05/15/16

Poshmark Advice

I joined Poshmark at the end of 2012 because I had too many items I no longer used that where taking up space in my closet. Space that could be used for new items. I was so tired of organizing garage sales to sell my new to barely used items. For anyone who has had a garage sale, you know that people are shopping for a bargain, yet you still want to make a decent amount of money especially if it’s in new or to barely used condition. But if you are a person that enjoys shopping at them, then you want a great bargain. I felt that for me it wasn’t worth it, it took a great amount of time to organize my items and then spend most of the day attending to it. But with all the time you have to dedicate to having a garage sale I decided I would give it a try. But then when I got an offer for $2 for a pair of heels that I had worn once, which I paid $60 for and was selling for $12, I was so offended. I got a couple more lowball offers for my items, which I believed where reasonably priced, based on brand & condition. I decided that I would not sell for so low so I brought most of my stuff back inside. Sale was over

 

I needed a better way to sell my stuff, somewhere that someone would buy my barely used Jessica Simpson heels for $20 and realize that they are still getting a deal. Ebay was out of the question, tried it but had so many problems with people bidding on your items but never actually paying for them. Then I discovered Poshmark & I had to see what the site was about. A site for women’s clothing, shoes, makeup & accessories, that’s exactly what I was looking for. I joined towards the end of 2012 and here we are now 2016 and what have I learned. Well here we go

 

At the beginning I loved it, very easy to use, snap some pictures upload 4 photos and a description of the item with the condition and you’re done. Well its not that easy, I’m not a professional photographer so I would get upset because the camera could not capture the true color of the item. I couldn’t understand why, what I was looking at couldn’t translate into the photo. Some advice, natural sunlight is the best. I started going outside and taking photos of many items at a time then at night I would just start listing my items. The other thing is that you have to be very descriptive and detailed. My advice is to actually include measurements because most of the questions you get refer to that, Underarm-to-Underarm, waist, length, and heel height. And also be clear of condition, you don’t know how many times a person will refer to an item as new and when you read the description it stated worn only two times but are like new. No that’s not how it works, once you wore them they are no longer considered new. You wouldn’t buy a pair of new shoes at the store that someone returned after wearing them twice. So be honest

 

With the time that I have been selling on this site I can now give you some advice that I have learned along the way. Take great pictures in sunlight to get the true color and details of your items. For clothing I try to include a stock photo, I know I know, you’re not supposed to, but if a model is wearing it, than the buyer can get an idea of fit and length. But do not use all stock photos ever I learned the hard way. I used all stock photos and when I sold the item the buyer wanted a refund because the item was not as described. Well what does that mean, not sure? They only have like 3 reasons you can request a return, which are not very specific. Lets just say I couldn’t understand what was wrong the pictures where of the “same” item I was selling, but it was not the “actual” item.

 

The other thing is that you have to be very active. Share your items to posh parties. They have 3 a day. First one is brands e.g. Jessica Simpson, Coach, Too Faced. Second is a specific item e.g. Jewelry, Dresses, Shoes. Last is a Themed one e.g. Spring Trends, Weekend Wardrobe, Boho Vibes. This is a great way for anyone shopping in any of these parties to view your items. Also share items from other poshers so that they can do the same for you.

 

This advice is the one, which I believe is a must. If you are new to Poshmark “Do Not Trade” not only is it not allowed but so many people have been scammed on here. And there is nothing that Poshmark can do because there is no purchase on file. So what this means is that someone wants to trade your Michael Kors purse for an item in their closet, so you sent it out and they claim they are sending out whatever item you agreed upon and it never happens, so now you’re out a purse.

 

The other thing that you have to deal with is those annoying buyers well I guess I shouldn’t call them that since they never actually buy anything. We will call them lookie-looks. What they do is go through your closet ask you a question or two make it seem like they are interested in your item and then they disappear, making you waste your time. This is one of the main reasons why I was planning on closing my Poshmark closet. I was so annoyed with those questions like What’s your lowest price? Good thing they made an offer tab that way you don’t have to discuss pricing on your comments for everyone to see, this is more private, you can accept, decline or counter. The other thing is lowballers know as cheap people who make unreasonable offers that only offend me and in the end they are blocked.

 

So if you are thinking of selling here, things to remember take great pictures, give detailed descriptions, be honest and be active and if you ask someone a question let them know if whether you are interested or not.

The reasons I like Poshmark is that it’s easy to use. Plus I like the set up, meaning that if there is someone who’s style you just love you can browse their closet and bundle. Meaning you can buy multiple items from 1 persons closet and only pay for shipping once as long as it’s within their limit of 5lbs. You can find great deals and many buyers are willing to work on price.

Just like there are positives here are the negatives. For sellers the fees are pretty high 20% for $15 or more and $2.95 for under $15 plus $5.95 shipping. As a buyer I wouldn’t mind the $5.95 shipping fee if I was buying a pair of boots but for a lipstick it’s just ridiculous. The other negative is the customer service is pretty bad it takes so long to get an issue resolved plus there is no phone # to call so everything is done thru email.

The one thing that seems to get really annoying the more time I spend here is listings that do not follow the guidelines established. This site is not monitored well, many poshers do not stick to what this site was intended for, it has so may kids items, men’s and housewares. Also people are allowed to do brand manipulation meaning they will list an item as Zara or Too Faced when its not that brand just so that they can get more views. Which makes looking for a specific brand so annoying, you can report listings that violate the rules but nothing is ever done as long as they make their 20%. The other thing is that there is too much counterfeit/replica items that I am hesitant to make a purchase without reading descriptions and comments. Another thing is that sellers have 7 days to ship an item before you are able to cancel.

 

So would I recommend using this site even though many things are annoying Poshmark is always working on making it better So Yes

09/1/15

Ipsy Monthly Subscription

So when I heard of a monthly subscription for beauty products I couldn’t wait to join. Especially when you stick with the same brand because you don’t want to spend a lot of money, to experiment. Well when I decided to give it a try, I was overwhelmed with how many actual monthly beauty boxes there are. The more popular ones being Ipsy, Birchbox, & Glossybox, which also range in price. They also have boxes for specific needs like Julep Maven for Nail Polish Junkies and CurlBox for hair products. My main concern was that I would only get samples sizes of brands I had never heard of. But when you take the quiz, they ask you what brands you like & they have some well known brands like too Faced, Stila, Smashbox & many more. I reviewed “Glam Bags” which is what they call them, from previous months & was happy to see recognizable brands & good size products. I made my decision, I would start an Ipsy monthly subscription, which costs only $10 a month and includes shipping. I went on their website to sign up, but that did not work out like I had planned, there is a wait list to get the subscription started. I received an email to follow some steps so I could move up the wait list faster; the usual share on Facebook for your friends, follow them & a few others. Once I followed all the steps, I received an email that I would be sent a bag starting next month, which would be June. I just couldn’t wait to get it, I was anxious what would it contain. It comes with a re-usable make up bag, and 4 or 5 products that range from beauty, hair or skincare. It’s all based on the quiz that you take when you sign up. Well I can say that I was very happy with my June Glam Bag, so far I have received 3 bags and have discovered some brands I hadn’t heard of but loved. The products are a good size, enough for you to try & decide whether you like or not, plus some are full size. I also like that you can go on Instagram & see pictures of how the beauty product is being used, which is a plus. You can also get full size products from points, which you earn. By reviewing the products you received and also by having your friends sign up for a subscription. So here are my Ipsy bags from June, July & August.

June 2015 Glam Bag

June 2015 Glam Bag

Make-Up Bag: Black / Theme: Swim Into Beauty

1. Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter 2. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer 3. Ofra Cosmetic Turquoise Eyeliner 4. Formula X Nail Color 5. tre’Stique Mini Shadow Crayon Eyeshadow in “Kona Coffee”

July 2015 Glam Bag

July 2015 Glam Bag

Make-Up Bag: Ikat Multi-Color Design / Theme: Summer Lovin’

1. Jorel Parker Perfume Sample 2. City Color HD Powder 3. teeez cosmetics Matte Lipstick in “Killing Me Softly” 4. Crown Brush Pink Tweezers 5. Avène Cleanance Gel

August 2015 Glam Bag

August 2015 Glam Bag

Make-Up Bag: Black & White / Theme:Prep School

1. Marc Anthony Argan Oil 2. Juara Radiance Mask 3. Ofra Lipliner in “Wine” 4. Tarte Energy  Lip Gloss 5. Starlooks PRO Eyeliner pen in “Black”

03/13/15

Spotlight: Dolce Vita Ferris

This months spotlight is on this Dolce Vita “Ferris”  shoe in black. I really loved the cutout details on this stiletto heel. It also has metal studded details on the sides of the heel so it’s not just plain black. Plus it’s a closed heel which I don’t own many of. Mine are typically open-toe heels in suede.

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

Dolce Vita Ferris in Black

 

03/7/15

Sweater Haul

So the best thing about the end of the holidays is the “Sales”. I love shopping after New Years; you can find some amazing deals in stores & online. With that in mind, the last couple of weeks I have been on a mission to find me some Sweaters, I have been shopping at some of my favorite stores (Nordstrom Rack, Target, Kohl’s). I was mostly looking for chunky knits for this unbelievable cold weather we have been having here in Chicago, the perfect sweater weather. But also for some great layering ones and with graphic prints. To me this is the perfect time to buy sweaters at a discount price. Many stores have been marking down all outerwear & cozy sweaters plus winter accessories. If you’re looking to fill up your closet with this item now is the perfect time. Here is what I purchased from my recent Sweater Haul

Sweater Haul

1. Merona Embellished Crew Neck Sweater @Target

2. Halogen “Tres Chic” Intarsia Sweater @ Nordstrom Rack

3. Forever 21 Light Blue Sweater

4. LC by Lauren Conrad “Cupcake” Sweater @ Kohl’s

5. Halogen “Wonderful” Intarsia Sweater @ Nordstrom Rack

6. LC by Lauren Conrad “Ice Cream Cone’  Sweater @ Kohl’s

 

 

02/21/15

Disney Cinderella

It seems like March 13 is quickly approaching & its marked on my calendar as the release of the live action Disney movie Cinderella, and I cant wait. Last year I was obsessed with Disney’s remake of Sleeping Beauty-Maleficent. And with this movie we look forward to some great collections being inspired by Cinderella. The first one I can’t wait to get my hands on is MAC Cosmetics Cinderella Makeup Collection, which will be available on line February 26th and in stores on March 5th. From what I’ve seen it looks like a very neutral & sparkly collection, which I like. And for this one I will be ready, I don’t want it to sell out before I get what I really want. Mac limited edition collections sell out fast especially if it’s from a very popular character like Marge Simpson, which I was not able to get exactly what I wanted. Lesson Learned. The next is the LC by Lauren Conrad Disney Cinderella collection for Kohl’s. This is a very sweet collection including tulle skirts and a Castle Sweatshirt, which is on my list of things I want. This collection is available now online and is on sale, but will be available on February 22nd in stores. There is also a collection at Hot Topic available on February 24th. Which includes dresses, printed tops, jewelry & accessories. So if you’re also obsessed with this movie, like me there are many items out there to shop for while waiting for the movie to be released.

Cinderella Poster

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Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection