How To Sell On Poshmark & Make Space In Your Closet For New Clothes

When was the last time you cleaned out your closet? I know I should go through it more often! I LOVE to shop and regularly bring in new items to hang In my closet! Who doesn’t thought? Right?! 

Selling my lightly worn clothes on poshmark has been such a blessing! My closet is constantly evolving, growing, replacing & growing some more. I have been selling clothes on poshmark now since 2019! 

The products I now list on Poshmark are typically items we have received as exchanges/returns from our boutique shop. They are generally in perfect condition and instead of re-stocking these items back on our website (because that item may have completely sold out) I list them quickly on poshmark.

The app is basically an Instagram but for clothes! 

If you are just looking to make some extra room in your closet or you are selling boutique items, these are my best tips from selling on Posh! I have met some amazing poshers over the years!

HOW TO SELL YOUR OLD CLOTHES ON POSHMARK

How To Sell On Poshmark

The Poshmark Basics 

What is Poshmark?

Poshmark is a popular online marketplace where people can buy and sell new and used fashion items. It’s like an online thrift store, but with a focus on stylish and brand-name clothing. You can sell everything from clothes and shoes to accessories and handbags.

How do I create a Poshmark account?

  1. Download the App: You can get the Poshmark app from the App Store or Google Play Store. You can also sign up on their website.
  2. Sign Up: Open the app and follow the prompts to create an account using your email, Google account, or Facebook.
  3. Set Up Your Profile: Add a profile picture and fill in your bio to let buyers know a bit about you.
How To Sell On Poshmark

START BY GOING THROUGH YOUR CLOSET 

You know when you get that “shopping spree itch” & you just desperately want to wear something new?

It’s that feeling you get when you look into your closet & nothing seems exciting anymore.

You’ve “out-worn” everything already. You start to think “I have nothing to wear” & yet your closet is actually completely full & clothes are spewing out of their drawers. Your clothes are probably still totally wearable and in excellent condition. 

Well I totally understand you! It’s time for a wardrobe refresh. The first place you should turn to when you start feeling this way is back to your closet.

The second thing you should do is pick out a few items you know you haven’t worn in a while & probably won’t wear again anytime soon. Or pick out those items that are still in excellent condition, but you feel kinda tired of wearing. Those are the best items to sell on Poshmark. 

Now it’s time to list these items on poshmark and make some room in your closet for a wardrobe refresh. 

PREPARING TO LIST AN ITEM ON POSHMARK 

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CLEANING THE CLOTHES 

First things first, wash that item.

Selling an item that may have been collecting dust in your closet is a big Noooo. Make it look beautiful & brand new again. 

Once you have washed it & steam it, it's time to get the item ready for photos.

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PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ITEM 

Great photos help your items sell faster! 

Next you are going to want to find a good spot in your home with lots of diffused natural light.

(Quick tip- avoid direct sunlight, it will leave harsh shadows & potentially skew colors) 

Hang your clothes on a hanger to photograph. If you choose to photograph as a flat lay style, please, I beg you not to take the photos on the carpet floor! Mostly because I have read in several poshmark forums that people won’t buy from anyone who takes the photos of the clothes on their carpet. Many concerns about dirty carpet, pets, shoes & derbies in carpet come up often. 

Instead, use a clean surface such as a table or lay some photography paper down on the floor first to protect the clothing. This also makes for a better and more professional looking shot!

If you are comfortable modeling the item you can totally wear it on yourself. This can actually help the buyer see how the item fits on an actual real body. 

Another tip for selling your old clothes on poshmark iks to add more photos. Upload at least a minimum of 4 images, but the more you can add the better your chances are at getting an offer. 

If you list an item with ANY flaws, make sure to show it in the images or at least disclose the flaws in the description.You want to make sure you do this or you will end up with an unhappy buyer and likely have a case opened up against you. Which nobody ever wants, but if it does happen, don't fret-It happens to the best of us! 

What are some tips for taking great photos?

  • Use Natural Light: Take pictures near a window or outside during the day.
  • Keep it Simple: Use a plain background to make your item stand out.
  • Show All Angles: Take photos from the front, back, and sides. Include close-ups of labels, tags, or any details.
  • Highlight Flaws: Be honest about any imperfections and show them clearly in your photos.
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MEASURING THE GARMENT

Don't skip this step! Everyone & their mother wants to know the measurements of the item on Poshmark.

Save yourself some time by listing measurements ahead instead of waiting for when people ask-because they will! 

Even if you have every measurement listed in the description you’ll still be surprised to get questions about it in the comments. 

By listing out all of the necessary measurements you will find that you are also more likely to receive offers on the item than if you skip this step. 

HOW & WHERE TO MEASURE 

Basic measurements to include 

  • Tops: Bust + length 
  • Dresses: Bust + length 
  • Bottoms: Hips + length 

Quick tip: If an item has a fitted no stretch waist line, add this measurement too, but if it’s a loose fit with no defined waist I skip this measurement. 

If your still not 100% sure on where and how to measure, check out my How To Measure Guide HERE with Videos to show you how we get the job done! 

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LISTING AN ITEM ON POSHMARK 

Listing an item to sell on Poshmark is actually really really easy. They make it super user friendly. Once you have completed the steps above, listing an item should only take you a couple of minutes! 

  1. Click to Sell 
  2. Upload your images
  3. Enter a title for the item 
  4. Write a description 
  5. Choose a category 
  6. choose item size quantity 
  7. Choose item brand (optional)
  8. Choose up to 2 colors 
  9. Choose if the item is NWT, Boutique or none 
  10. Add style tags 
  11. The original item price
  12. your Listing price 
  13. Choose a shipping discount (optional)
  14. Choose availability 

So #1 & #2 are pretty self explanatory so we can just skip to #3. 

Enter a title for the item. Here you want to actually use keywords describing the item that you want to sell. So for instance if you have a Kate Spade Purse, you will want to give it a title like " Pink Kate Spade Mini Crossbody Bag" Instead of "Cute pink bag". When people are shopping they will usually search keyword phrases for something they are looking for. For example, if they are looking for a kate spade bag they might search something as simple as "kate spade bag" or "kate spade purse" and you want your item to show up when the buyer is looking for your item. 

Write a description. When you write your description, make sure to add a few key elements. I like to use this outline for all of my items.

  • A sweet short 1-2 senesce description of the item
  • Item features. Example: Stretchy, soft, hidden zipper, button fly, etc.
  • Item materials such as 100% cotton
  • Item measurements

Then you will want to choose choose an item category. You want to place your item into the correct category to ensure customers can find what they are looking for. 

When choosing a brand, it can be from the store you originally purchased it from or whatever the item tag states. If neither of these are applicable, you can also leave this section blank. 

Choose NWT (new with tags) if it has tags or original packaging available, or none if its been word or used. A boutique item is an option only available from a boutique business on poshmark. 

Style tags are anything that you can think of that quickly describe the item in 1 word. You can choose up to 3. For example, if you are listing your torn up jeans, you could add "distressed" as a style tag.

A shipping discount is optional. If you choose a shipping discount at this point, keep in mind that it will automatically apply this discount to "buy now" and all other private or public discounts you apply later on. 

The availability option is actually one of my favorites and one that I use often. When you list an item, you can set it as immediately available or change it to coming soon or not available. This option is actually really wonderful. Whenever I buy an item online, I immediately add the items as a listing to my personal poshmark account and list it under "not available". This way when I am done with the item I have a listing ready to go and I don't have to scramble to put one together. I just add a few extra images of my item to my already listing and change the availability to "available" and I can sell it right away. 

How do I list items for sale?

Listing items on Poshmark is simple:

  1. Tap the “Sell” Button: On the app, you’ll find a camera icon or “Sell” button. Tap it to start your listing.
  2. Take Photos: Take clear, well-lit photos of the item from different angles. Include close-ups of any details or flaws.
  3. Write a Description: Describe your item in detail. Include the brand, size, condition, and any other relevant information.
  4. Set a Price: Choose a price that reflects the item's value. You can also compare similar items on Poshmark to set a competitive price.
  5. Choose a Category: Select the appropriate category for your item, such as “Women’s Tops” or “Men’s Shoes.”
  6. List It: Once everything looks good, tap “Next” and then “List Item.”

 

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HOW TO SELL YOUR OLD CLOTHES ON POSHMARK

Now for the fun part. How to actually find buyers for your beautiful clothes! Since you have completed the first step of creating an immaculate listing, the second part is about promoting yourself and your worn clothes! 

The MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to sell your old clothes on Poshmark is to SHARE SHARE & SHARE some more. You have probably heard this one before, and it's totally true! If it's the only thing you do every day-just share. Share your entire closet over and over and over.

Its tedious, but it’s the best way for getting your items found. Another way to share is to share other peoples listings. The benefit of this is that when you share someone else’s  closet, they may come back and share your listings to their followers too, so it's a total win win for both of you. 

When you share your listings you bring them back to the top of the algorithm. But there's a catch, old listings dont always make it back up to the very top of search like new listings do.

This bring me to my second tip which is to RE-LIST old items. When you re-list an item, Poshmark sees it as a brand new listing and will push it back up in the feed. So if you have been sitting on an item for a couple of months, it's probably due for a re-list. 

Here’s the thing about re-listing. It doesn’t mean EDIT and then hit "list" again and it also doesn’t mean "copy listing" and re-list it. It means that you will have to delete the original listing completely and totally re-do the entire thing. It can be a bit of a headache, but you will see new activity on your item when you do it this way and it will be worth the effort when you finally get that buyer! 

Share when there’s a poshmark party. Poshmark throws parties several times a day with different themes. This is a great time to get on the app and share your listings. This is because Poshmark sends out app notifications to everyone during party times, so more people naturally hop on the app at those times. You can also try to share your items to poshmark parties if they fit the party qualifications. 

Offer great customer service! You are more likely to get sales when you respond quickly to questions and have a friendly attitude. It honestly can be one of the biggest things that will make or break your sales. 

Be open to offers. Here's the thing about offers, you might get some good offers and some "bad" offers. The truth is, everyone who is shopping on poshmark is looking for a "deal" and you will probably rarely get those "buy now" sales-but when you do get them, jump for joy! (: The app is designed to send offers back and fourth. 

Send Offers! When you get likes on your listings, go ahead and send them an offer. Sometimes buyers may not be comfortable sending offers to you, but may accept an offer that you send them. I like to send offers soon after I get a "like" on an item because that's when that buyer is actively shopping. Don't worry about feeling like you are "annoying" the buyer. They are looking for deals! If they didn't want to receive offers, they probably wouldn’t like the item in the first place. 

How should I price my items?

Pricing can be tricky, but here are some guidelines:

  • Research Similar Items: Look at what similar items are selling for on Poshmark.
  • Consider Condition: New or like-new items can be priced higher, while used items should be priced lower.
  • Factor in Fees: Poshmark takes a fee from each sale (20% for items over $15, or $2.95 for items under $15), so set your price to account for this.
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How do I handle shipping?

  1. Get a Shipping Label: Once your item sells, Poshmark will email you a prepaid shipping label.
  2. Package Your Item: Pack your item securely in any box or envelope. You can use USPS Priority Mail packaging, which is free from the post office.
  3. Attach the Label: Print and tape the shipping label to your package.
  4. Drop Off: Take your package to the post office or schedule a free USPS pickup.

How do I get paid?

Poshmark offers two ways to get paid:

  1. Direct Deposit: You can transfer your earnings directly to your bank account.
  2. Check: Request a check to be mailed to you.

To cash out, go to your account settings, select “My Balance,” and choose your preferred payment method.

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How can I promote my listings?

Promoting your listings can help them sell faster:

  • Share Regularly: Share + share + share some more! Share your listings to your followers and Poshmark parties to increase visibility.
  • Engage with the Community: Follow other users, share their listings, and leave comments. The more active you are, the more people will see your items.
  • Offer Discounts: Use Poshmark’s “Offer to Likers” feature to give potential buyers a discount.
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What should I do if my item doesn’t sell?

If your item isn’t selling:

  • Review Your Listing: Check if your photos and description are clear and attractive.
  • Adjust the Price: Consider lowering the price or offering a discount.
  • Share More Often: Increase your sharing frequency to get more eyes on your listing.
  • Refresh Your Listing: Create a new listing with updated photos and description.

 TO SUM IT ALL UP

  • Prepare the items
  • Photograph the items
  • Measure the clothes
  • List your items 
  • Share your listings
  • Share during parties
  • Share other poshers listings 
  • Offer great customer service
  • Be open to offers
  • Price your items right
  • Send offers regularly  

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