What I Sold on Poshmark & Mercari – Winter 2019
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.
I spent more time sourcing, listing, and sharing items on Poshmark and cross-listing them to Mercari. All the effort paid off as I had the best quarter in sales I’ve had in a long time.
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Here’s a look at many of the items I sold. I’m trying to show more variety of brands with this roundup.
Mara Hoffman dress & swimsuit
Mara Hoffman offers all kinds of quality women’s clothing. I’ve known it for its bright uniquely patterned and printed swimwear that runs over $200 at retail. I haven’t been lucky enough to find this brand at thrift stores until recently, when I found this dress and swimsuit. Neither was in great shape, but both sold for a profit.
Athleta Empower Daily Bra
Athleta clothing is a hit-or-miss brand for me. Some items sell well and others sit for months. This bra was in perfect condition and its description on Athleta’s site said that it’s post-mastectomy friendly, which made me think it’s a specialty item. I like selling in-demand specialty clothing because they’re normally high priced at retail, meaning they’ll sell well at resale.
Marine Layer men’s swim trunks
Marine Layer is known for its super soft and comfortable clothing. It’s also one of my favorite brands to wear. Items are made in the US or in ethical and sustainable factories overseas. I don’t make a lot of profit off of Marine Layer pieces, but their popular items like swim trucks and the Allison pant sell consistently.
Thomas Wylde skulls foldover clutch
Lorna Jane crops
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon sneakers
I rarely find Nike shoes in good condition enough to sell. I picked these up because they were in excellent condition (maybe even new) and had a unique flag print on them. Unfortunately, I paid a lot for them, so it was difficult to make a good profit from the sale. Nonetheless, Nike shoes are some of my favorite items to sell when I can find them.
LL Bean warm-up jacket
Bonobos swim trunks
Rebecca Taylor Aimee dress
Urban Outfitters Out From Under tie-front swimsuit
Oh my goodness! I got the most likes for an item I’ve ever gotten with this Urban Outfitters swimsuit. I had 25 likes within a few hours of listing it and it sold that same night. It retails for $68, which is not a lot for a swimsuit, but this style of a one-piece with the middle cut out is popular. I wish I could’ve found a hundred of these to sell.
Lo & Sons overnight bag
I liked this bag so much that I seriously thought about keeping it for myself. Who am I kidding? I love selling even more. I had to sell it. If you ever come across a bag by this company, grab it because they’re really well made and resell well.
Hello Kitty I Love Nerds tote bag
You wouldn’t believe how many people are fans of Hello Kitty. I’m talking about adult fans. I got lucky finding this tote bag at the thrift store and it sold for full asking price.
Lululemon Trail Blazer jacket
This was a rare find from a second-hand shop. It was in the women’s section when it’s actually a men’s jacket. I first listed this at $100 and lowered it to $80 during a Closet Clear Out event. No one bought it so I raised it back to $100 and got an offer for $94 the next day.
Johnny Was eyelet dress
For Love & Lemons lace tank
The Odells dress
Trusst Suzanne bra
This is another one of those specialty items like I mentioned above. It’s difficult for plus size women to find comfortable and well-fitting bras. When they do, they’re expensive. Any time I come across large size bras new with tag while thrift shopping, I grab them because I know they will resell well.
Trusst is a brand that specializes in making large size bras. They’re about $78 each. I sold two of these within about 1-2 weeks of putting them up for sale. I think I could’ve sold each of them for more but wanted the quick sales.
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Notes on Sales
You probably noticed that some of my items above cost a lot more to acquire than typical thrift store items. One reason for that is that thrift stores in my area price high anything perceived to be designer or high-end.
The other reason is that I’m trying to find nicer items to sell even if they cost more. Better quality and higher end items sell for more, which I hope will mean more profit per sale. One sale with a $50 profit is better than 10 sales with $5 profit each. It’s less work packaging and shipping one versus ten sales.
Poshmark recently announced that the company is starting to collect sales tax. I was disappointed to hear this because I think it will be harder to make sales.
I’ve always found it difficult to sell items for $10 or under. A $10 item used to cost $16.79 for the buyer due to shipping, but the seller would make only $7.05 That’s a lot to pay for small low-value item and little profit for a seller.
The other day I saw a listing for an $8 shirt. The shirt came to be almost $16 after taxes and shipping. That’s almost double the listed price for a used shirt! And the seller would only receive $5.05. Ooooph! I think people will be even less inclined to make low-value purchases with the addition of sales tax.
One of the best things about thrift shopping and selling is that you don’t need a lot of money to get started. You can spend less than $100 at the thrift store and get lots of items to resell for more. You don’t have to tie up too much money in inventory to get going.
With the recent increase in shipping costs and now the introduction of sales tax, I think is a great time to try to sell higher value and high-end items. You’ll still find people wanting to buy those items despite taxes and shipping. Taxes won’t make up such a large percentage of the overall cost of those items. Your prices will likely still mean the buyer is getting a great deal.
I have my fingers crossed (or should I say clicking away on the Poshmark app?) aiming for another great quarter of sales ahead. Stay tuned for another update next quarter!
How were your sales for the first few months of the year? How do you think the introduction of sales tax will affect sales? Are you planning on doing anything differently this coming quarter?