I spoke to Janani U, @jananirose, (https://poshmark.com/closet/jananirose) a Poshmark seller who has 1200 sales in her 4 years and 345 active listings. Here are some of the things that we talked about:
Tell me about your process so people know what goes into being a Poshmark seller?
One of the great things about Poshmark is that it is a platform set up for anyone, from a seasoned seller to someone just wanting to clear out their own closet. The ease of listing combined with the simplicity of shipping means that you don’t have to be “a reseller” in order to sell on Poshmark. For me as a full-time reseller, I source inventory at thrift stores, estate sales, yard sales, etc. I write descriptions for each item and include details that would help a potential buyer get a good understanding of the item, such as the closure (button, zipper, etc.) and if the fabric has stretch. Because sizing varies greatly across brands, I also include measurements for every item. I then take photographs, again trying to capture any details such as embroidery or graphics.
What advice do you have for buyers and sellers on Poshmark?
For buyers, I would say the most helpful thing when buying online is to know your own measurements. Sizing varies and knowing your own numbers will help give you the best idea as to how an item will fit. You can also use a garment you already own, measure that piece, and then use those measurements to compare with an item that you’re interested in. Also, ask questions! Sellers are more than happy to answer questions about the item. For new sellers who are just starting out, there’s no need to buy inventory at stores or yard sales – start with your own closet! Pick a few pieces that you haven’t worn in a while and use those as your first listed items. For new & seasoned sellers, being honest about the condition of the item is important. Buyers understand that if they’re buying a used piece of clothing, it might not be in pristine condition. Just do your best to explain and photograph any and all flaws. Take clear pictures, ship packages promptly, and, if possible, share your closet once a day.
How do you feel sales have been during the pandemic?
Poshmark, and online reselling in general, is one of those businesses where you get from it as much as you put in. For me, my sales ebbed and flowed with my own energy & time spent on the business. I did notice that formal wear, business/office wear, and high heels were not as popular. As people were working from home and not going to fancy functions, clothing became all about comfort.
Any advice you have for first-time shoppers on Poshmark?
Each selling platform has its own rules, so it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Poshmark using their guide (found here: https://poshmark.com/posh_guide ) If you’re interested in an item, ask the seller questions if you have any, view all the photos and read through the description There is a “bundle” feature on Poshmark that is great to use – you add items from the same seller to your bundle and you can send one offer on all the items. As long as the bundle weighs less than 5 lbs., you only pay one shipping fee of $7.45; as a bonus, sellers are more likely to offer a higher discount and/or free shipping on bundle orders.