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I have to admit, I’ve been kind of obsessed with Poshmark lately. What is Poshmark? It’s an app where you can list things from your closet to sell, or shop other users’ closets at discounted prices.
If you like designer brands, you can find them on there for wayyy cheaper than you would pay retail, or if you’re like me, and you love shopping at thrift stores for unique pieces, but hate rummaging through rack after rack to find something that will fit you, this will be totally up your alley too! You can filter your shopping results by category, brand, size, color, price, condition, and you can also search for keywords.
I originally signed up because I’m trying to streamline my closet, and I had a bunch of things that I wanted to get rid of. Normally I donate stuff, but I had paid enough for these items to begin with, or had worn them so little (or not at all) that I was hoping to recoup some of my losses.
I have sold a couple of things on there, though I haven’t been as successful as other people that I know. To be honest, I’m kind of (really) lazy about things like this. I don’t have the time or gumption to be as active as I need to be in order to make lots of sales, and I don’t have THAT much stuff that I want to clear out. But I have been buying things! Here are my recent purchases:
A pair of Clark’s oxfords heels for $10 (regular retail $84.00)
A pair of black Minnetonka moccasins for $15 (regular retail $42.95)
A pair of Seychelles Freesia flats for $15 (regular retail $89.99)
Am I happy with my purchases? ABSOLUTELY. The Clark’s and the Minnetonkas were unworn; the Seychelles I just bought today and haven’t received yet. They looked like they had a little bit of scuffing in the photo, but I think they’re so gorgeous that I don’t care. I’ll have them scuffed up in a week anyway. To be honest, I’ll probably resell the Clark’s, only because I forgot how terrible I am in heels. The heels aren’t very high, but I am so awkward when I walk in ANY kind of heel that I feel self conscious. Not to mention I’ve been having a lot of knee problems lately, and though Clark’s are always super comfy (I love my Clark’s boots!), I’m worried that any heel might exacerbate the knee issues. But the Minnetonka’s are adorable and so comfortable that I wore them all day at zoo on my birthday and had ZERO foot discomfort, which NEVER happens. I could live in those moccs.
I have TONS more stuff that I’ve “liked” but haven’t committed to buying yet. The benefit of “liking” something is that you can refer back to your like list later when your money is burning a hole in your pocket, AND you’ll be notified if the seller drops the price. Price drops happen pretty often, and if they drop the price at least 10%, then your shipping is only $3.99 instead of $4.99 (it’s always shipped priority), or during “closet clear out” events, shipping is only $0.99 or $1.99. All of my purchases so far, I have gotten for $0.99-$1.99 shipping. And I bought one of the pairs of shoes right after I had sold a skirt, so I just applied my balance to that, and they were basically free.
You can also haggle on prices, which it seems like most people do. There is a “buy now” button and an “offer” button on each listing, so it’s really easy. I suspect you can’t get discounted shipping if you make an offer instead of buying it for the listed price, though I could be wrong. As long as your offer is fair, it seems like most sellers are happy to take it, though if you’re really lowballing them (which I don’t recommend) then they could refuse, or make a counter offer. Above is an example from Mia’s closet.
I’ve been really excited about Poshmark so far, and I’m planning to continue using it. If you want to try it out, I’d be happy if you used my invite code, BLFTI. When you use the invite code, we both get $5 credit to spend! This code is only available to the first 10 people who use it, so take advantage while you can! And if you’d like to shop my Poshmark closet, you can do that right here!
Have you ever bought or sold anything on Poshmark or any similar places? What have your experiences been like?
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By Kelsi Eldredge