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

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.

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Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

Hot Topic Cinderella Collection

 

01/22/15

Shop my Closet

I did it again; I managed to do a little closet cleaning to make room for all my winter clothes. Recently I did a sweater haul, which I will post pictures soon of all the deals I found. But for mow I have to sell a few items to make room for more. That’s how it is when you love to shop you have to keep cleaning out that closet to keep it organized. These are items that are currently in my closet, I am also selling them on other sites so if you’re interested Please contact me for availability.

1. Parker White “Lovey” Beaded Dress Size Large New with Tags. Retails $418 Selling $250 + Shipping. Cinched at waist, strapless maxi dress floor lenght hem, lined, 100% silk

Parker "Lovey" Beaded Maxi Dress

Parker “Lovey” Beaded Maxi Dress

2. Rag & Bone “Amanda” Dress in Copper Size Large New with Tags. Retails $625 Selling $200 + Shipping. Coppery tones channel a metallic vibe in a body-conscious dress flattered with angled side panels in a contrasting hue. Slips on over head. Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 34 1/2″. Unlined. Rayon/polyester/viscose rayon/other fibers; dry clean. 

Rag & Bone "Amanda" Copper Dress

Rag & Bone “Amanda” Copper Dress

3. Parker “Lacey” Dress in Alpine Green Size Medium New with Tags. Retails $286 Selling $100 + Shipping. Ponte knit dress in a feminine fit-and-flare silhouette,Round neckline, Textured striping decorates the bodice, Seaming highlights the natural waist. Pleated A-line skirt, Exposed back zipper, 55% rayon, 30% nylon, 15% elastane.

Parker "Lacey" Dark Green Dress

Parker “Lacey” Dark Green Dress

4.BCBG Max Azria Gold Metal Bandage Dress Size Large New with Tags. Retails $420 Selling $150 + Shipping. This dress is sold out everywhere! This dress is tight, stretchy, and made of a thick stretchy curve-hugging fabric. It features interwoven metallic panels that create a sleek, flattering shape that turns heads! The dress features tiered panels, a flattering strapless sweetheart neckline, a unique fishtail hem, and back zipper closure. Gold metallic bandages carefully crisscross the entire body for a fitted look.

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BCBG Max Azria Bandage Dress as seen on Kloe Kardashian

5. H&M Garden Collection Kimono Dress worn 1X Size 6. Selling $90 + Shipping. In excellent condition, no flaws.

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08/27/14

Zara Neon Blazer

So I had been looking for the Zara Neon Blazer for quite some time, since the moment I laid eyes on it at the store. I just loved the neon color and the style. But I did regret the fact, that I did not purchase it when I had the chance because when I was ready, it was sold out. This happens a lot to me, when I second-guess myself and not purchase something I really like, it sells out. Well for this Zara Neon Blazer I was on a mission to find it, it did not matter how long it would take. Especially since I had seen so many pictures of bloggers wearing the Zara Neon Blazer, it was such a popular item. I searched many online sites like Ebay & Poshmark and because of its popularity the prices where ridiculous, they where asking more than the original price, but I was not willing to spend more than the blazer was originally worth. Well all the time spent looking for it paid off, I finally found the Zara Neon Blazer for a reasonable price and brand-new. When I got it, I was so happy I did not overpay and that this blazer was finally hanging in my closet.

Zara Neon Blazer

Zara Neon Blazer

 

Here are some looks that I really like from bloggers and how they wore the Zara Neon Blazer.

http://dulcecandy.com/2013/10/05

http://dulcecandy.com/2013/02/21

Zara Neon Blazer

Zara Neon Blazer

http://www.walkinwonderland.com/2012/03/neon-nation.html

http://www.bedazzlesafterdark.com/2012/07/outfit-post-everything-black-yellow.html

Zara Neon Blazer

Zara Neon Blazer

https://www.flordemariafashion.com/new-york-fashion-week-fall-2013/

https://www.flordemariafashion.com/crochet-skirt-2/

 

Zara Neon Blazer

Zara Neon Blazer

And a few looks from Celebrities

Zara Neon Blazer

Zara Neon Blazer