It’s been two weeks of not leaving the house thanks to the Coronavirus, and my Poshmark business is still going strong. In fact, it’s doing better this week than in the past few weeks. There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now but selling is something that has stayed constant in my life, and I’m extremely thankful for it. That being said, I am taking the quarantine seriously and am doing my best to keep stay inside and away from others. Here’s a guide to how I’ve kept my Poshmark business going in the middle of the quarantine.
It’s important to me to preface this post with the fact that your health has to come first. If you’re feeling sick, do not pack up your clothing and sell it. Also, if you’re feeling anxious or like you need the break, don’t feel like you have to keep selling. Life will go on, and your health is the most important thing in all of this.
If you decide that you want to keep selling in the quarantine, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to break down how I’m still sourcing, listing, selling, and shipping all while not leaving my house. That’s the beautiful thing about Poshmark, you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
This is the trickiest part when it comes to not leaving your home, but don’t let that discourage you. Sourcing just means “finding clothes to sell” and you can do that just about anywhere. There are plenty of ways to source clothing, even though thrift stores are closed right now. It’s all about being creative, trying out new things, and working with what you’ve got. Here’s a breakdown of all the different ways that you can still source right now.
Look to your death pile
The easiest way to work with what you’ve got is to look at the pile of clothing that you’ve been putting off listing. Maybe they’re not exactly your style or the best brands. Or maybe you haven’t found the greatest way to show them in a photo. Well, now’s the time to get creative and put that pile to work. Any listing is better than no listing. You’ve got the time, so list them!
Go through your closet
Spring cleaning is here, and you can no longer avoid it. It’s spring and, let’s be honest, you likely have nothing better to do right now. Turn off Netflix and take a deep dive into your closet. Take a good look at the winter clothes that you didn’t reach for this season. Then move to the spring clothes that aren’t really your style anymore. You just found some items to list, my friend.
Ask your friends and family
If you’re doing spring cleaning, other people probably are too. Goodwill is closed for donations right now, and they’ll need to take those clothing somewhere. Put out an ask to your friends and family, asking them to donate their items to you. They can leave it outside their house or drop it off on your doorstep. That way you can keep your distance, but still keep selling.
Buy a sellers box on Poshmark
Believe it or not, there are Poshmark sellers out there devoted to selling clothing to other sellers. You can buy them in bulk, mystery boxes, or choose the exact pieces that you want. I haven’t personally used any of these ideas myself, but I know a lot of people that have and love it. One search for “reseller boxes” on Poshmark and you’ll see just how many options you have.
This is probably the easiest part of the selling process, as you likely don’t leave your house to list anyways. Listing is all about putting the time aside to take clear photos of your items and get them onto your Poshmark page. I have a bunch of starter tips in my Poshmark Photo Guide for you to use if you’re just starting out. But this is a great time for tried and true sellers to switch it up a little bit too.
Try switching up your Poshmark photos while you’re at home and have a little extra time. Try out try-on photos, grab a new rug for your flay lay backdrop, or work on adding more depth to your photos by adding accessories into the shot. This is also a great time to get a weekly Poshmark schedule going. Set aside time to take photos every week or a designated time of day that you list items and share your closet. It’s all about strategy.
Offer to likers. Offer to individual buyers. Offer, offer, offer. You have some extra time on your hands, so use it to reach out to buyers personally. People want to buy from people that they trust. Now’s the time to get to know some of your sellers by reaching out to them, styling them, and giving them personalized offers.
You’ve likely got a little extra time on your hands, even if you have a full or part-time job still. Spend a little more time on the app and see if it affects your sales. Spoiler alert: it will! The more that you share, respond to comments, and offer to buyers the better you’ll do in sales for the week.
If you haven’t found the free packaging supplies from USPS yet, now is the perfect time to explore them. Head over to the USPS website and add whatever size boxes you’d like to your cart. They will send them over to you completely FREE. There are no catches and you can order as many as you’d like. It truly is magical.
Don’t think you have to get fancy with your packages, either. Use what you have around the house, like leftover tissue paper or string to wrap around the item. If you truly don’t have anything to wrap your item in, just stick a piece of paper in that says thank you. No one is judging you.
As of the time that this is published, USPS is still completely in business. You can actually schedule your USPS packages to be picked up right from your doorstep. Just go to the website, fill out your address and how many packages that you have, and someone already on your mail route will come to pick them up for you.
Remember to thank your mail person at this time! They don’t get the luxury of staying home — they’re out working for you.
Like I said before, don’t feel like you have to use this time in quarantine to sell. Your health — mental and physical — needs to come first. But if you do want to keep selling or, heck, start selling for that matter, it is totally possible. All it takes is a little bit of creativity during this time.