Today, I am beyond EXCITED To be sharing my first guest post on The Newbury Girl! As someone who loves thrift shopping and who hates wastefulness, Poshmark is a wonderful place for buying and selling gently used items. In today’s post, my friend and Poshmark Expert, Jasmine, will be sharing her top tips for getting started on Poshmark.
Poshmarks Founder and CEO Manish Chandra sent the following message to users:
“Dear Poshmark Community,
My heart is heavy with our nation’s tragic history of violence and racism that continues to target the Black community. So many are hurting, including many of you, and this pain cannot be ignored. I grieve for those who have lost their lives, their loved ones, their innocence, and their opportunity in life as a result of prejudice and discrimination.
We stand with the Black community. As a company, we haven’t spoken out publicly on important social issues like racism and injustice up to now, but we need to use our voice to help drive change and support the path to healing. The crisis of systemic racism in America is something that demands action and attention from all of us. As a first step, we are donating $100,000 across a number of organizations for their vital work to advance racial justice, civil rights, and economic empowerment in the United States: the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Urban League. We also want to create a future with more women of color in technology and will be supporting Black Girls Code as part of this donation.
We want to help create long-term change and will continue to seek out ways to be part of the progress, as a company and community. You have our commitment that acts of racism, hate speech, and discrimination of any kind are not tolerated on Poshmark and are a violation of our community guidelines. If you see or experience such acts, please contact us so we can take action.
We’re proud of the strong community we’ve built together over the years, one that leads with love and one where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Although the gravity of the injustice is immense, I believe in the power of community, the possibility that comes when we work together, and that love will always overcome hate.
Thank you for being part of the Poshmark community.”
Join me on @poshmarkapp to buy and sell fashion. Sign up using my shop name ARCHAEO_CHIC to get $10 off your first order. https://posh.mk/hxR1O1eeFW
What is with all of these closets on Poshmark using the Poshmark Logo as their own? Haven’t you read the community guidelines?
What the Community Guidelines Say about Branding
Poshmark has a specific line in its community guidelines about brand respect. It states that “The Poshmark name and logos are trademarked and may only be used with prior written permission.” This means if you are using “Poshmark” and or their logo in your closet or social media, you are infringing on this brand respect.
Poshmark also mentions the penalty for violating this brand respect may result in “permanent or temporary action on your account privileges.”
There are Other Options for Personal Branding
While it may not be simple to conceptualize your own brand, making your own branded logos and content is easy (or easy to outsource if you are not a design-savvy individual). You can also use personal pictures or drawings, so long as it is your own content. It feels much better to own yourself than to piggy-back existing branding, and it is less risky legally too. Plus, not everyone loves posh, so you may actually be doing your business a favor by being able to exist independently from the platform.
Big news! A new market is going to hit Poshmark on May 30. The “home” market really expands what sellers are able to list, but I know many of you have been against this from the start. I am open to exploring the new home poshmarket, and hope it allows sellers to earn more in their small business endeavors.
What do you think about the new market? I’d love to hear what you think!
Do you want to sell stuff online, but can’t figure out what you want to sell? You are not alone. In fact, this is one of the first questions many people ask themselves when starting an online sales business, and this is a good thing! There is nothing wrong with an open mind at the start, but it can also be frustrating to take action without that known direction. Here are a few ideas that may help to inspire you in finding your sales niche.
Sell what you have
Look around and find those things that you want to part with. Anything you are not using and is still in good condition is likely sellable on some platform. Consider listing your clothing, shoes, and jewelry on Poshmark and non-fashion items on Mercari.
Start with your style
When you are first starting out, you may make some poor investments. If you start sourcing things that you like and fit you well, at the very least, you will have some things you can wear before donating.
Sell your hobby
Are you into a certain type of hats or jewelry? Focus on those items that make you happy. You are much more likely to stay motivated when you have a personal interest in what you sell.
I also think it is beneficial to spend some time browsing potential sourcing spots BEFORE you commit to buying anything. Do not rush into investing in products for the sake of excitement. You will make more money in the long run if you learn how to do research comparisons and market your listings early on.