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…
I like to travel, for the most part. When I was younger I loved packing for a trip. I would have my suitcase open in my bedroom a week prior as if to prolong the vacation experience. I would pack and unpack and carefully arrange things while daydreaming of the fun that was about to happen. Now, packing is the worst part- yet I have it down to a science. I have come to the conclusion that I could pretty much survive any trip with 2 shirts, denim, and a cardigan. So I start with that and go from there. This ability and desire to wear just a couple of my favorite pieces when I go out of town really makes me think that I could benefit from a minimalist wardrobe.
For as long as I can remember, I have desired to only own my favorite things. I want to open my closet and instead of choosing the shirt, dress, sweater that I hate the least that day, be overwhelmed because I want to wear everything right now!
I’m also the person who won’t wear my most favorite shirt because I don’t want to ruin it.
Streamlining my wardrobe has always been a dream, but making it a reality is something I have been putting off. I have read the magical decluttering books and believe me, they have helped. Also, selling clothes online with apps like Poshmark has been a huge motivator. But I think the time has come to REALLY do this.
In case you are wondering what my point is in doing this… here’s what I want to see happen…
No one denies the importance of a great covershot on Poshmark. It makes even the most mundane cardigan look like the answer to all your life’s problems. Or at least promises to fill the gap in your wardrobe. Not only do we know that covershots are important but we know that lighting is the key to achieving great Poshmark photos.
This time last year I was pretty happy with my photos… I had discovered the best wall in my home to take them and was getting insane natural lighting. While they were not the best shots on Poshmark by far… I knew I was pretty much maximizing my potential. I did a full post about Natural Lighting and I felt I was good to go.
Then… we redecorated.
The new Poshmark Dressing Room feature got me thinking about the features that have been added over the past couple of years. Also, the constant reference to sellers as “Stylists”. Which makes me wonder… are YOU a Poshmark Seller Stylist? Am I?
The answer for me is simple. No, I am not.
I don’t connect with that term.
I will get back to that in a minute.
First, let’s discuss the connect between the Dressing Room and being a Poshmark Seller Stylist.