How to Make Money By Cleaning Out Your Closet

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If you’re here, there’s a good chance you’re pretty interested in plus size fashion… and if you’re like me, sometimes your closet can start to overflow with your purchases.  I’ve always been a frugal shopper and find a lot of great deals on clothing.  Because of that, I’ve always had a large wardrobe that can get messy.

A few years ago, when I was living in New York in a one bedroom apartment with tiny closets, I decided I was no longer going to allow my clothing to overtake my home and cause so much stress for me.

Since then, through a crazy series of events, I have since become a Poshmark Ambassador and have made thousands of dollars selling pre-owned plus size clothing and accessories on the app.

In today’s post, I’m going to give you my tips to getting started with Poshmark.  You can easily make money selling fashionable, name brand clothing and accessories on the app, and it’s as simple as cleaning out your closet and taking a few pictures.

You can check out my closet here!

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My History With Selling Clothing Online

A few years ago, when I was sick of my clothes overtaking every spare inch of space in my tiny New York apartment, I decided to post a status update on my Facebook page to see if anyone was interested in seeing what I had available.  Within 24 hours, I had sold every single piece of excess clothing I had to friends and acquaintances.  They were thrilled to get great deals on pieces I had curated for myself and I was thrilled to make some extra cash and declutter.  I realized I was onto something, and I decided to jump in and see if I could turn my love of fashion into a business.

I created my first website on the Shopify platform and saw fast success selling my clothing and clothing I bought specifically to resell online.  After nearly a year, I  decided that the hassle of maintaining my own website and costs associated with marketing it wasn’t worth it given the existence of eBay, Facebook selling groups and other platforms.  I decided to cross post items I had for sale on my website to a variety of other platforms to see where things sold the fastest and for the highest profit.

Poshmark won by a landslide.  It was not only the most profitable site due to the higher average sale price but it was also the easiest to use by far.

About Poshmark

Poshmark is an app for buying and selling clothing and accessories.  It’s primarily used by millennial women who are interested in trendy and higher end items. On the app you can find pre-owned and brand new pieces in an easy to shop format.  I recently learned that users have sold over one BILLION dollars on the app…. and it’s only just beginning.

The app is different than sites like eBay because it’s a mix between social media and selling.  For example, on Poshmark you can follow other people with similar taste, share your own listings so they will rank higher in search results ,and share the listings of others to build camaraderie and grow your following.

There are also themed “parties” that allow you to share your items for additional visibility.  There are regularly scheduled plus size parties where only plus size clothing is shared.  The plus size parties are my favorite by far.

Poshmark keeps a flat 20% fee from your earnings because they offer customer service and protections for both buyers and sellers.  They also have a deal with the postal service (USPS) that makes shipping easy with a simple flat rate fee that is paid by buyers.

I definitely recommend trying Poshmark if you’re looking for a way to make extra money.  #SIDEHUSTLE

How to Make Money By cleaning out your closet

How To Get Started On Poshmark

  1. Clean Out Your Closet: Start by pulling pieces from your own wardrobe that are stylish and minimally worn.
  2. Take Photos Of The Items:  Photos for Poshmark must be square.  You can either use your cell phone or a camera and editing software.  Try to find a well lit spot with a clean/crisp background.  Natural lighting is your friend!  You can either use flat lay images or take photos of the clothing hanging or on a dress form.
  3. Download the Poshmark App: (use code MirandaSchultz when you sign up to get $5 off your first purchase from any closet)
  4. Upload Pictures
  5. Enter Item Info:  Descriptions should be keyword heavy including brand name, style, color, etc.  It’s helpful to include measurements and fabric content as well. Be as specific as possible with categories (i.e., choose Crop tops vs. just Tops).  Entering sizing correctly is very important because many users default their searches to specific sizes.  When listing, be sure to click on “Plus” for plus sizes and choose one of the sizes from the list.  If a dress is size 22/24, for example, don’t type in 22/24.  Instead, you should choose either 22, 24, 22W, or 24W from the list.  This ensures your listing will show up in any relevant searches by size and will allow you to share the listing to plus size parties.  Be sure to include any relevant notes about sizing in the description to clarify.  I like to take a picture of the size tag and include it in the listing to be safe as well.

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What Do I Need To Get Started?

You don’t need a lot to get started on Poshmark, but a few things are necessary.  Below are my must haves (and a few helpful extras) for launching your Poshmark closet.

  • USPS Boxes – These are free from USPS.  I recommend ordering online and having them shipped directly to your home.  You can use any Priority or Priority Flat Rate box with Poshmark.  If you have these boxes and some packing tape, you’re good to go.  However, nice packaging is highly regarded by Poshmark customers, so I recommend upgrading to Poly Mailers if you can.
  • Poly Mailers (floralwhitepink) – These cute mailers add a little something special for your buyers.  They’re fun to change out seasonally or to add a hint of your personality to your shipments.
  • Thank You Cards – Thank you cards are a great way to let your buyers know you appreciate their business and add a personal touch to your package.  I like to include my social media handles and my closet name so they can find me again in the future.  Repeat buyers are my fave!
  • DYMO  4XL Label Printer – I don’t have a DYMO label printer but I REALLY want one.  For a long time, Poshmark only allowed you to print on 8.5″ x 11″ standard paper but now you can print actual shipping labels on a Dymo.  If I were a higher volume seller, I’d definitely invest in this to save time.  For now, I just print my labels on standard paper and tape them to my packages.
  • Postage Scale – One benefit of selling on Poshmark vs. other platforms is that you don’t have to weigh packages.  As long as they’re under five pounds, they ship for a standard fee the buyer pays.  If you’re selling heavy items like coats or bundles of multiple items, be careful!  If they’re over five pounds, you’ll need to pay additional shipping.  I rarely measure packages because almost nothing is over five pounds, but I do have a scale for heavy packages.
  • Measuring Tape –  I try to include measurements on all listings because if I don’t, people will inevitably comment and ask.
  • Plus Size Dress Form – I found mine on eBay, and it is no longer available.  A similar one can be found here.  This is not a necessary purchase in the beginning – flat lays or hanging clothing on a hanger for photos will work perfectly.
  • Shipping Tape

I’ll admit that I was a little overwhelmed by Poshmark when I first started, but once you get the hang of it I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and also let me know your closet name so I can follow you!  I’d love to see more plus size babes join in!

Happy Poshing, friends!

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14 thoughts on “How to Make Money By Cleaning Out Your Closet

  1. I’ve actually been looking into Poshmark because I have a huge pile of clothes in my closet that I need to do something with!! Thanks so much for all the awesome info!

  2. Love Poshmark! Been cleaning out my closet since 2013 with them. My closet name is @llanglois, I am due to put up some new listings soon

    1. That’s awesome! I never had great luck with consignment or selling to stores but I like the ease!

  3. I usually donate my clothes that are still in good condition but had never thought of Poshmark. Honestly, I wasn’t exactly sure of what it was so thanks for the fab info!

    1. You’re welcome! I donate a lot too but selling newer trendy pieces is so helpful! Extra money is always nice!

  4. I’m definitely overwhelmed by Poshmark, but I’ve been able to sell a few things through there. I love it because you’ll almost always make more money than you would at a yard sale or resale store! These are great tips!

    1. I was so overwhelmed at first too! I didn’t jump in and sell for a long time. It’s definitely so much better than a lot of other options!

  5. I <3 Poshmark. I need to list some more stuff soon, but my closet is @goingloopy. I've also scored some good deals on things – particularly vintage Coach purses. I'm pretty basic about my packaging, but I haven't had any complaints about it. I use white poly mailers, and try to wrap things like shoes so they stay in shape, but I don't have a bunch of fancy tissue paper shit. I mean, that's cute and all, but I'd rather not get my item wrapped in tissue paper and smelling like a Febreze factory exploded. Just mail it promptly and we're good.

    I originally sold in the Facebook FatToo groups, but I got tired of people being flaky, not paying, and not accepting that shipping costs money, especially if you live on the other side of the damn country. I was just over it, so I switched to something that made people pay for shipping. Listing fees are cheaper than losing money shipping things to people who live 2500 miles away.

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