If there’s anything that Christina Duehn knows about it’s connecting with others. You know, besides making major Poshmark sales, comfy sweaters, and black coffee. Known as Cduehns_Closet on Poshmark, Christina started her selling journey just about a year ago but has made it a point to learn, grow, and profit in her short amount of time. She took her Instagram following from 1k to 10k organically and isn’t afraid to show the highs and lows of her Poshmark business. We sat down and talked all things Posh, and Christina had some amazing advice for building connection through Poshmark if you might be a little shy.
Christina is no stranger to giving advice. She hosts a podcast called Poshing Together, where she talks about her own Poshmark journey and give tips to other resellers. One of the best parts of listening to Christina’s podcast is that she’s learning with the listener. She doesn’t act like she knows it all or talk in a lecturing tone. Instead, she’s honest and tells you that she’s learning as she goes — just like we all are.
One thing that Christina and I can both agree on is that building connection through Poshmark is key. The app is first and foremost a social media platform. But building connections outside the app is just as important as inside. One look at Christina’s Instagram account, and you’ll see exactly what I mean. The Poshmark community is filled with people just waiting to lift each other up and learn from each other, something the podcast host does daily with her followers. Christina is a light on my Instagram feed, so I couldn’t help but be a little shocked when she told me that she used to be extremely shy.
“If you went back and [told] me when I was in high school that I’d be making podcasts and that I’m a teacher… I’d laugh at you because I was extremely shy.”
Christina is a first-generation American who was born with Russian as her first language. As she puts it, she overcame a lot of cultural barriers to become the outgoing person that she is today. Christina doesn’t let anything hold her back from sharing her story and educating others. She now has an entire platform devoted to helping people learn and grow their Poshmark business right alongside her. It goes to show that anyone and everyone can build connection through Poshmark — even people that are extremely shy.
From the outside looking in, it can seem intimidating to start an Instagram account specifically for Poshmark or to reach out to other sellers. But the app was truly created not just to sell, but to connect with others. In my opinion, one of the best things that you can do for your Poshmark business is to reach out to other sellers and form connections. It will not only open you up to the incredible community, but also help you to continue to grow and evolve your Poshmark business.
“My tip for connecting with others is connecting with people that you relate to. When you see someone online, would you want to grab a coffee with them or a glass of wine with them in real life? If yes, then it’s so much easier to branch out and reach out. Comment on their stuff, respond to a story.”
I know what you’re thinking, how the heck does this make you sales? Well, the truth is that having a Poshmark business is not just solely about making sales. Like I mentioned before, building connection through Poshmark helps you learn and grow. Maybe you find a new brand to be on the lookout for or see an inventory tip that makes sense for you to implement. Before you know it, you’ll have an entire group of people to support you and help you grown. These people know exactly what you’re going through — whether your sales are skyrocketing or you’re hitting a rough patch. It’s nice to have people there that understand. It’s not about competition but learning and growing as a reseller.
The best part is that building connection through Poshmark is as easy as following on Instagram. Heck, I sat down (virtually) and had this talk with Christina all because I chose to follow her on Instagram one day. I reached out, commented on her posts, and now here she is giving me (and all of you) some advice.
If you’re shy, reaching out to someone on social media might seem harder to do. But, as Christina says, “it’s about being okay taking a risk.” For someone that’s shy, reaching out to a reseller on Instagram is a heck of a lot easier than going up to a stranger to introducing yourself. You’ve got nothing to lose but an empty response, which is something that Christina says not to take too personally. Even the brightest and bubliest, like the podcast host, sometimes may overlook a comment or get busy.
“Because it’s the internet, there are times when not everyone is going to respond to you,” Christina says. “I think there is something worth knowing, especially if you’re shy, don’t be discouraged if someone doesn’t respond. It probably isn’t you. Just keep trying with others that you have something in common with.”
The moral of the story: reach out! If you follow a reseller on Instagram that you love, respond to their story. If you’ve been waiting to build connection, go follow some resellers that you find inspiring. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Not sure where to start? Reach out to Christina or me on Instagram. We’d be more than happy to be your starting point to reaching out to sellers. Plus, it might help knowing that deep down we’re both just as shy as you are.