How Does Poshmark Work? Tips to Make $100 Day One

There are a ton of ways to sell your old clothes online – including Depop, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Mercari, and Poshmark.

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So, how does Poshmark work? Can you make money fast selling clothes online?

To be completely honest, Poshmark is WAY easier than I thought it would be!

And yes, you can make money REALLY fast (and tidy up your home) with this platform!

I was actually SUPER skeptical about using this fashion reselling app in the first place but after my sister – a really successful eBay seller kept pushing me to try it – I finally gave it a shot!

how does poshmark work selling clothing online - tips to make $100 a day

This Poshmark for beginners guide will teach you:

  • what Poshmark is
  • who, what, and why you should use this platform
  • how to sell and list items
  • tips to take photos so things sell FAST
  • how shipping works
  • how does Poshmark work

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How Does Poshmark Work? Tips to Make $100 Day One

I made $100 within my first couple of hours listing items on Poshmark!

It’s a fast and easy way to make money selling clothes you don’t want anymore and best of all, it’s a great way to deal with clutter at home.

how does shipping work on poshmark - example of packages ready to go

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What is Poshmark?

Poshmark is an online fashion resale app where users can buy or sell new or used clothing, accessories, and even home goods.

You can search for things by price, name brands, types of clothing, color, and more.

You’ll find all sorts of different designer brands too – from Louis Vuitton to Chanel.

Since I started selling on Poshmark, I always check this app before buying any items in store too – there are a ton of people (I’m also guilty of this) who buy things, never wear them, and then sell them later on!

You can save a ton of money by shopping on Poshmark before you browse elsewhere.

how does poshmark work for selling - profile screenshot

Who should sell on Poshmark? 

Selling on Poshmark is for anyone who has clothing, accessories, or home goods that they want to sell.

Poshmark is currently available in the United States, Canada, and Australia and offers low rate domestic shipping fees.

Users CANNOT ship internationally across Poshmark.

However, if you are located in Canada or the United States and have an international post box located in your neighbouring country, you could purchase items this way.

For instance, a Canadian buyer can purchase items from a US seller if shipping to a US address.

who pays shipping poshmark

Why should you sell on Poshmark?  

There are plenty of reasons to sell your clothes on Poshmark.

From personal experience, I can tell you that you’ll make WAY more money selling them on this platform than you will on Facebook Marketplace!

I learned the hard way.

Instead of selling bundles of unwanted clothing just to clear up space in our home, listing items one at a time with high-quality photos has earned me up to 20x more PER item!

That’s a HUGE difference for a little extra effort.

how poshmark works for sellers - photo idea

What can I sell on Poshmark?

There are a wide variety of items you can sell on Poshmark.

Like I mentioned before, clothing, accessories, and home goods all sell very well.

Here are Posh’s main categories:

  • Women
  • Men
  • Kids
  • Home
  • Pets

The first thing I ever sold on Posh was baby clothes!

It was a set of two Kyte baby sleepers that went for $30.

poshmark selling baby clothes - first sale

How to Sell on Poshmark 

Step 1: Download the App

It’s available on both the App Store and Play Store. 

Step 2: Enter Details for your Poshmark account

After you’ve downloaded the app, the next step is to fill out all of your information (first name, last name, email, username, password, etc.).

Your location will determine which version of Poshmark you’ll be able to sell and buy on. 

Step 3: List your first item.

To sell an item on Posh, click the Camera icon with the word Sell underneath it – this should be located at the bottom centre of your mobile device’s screen.

Take a photo of the item to start – I like using the “main view” of the item (for example, an overhead shot of the front of a jacket, side view of a pair of shoes, etc.).

You will want to take at least four photos but I recommend using all 16 of the allowed slots.

Even if it feels redundant, you’ll know that you haven’t missed anything and buyers will be less likely to dispute a purchase afterwards.

This ensures that buyers can see all of the important details and any imperfections.

You should present items nicely, use a hairdryer to give them a quick “iron” if they’re wrinkled, and be sure to remove tags that have the price on them – especially if they were thrifted!  

Note: I recommend taking all of your photos within the app but you can upload them from your phone’s camera roll.

Taking photos at the time of listing ensures that the item’s condition is EXACTLY as it is right now.

poshmark beginners photo tutorial

Step 4: Decide on a Price 

Take some time to get an idea of what the item would be worth online – compare to eBay, Mercari, or other sites that are popular for reselling.

Poshmark also offers suggestions for what people have purchased similar things to in the past but I’ve found that starting higher leads them to offer you these prices anyway!  

I’ve had the most success with starting at double what I want for the item.

If it doesn’t sell, I’ll slowly drop the price after that.  

There are also different promotions like Closet Clearout where Poshmark will reward you for lowering your prices with cheaper shipping for potential buyers. 

Fill in the number you want to get for it in the Listing Price – this is how much you’ll sell it for on Posh but Your Earnings are shown below this.

Poshmark takes a percentage of the Listing Price in order to pay for their services.

Now that you’ve got your price set, let’s move on to the next step!

poshmark listing example

Step 5: List Your Poshmark Item  

Once you’ve determined an item’s:

  • category
  • size
  • brand
  • color
  • original price (how much you paid for it or retail)
  • listing price (how much you want for it)

as well as writing a title and description for it, you’ll be able to click Next at the top right-hand corner of your screen.

You’ll have the option to connect social networks to your Posh account including:

  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Tumblr

Sharing your listings cross-platform can increase sales by up to 23%!

When you’re ready, click List.

That’s it – you listed your first item on Poshmark, woohoo!

How to use Poshmark

Poshmark is a great way to sell your unwanted items.

Here are 5 tips that will help you sell quickly on Posh with little effort.

1. Use the most correct category while listing an item

Different categories have different buyers, so choose the most relevant one to your product and one that will be profitable to you.

Sometimes the right category might not be available though.

For instance, I have a set of Anthropologie handles for sale right now but Posh doesn’t have a handles category.

poshmark missing category for handles

Unfortunately, I had to list them in Home – Other as a result but people have still managed to find them and Like the listing!

Since I used the word “dresser” in my description (to explain why I originally purchased the handles), Poshmark even sent me this lovely warning to let me know that they wouldn’t cover the shipping costs for such a large item – hahaha!

poshmark category listing shows warning since correct category doesn't exist

2. Be as descriptive as possible in your listing title

Mention the:

  • condition of the item
  • brand
  • color
  • and size

If it matches a shoppers interests off the bat, they’re more likely to click through to check out your listing.

3. Repeat details from your title in the listing description

Describe your item in as much depth as possible.

It is also CRUCIAL to list all imperfections such a pilling, pulls, stains, and other damage here. 

4.  Take good photos

Good photographs are essential for sales but they don’t always come naturally!

I like using my kitchen floor as the background in my photos.

I’ve also managed to clear a ton of product FAST this way.

Just have a look at some of the photos posted on Posh and you’ll see what I mean about how adding 16 high-quality photos will help you sell fast on Poshmark.

A little more effort usually means quicker turnover!

how poshmark works for selling clothes

Note: You can also list groups of items for sale in one listing! The image above is a lot of three Kyte baby hats I sold.

Keep in mind that Posh labels are paid for a 5-pound weight limit though, so you need to make sure your clothing lot weights less than this.

5.  Show multiple photos and different angles

Always try to fill the 16 photo slots you’re allotted and if you want, create a video for the items you’re selling.

Take photos of all sides of the item and even the insides if applicable (pockets of purses, insides of shoes, jeans, etc.).

When taking pictures of an item for sale, it’s important to take pictures from both the front and backside in addition to less viewed areas. 

how to sell on poshmark - photo example

How does Poshmark work?

If you are new to Poshmark, here are some quick FAQs on how it works:

How do I sell on Poshmark?

To sell an item on Poshmark you have to take good pictures and write thorough titles and descriptions of items (brand, size, and color).

You should also clean items and make sure they’re in good shape before you ship them.

How does Poshmark shipping work?

Shipping on Poshmark is easy!

Once your item is sold, you’ll immediately get an email from Posh with the shipping label attached – wow!

Just click the shipping label file to open and print it.

Cut it out to fit on your mailing package and secure it with packing tape (start by taping over the barcode first to ensure scannability).

I know – this seems like the most intimidating part of selling online, doesn’t it?

poshmark shipping for beginners

I like to carry my parcels to the post office in a reusable shopping bag – it keeps them together so nothing gets forgotten.

How do I take good pictures?

Take photos using natural light – it makes SUCH a difference!

Natural lighting is best because it gives more depth to photos and adds a professional quality to them without the need for more expensive photography gear.

How do I list items on Poshmark?

When listing an item, you need to describe its condition, size, brand, color, and other details to help it sell.

See the How to Sell on Poshmark section above for a recap on listing your first item!

What is a Poshmark ambassador?

Posh Ambassadors are members of the Poshmark community who have access to special benefits for their high activity on the platform.

When you reach Posh Ambassador status, you’ll get a special badge on your closet and About page AND be frequently recommended as someone others should follow – which means more shares, likes, and sales on your listings!

poshmark ambassador perks - bundle and save square

If you look at Kat’s profile above, you’ll see that she has both a special star badge at the top right-hand corner of her screen plus a bundle and save square that’s exclusive to Posh Ambassadors.

Poshmark shoppers know that Ambassadors have worked hard to gain (and maintain!) their status, so it gives them more credibility and as a result, sales!

How do I become an ambassador?

To become a Posh Ambassador, you’ll need to do the following: 

  • Community Shares: Share 5,000 or more items from other Posh users’ closets
  • Self-Shares: Share items from your closet 5,000 or more times
  • New Poshers Shared: Share items from at least 50 new Posh members’ closets
  • Available Listings: Have 50 or more available listings in your Posh closet.
  • Listings Sold: Make 15 or more sales
  • Average Purchase Rating: Have a purchase rating of 4.5 stars or more
  • Average Ship Time: Have a ship time of 3 days or less
  • Love Notes Given: Make a purchase and leave at least 1 other Posher a Love Note
poshmark ambassador welcome note

Why should I join the Poshmark Ambassador program?

Joining the Posh Ambassador program means you’ll:

  • Be featured for new users – as mentioned above, your profile will be recommended more often based on new users’ specific details
  • Early access to PoshFest tickets – this annual conference sells out quick!
  • Posh Insider Access – Posh’s monthly newsletter gives tips on how to grow, plus details about new features, etc.
  • Ability to join Posh Affiliate – you can get credits plus Posh-branded merchandise when you complete different campaigns

How to start selling on Poshmark

To get started on Poshmark, you’ll need a few things including: 

  • poly mailers – my sister runs a highly successful eBay store and suggested two sizes: the larger 10×13 size fits most men’s and women’s clothing items and you’ll also want to pick up THIS larger size if you plan on selling purses.
  • bubble mailers – this 4×8 size is good for small cosmetics but you should get the 6×10 larger size for eyeshadow palettes.
  • stock paper for thank you cards
  • tissue paper (recycled from birthday gifts is fine and encouraged since it’s good for the environment)
  • sharpies (for writing thank you notes)
  • tape (to seal fluffy paper and attach thank you notes)
  • packing tape (for sticking on packaging labels and as extra security for tightly packed items)
  • scissors (to cut shipping labels and thank you cards from stock paper)
  • printer (to print shipping labels)
  • white paper (same as above!)
selling clothes poshmark supplies

Here are my poly mailers and bubble mailers – they’re perfect for sending off most things. If you plan on selling purses though, you’ll want to pick up a larger mailing bag like this one.

Optional items to sell like a pro:

  • clothing rack
  • hangers (these non-slip ones save a TON of space and you can even use them for small purses!)
  • plastic bins (I like see through ones for larger items like shoes and bags – it makes it easier to find something as soon as its sold!)
  • plastic bin to organize mailing supplies (I converted a pantry organizer for mine, haha)

I store all of my listings on the same clothing rack so they’re out of reach from my kids and I always know where everything is!

I keep smaller listed items like cosmetics in a plastic organizer and do the same for my shipping tools and gifts (things like cosmetics samples, stationary, etc.)

poshmark gift ideas

Related: How to Write a Poshmark Thank You Note (Example + Gift Ideas)

How does Poshmark pay you?

There are two ways you can get paid by Poshmark:

  1. Poshmark credits
  2. Direct deposit

You can easily set up direct despot using a void cheque or your online banking details.

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Selling on Poshmark is a great way to make extra cash while cleaning up your closet and home in the process!

You’ll make more money selling with this app than you would with Facebook Marketplace because you have access to people all over the country – some of which are looking for EXACTLY what you have to offer.

Poshmark is REALLY easy to use and with a few basic supplies like:

you’ll be able to start selling your unwanted clothing and home goods right away.

Shipping is also super easy since Posh offers $7.11 standard shipping (paid by the buyer – $13.99 in Canada) and all you have to do is print off the shipping label.

Have more questions about selling on Poshmark? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Happy selling, friend!

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Nikki Slivarich
Blessed mama of two beautiful little girls. I’m a full-time blogger and social media content creator who teaches moms and boss babes how to start an online business. Follow me on social for clever ideas to make money using the platforms you already love!

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