Have you been watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo? This new Netflix show is all the rage right now. Organization guru Marie Kondo uses her KonMari method to help people declutter their homes, bringing increased order and happiness into their lives. My husband and I watched a few episodes together when it first came out earlier this month.
Welcome to the new year! I have lots to share with you this year. I’m excited to get started by showing you my recent sales Poshmark and eBay. You might know by now that I’m a thrift shopping and reseller addict. It’s a fun and profitable side hustle that I pursue in my free time. After a slowdown in sales over last summer, which is typical for the season, I was happy to see my sales pick up in the fall. I ended the year with a great fourth quarter in sales!
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.
I share a lot about my experience reselling thrifted clothing here on From Pennies to Plenty. I write about the platforms I use, show the things that I sell, and talk a bit about strategy in selling. One aspect I haven’t talked about much is how perfect selling is for someone who LOVES stationery.
The other day I found myself telling someone what I do in my free time. Most of my free time is spent working on my side hustles of reselling second-hand clothing and blogging. Once I shared this information and the work that goes into each, I heard, “how do you find the time for your side hustles?”
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.
In late 2017, Poshmark rolled out the status of Poshmark Ambassador. I wasn’t sure what that meant and if it was worth it for me. Are there benefits to being a Poshmark Ambassador? Did I have to do anything extra to maintain my status?
I noticed the other day that it’s been a long time since I shared with you some of my recent sales from thrift store flipping. For the past several years, I’ve been selling my thrifted finds online on sites like Poshmark, eBay, and Mercari. It’s been a fun and profitable side hustle for me.
Since I started selling second-hand clothes and accessories online several years ago, I’ve been trying to improve my business. That means selling more in-demand items, sourcing items cheaper, and taking better pictures. One way to source better items has been to offer my selling services for consignment.
Most people probably wouldn’t complain about having a little more money in their pockets. The more difficult thing is how to make that happen. Now if you’re bringing in the big bucks at your primary job or have the potential to earn more there, then keep focusing on that job. But if you find that your current salary is not enough for you to meet your financial obligations and goals, then it’s time to consider what else is available to you.
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.
Over the past few months, I grown a huge pile of clothes and accessories to sell. It's taken over my living room lounge chair, when it really should be in the hands of buyers instead. Yep, that giant stack of clothes is an unrealized money pile!
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.
Just about everyone who has sold online has faced the dreaded sales slump. You know what I mean. No “cha-ching” notification of a sale or offer from eBay. No email from Poshmark saying, “Good news! Your item was purchased.” In fact, an item hasn’t left your hands in days. You wonder what’s going on.
Welcome to September! As we head down the final stretch of 2017, I keep asking myself where the days have gone. It feels like just a few weeks ago that I posted my spring fashion finds. It’s actually been three months! I thought today would be good to share an update on my summer thrift fashion finds and related topics.
Here on From Pennies to Plenty, I’m all about saving money and making the dollars that you do spend go further. So it’s probably no surprise that I’m a big fan of buying and using second-hand items. In fact, I buy and sell second-hand items as a side hustle, and I recommend buying second-hand to friends and family all the time. If you’re wondering what to buy, whether it’s clean, or if you’re safe doing it, read on to learn more.
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.
This month I celebrated two years of selling clothes and other items online. I began selling things online out of curiosity and as a way to get rid of extra clothes in my closet. Since then, I no longer list items only from my own closet.
One of the very first reasons why I started this blog was to share my adventures and finds from thrift shopping. I’ve always been a bargain shopper and love finding clothes and accessories at great prices. After taking a break from shopping earlier this year (yes, I do get tired of shopping!), I got back into it in April and came away with some fabulous finds.
When I wore my favorite black shirt for the hundredth time earlier this week, I saw a thread hanging from it and wondered if the shirt was falling apart. I’m sure that we all have those moments when we dread our favorite piece of clothing becoming too worn to wear.
Besides blogging, one of my favorite hobbies is to sell things online. A few months ago, I posted 5 Tips to Sell Clothes Online. If you haven’t read the post yet, check it out because the tips are foundational to success on Poshmark and on any other online marketplace. Since then, I’ve had several more tips on my mind and want to share them here today.
Buying and selling goods online can be an exciting and profitable experience. I remember being a newbie on the used clothing app Poshmark down to the day I downloaded the app and fiddled around to post my first listings. The notifications soon started about being followed and my listings shared. I had no idea what that meant!