If you’re like me right now, you’re doing a bit of spring cleaning. Which always includes a big reassessment of my closet as I transition from winter to spring clothes. It’s funny how our styles change over time and things I used to LOVE just don’t speak to me anymore.
And now that I started selling clothes on Poshmark, I usually assess all the items I purge from my closet and see if I should list them there before taking them to a buy, sell, trade store or just donating. I’m happy with making just a few dollars on items from my personal closet on Poshmark, especially considering that my closet is mostly filled with affordable mall brands like Old Navy, Gap, Target, and Kohl’s.
While selling an item from one of these stores on Poshmark probably isn’t going to result in a $50 sale, so far in 2020 I’ve made over $160 collectively from selling items from my personal closet.
So if you’re looking to make a little extra cash from items in your closet that aren’t designer this post is for you. I’m going to first start out by sharing some of my personal closet sales and strategies, and then share some tips on how to start doing it yourself. I’ll share a bit about how selling on Poshmark works, how to get free shipping supplies delivered to your door, and what else to expect.
Try to Sell Items on Poshmark that Stand Out
A graphic tee, a colorful print, or a fun texture will usually get people to stop scrolling and take a second look at something. It’s a visual platform, and while some people might be looking for basics, I doubt that secondhand mall brands are what they’re looking for. If you didn’t know, the buyer pays for shipping on the Poshmark platform. It’s a flat rate of $7.11 (as of 2020), and then state taxes apply. So if you’re selling a plain tee from Old Navy for $5, the buyer ends up paying $12+ in shipping and state taxes if they purchase that item. Since you can buy a brand new plain tee from Old Navy for less than that, it doesn’t have a high chance of selling well.
Buyers are looking for fun prints, beading, sequins, embroidery and other special details on items that they can’t find in store anymore. If you have items in your personal closet that fit that mold, definitely list them on Poshmark and be as descriptive as you can in the listing.
I sold this Old Navy Sweatshirt with the cute ‘Pardon My French’ saying for $10, and was one of my first personal closet Poshmark sales. For sales under $15, Poshmark fees are a flat $2.95, so my profit from this sale was $7.05. Like I said before, anything is better than nothing when selling mall brands from your own closet!
As a small caveat to this tip, I will say that I have sold older pairs of jeans on Poshmark that are nothing special with success. If you bring lower rise jeans to a buy, sell, trade store they probably won’t take them, but I can still sell them for about $8-$10 on Posh. I always include measurements (inseam, rise, and waist) when listing jeans since numeric sizing is all over the place even from the same brands.
Bundle Similar Items From Your Personal Closet
If your item isn’t special enough to be sold on it’s own but you have multiples of a similar item, consider bundling them in one listing. I’ve done this lately with a lot of success! In fact, I love buying this way on Poshmark. Instead of buying a bunch of Lululemon tanks from different closets, I look for bundle listings in my size so that I only have to pay for shipping on one purchase. It’s how you can get the best value.
I had two of the same Champion from Target workout tanks in different colors that I didn’t really wear anymore. They’re plain active wear tops that I really wouldn’t expect anyone to buy alone, but I put them together in one listing and they sold for $10. I also have done this with a set of 4 work pants that I don’t need, and even gently used sports bras!
Run a Bundle Discount on Non Similar Items
Most of the items I sell from my personal closet I label as 3/$15 in the title and explain in the listing that a buyer can bundle three items labelled 3/$15 to receive the $15 price. Most of the items marked this way are priced individually around $6-$12, so this is definitely a deal for buyers. This works well because what I sell from my personal closet is around the same size and style.
Here’s an example of a 3/$15 bundle that sold.
Sometimes buyers still purchase an item labeled 3/$15 outright, which is totally fine! Like I’ve said before, getting something is better than nothing when selling from your personal closet so I don’t care how they’re sold. The bundle just makes it easier to have a faster turnaround with more items.
Poshmark fees for bundles or items sold at $15 or over are 20%, so after that my profit is $12.
General Tips and Info
Even if you feel like your item isn’t super unique or can’t be bundled go ahead and list it! Resellers always say that there’s a buyer out there for everything.
Now that I’ve shared some strategies that work for me, I’ll pass along some general tips when selling on Poshmark.
- Make sure your items are clean and wrinkle free.
- Take good photos of your items – you don’t need a professional setup, but natural light will look best and you can edit them on your phone afterward to adjust the colors correctly.
- Be honest in your listing about the condition – don’t try and hide flaws! A return on an item that only sells for $10 isn’t worth it, and you’d be surprised at what people will buy with flaws.
- Be as descriptive as possible in the title. Instead of “White Skirt” try “Target Button Front Denim Midi Skirt White Small.”
- After an item sells you have 7 days to ship, but it’s expected that you ship within 2.
- Your shipping label is already paid for so you can just drop the package off in the post office dropbox.
- You will only receive your earnings from the sale after your buyer receives the item and accepts it. Then you can deposit the money in your account.
I also want to mention that Poshmark is a social platform. Follow others, share their listings, and share yours often! I recommend once a day at least, and more if you’re able. Sharing your items brings them to the top of the ‘Just Shared’ section and will get more eyes on it.
How to Ship Your Items For Almost Free
Once you sell an item Poshmark will email you the priority shipping label that you need to print and attach to your packaged item.
If you follow any Poshmark resellers on Instagram, you probably see tons of super cute polymailer bags with pineapples or sushi rolls or cats all over them. Yes, they are super cute, but they also cost money and probably aren’t worth the cost when you’re selling mall brands from your personal closet. Instead, you can get free shipping supplies from USPS to package your sales.
There are actually a lot of free supplies you can get delivered to your door (yes, free shipping on free shipping supplies!), but I’m going to recommend ordering the the priority padded envelope. I ship around 90% of my sales (personal closet or otherwise) in this envelope. I like the padding for a bit of protection, and it’s self-sealing so I don’t have to bother with packing tape. I can fit tops, dresses, lightweight sweaters, and even jeans in this envelope. If you’re not shipping anything bulky then I would recommend sticking with these.
If you are selling shoes, bulkier sweaters, or something a bit bigger I would go for this medium flat rate box. It is not self sealing so you have to use packing tape to close it up, but it works really well for shoes. If you plan on selling bundles, this box work well for that, too.
(I also love this customs form envelope. It isn’t always available, but it eliminates having to use packing tape to adhere your label so snag it if you can!)
I said almost free in the heading because you will need a printer and paper to print your labels…you can’t get those shipped for free to you from USPS! So you need to have those already, as well as packing tape to stick your shipping label to the package.
Now I will also note that if you already have packing material you don’t have to use USPS Priority Mail envelopes or boxes. I’ve re-used old Amazon Prime boxes and other packing material I have on hand. Just put the Poshmark shipping label on it and it’s good to go.
I hope this post helps you start turning your closet clear out into a little extra cash! Let me know in the comments or reach out to me on Instagram if you have any questions!
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