My name is Simonett and I’m the co-founder of Miami Style Mafia, a directory and guild for Miami’s top tier fashion creatives and influencers to connect and collaborate. The blog portion of MSM documents the latest characters, happenings, and settings in our city, and our store (coming soon!) will provide a selection of items reflecting the latest trends and innovation in design curated by yours truly!
Six months ago, I hosted a live Miami Posh Party, and since then, I’ve gained over 100,000 Poshmark followers, and I’ve been able to sell close to 400 items in my closet! Not only has this generated a new form of monetary income for me (woot, woot) but it has changed the way I shop, act, and even think!
After Poshmark, I allow myself to buy those expensive luxury pieces, wear it once, and then sell it to someone who will practically be getting a brand new dress for a fraction of the original cost AND I only paid the difference between what I bought and sold it for. This way, I’m always recycling my closet and have new stuff to wear all the time (very convenient when you are a blogger and have 2-5 events to host and attend on a weekly basis).
But enough on my success story and ardent love story with Poshmark. You’re here to learn how you can increase your sales and become just as successful at getting rid of all those items that haven’t seen the light of day.
Presentation is one of the (if not THE) most important factors in being successful at making sales. In this post, I’m going to tell you about a few tips and tricks that have helped me to sell up to 50 items in my Poshmark closet on a weekly basis.
Tip 1: Setting
As a seller, it’s important to keep in mind your own personal behavior as a buyer. Ask yourself this question: “Would you be more inclined to purchase an item displayed at a beautiful, well lit, clean environment or at an unpleasant, dark and messy space?” Odds are the answer to that question is the first option. If you are taking your photos at home, pick the area of your house that you are most proud of in terms of ambiance and design.
For me, this area is my living room. The white walls, furniture and floor to ceiling windows allow for natural lighting (which in my opinion is optimal) and contrast between the background and the items I am modeling.
Tip 2: Photo Variety
Always try to include as many photos of the item you are trying to sell as possible. Remember, she isn’t there to try the item on or see it for themselves in person, so the more photos you provide of the item will give the user a better idea of what the item really looks like.
I always try to include (1) a full front shot of the product on, (2) a full back shot of the product on, (3) a full front shot of the product flat and (4) a detail shot of the product flat. This way, the user has a good visual of item in several different angles and dimensions.
For the cover photo, I recommend always picking a shot of the item on. I take most of my cover photos by myself in the mirror. If you are not comfortable with trying the items on for the photo, then place the item on a mannequin. You can find very affordable plastic ones online that can conveniently hang on a wall or door for you to snap the photo.
The flat item photos look best when hung on a wall or laid on a flat surface (preferably white or a light color to contrast with the item).
Tip 3: Editing
I take most of my Poshmark listing photos on my iPhone. The camera on it is pretty amazing but sometimes the lighting and coloring of the photos can be less than great depending on the environment in which the photos were taken.
Considering the fact that I take my photos using natural lighting, if I take a photo past 4 PM – it sometimes may appear dark and with a greenish tone to it. For correcting these issues, I recommend using apps like Snapseed and Photoshop Express. These apps have tools that can modify the exposure and tonality of your iPhone photos.
I really hope that these tips result to be helpful for all of you here at the Poshmark community! If you want to see more examples of how I’ve put these techniques into practice in my listings, check out my closet at: poshmark.com/closet/_simonett
This week the Community Team is bringing you a Posh Tip: how to have a listing party!
We all take selfie cover shots and have a time of day to take our photos for creating listings, but having friends over and helping each other out is twice the fun! Read our tips for hosting a listing party of your very own — we’re certain you’re going to want to make this a regular occurrence!
1. Designate a place with good lighting.
Natural lighting is your best friend; find a spot by a window or even better, outside where there’s a mixture of direct light and shade.
2. Have mirrors on hand.
It’s always a good idea to have mirrors handy (full length is nice!) so that you and your guests can style the garment and primp before a photo. Everyone likes to look their best, right?
3. Have different rooms and spaces as changing rooms for your guests.
Privacy to change in and out of pieces will allow your guests to feel comfortable around others. It also adds an element of surprise; you and your friends can dress up an outfit and then emerge from the dressing room with pizzazz!
4. Provide snacks and refreshments.
Having something to nibble or sip on is a fantastic way to break the ice and get the party started. Have wine and cheese, smoothies and veggies, or coffee and pastries ready for your guests; they’ll appreciate it!
This week’s Posh Tip will help you add a special touch to your photos before you create a listing. We’re going to share with you all a few of our favorite apps that we use frequently to beautify our photos.
Hudson, Valencia, Hefe…if you want saturated hues and a variety of tones and highlights, consider popping your photo into one Instagram’s filters. We love how simple it is to enhance your photo’s appearance with just a couple of taps on their filter wheel. Don’t forget to use the blur tool to create some fun depth of field.
Ever wonder how people add that hint of blur to their photos in the corners or along the sides? We love using Picfx when we’re adding ‘Bokeh’ to our photos. These clusters of background lights come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors - we love them all! This filter is a
quick and simple way to make your photos pop. Picfx also has a large library of color filters that can be subtly adjusted with the slider on the right hand side of the frame as well as layered with multiple filter effects.
We’ve all been there: there are multiple photos that you want to share but you’ve only got 4 frames on Poshmark to utilize. Enter PicFrame. Choose from a multitude of ratios to adjust the frames and then choose what type of frame you’d like to use for your photos (you can add up to 9). This is a great app to use when you have many angles you’d like to highlight for your listing.
Enjoy! Can’t wait to continue to see your gorgeous covershots and listings!
When you make a sale on Poshmark, we provide you with a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping label. No stamps. No hassle. We call that EasyShip.
Remember, the label is pre-paid and ready to go for all packages up to 2 lbs. (If you think your package is over 2 lbs, you can get a label upgrade directly through the app.)
Finding the Right Box.
Poshmark orders ship via USPS Priority Mail. Make sure you’re using the correct box!
Did you know you can request free boxes from USPS? They’ll drop them off to your house!
Packaging Up Your Sale.
We all love getting pretty little things sent to us in the mail, so why not add a special touch to your shipment? Wrap your item in cute tissue paper and include a personalized note to thank your buyer. She’ll love it, we guarantee!
See more tips on packaging!
Placing Your Package In the Mail.
You have three options:
The secret to finding the best items on Poshmark is to find your stylemate!
A stylemate is someone who shares your fashion taste (and your size). Everyone’s got them! Here’s how you can find yours:
1. Follow People.
Your feed is an ever-changing collection of listings shared by the people you are following. A new user’s listing will show up in your feed if someone you are following thought this listing was awesome and wanted to share it with you.
If you like what you see, click through and follow them! This way, every time they add a new listing from their closet, you’ll see it pop up in your feed. Score!
2. Bookmark Your Likes.
As you are shopping on Poshmark, go ahead and “like” items you want to come back to later (and possibly buy!). All your likes will be saved in your “My Likes” collection.
Your “My Likes” Collection can be found at the top navigation bar on your main Feed in the app.
3. Shop Posh Parties & Showrooms
Love Michael Kors, Coach, Louis Vuitton, and other designer names? Keep an eye out for our daily brand-themed Posh Parties. If you miss a party you can always shop past parties and browse through hundreds of brand name items - all at a discount!
If you are looking to shop for items that are brand new, check out the NWT (new with tags) showrooms at our Posh Parties. Learn more about Parties and Showrooms here.
4. Use Our Search Feature.
Explore items by specific brands or categories (such as dresses or shoes) with Poshmark’s search functionality. You can even filter search results by your sizes!
Access the Search Feature at the top navigation bar on your main Feed in the app. To filter your initial search results, click the “Filter” button at the top right of the screen in the next window.
Next Posh Tip: Shop Risk-Free with Buy Safe!
We understand safety and trust are important to you. Poshmark’s Buy Safe Guarantee protects you so you can shop with confidence.
When you purchase on Poshmark, we keep your payment safe until you tell us that you’ve received your order. Only after you’ve marked your item as ‘received’ do we release your payment to the seller.
Remember, if the item you received is not as it was described in the listing, then you are covered under our Buy Safe Guarantee.
Trades & Offline Transactions (i.e. PayPal)
Poshmark does not currently support trades or offline transactions. When money is not exchanged through the Poshmark system, we cannot guarantee that both parties ship and transact as promised. Therefore, we discourage users from participating in trades and offline transactions as they are not protected by our Buy Safe Guarantee.
Posh Parties are virtual shopping parties that happen in the Poshmark app. And guess what? You’re invited!
Join the Poshmark Team and hundreds of thousands of women across the country for a Party where you can:
We have brand-themed and category-specific Parties during the day, and trend-themed Parties in the evening.
Look out for our special showrooms in our evening Parties where bloggers and other style addicts curate their own room for you to shop!
Read more about Posh Party Showrooms!
So get your party pants (or pajamas!) on and join us for our next Posh Party!
We know you have handfuls of clothes, jewelry, and accessories that are collecting dust in your closet. The list below will help you de-clutter and turn those once-loved items into cash on Poshmark.
Here are a few ideas of items to list that we know every girl has in her closet:
So get to it! Unlock that treasure and make room—and money—for things you really love today!
Here are five tips that will help get your listings marked with a red SOLD banner:
Tip #1: Style Your Covershot.
Your Covershot is the very first photo of your listing and remember, first impressions count! Make sure your Covershot is well-lit and clear. Also, wear your item and style it your way. Listings with Covershots like these tend to sell much faster!
See additional tips on taking a great Covershot.
Tip #2: Describe Your Items Accurately.
Take time to accurately describe the item you are listing. Include info such as the condition the item is in, if it runs true to size, and tips on what to pair it with. Answering your potential buyers’ questions up front will help them decide to hit that “Buy” button just a bit faster.
Tip #3: Attend Posh Parties.
Posh Parties are shopping events in the app where hundreds of thousands of users log in at the same time to shop and share listings. Build an audience by sharing your listings at a Party.
Tip #4: Be Responsive.
When someone posts a question about your listing, respond promptly. If you wait too long, your potential buyer could lose interest. Remember, your newsfeed is your friend!
Tip #5: Engage with Others.
Be active in the Poshmark community. Find others with the same shoe size and follow them. Share listings that you think are fantastic. Trust us when we say that the love you help spread will get returned…and could result in a sale!
Next Posh Tip: What is a Posh Party?
New to Poshmark? No problem! We think you’ll find selling on Poshmark so easy that you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before.
Here’s how it works: List. Ship. Earn. It’s really as simple as 1-2-3.
Step 1: List Your Item.
Start by finding an item in your closet that you love but just don’t wear anymore. For example, do you have….
Then, list them for sale on Poshmark! It’s easy and free.
Step 2: Ship Your Item.
Once your item sells, let EasyShip do the hard work. We send you a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label. All you have to do is print it out, package up the item, and drop it off at the corner mailbox (if it fits) or at the nearest US Post Office. No stamps, no hassle!
Step 3: Earn Cash.
You can withdraw your earnings from Poshmark anytime…for free! Deposit your money directly into your checking account, request a check, or use the cash to purchase directly on Poshmark. You choose.
So here’s how our fees work: When you make a sale, we will deduct a 20% commission fee from your earnings. This means that you keep 80% of the sale price as your earnings.
Here’s what you get in return: We handle the financial transaction for you (including paying all those pesky credit card fees), provide you with a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label, and will serve as your customer support team for your sale.
Once you see how simple and easy selling is on Poshmark, you will fall in love with your closet…again. Sell what you have in your closet so you can shop for what you REALLY love today.