Although I have mentioned Closet Clear Out in many posts when detailing certain strategies, I realize that I have never talked about the basics of the promotion. So for those of you who are new- or if you just like reading about things- here is my opinion about Closet Clear Out… what it is, and how I personally use it.
What is Closet Clear Out on Poshmark?
Closet clear out is a promotional set amount of days where anything you “mark down” on Poshmark will receive discounted shipping. That’s the basics of the program. BUT, of course there are little terms and conditions in the fine print!
Poshmark always announces it first with a dark burgundy banner at the top of your newsfeed. I do not have a screen shot of an actual CCO announcement but there is always an informative banner and this is where it’s located:
Some people are rule followers, some people are not. Like some of you, when I signed up to sell on Poshmark, I read every single bit of the terms and conditions. I wanted to make sure I was doing things correctly and I also wanted to know what Poshmark would be responsible for. I’m not sure what part of my personality causes me to read the fine print… but it’s how I am.
I know a lot of Poshmark users are very passionate about the rules. I am a big fan about personally following the rules but am not too concerned about other people’s business. That doesn’t mean I don’t find the new feature fascinating!
What am I talking about?
The new Review Listings Feature on Poshmark allows users to pitch in and help monitor potential rule violations.
When it comes to your online inventory, a big decision you have to make is when you should be switching out seasonal clothing on Poshmark.
Some sellers are compelled to keep their closet stocked with only season appropriate clothing.
Of course you can’t rely on calendar dates like the first official day of summer or follow traditional Labor Day outfitting rules. By the time the season has officially changed, most shoppers have already made their big seasonal purchases. I see this shopper every year… she just bought a fabulous pair of boots, a plaid scarf, and the perfect heavy leather fall bag. She is so excited about her purchase and can’t wait to wear it on her next outing and its 80 degrees out.
When switching out seasonal clothing on Poshmark, I follow one simple rule in my closet…
You just shipped out several packages and are feeling really good about the money that is about to show up in your account. The packages are safely at the Post Office and you are now cleaning up the supplies. Wait, isn’t that blue skirt that I was supposed to ship to Meghan… or was it Tara?… why is still at my house? What did I just ship?
Oh $^*% !!
It’s 5:30 am on the East Coast. I am awake and sharing my Poshmark Closet. Some might say sharing your Poshmark closet this early is a waste of time because the majority of Poshmark users are not awake let alone shopping their feed (it’s 2:30 on the West Coast!!). But this is all part of my strategy which I will explain in just a few. This also ties in to one of the MOST asked questions…
“What is more important: sharing your Poshmark closet or sharing others?”
– Everyone on Poshmark
If you have never been asked this before, you probably have been the one asking. I have been on both sides.
I would love to do research and figure out which gives you the best ROI (return on investment) but there are simply too many factors involved. Factors such as:
- Amount of followers of person sharing
- Time of day/ Time zone
- Appeal of listings (photo quality, item desirability)
… and about a million other little factors, including the elusive algorithm.
I firmly believe that sharing your Poshmark closet and sharing others both hold significant importance.
I have been a disorganized mess my entire life. However, I do want to discuss how to organize your Poshmark closet because it is one of the greatest achievements of my life. Maybe… not really, but I do work hard at it.
My current and ever evolving system has developed over the past 2 years. I have some challenging elements as most of us do… I live in a condo that does not have storage space. No generous closets or extra rooms here!
While my system is pretty basic and tucked out of sight in a stingy closet, it has proven effective for me and has relieved so many stresses that come from selling things online. I am finally in control and my “inventory” feels like less of an annoying roommate. Big achievement for a self- proclaimed mess.
We are all searching for the secret to more Poshmark sales, and the title of this post should probably have a big ol’ question mark at the end of it. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you will note that my opinions evolve and change while on my quest to figure it out. Sometimes I think I find a new strategy and sometimes I revert back to the basics of sharing and following.
Whether or not I have stumbled upon the secret to Poshmark sales, I am writing this post for one reason in particular: Sales Expectations.
Every time I hear someone say “Sales are so slow!” I will also see a photo on Instagram of someone’s sky-high stack of packages going to the post office.
What are these two people doing that is so drastically different?
These photos of enormous shipments certainly motivate some people, but others (like ME, if you want total honesty) it just makes them want to throw up their hands and find a new hobby. Like knitting.
Obviously there are a million factors that go into why you are experiencing slow or high volume sales. But is there a way to set realistic expectations of how much you should or could be selling?
I had a really great idea for Week Three of downsizing my wardrobe. I decided to enlist the help of one of my friends!
- Sit her down
- Hand her a glass of wine
- Make her look at each piece of clothing and listen to my reason for keeping it
As promised, here is another update on what I accomplished in my real closet clear out.
Truly, posting about this is holding me accountable… but don’t worry, I am not going to start blogging about laundry and dusting for motivation. Yet.
I am relieved to learn that I am not the only one who feels overwhelmed by their personal closet!
With that said, I have decided to document downsizing my wardrobe. I’m not going to promise that I will be able to guide you through your journey BUT, hopefully inspire you to get started!
I don’t really want to post a picture of my closet. However, it’s probably necessary.
This is how I started out Week One…