Over the past few months, I’ve received a lot of low offers on the things I have for sale on Poshmark. I’m excited to get an email or push notification telling me that I have an offer. Then I open it an oooph, someone is asking for 50% or more off the price on my item.
Welcome to spring! It’s time for me to share with you some of my Poshmark and Mercari sales from this past winter. I spent this last quarter keeping up closet stocked. After completing the Closet to Cash challenge last spring, I’ve kept my closet full with over 100 listings available for sale at all times.
Since I started reselling clothes and accessories a few years ago, it’s transformed from a hobby into a profitable side hustle. I love being able to make money from home doing something fun that I love. I know a lot of women who feel the same way. They’ve recently started selling online and are encouraged to become more successful at it. Other women I know want to start selling online but don’t know where to begin.
When I started selling on Poshmark several years ago, I was lucky in that I made several sales shortly after starting my closet. My things sold quickly, so I didn’t experience the struggle of trying to make sales. I think part of the reason was that there were fewer sellers at the time, so my items didn’t have as much competition. Cue to the present and things are different.
Over the past several months, I’ve tried to grow my closet and expand my offerings with the intention of making more sales. I’ve been taking chances on brands that I previously didn’t sell, either because I didn’t think they would sell well or I didn’t know about them. I’ve come away with a few surprises that I want to share with you here today. What are these brands? Take a look…
This summer I’m posting a series of articles focused on getting past the typical summer sales slump. Last month I posted How to Instill Confidence in Your Online Buyers because addressing a buyer’s fears and motivations will help improve your sales. One recommendation I mentioned is selling on the right platform for you and your buyers. I’ve been selling on three platforms for a few years now. I’ve grown more experienced with selling and the platforms have also changed.
Summer tends to bring a slowdown in sales for online sellers. While a sales slump can be a test of patience, it can also be a time to focus on improving other aspects of your business. That’s what I’m trying to do this summer and why I’ll be writing a series of posts on how to up your selling game over the summer months.
In April of this year, I hosted a Closet to Cash online listing challenge. My goal was to motivate myself and fellow sellers to list more items for sale over the seven days of the challenge. I had a growing pile of thrifted clothing taking over my lounge chair. I knew that if I could push myself to get them listed, I would see more sales and increased profits.
Another quarter of the year has passed, which means it’s time for me to share a thrift selling update, including what worked and what sold this winter. The past few months have been full of ups and downs for me on the thrifting front. On the downside, I haven’t spent as much time as I’ve wanted to focus on selling due to other life events. But that’s what’s great about selling! You can do it on your terms.
It’s confession time. When I sold my first few items online, I packaged them in Ziplock bags and recycled mailers before shipping them off. Stuffing would’ve been a better way to describe it. Forget about visual appeal. I only thought about keeping the items dry if the packages got wet.Thankfully, I’ve come a long way since then.
I’ve been focused on thrift shopping and selling with a one-track mind recently. Several weeks ago, I wrote about why you should sell on multiple platforms and gave some examples of things I sold. This week, I wanted to share some more of my recent thrifting activities as well as examples of my recent sales.
With December here, it’s time to celebrate this year’s progress and wins on the selling front. I can’t believe that another year has passed and I’m still here with a profitable side hustle. Did you have a good year too? Maybe you just started out thrifting and selling, or maybe you sold beyond even your own expectations this year. This is a good time to acknowledge your success.
As much as I love living frugally, I love having two side hustles of selling thrifted clothes online and blogging to help me earn income towards my financial goals. Moreover, I’m excited to share what I learn from these side hustles with you to help you achieve your goals too. Last month, I posted 22 things to do when your items aren’t selling. This was specifically in response to a drought in selling that I faced recently and I know everyone who sells faces from time to time.
As much as I love selling things online, there are downsides to it too. In April of this year, I attended Poshmark’s PoshNation tour in San Francisco, where I met several other women who buy and sell on Poshmark. Of the four women I spoke to in depth at the event, two of them asked me about how to deal with scammers and receiving items not as described. Because they were newer buyers and sellers who brought these questions up on their own, I think it’s a legitimate concern and must be on more people’s minds.