Since I began decluttering this past June, I have learned a few things along the way when selling my unwanted items. Perhaps they can help you as well.
Here are a few tips on selling:
There’s nothing more unnerving than getting that weird feeling of “this is just not right” in the pit of your stomach as you schedule to meet someone or invite them to your home to check out an item.
So if you can, always meet someone away from your home and remember to tell someone you know where you’re going and leave the kids at home. I know it may sound a bit paranoid, but for me, especially as a petite woman, it’s best to be prepared for anything and be extra cautious.
If you have to have someone come to your home because you’re item is just too large to be towing all over town, don’t give your address out until the day of the scheduled appointment. This way you don’t have to worry that your address is in the hands of a stranger a week beforehand. I don’t know if this makes a difference, really, but it gives me peace of mind. After the appointment, I will delete the message with the address and leave the conversation.
My Favorite Selling Apps
- Messenger Features – All the advice about deleting messages, etc. can only be done through Facebook that I’m aware of.
- Facebook Stalking Abilities – Before deciding to meet someone you can click on the person’s profile. This not only gives you a sense of who the person is, but it usually gives you a clear picture of them so you can easily spot them when meeting in a public place. You can also see if you have any friends in common, and if you’re selling local, this might be the case and give you a little extra peace of mind.
Poshmark for selling clothes
- Easy! All a buyer has to do is purchase the item as if they were on any other website on the internet. Poshmark takes care of everything and even sends you a prepaid shipping label. All you have to do is get it in the mail to your buyer. Poshmark does take 20% of the sale, but in my experience, it’s well worth it.
- Packaging: As a new seller on Poshmark I have only made a couple sales, but each one was in the mail within 24hrs and was wrapped nicely with tissue paper and a ribbon with a hand written thank you note. It’s the little things like that will potentially give you a repeat customer.
- Photo Shoot! Before putting your clothes on Poshmark I recommend scrolling through some of the items already there to get a sense of the status quo. If you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly realize you need to up your game with you pics. Get out the stool, and add some flowers and get snapping. Poshmark has a nice filter option for your header photo that helps make the first photo pop! Be sure to take a lot of photos of your item and use up all the allowed ten photo max and get as much detail in the photos as possible.
- Details: The more detail the better. Get out a ruler and measure your garment, add the website’s sizing chart, whatever you think will help your potential buyer make an informed decision about their purchase. Poshmarkers are savvy shoppers, so give them a savvy posting for their consideration.
The first item I sold was sold within a few hours – not kidding. So as you’d expect, I thought that was how it was going to go from then on out.
But then, an item sat there for a couple of months. I was so confused. The other items were the same, they just sat there. So don’t expect things to go quickly. If you need them gone, you can put a time limit on them and after that time limit passes (let’s say 2 months) you donate it.
Share, Share, Share
Another nice feature of Facebook Marketplace is that you can renew your item after 7 days. This puts it at the top of the feed. When renewing your item, try to do it during high traffic times.
On Poshmark you can share your items as much as you want. If you have the time, share your closet once a day or at least once a week to get it back to the top of your shoppers’ feed, because they are not likely to see it unless they are searching for that specific item. It’s also helpful to search your size, and view closets with your size and share their items. It’s likely that they might find something in your closet they’d like to purchase or share your closet to return the favor. Chances are they have followers that are the same size as well, and therefore potential buyers of yours.
Lower Your Expectations
At first, especially with Poshmark, I thought people wanted everything I had available. The truth is, you will find that people only want excellent or new condition (with tags) of a name brand that is very “IN” right now. So my little cute target T will most likely never sell on there, even if it’s only $8.
Same goes for furniture, and collectibles. I had a naive sense that I’d get a pretty penny for something, but as I gained experience, I realized the market is very saturated with So. Many. People. selling things. Because of this it’s pretty tough out there and things will usually go for much less than you anticipate. It might even be that some items end up being donated and that’s OK too. If it reaches someone that can find joy and value in that item, that’s what it’s all about. Which leads me to my last tip:
Don’t Get Lost
At the end of the day, it’s about being lighter. This is hard work at the onset and you could have a tendency to feel discouraged if things don’t go as planned. It might end up being a lot more difficult than you had envisioned or much, much slower. The truth is, it can be hard, and it can be slow.
Just take one day at a time, one item or group of items at a time; one closet or project at a time, and go easy on yourself.
And remember to not get lost in the “how”,
and remember the “why”.