Do you need to make some extra money to make ends meet, pay down debt, or save for an upcoming expense or emergency fund?
Often, we have a ton of stuff lying around that we spent way too much on. Therefore, a great way to make extra money is to sell the unwanted clutter around your house.
Traditional methods like yard sales or consignment shops are great. But, selling apps like Poshmark, eBay, and Mercari are becoming more popular.
And from my experience, you can make more by selling online rather than the traditional ways.
I started selling on Poshmark as a side hustle a couple of years ago to minimize my clutter and make some extra money. I love Poshmark because
- The Poshmark app is easy to use.
- The buyers pay for shipping, so you don’t have to figure out shipping costs.
- Poshmark doesn’t do returns unless there is an issue not disclosed in the listing.
I actually loved selling on Poshmark so much that I started going to thrift stores for fun to find stuff to resell. I learned a lot during my reselling adventures about how to get sales on Poshmark.
So today, I am giving you some easy tips to help you get quick sales for some extra money.
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Tips for how to get sales on Poshmark
Whether you are a seasoned Poshmark seller or a complete beginner, learning new ways to increase your sales is helpful. So, here are the best Poshmark tips to help sell your stuff fast and make the extra money you need.
Set up your Poshmark account
First thing, you have to sign up for Poshmark. Then, you need to fill out your seller account information, including your payment method.
Complete your Poshmark profile
Fill out your basic information on your profile, pick a fun closet name, and then link your social network accounts on which you want to share your listings.
I suggest linking all your social media accounts to increase the views on your Poshmark closet because this will give you a better chance for sales.
Create your “Meet the Posher” listing
Poshmark is a social selling app, so people like to know a little about the sellers. Creating a “Meet the Posher” listing will help you introduce yourself to the Poshmark community and potential customers to increase your sales.
How to create a “Meet the Posher” listing…
- Click Sell on the app or Sell on Poshmark on the web
- Add a photo of yourself to your listing and write an introduction.
- Click about when you’re in your closet
- Select choose your meet the posher listing.
- Select the listing you created and save it.
Create a seller discount
A seller discount offers an incentive for potential buyers to shop for more than one listing in your closet.
You can offer a bundle discount of 5-30% when someone purchases 2-7 items in your closet. You choose the percentage and the number of items included in your bundle discount.
For example, if someone buys three or more things from my closet, they will automatically receive a 15% discount at checkout.
Know what brands sell
It may be helpful to know what brands sell fast on Poshmark, especially if you’re thrifting for things to resell. Luxury brands and designer items are popular, but not everybody has them hanging in their closets.
In my experience, mid-level and easy-to-find brands sell just as well. Here are some easy-to-find brands that sell fast on Poshmark.
- American Eagle
- Free People
- Anthropologie (Anthro has many brands, so look for the rn #66170 on the tag.)
- J. Crew
- Under Armour
- Old Navy
A couple more popular brands to BOLO (be on the lookout) for in thrift shops are…
- Vintage Items
- Eileen Fisher
- Lafayette 148 (I once found a blouse for $1.50, which sold for $78!)
- Rock Revival
- True Religion
- The North Face
- Harley Davidson
- Johnny Was
Inspect your items thoroughly
Make sure there are no stains, holes, or weird smells. Inspection is essential because you don’t want to sell things that aren’t in good condition. Happy customers are returning customers.
If you shop at a thrift store, find an area near a window to inspect your items. Being by a window will help you catch small holes, snags, and stains you may miss just glancing over off the rack.
Be sure to wash and iron/steam your pieces so that they photograph nicely. Here are some essentials to help get your clothing photo ready.
Take good quality photos
Taking good quality pictures will help your stuff sell faster. You don’t need much to start, just a place to take pictures and your phone. Here’s how to take pictures for Poshmark.
- Find a well-lit area of your house with plenty of natural light (usually near a window) to take photos.
- Use a square or 1:1 setting on your phone or camera.
- Choose a way to display your pieces (flat lay, on a hanger, or on a mannequin).
- Take several pictures at different angles (front, back, size tag, fabric label, measurements, imperfections, etc.)
- Choose a cover photo that showcases your item
Brand and Size Tag
Measurement Pit to Pit
Length of Jacket
Make sure to take pictures of any imperfections or alterations so that you won’t have any issues when the buyer receives the item.
If you’re selling a lot, here are some optional things that will help you increase the quality of your photos.
The best way to get exposure to your items is to share. According to Poshtask, the best times to share on Poshmark are between 7-10:30 am, 2-5 pm, and 9-12 pm (eastern standard time).
Share your items to your followers
Share your own closet often, at least daily. Also, share your clothes on your linked social media accounts (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr) to increase your closet views.
Share other people’s closets and items
Poshmark is a social selling app. Poshers return the favor when you share their pieces, which exposes your items to a new audience. So, share your friends, customers, and other Posher’s stuff to increase your sales.
Share in Poshmark parties
Join Posh parties and share your items. There are several opportunities daily to join parties. Sharing your stuff with the Posh Parties opens your closet to a whole new group of people, which increases the chance of a sale.
Become a party host
Eligible Posh ambassadors can host the Posh parties. As a Posh host, you get to curate the listings and be the styler of the party, which is fun.
The perk to being a party host is that your picture is displayed at the top of the party page, increasing new followers, shares, and views to your closet. In addition, you get to pick up to 10 items from your closet to share in your curated showroom.
Get chosen for a host pick
If you’re not eligible to be a Posh party host, you can still have your list items picked as a host pick.
Being selected by the host means your things go into a Host Pick Showroom with a couple hundred curated items to look at. Plus, the host shares your listings everywhere, increasing the chance of sales.
Join a share group
There are Facebook groups dedicated to sharing items on Poshmark that could possibly increase views and sales in your closet.
Get more Poshmark followers
The more followers you have, the bigger audience you’ll have looking at your clothing and closet.
Network with Other Users on the Platform
To gain followers, you need to network with other Poshers. Follow other people’s closets, specifically the Posh Ambassadors (they have a much bigger following to share with).
It’s standard Poshmark etiquette to reciprocate follows and shares (as much as you can). Therefore, the more people you follow, the more will follow you back. It’s the same with shares; the more you share, the more other people share your items.
Join the Poshmark Ambassador Program
Becoming a Poshmark ambassador increases your followers. It took me a couple of months to get there, but I saw a massive increase in followers and sales. Even when I am not that active, I get new followers daily.
To become a Posh Ambassador, you have to reach different milestones.
- Share 5,000 items from other people’s closets.
- Share your items at least 5,000 times to the Poshmark community.
- Follow and share items from at least 50 new closets (go to find people and click new people to find the new followers).
- Have at least 50 listings in your closet.
- Make at least 15 sales.
- Have an average rating of 4.5 stars
- Have an average ship time of 3 days or less
- Leave at least one love note for another person.
Send Offers To Likers
Sometimes you have to offer a little incentive to buyers, especially if things have been sitting in your closet for longer than you would like.
Offer A Bundle Discount
If you have buyers who like an item or more, create a bundle deal and send private offers. Or, send an offer if someone adds pieces to a bundle.
Sending an offer with free shipping or a shipping discount encourages the buyer to purchase from you.
Closet Clear-Out day
Take advantage of the closet clear-out days. By dropping your prices by 10%, Poshmark will notify all your likers of the price drop and offer discounted shipping on them (paid for by Poshmark).
Make a Deal days
Make-a-deal days motivate sellers to make offers. Sellers get entered into a drawing for $100 cash prizes hourly and a grand prize of $1000.
All you have to do is send an offer to your likers and get entered into the drawing (each offer is an additional entry).
Price your items to sell
To find out how to price your pieces, you’ll want to do some research.
Don’t skip this part because you could price too high, causing your item to not sell or miss out on extra money if you price too low.
Search similar items that have sold recently to find the right price.
- Look up the brand, style name or number (if you know it), and the category (skirt, dress, jeans, etc.).
- Filter the availability to sold listings, so you can see the price the like items have sold for.
- Choose the best price based on the range of prices you researched.
Know When to Lower Your Price on Poshmark
Your pieces should be priced appropriately if you’ve done the pricing research. But, occasionally, you may need to adjust the price if you’re not making sales.
Try to decrease the cost by 10% to see if that helps sales, and slowly decrease your price until you make a sale.
Write a Poshmark-optimized title
Just like Google, Poshmark uses search engines. So, make sure that your Poshmark title is optimized for the searches.
Using keywords that people are searching for will help your listing show up in the search.
The equation I use when building my Poshmark listing title:
Brand + Style + Market + Size + Descriptive Words + Category
For example, instead of listing these as black leather flats, I listed them as Vionic (brand), Delilah (style name), Black Leather (descriptive words), Mary Jane Flats (category), Sz 10 (size).
Make sure to fill in as many keywords as possible, increasing your item’s searchability.
Add More Listings
Staying active by listing consistently increases the eyes on your Poshmark closet and your sales. With any online marketplace, continually listing keeps your closet fresh and gives it a boost in sales.
Be responsive to all questions
Make sure you answer all questions and inquiries about your items. Prompt responses lead to sales.
Frequently asked questions from new Poshers
These are the most frequently asked questions about Poshmark that people have.
How much does it cost to sell on Poshmark?
There is no fee to list on Poshmark. But, there is a small seller’s fee when your items sell.
- Anything under $15 has a flat rate fee of $2.95.
- Anything over $15 is a flat rate fee of 20%.
The fee is automatically taken when your item sells.
How do you get your money on Poshmark?
When your item sells, the fee is taken, and your payment goes into pending. The balance is redeemable when the buyer accepts the item sold in the Poshmark app or three days after delivery. Then, all you do is transfer your balance to your payment method.
What happens when I make a sale?
You have seven days to ship your item when you make a sale.
Package your Poshmark items
Some people go crazy with decorative bags and extra goodies. But in my experience, people appreciate fast shipping over the extras. So, here’s what I do for my sold items.
- Fold my article of clothing.
- Wrap the folded clothing/shoes in a piece of white tissue paper (that I buy in bulk).
- Put a printed thank you card in with the item (I ordered some cheap thank you business cards with my info on them).
- Place everything into a USPS priority box or envelope.
Many people wonder who pays for shipping. The great thing about Poshmark is that the buyer pays for USPS Priority shipping, which means you can order FREE USPS Priority boxes and envelopes.
Just print off the pre-paid USPS priority mail shipping label, and drop off at the post office. Or, you can schedule a USPS pick-up (for free) to ship the next day.
I focus on shipping my items as fast as I can because that is what gets the most positive feedback.
If you find that you are selling quite a bit or want to save on printer ink, you can pick up a thermal printer (I got mine used on eBay).
What about returns on Poshmark?
All sales on Poshmark are final. The buyer may open a case if they did not receive their item or if the item they received is not as described.
In this case, Poshmark will request additional details and photos from the buyer and approve a return if warranted. But, buyers can not return items just because of fit, buyer’s remorse, or delayed shipping.
If the buyer opens a case because they did not receive their item, it will be covered by Poshmark as long as the shipping label is scanned by the post office. This means you will still receive payment for your sale, and the buyer gets refunded.
Why am I not making sales on Poshmark?
There are a couple of reasons your stuff is not selling on Poshmark.
- Your prices are too high.
- You’re not sharing enough.
- You’re lacking fresh new listings.
- Your Poshmark listing titles need to be more descriptive.
- You’re not sending offers.
Sometimes Poshmark changes its algorithm, and everyone will see a decrease in sales. This is always super frustrating.
It may help to delete the listing and relist it again. I don’t like to do this. But sometimes, it helps Poshmark see that you have new listings (even though it’s an old one).
Is Poshmark a good side hustle?
To be honest, yes and no.
It’s a great way to make extra money by removing unwanted clutter around your house.
But, it’s very time-consuming if you want to start a reselling business to make money (especially to make a full-time income). Reselling requires a lot of time thrifting, taking photos, listing, sharing, networking, etc.
I enjoy thrifting and occasionally reselling my finds. But I don’t have time as a stay-at-home mom for all it requires to have a Poshmark business.
Can you get scammed on Poshmark?
Like any online marketplace, there are scammers. A couple rules I live by when selling on Poshmark (or any online marketplace)…
- Never make transactions off Poshmark. These are usually scammers. If you see a comment on an item asking to pay through Paypal or such, either ignore it or report it as spam. A good rule of thumb is to always go through Poshmark for all transactions.
- The buyer ruins an item in order to return it. This is why it’s important to take good-quality pictures with good descriptions of your items. This way, you can prove you did not send an item as the scammer is describing.
What is a Poshmark bot?
Sharing on Poshmark can be time-consuming. Therefore, a Poshmark bot will help eliminate the time spent sharing your closet and other people’s too.
Of course, this costs money. Most people don’t want to pay for a subscription because they are trying to make extra money. But if you want to try a free trial, here are some recommendations.
- Closet Pilot (they have a free option up to 100 shares and paid monthly version $29.99/month)
- Simple Posher (7-day free trial, then $9.99/month)
- Closet Tools (7-day free trial, and then $29.99/month)
- Super Posher (7-day free trial, and then $11/week)
What Poshmark sellers should I follow?
When first thrifting and selling, I found it helpful to follow certain top sellers on Youtube. This helped me to learn what brands to look for, how to price them, and what is worth picking up.
Here are the people I suggest you follow to learn more about selling on Poshmark.
Selling your unwanted clutter is a great way to start saving for an emergency fund or paying off a chunk of debt. Poshmark is one of my favorite apps to make extra money.
But, selling on Poshmark as a beginner can be intimidating. Knowing how to set up your Poshmark closet, price your items, write a search-optimized title, and create a following will help you successfully sell your items.
So, follow these Poshmark selling tips, and you’ll be decluttering your closet for cash in no time!
Do you have any Poshmark selling tips that have worked for you? Leave a comment below!