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!
I just bought an adorable Victoria’s Secret dress on Poshmark. I was super excited to receive it, but when I did there was a problem.. the dress was very short. I mean, I know VS sells sexy peekaboo stuff, but this wasn’t cute. I turned the hem over and sure enough, there dress had been hemmed.
When you sell a previously owned item online, it isn’t enough to just state the measurements. Body shapes differ greatly, so length is often not enough of an indicator (the booty takes some of that length) If it has been altered in any way, this needs to be addressed.
Of course, if you have thrifted items, you can’t really know what the original owner did.
How to spot alterations BEFORE you resell an item
1. Check the Hemline
One of the most common alterations is the hemline. An altered hem may have different colored thread than he rest of the garment, and may be missing finishing details.
2. Look at the color and quality of threads throughout the garment
It is rare for a seamstress to have an exact match in color and quality for all garment threads. For alterations where the stitching is hidden, this is especially common. In my Victoria’s Secret dress example, the thread used was a very thin white colored thread. The original thread is blue and much thicker.
3. Search for Stock Information Online
If you know the style name or number, you can search for more information about the original measurements online. I’ve found many items with detailed information on sizing and fabric that is super useful.
4. Try it on
Of course, the garment may not be in your size exactly, but if it is you can use your own perspective to help explain the fit. Many sellers will model for their own listings, and then explain how the fit is in more detail.
Taking the time to double checks your inventory will not only help you to avoid return cases, but you will also seem a more knowledgeable and reputable seller.
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Something I have been noticing on many listings when I browse on Poshmark and eBay is that there is a relaxed use of some terminology related to the age of an item. I am guilty of this myself, when I know something is old but not the exact date, I’ve used vintage. I mean, even knowing the correct doesn’t make it easier to describe an unknown. But words like “vintage,” and “antique” are more than just synonyms for “old,” they actually carry more meaning.
For example, in the field of archaeology (my college major), something is considered to be “historic” when it has reached the age of 50 years old. This means every year new items are considered to be a history. Similarly, something “Antique” is generally agreed to be 100 years or older in age.
“Vintage” is probably the most incorrectly used term in fashion reselling. Turns out it is not as much of a catch-all term as we think. The use of vintage in fashion is actually much more correctly used as it is with wine. The value of vintage fashion really comes from knowing the full context of what has been produced. This means when listing an item as vintage, it is best to know the exact era. Bonus points for maker, fabric, or any other relevant information. This differs from “Retro,” which is anything that resembles a previous style, no matter how much time has passed.
The word “Estate” refers to property that was previously owned by a person. It may sound morbid, but some people actually prefer buying items from estates. These items are considered property assets and need to be sold off to liquidate the estate. Estate items may also be considered to be vintage or antiques, but could also be a brand new with tags handbag they never used. The point here is that you are telling your buyers some of the contexts of how the item was procured.
Using these terms in the right way can help you to target buyers that are looking for specific types of fashion. Accurate listing descriptions means more sales (and fewer return requests!)
Well, the time has arrived. I knew it would happen eventually, and I have finally hit the point where selling on four platforms is just not feasible. For a while, I have been on eBay, Mercari, Depop, and Poshmark. I have decided to pull my inventory completely from Depop and most of it from eBay for now, and will focus on Poshmark and Mercari for making sales. I will share a bit more on why in a later post.
What’s in the Update? Among other things, there will now be an offer to buyers feature. Now, sellers will be able to send an offer to users who are watching items. There are some restrictions, and not all listings will qualify right away, but the potential for sellers to initiate offers is a nice update.
After some careful contemplations, I have decided to focus full time on Archaeo-Chic! I’ve spent about 6 months of part-time side hustling, and it just makes me so happy I figured why not continue? This means I will be much more active on this blog and my socials, so stay tuned!
I finally reached my goal of becoming a Poshmark Ambassador! I ended up being a bit late in my goal of when I reached it because I always underestimate how much time it takes to list and share. Also, there was a couple of times where I made sales from my closet and that changed my stats.
One moment I would think I was about to hit another level on the Poshmark ambassador goal list, but then I would make sales and those stats would change! For example, I hit 50 listings, but then I would sell some things either on Poshmark, or on another platform and so I would need to delete those active listings, bringing me below 50.
Obviously, getting that small setback to my goal seemed frustrating at first, but the whole point of me aiming toward becoming a Poshmark ambassador was to make more sales. Regardless of whether I was hitting the status or not, I was doing what I set out to do. If it’s the journey makes that happen, that’s alright with me! The destination isn’t really what matters, after all.
Are you a Poshmark Ambassador? How long did it take you, and do you think it was worth the work?
Want to start selling on Poshmark? Use my referral code ARCHAEO_CHIC for $5 off your first purchase (Part of becoming an ambassador requires shopping on Posh. so this may come in handy!)
Looks like it’s official: starting February 7, poshmark shipping costs will increase from $6.49 to $6.79. While it’s not much of an increase, this is pretty much the opposite of what buyers and sellers wanted for the app. A first class option for small items would be ideal.