and he is hunting for more.

Y’all should see how excited he gets talking about his store. Love him! ❤

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I have achieved most of the goals I set for myself for the month of November.

My first goal was to get to 720 Instagram followers and I far exceeded that goal. At the time of this blog post I’m up to 969 followers.

I am grateful to my reseller friend Honey.Rags on Instagram. She gave me a shoutout and I got an influx of followers from her post. You can find her on youtube HERE. She is awesome! Watch all of her Poshmark videos!

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

Hugs,

Bria

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

 

 

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Curvy Girl Resale: Poshmark Week In Review #2

This past week, November 12th-November 18th, started off slow. I went four days without a sale. However, Friday before 9:00 a.m. I sold two items back to back and then Saturday I sold my very first five piece bundle!!

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I hesitate to make any predictions based off of these results however. I am learning about the only solid prediction I have about Poshmark is that just when you think something is working in your favor and caused you to make a sale, when you replicate those exact same actions they don’t necessarily result in a sale a second time. Womp womp

I will however, draw the conclusion that the weekends are prime selling time. I may be spinning my wheels during the week spending so much time self sharing my closet when people are more likely to buy either on the weekend or around payday.

What sold in the bundle? Two Michael Kors shirts that I have had listed literally since I started on Poshmark in August. A sleeveless shirt from Maurices and a sleeveless shirt from Kohl’s. The brand was Roz & Ali.

The other items I sold over the weekend were a pair of Gap Jeans size 18 and a “I’m Not Bossy I’m the Boss 2X” sweatshirt.

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My closet does focus on sizes large and up. Several times I have thought about branching into smaller sizes, but from my online marketing days I know it is better to have a niche market to begin with.

The specialist always makes more than the general practitioner. One of my favorite online marketing experts loves to say “If you’re talking to everybody, you’re talking to nobody.”

So far this month I have listed 40 new items in my closet. My goal is to list 50 per month. That feels like an attainable/sustainable goal for me, especially since I’m working full time.

My goal for this month was also to get to 21,000 followers and I have crushed that goal. I changed up my following strategy and it really helped.

As a Poshmark Ambassador, I automatically get several followers a day who are brand new to the app. I have noticed, that most new people automatically start out following 142 people.

I go find new people who only have one listing but are following 142 people, and then I follow all 142 of those people. Why? Because I have noticed that these tend to be active users who are more likely to follow back.

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I know this strategy is working for me, because I started the month at 19,500 followers. The month is not over yet, but I am at 21,547 followers.

My favorite thing about Poshmark is setting these goals for myself every month and then working my but off to accomplish them.

It’s not easy, but despite the madness I do find it kind of fun.

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

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

Hugs,

Bria