How To: Successfully Make Money Selling Your Used Clothes Online

About two years ago I had hit a point in my life where I hated myself I had gained 40 pounds and I was in a very unhealthy relationship. After getting out of the bad relationship, I decided that I wanted to better myself. So I started going to a weight loss center and the pounds started coming off very slowly but surely. Then the clothes that were once too tight become too loose and I didn’t want to donate all of those clothes and not get anything out of it. Then one day I came across an app called Poshmark, (Poshmark is an app on your phone that allows you to buy and sell used or new clothing) so I downloaded it. Once I had the app on my phone I decided to see what I could do with it. I went into having no idea what I was getting myself into. The app itself is very user-friendly and I was able to navigate it with ease. I took the risk and purchased a clothing item, it was worth the risk. Especially since Poshmark has a protection policy for their buyers and sellers. Once I figured out how it all worked, I started listing my clothes. It was a slow start up, but I have learned so much from selling.

How to be a Successful Seller: 

SORT YOUR CLOTHES

• Put them into piles of “donate”, “possibly sell” (if you are questioning whether the item is sellable, ask yourself “Would I buy this if I saw it for sale?”), “sell”, and “keep”

•  The key to successful sales on Poshmark is having a targeted audience of who you want to sell your clothes to

• The clothing that you list should be pretty similar in style, so that way your followers/customers know what to expect

FIGURE OUT THE WORTH OF YOUR CLOTHES

• I usually try to have a rough estimate of how much an item is worth depending on the brand. If you don’t know then what it is worth then search the brand on Poshmark and a few key terms that would describe the item, then find out if other users have that item or something that is similar to get a ballpark for your price 

• You have to price your stuff to sell, by being competitive with your prices. Once you figure out what you want to make on it then add $10-$20 to give yourself the ability to price drop and so you are open to accepting offers (using the blue offer button on the lower right-hand corner of the listing)

LISTING YOUR CLOTHES

At first, the pictures on my listings were awful. I didn’t know how to get a good, presentable picture

• The key is finding a good background that is either outside or close to a window. Natural lighting sells faster and gets more money. The reason being is because then potential buyers are able to see all the colors clearly and it doesn’t make it look like you are trying to hide flaws that you have made note of on your listing

NETWORKING

• You’ll need followers, you get followers by following other users and by self-sharing

• Another good way of networking is to wear things that you’ve bought from Poshmark because when people see you wearing something they like, they will want to now where they can buy it too and it would spark a good conversation

• A lot of people either want the brand name things but can’t afford them or they want the brand names but they don’t like to spend too much. Poshmark is nice because when people sell used things they list them for 40% of the original price and when people sell “New with Tags”  clothing items they sell or 60% of the original price

• Lastly for networking, if you are selling a lot or for when you plan to advertise on your social media accounts

STAYING ORGANIZED

• If you were to lose a sale because you lost the item, then you are knocking yourself down.

•It is so important to be on top of your game and keep your poshmark listings in a separate; bin, drawer, or closet. This will help you to avoid running around, searching for something that shouldn’t be that diffcult to find.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

• I try to stay on a schedule of when I wake up in the morning I share at least 25-40 listing to get people to want to look at my closet because they are all potential buyer.

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