Thrifting is my all-time favorite past time. I love scouring the racks, looking for unique finds and styles. But thrift sourcing is completely different than just shopping for fun. When you’re shopping for clothing to sell (or, as Poshers call it, flip), you need a strategy. Thrift sourcing is an amazing way to keep your Poshmark business going for a low cost to you, and there are strategies to make your time at the thrift store as efficient as possible.
Thrift sourcing can be intimidating, especially if you’re only selling part-time. Having to drive to the thrift store, spend time looking, and then go home to wash, photograph, and list is a lot to do. But it doesn’t have to be. If you go to the thrift store with a plan, sourcing will become a whole lot easier for you. Basically, it’s all about knowing your business.
It’s so easy to get caught up in what other sellers are doing. Even I’ve found myself deep in the rabbit hole of Instagram and YouTube, looking at brands that sell and what everyone else is selling. But if you can stay true to yourself, then your business will flourish. At the end of the day it’s not about finding the best brands or spending hours sourcing. It’s about knowing your numbers and what works for you.
Before you head to the thrift store to source, you need a plan. You can’t just walk in, wander around, and expect things to go smoothly. There is definitely a time and a place for that type of thrifting, but it’s not when you’re looking to stock up on items to sell on your Poshmark.
Everyone’s sourcing plan will look different depending on their Poshmark business, but the main goal is to stay organized. Setting up a strategy before you go in will give you structure and make sourcing a breeze. Like I said, you can make any plan that you’d like. It’s all about what works best fr your business. But if you’re looking for a place to get started, these thrift sourcing strategies will help you out.
1. Know what makes you money.
You can source anything your little heart desires. But if you want to start making some seriously money, you need to know what sells well for you. Notice that I said for you. I’m not telling you to go look up brands or do research every week. All you need to do is take a peek at your sales and see what’s doing well for you. Do this before you hit the thrift shop and then go to that section first. You’ll have the most energy and can focus on what will make you money before you switch to other aisles.
2. Have a plan before you shop.
This tip is pretty generic because you need to set a plan that works for you and your business. Personally, I do this two different ways — setting a budget and setting an item limit. Setting a budget allows me to not get crazy when sourcing. Sometimes I’ll take a $20 bill in with me and tell myself that I can’t go over. Other times I set a limit to how many items I want to find. For example, I list 20 items per week. I’ll go into the thrift store with the hopes to find maybe that many items in my trip. That way I know that I’ll be set for the week.
Like I said, there are tons of different ways to do this. Maybe you have a plan to only look for jeans or to rummage through home goods and not even look at clothes. You can tailor this any way that you’d like, but the hope is to get a plan of action before you walk in and start feeling overwhelmed.
3. Give yourself enough time.
Plan ahead. It’s really as simple as that. You can’t expect to find great items if you’re stressed out about having to make it home for dinner or to an appointment. Pick a day in the week that you have some open time. Maybe it’s right when the store opens in the morning or an evening after work. That way you won’t feel rushed or pressure to find something in a certain amount of time.
Thrifting is an incredible way to keep your Poshmark business going. While it can be frustrating and intimidating at times, it will pay off if you have a plan.