So you want to get started selling on Poshmark? I began selling earlier this year and haven’t looked back! Not only is it fun and exciting when you sell something, but the Poshmark community is one of the most supportive around. One of the biggest reasons for this is that there is no major competition because we all have different things to sell and different experiences.
In 6 months I have sold over 200 items and have made nearly $4000 dollars by selling some of my own wardrobe as well as thrifted pieces. I have learned so much in these first 6 months that I wanted to share! You can shop my closet right here!
There’s so much information going around about what to do and what not to do when you are starting out as well as what to expect. Here are 6 tips for your new Poshmark venture!
6 Tips To Getting Started on Poshmark
Expect to invest time in the beginning
Building up your closet is a time-consuming process. You will need to photograph, edit, upload, look for comps (what the pieces have sold for in the past to price accordingly) describe, and list your products. Get as many as you can up at once to get that closet stocked because you won’t sell it if it’s not listed!
You don’t need fancy equipment for taking pictures
All you need is your phone, a clean white wall that gets good light, and a Command Hook to hang your garments and take your pics. Take SQUARE photos of the front, back, any flaws, tags, and measurements (if possible). Measurements are armpit to armpit, shoulder to hem, and waist on most garments. I have some great apps that I use for editing my photos:
All of these apps are available for Android and IOS and are super easy to use! Just make sure your photos are crisp, clear, bright, and the color is as accurate as possible.
Figure out how much your item is worth
This is actually easier than you think! Simply go to the app on your phone (or website on laptop/desktop) and search for the designer/brand. Then under filter choose the item type (dress, jeans, shoes, etc), color, and filter by sold items. You can dig deeper using keywords like “silk” or “wrap dress” as well as size. Don’t forget to check out condition too . The sold prices are called “comps” which means comparable value. find a good median between the highest and lowest price sold and that should be good! Don’t find the exact item? Look for something similar, paying special attention the the brand.
Keep in mind Poshmark takes 20% of your sale for items over $15 or $2.95 for items $15 or less. Poshmark will collect funds from the buyer and hold them until the buyer accepts or 3 days has passed since the item was delivered.Then you can get your money either via direct deposit (usually next day but it depends on your bank) or via mailed check. ALSO – set your price a little higher (20%-30% above the lowest offer you will take) so that you have wiggle room with offers.
Time to list
- Listing is really easy. I prefer to do it from my phone but desktop works too.
- From your phone:
- Click the camera icon in the bottom bar
- Upload your edited photos (up to 8)
- Choose a cover photo – the best one to show off what you are selling
- Filter – I prefer no filter but that’s up to you. Most users will not choose a filter.
- Choose a descriptive title that includes the brand, color, style, and a descriptive keyword or two if you can fit it. Example: “Free People Boho Asymmetrical Cream Mini Dress”
- Description should be very descriptive – sleeve style, heel height, measurements if you want to include them, size, and fabric as well as any other keywords that can describe the item as this will be used in searches on both Poshmark and Google:
- “Cute and flirty mini dress from Free People. 100% cotton with lace edging detail at the handkerchief hem and neckline. Scoop neck and cap sleeves. Measures approximately 18″ from armpit to armpit and 28″ from shoulder to hem. Cream/ecru. Hippie style looks great with ankle boots! Gently worn with no obvious signs of wear. See photos.”
- Select size, style, color, brand, and if you know the original price. If not put $0 (you must put a price in that field). Your selling price can be a bit above what the lowest you will take (about 20%-25% higher) to make room for price drops and offers. Then click list and it’s for sale!
- If you start a listing but can’t finish it to go live you can hit “cancel” then “save draft”. To access drafts later go to list and in the photo upload field you’ll see a drafts option.
Sharing is important but prioritize your closet first
The two keys to having success on the Poshmark app are listing and sharing. Of course within those two tasks are best practices in how to do them effectively. I outlined above the basics of listing, but now comes sharing.
Sharing your own closet is much more important than sharing other closets and you need to prioritize YOUR closet before anyone else. You should strive for about 1000 shares a day. this sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t that much work. Of course this depends on the size of your closet too – try to share small closets 5-10 times a day and large closets (150 or more listings) at least twice a day. I find mid-morning and after dinner works for me.
How to share:
- Go to your closet.
- Under each listing you will see an icon that looks like two arrows in a square.
- Click and a new window pops up that says “to my followers”.
- Click that.
- Boom you have shared your listing!
Sharing your closet is important for a few reasons. For one, it shares to everyone who follows you. But more importantly it brings your listing to the top of the search feed. So if you share a Free People Dress it will push that listing up to the top in the “Free People” category as well as the “dresses” category. Keep in mind that when you share your closet it will ONLY go to your followers once per hour no matter how many times you share but it will continually push the listing to the top of category feeds.
You can also share to parties – there are several per day for specific brands or categories. Every night there is also a general category that you can share everything to. You can only share your listing once per party.
Sharing other closets is essentially a courtesy to other Poshers. It will help them a bit only if you have a larger following, but I have found it doesn’t help me too much when I get shares from other closets. I will reciprocate shares when I can but I don’t really stress about it. Of course it’s always nice to get to know your other Poshers through their closets and sharing when you can is a great way to do this. I have found pieces I ended up purchasing because I shared other closet listings.
Keep in mind – Poshmark is set up more like a search engine and less like a social platform. While getting to know your fellow Poshers is great and very helpful, I find that doing this off of the platform in Facebook groups or Instagram hashtags is a much better way to communicate with other sellers.
A few other things to remember…
- Offer To Likers is a GREAT tool for clearing out your closet. You will need to offer at least 10% off PLUS a shipping discount. Some sellers send offers daily, some weekly, some not at all. I have done daily and weekly and personally haven’t seen a major difference, so I tend to keep with a daily on items that have new likes to them (see your News feed to check those likes).
- Answer questions in a timely manner. Keeping the communication open will help with your sales! Don’t ignore those comments, if you can’t answer a question within a few hours respond with a time frame that you will be able to answer.
- Don’t be rude. I can’t believe I have to say this but I have seen and heard horror stories about sellers being rude to buyers or comments. Just don’t.
- Don’t stress about returns. Poshmark does not allow returns for fit but will allow a return for misrepresentation. Buyer found a flaw that you didn’t disclose? They may open a case and request a return. You may respond if you disagree, but it’s ultimately up to Poshmark to decide. I have always had the mentality of “be nice”. Put yourself in your buyer’s shoes. Most aren’t trying to pull a fast one. If a buyer is rude to you keep calm and professional.
- SHIPPING – I will have a whole other post on shipping but the main thing I can tell you is to ship within 2 days and protect the garment in a plastic bag. You can pretty up your packages but that’s not necessary. You can get free shipping supplies from USPS.
Hopefully these things will help you in your Poshmark journey, or at the very least get you started. I would love to hear your questions and what else you’d like to know o leave those comments below!