Cleaning Day!

Today I spent a little bit of time cleaning and restoring some items I want to sell. I just did another purge of clothing and tech stuff, it’s amazing how much we can accumulate for college and careers!

My first project was cleaning the soles of these Michael Kors heels. I only wore these a few times, so they look awesome on top but they’ve got the marks of city streets on the bottoms.

The bottoms of these shoes have seen some things..

I also have some USB flash drives that I cleared and reformatted. I’ve never listed used USB flash drives before, so I’m kind of excited to see how they do.

Cleaned and cleared and ready to post!

 

Tonight I will start driving for lyft for the first time ever! I am excited to learn more about how to make money driving my own car around. Stay tuned to see how that goes for me.

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Places to Sell Your Stuff Online: Depop

Since I’m selling on multiple platforms right now, it’s important for me to spend my time wisely. I took time to revise my Depop shop this week. Depop was actually the first platform I used for selling, and I started there as a buyer.

What I like about Depop:

You can post video! This is great for really showing the special features or issues with an item.

Shipping is reasonable for small items, and you can choose your own shipping costs. You have the option to ship with Depop for flat fees, or organize your own shipping. You can also ship Internationally. By choosing your own shipping.

What I think could be better:

I would love to be able to post more than 4 photos. Some items really ask for more than a few angles, and I also like to include pictures of tags.

Bundles are a thing on Depop, but these still have to be requested and listed as custom orders which is labor intensive for both buyers and sellers

What’s have I sold in my Depop shop?

Feedback from Happy Shoppers

What’s for Sale in My Depop shop?

Right now, I have only been listing smaller items in my shop like jewelry and accessories. This is because of shipping costs. With the small size shipping at $4.50, I am able to offer free shipping to my customers occasionally. While I can provide the shipping for everything, I like being able to offer the Free Ship across all items I have listed in Depop and it just wasn’t economical to keep all of the clothing stocked. I may change my mind and list more broadly in the future, but for now, this works for me.

Thank you for reading, have a wonderful day!

Holiday Shipping Deadlines from the USPS

Sending stuff for the holidays? The United States Postal Service reminds us that at this busy time of year, earlier is better. Here are the holiday cut-offs for Christmas delivery in the Domestic United States:

USPS Holiday Dates
Holiday Deadlines for sending USPS

For USPS Retail Ground: December 14

First Class Mail: December 20

Priority Mail: December 20

Priority Mail Express: December 22

(For international shipping locations, check out the easy-to-use tool from the USPS here)

 

Is It Worth It? Let Me Work It: The Poshmark Ambassador Program

I’ve been selling on Poshmark for a few weeks now, and one thing I am considering working towards is becoming an ambassador. At first, I didn’t give too much thought to it since I was only listing a few items, but now that I want to grow my closet I think it is something to work toward.

What is the Poshmark Ambassador Program?

The Poshmark ambassador program focuses heavily on the community goals of Poshmark. Along with listing and selling, users are asked to share listing for other Poshers. According to the Poshmark blog, ambassadors are expected to “set the tone” in the community, by keeping active and providing good customer service.

Why should I consider working toward the program?

Many Poshers ask if this program is worth it. The main reason to join is that you will be put into a suggested user rotation. This should help your Poshmark closet gain exposure. Some Poshers have claimed that they have fewer sales after joining the program, but since Poshmark makes a profit off each sale, it doesn’t make sense that they would hide listings.

Steps to Becoming a Poshmark Ambassador:

In order to achieve ambassador status, Poshers need to complete a list of minimum community tasks. These are:

  • A minimum of 5000 Community Shares and 5000 Self-Shares.
  • A minimum of 50 Available Listings
  • A minimum of 15 Sold Listings
  • Average Purchase Rating must be 4.5 stars or greater on average
  • Average Ship Time must be less than 3 days on average
  • You also have to give at least one love note, which means review a purchase you have through on Poshmark.

My Poshmark Ambassador Status:

My Poshmark Ambassador Stats as of December 6

Looking at my Posh Stats, I am currently 72% finished with the program requirements. I Still need to do a lot of community and self-closet sharing and list 25 more items in my closet (or more I suppose if I make some sales!). I don’t know how long this will take me, but I think trying to get it by the end of December is a decent goal. Wish me luck!

Interested in joining the Poshmark community? Use my code ARCHAEO_CHIC to get $5 off your first purchase!

The Multiple Places where I Sell Online: eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop

I’ve been reselling online for a little under 6 months. I started with things I wasn’t going to keep when I moved across the US, and now I do some additional sourcing along with that regular purging.

I am currently using 4 main platforms for my selling. I use eBay, Mercari, Poshmark, and Depop. Some items I will crosspost on different platforms because they tend to attract different types of shoppers, and the shipping costs can vary between platforms.

Selling on multiple platforms can be a bit of extra work, but I have found it to be worth it many times. You never know where people are looking for things online.

If you are a reseller too, I’d love to hear about your experiences with these and other platforms. Feel free to leave me a note in the comments below this post!

My First Week on Poshmark

After a while of contemplation, I decided to move some of my Depop listings to Poshmark, to see how they might do. I was pleasantly surprised at how fast things can move (although they do have a higher seller fee than eBay and Depop).

After my first week, I can see why it’s so popular. I sold 10 items from my closet, one of which is being returned (so really 9 sales in total).

Here is a look at my first week states from November 11-18, 2018:

My First Week of Poshmark Sales

If you’d like to join me on Poshmark, my closet name is Archaeo_Chic (and if you use my name to join, you get $5 off your first purchase!)

Fall is for Apple Picking

This year is my first on the east coast and what better way to celebrate the start of the Fall season than apple picking?! This month, we took a trip to Indian Ladder Farms in Upstate New York to grab a few bushels of apples (and of course, apple cider donuts!)

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Look at this big beauty!

The original plan was to grab a stash of apples and do some group baking, but of course things came up and schedules shifted and now we’ve got a fridge full of apples (I’m not exaggerating, our only produce drawer is just apples right now!) With all of this bounty, I am bubbling with excitement to try, and possibly fail spectacularly on apple treats!

First up, Simple and Delicious Homemade Applesauce and Apple Butter from Scratch. Two easy recipes that keep well while we work through the rest!

Welcome to my Blog!

Greetings, and welcome to my blog!

My name is Nikki Martensen. I am a former archaeologist who chose to transition out of academic life and into freelance blogging. I recently made the move from Southern California to a one-bedroom with my boyfriend in Albany, New York. I enjoy cooking, reading, and wandering around local historic spots. I have an eBay shop and a Depop where I resell some awesome finds. I also just started on Poshmark. I live with a Canadian Sphynx named Domino the Destitute.

This blog here is a glimpse into my small-scale homesteading experiments, reselling, and travels. I hope you enjoy!