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: My Week In Review #1

So I want to make sure I’m documenting my entire year on Poshmark. At this point I’ve been on Poshmark for about 3 and a half months. I have learned so much, but I still feel like there is so much to learn. To date I have sold 47 items and I have 77 active listings.

The biggest challenge I’m facing right now is growing my store while working full time. Did I mention I have two kids ages 8 and 3 and I’m married? There are literally some days that make me feel like I’m drowning.

Whiteboards are my life saver right now. I can write out my entire day at a glance on my whiteboards. I can write out the month’s goals and easily see them using my white boards.

Right now I’m getting up at 5:45 every morning. I was getting up at 4:45, but I’m just mean and overly emotional when I haven’t had enough sleep so I decided to dial that back a bit and get an extra hour of sleep. Nobody wants to be around bitchy Bria.

Even still, I’m getting up at 5:45 and I am on the go from the time I wake up until about 9:00 every night when my husband has to practically pry my phone out of my hand.

Okay maybe that is being a bit dramatic, but by 9:00 I do feel the guilt of spending so much time on my phone, but Poshmark kind of requires it.

I’m now to the point where I’m transferring my Poshmark earnings to my bank account every Wednesday. I keep a separate account for the business so that profit and loss is easier to track. The amount I transfer weekly is nothing to write home about, but its usually somewhere in between $30-$50.

Community sharing is a huge part of Poshmark, but my sales from last week came mostly from self sharing my closet. I am still community sharing, but not nearly to the level I was in the beginning. Instead, I am investing my time in getting more listings up, self sharing my closet, and studying sold listings.

I’m at 78 available listings right now. My first goal is 100 active listings. The funny thing though is that I’m having a hard time getting to 100 because every time I get close to 80 I sell like 5 or 6 items and it knocks me down.

This is a good problem to have. I imagine when things slow down for the summer I’ll really be able to get that number up in preparation for the Fall and Winter months. I am in several Facebook groups where a couple of people say December is also a slow month for resellers. This is my first December as a reseller so I’ll be interested to see.

So far, my longest time in between sales was 20 days. Y’all, honestly, I do not know how I didn’t quit during those 20 days. It was so frustrating but I refused to give up. I knew there was more I needed to learn.

I usually go about 3 days with no sales and then multiple sales on the fourth day.With Poshmark, as with any business really, PATIENCE is the key.

Last week’s sales included:

  • A Karen Roger’s Fleece Zip Up Vest
  • A bundle sale of an old navy sleeveless top, that has been in my closet since I started in August, and an ugly Christmas sweater vest
  • Another ugly Christmas sweater that was plus size

I deposit my money once a week from my Poshmark earnings. My goal is to deposit $100 every week into my account from Poshmark.

Also, the highlight of my week came in the form of a new feature within the app on Poshmark. Now, instead of having to open a listing to share it from your phone, there is a share button directly under the listing. So now, all you have to do is hit that share icon, click share to followers and boom its shared. Whereas previously you had to do like four clicks to share one item. Happy happy joy joy.

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Do you sell on Poshmark? What was your week like? Tell me about in the comments below. 

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

Hugs,

Bria

 

 

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

How to Start Selling on Poshmark

Selling on Posh

I’m in my second month on Poshmark, a clothing app that lets you buy and sell new and used fashion.

In the almost two months I’ve been on the app I’ve sold 16 items and I’m happy with that! I do think Poshmark has a TON of potential as a legitimate side hustle, which is why I have committed to a year on the platform no matter how slowly items sell sometimes. My closet is CurvyGirlTN.

 

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I do think I may need to lower my expectations just a bit. Selling on Posh is awesome, but if you’re expecting your items to fly off the shelf (or out of your closet rather), I’m going to encourage you to simmer down a bit.

My biggest lesson so far: it takes TIME to sell your items on Posh. I’m learning to be okay with that.

If you’re considering stepping into the reselling arena, I’ve got some tips to help you get started on Poshmark.

Step 1: Start with items from your personal closet.

Clean out your own personal closet and list those items you’re wanting to get rid of, just make sure they are still in good condition! My rule for deciding wether an item is in good condition is “Is this something I would buy if I was at Goodwill?” If its worn to death and stained, don’t list it. If you wouldn’t buy it, don’t list it.

Step 2: Take good photos of your items.

When photographing your items to list, use a clean, plain background with good lighting to capture your picture.

I have two different places I take pictures in my house. One is this plain wall in the back of my house. The other is the hardwood floor in my dining room. This is where I do my flat lay photos.

If you’re doing flat lays, make sure the surface you are using looks clean. Some buyers do get bent out of shape about items being photographed on the floor. Most do not care if its staged cute.

Also, items on Poshmark need to be formatted square to be uploaded correctly. If you have an iPhone you can take your photos in square mode to save you some time.

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This 41 Hawthorne shirt by Stitch Fix, sold within a week of being listed.

 

Step 3: List your items and write good descriptions.

When listing your items, describe your item, including the style of shirt, condition, and measurements. Measurements are optional, but I do think it helps people’s buying decision if the listing has measurements.

For example, if you are selling a long sleeve red shirt from Express, you would make the title “Express Long Sleeve Red Top – Size L.” Then, in the description include shirt measurements, armpit to armpit and shoulder to hem. You may also put something like “great preloved condition” in the description as well. You may also want to include the material it is made out of.

The more information you give people the higher your chances that your item will sell.

Step 4: Self share your closet DAILY.

This updates your listing in the app and helps it show up in search when someone searches for that particular item. You can hit the share button on your item, however a lot of people recommend the ENL (Edit, Next, List) method for sharing your items.

I have been told that this increases the chances that your listing will show up in search more than just simply sharing it does. How to ENL? In the app click on one of your items. In the top right click edit, then click next, then click list.

This process shares the item and updates it at the same time.

Step 5: Follow other people, but especially follow new people.

The new poshers are likely to be the buyers. Out of the sixteen sales I’ve made, at least half of those have been from people new to Poshmark.

Wondering how to find new people? Open the app. Click on your profile icon in the bottom right corner. Click on the “Find People” option. Click new people and wa la, there are your new poshers. I follow these people and comment on their meet the posher listing welcoming them to Poshmark.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of how to start selling on Poshmark. These are just the things that have been working for me.

Do you have tips for someone who is new to Poshmark? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Bria, @CurvyGirlTN on Posh

Follow me on Instagram: Curvy Girl Resale

 

 

Marketing and Business, Poshmark

Poshmark Insights from August

There are four days left in August and this will be my first full month on Poshmark. I joined July 24th. After four sales in my first two weeks it was straight up radio silence for 20 days!!! I swear I almost threw in the towel.

After much trial and error and perseverance I ended up selling 6 items after that twenty day drought. Now that there is money in my bank account I’m glad I didn’t quit despite the difficulty.

Here are a few of the things that sold in my closet on Poshmark this month:

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This Gorgeous Army Green Dress from Dress Barn

 

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This Naked Zebra Tank
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This graphic tee that says “Caffeine Loves Me”

 

Over the past month I have documented EVERYTHING in spreadsheets and Evernote to see what seems to be working and what doesn’t seem to be working.

Here are my insights from the month of August. This is my own personal experience and I realize different things work for different people.

Insight #1: More activity (listing, self sharing, community sharing, and following new Poshers) equals more likes, and more likes equals more offers to likers, and more offers to likers equals more sales.

There are some Poshers who think you should ONLY share your own closet. There are others who argue that it doesn’t really matter how many followers you have. There are others who believe community sharing 1000 items a day is the way to go.

In my experience its not one thing that helps you make sales on Poshmark, its a combination of ALL the things. Listing new items, self sharing your closet, following new Poshers, participating in parties, and community sharing.

Insight #2: Majority of the top sellers are averaging 20,000 self shares in a 30 day period. Right now I am sharing my closet four times a day. I have 45 active listings.

Insight #3: The 30 Minute Method is BAE! If you don’t know what the 30 Minute Method is you can find it HERE. It was created by Lyn Cromar who has an amazing Facebook group called Poshmark Analytics. You have to join Poshmark Analytics Sandbox group first, and then you graduate to the larger Poshmark Analytics group once you’ve completed the Sandbox requirements.

When I made my first four sales I had been doing the 30 Minute Method and then for some reason I got distracted and stopped. After 20 days of no sales I went back to doing it and then BAM sales! So I do believe it works, at least it works for me.

Insight #4: The evenings seem to be the time that people are most active on the app. I make it a goal to do at least an hour of Poshing each evening. I do the 30 Minute Method and attend parties in the evenings.

Insight #5: Photos have to be square when uploading them to Poshmark. This can be a pain in the rear end. However, if you have iPhone, when you take your photos just swap your camera over from the photo tab to square. Easy peesy.

What are some of your Poshmark insights? What things have you found allows you to have success on the app? 

Share in the comments below.

If you’re on Poshmark I would love for you to follow my closet “CurvyGirlTN

Hugs,

Bria

P.S. If you love wine and being around other supportive mamas, then you may consider joining my Facebook group “Mommy Needs Wine.” We share a lot of laughs, memes, and real life in this group. Grab a glass of wine and join the party! You can do that HERE