Top 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t be Shopping: You Should be Poshing

1. Deep discount prices. You can literally pay $4 for a brand name pair of jeans. Don’t believe me? You can search and filter by ‘Sold’ and see what people are actually paying for things. Do you really need 4 more reasons?! 

2. You’re money is supporting people like you. Some of us are trying to make a living by reselling clothes (my hand is raised), others are stay at home moms trying to supplement their household incomes, and some are just trying to save up for a nice vacation. No matter the reason, your purchase helps women and men just like you, trying to pay the bills, instead of huge corporations trying to impress shareholders. 

3. You’re saving the planet. I’m guilty of this. You are over your life, so you start cleaning out your house. First stop is your closet and while you intend to donate your old clothes, at some point you’re sick of it all and throw them in the trash. They are off to the dump and will spend eternity in the landfill taking up space. I could go on and on about the carbon footprint you make by purchasing brand new clothes, but that would take a lot of research and I’m too lazy for that. 
4. You’re supporting the U.S. Postal Service. Um hello, remember when email came around and the Post Office almost went bankrupt?

5. You can stay in bed watching The Bachelor in Paradise. You don’t have to go anywhere! And the stores never close! 
Happy Poshing!

-D

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The Short Version

I started my resale journey on February 19, 2016. I’m about 5 months in and can’t even being to tell you how much I’ve learned. I started years ago selling things on Craigslist. I was mildly successful with selling big things from around the house. But I knew that clothing wouldn’t sell there. So after I lost my job in February, I started researching different sites. I’d been selling shoes sporadically on Tradesy for a few years. I’d sold a brand new wedding gown there. But it wasn’t a site that was very known. So I researched. In February I started with Totspot. Trevie had outgrown so much that my garage and his room were overflowing with boxes of old clothes. So I knew there was some money there. From Totspot I joined every other resale app that I could find. I was very reluctant to join Poshmark because it did not appeal to me. I thought it was for high end, designer clothing. Something I didn’t have and couldn’t afford to buy, even at used clothing prices. But I finally bit the bullet and signed up. Whoa. Life changing for me. 

I started posting everything I could find around my house to sell. I was listing on Poshmark, Totspot, Mercari, Tradesy, Vinted, eBay, OfferUp, and occasionally on Craigslist depending on the item.  

There is so much that has to be done for every single item that you list. It became much more than just snapping a picture and posting. 

In May, I got burnt out. I stopped posting anything, and if I had something sell I would cancel the sale because I did not even want to go through the process of wrapping, writing a thank you card, boxing it, and shipping. It was just too much for me at that point. 

I took a few weeks off, then in June I slowly started to Posh again. But that was it, and still is for the most part. I still occasionally post on Tradesy or Mercari depending on the item, but I’m staying focused on Poshmark and building my brand there. 

So why am I focused on Poshmark instead of one of the other sites that I was equally as successful on? Poshmark is a community. It’s a culture. I have made actual friends on there! It is women helping women. They are there when you get burnt out to tell you it’s ok. They are there when no one has bought anything all week to tell you it’s been a slow month for them too! We lift each other up and even pray for each other. No other resale site is remotely like this. 

If you are tempted to join one of these sites, but don’t know where to start, join Poshmark. You will gain so much by getting rid of your old stuff!

– D