Posh 103: Intermediate Poshmark Tips to Amp up your Posh Sales

Hey glad you’re here! Here are my intermediate Poshmark tips for you. Once you’ve gotten a grasp on the basics there are quite a few other things that you can do to get more sales on Poshmark.

Taking advantage of “closet clear out”.

using poshmark closet clear out to make more sales

This event happens every couple of weeks and in my experience and you can rack up a lot more sales if you use this tactic strategically. Basically, you have to discount an item in your closet by at least 10% and anyone who has “liked” that item will receive a notification saying that the price has dropped. They’ll also get discounted shipping if they buy it within an hour. This creates urgency and the buyer is a lot more likely to actually purchase the item.

The trick to using this tip is to make sure you are doing these price drops at the right times. You don’t generally want to do this during the week or during the day, you want to do them during the evening, on weekends. Think Friday and Saturday nights around 6 or 7 PM. You can also do these a little bit earlier on a Sunday – I’ve heard Sundays work well for this. Try 2-4PM on a Sunday.

If you do price drops during the weekdays while people at work or school, they’re a lot less likely to see the notifications in time to get the discounted shipping and you will have dropped your item price for no reason.

You won’t sell every item you do strategic price drops on, but you’ll sell more than you would if you ignored Closet Clear Out when it pops up. Take advantage of it!

 

Really pay attention to your packaging, but don’t get crazy.

Focus on getting a ton of 5-star ratings while you’re building up your closet. The more you have, the easier it will be for people to buy from you. One of the easiest ways to do this is through your packaging. Make it cute, but keep it simple. You don’t want to eat up your profits with fancy wrapping paper or spend a ridiculous amount of time packaging orders.

Get some tissue paper and make sure that your item is securely packaged. The most effective “extra” that you can include in your package is a handwritten thank-you note.This communicates to the buyer that you genuinely care about their buying experience. It also gives you a chance to up-sell your closet! Try including an offer for them to take 20% off the next item they buy in your closet, and they’ll probably keep you in mind next time they shop on Poshmark.

I get my thank-you notes from the Target Dollar Spot, usually when they’re on clearance. I simply write something along the lines of:

“Hey, (buyer name)!

Thank you so much for your purchase!

I hope you enjoy this (brand name, item)

Mention this note for 20% any item in my closet next time you shop!”

If the buyer and I exchanged any kind of conversation before or after they purchased the item, I might write more if I have something to add. But that’s it! A little extra effort goes a long way.

Read more: Supplies you need to get started selling on Poshmark full-time

Follow people who are your size and like similar brands

Especially if you carry niche brands in your closet, follow people who follow those brands! Some brands have powerful followings. A lot of times these people are collecting items that are made by that particular brand.

Poshmark is one of a few places that the buyer can find specific items that they might be looking to collect. Even if they’re not necessarily designer items, they’re just a specific brand or style. Find the people who are looking for the “collectible” brands that you carry and follow them.

Also, follow people that are the sizes you carry. This is extremely helpful because, again, these people are a lot more likely to buy items from your closet if they’re looking for the sizes you have. For example, if you have a lot of plus size items in your Poshmark closet, don’t start following random people.

You are unlikely to follow a large percentage of plus size users that way. Search specifically for people who have their size listed as plus size –  say 22 to 24; follow those people specifically to get more sales on Poshmark.

 

Start getting crazy with your pictures; focus on your cover photo.

Take flat lays, gather props, or use flowers. You will get more sales on Poshmark if you have clean, aesthetically pleasing pictures on Poshmark. Find a blogger or designer whose aesthetic you admire and channel them when taking cover images for your listings.

Poshmark is a visual platform and has many similarities to Instagram. People are scrolling through the feed or searching a particular brand or style and they will look at your item based mostly off of the cover photo. So, make sure that at least your cover photo is clean, clear, and well-styled. The rest of your photos just need accurately show what your item looks like. You honestly don’t need to worry about styling these unless you want to.

 

If you’re a full-time reseller: get more sales on Poshmark by paying close attention to showrooms.

One of the most valuable things you can spend your time doing on Poshmark is keeping up with Poshmark showrooms. Source some of your inventory specifically for these showrooms – these are top items on Posh that sell quickly. Just make sure that you include the keywords in these listings. You don’t share your items to showrooms, they will automatically appear in there if the listings include the exact keywords in the names of the showrooms.

For instance, if your item is a J.Crew puffer vest, make sure that you put those exact words into your listing title and description. 

It works and these items sell. There is a set number of these showrooms each day – keep track of them and source items for them when possible. I wouldn’t recommend trying to exclusively sell showroom items, but you can definitely boost your sales by being on the lookout for the items that are featured in them regularly. They are heavily featured in the app, so shoppers are more likely to see these items than regular ones. Having some of your items in showrooms will also drive traffic to the rest of your closet.

 

Follow up with private discounts for people who show interest in your items.

When somebody bundles an item (or items) make sure to send them an offer immediately even if it’s just a couple dollars off. They’re in the mood to buy it then and there; 20 minutes later they might have gone to work or had an argument with their spouse or any number of things. Get them while they’re in shopping mode: make more sales on Poshmark by making sure you follow up on any bundles with a private offer even if it’s only a small discount. They’re more likely to buy if you follow up with an offer right away rather than waiting. 

Since this feature came into play, I usually recommend that sellers lower the automatic bundle discount in their closet. Many buyers expect to be offered a lower price on bundles through this feature. Poshmark advises sellers to list their items at least 40-50% off the original retail price. So if you have a 15% discount automatically applied to your item that is 50% off and the buyer expects you to throw in free shipping or $5-10 off on top of that, your profits will be eaten up quicker.

Reduce your default bundle discount to 5% if you want to keep one. This way, you can afford to send more private offers should you choose to. 

 

Follow other resellers or Poshmark sellers on Instagram. And YouTube.

One of the best ways that you can find high-quality Poshmark tips and learn more about brands to source for Poshmark is by getting advice from other Poshers. There are quite a few extremely helpful Instagrammers and YouTubers who share their daily experiences as a Poshmark seller and share valuable information that you can learn from tremendously.

Here are some great Poshmark YouTubers to follow:

These ladies all know what they’re doing and have some great content. They share bands and styles that sell well, various Poshmark tips and tricks, and what to do in specific instances that aren’t ideal; like when a return case is opened against you. If you’ve seen someone else handle it before it happens to you, you’ll feel a lot more confident in dealing with the same situation yourself.

Further reading: 105 Brands That Do Well on Poshmark

Research the sold listings religiously

research sold listings on poshmark and ebay

It can be helpful to browse through current Posh listings, but it’s more important to check what items are selling for and how often they are selling. Especially if you’re someone who sells on multiple platforms, you’ll want to make sure that it makes sense to be listing your item on Poshmark. If it’s the wrong brand or style and is rarely sold on Posh, you may be wasting your time by listing it there. It might do better on another Platform. This brings me to the last point, which is…

Understand what sells best on Posh and what works better on other platforms, like eBay

If you sell on other platforms, make sure you know what to list on Poshmark and what you shouldn’t bother with listing there. This will save you hours of fruitless efforts. If you want to get more sales on Poshmark, you have to list only the items that make sense there! Crossposting makes sense for many items, but not all of them. Do your research. Future you will thank current you for putting in the effort to know your craft and understand what works best for each platform you sell on.


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6 Killer Productivity Tips for Work at Home Moms


Here are six of my favorite productivity tips for work at home moms. I use these all the time! My husband is in the army but the pay he receives does not cover our bills – not even close! Chipping in and helping with our expenses is a lot easier for me with these free tools. I adore being a work at home mom, but it can get difficult at times. Productivity is essential. I hope one of these tips helps you regain a little bit of lost time and stay on track as a work at home mom.
 

1.) Dictation/voice to text

If you’re someone who writes, blogs, or does anything with words for a living, I recommend that you start using dictation software.
 
I’m an extreme introvert and I never understood why people would dictate instead of write, but now I completely get it.
I can’t stand hearing my voice out loud but when I became a mom I started a blog and I also did some freelance writing jobs. Until I started using dictation I stressed out on a daily basis.
 
If I was lucky, I was able to put up a blog post a week when writing them manually. There was no way that I could do everything that I wanted to and that led to me becoming very discouraged. I felt terrible that I was lagging behind, as my husband has a fixed income and can’t cover our bills alone.
 
Dictation does not result in perfect blog posts or text. It’s often quite the opposite! Just walls of text with errors here and there. You don’t get the same smooth flow as you would get manually writing, but prior to dictating I was getting almost nothing done. The first day I started dictating into Google docs I created 10 new blog post drafts.

That’s a 1000% productivity increase from the week before! Dictating does get some take some getting used to because if you’re a natural writer a lot of times you’re not a natural speaker. This is the case for me, but after speaking aloud to my phone for hours it became a lot easier than it was the first time.

I’m not sure how I ever got anything done without dictation! I know a lot of people use it, but it’s just something that I never thought was for me. Now I can’t see myself living without dictation. This is one of my favorite productivity tips for work at home moms. It’s incredibly helpful when my hands are tied up, doing general mom stuff.
 

2.) Canva.

I am a terrible artist. I’ve downloaded a trial of Adobe Photoshop and tried to create my own graphics many times over the last few years. While I was able to understand how to use Photoshop, I was unable to create anything aesthetically pleasing. With Canva I can mess around until I create templates that suit the purposes of whatever project I’m working on. Then, I can use the templates over and over again to create images for blog posts, Instagram content, or whatever it is I need for the project.

I’m now able to efficiently create nice looking images. It only takes me a couple of minutes to make a Pinterest pin, whereas before it would’ve taken me considerably longer.

3.) Actually sleeping when the baby sleeps at least half the time

I know – everyone says it! Who actually follows through with it, though? Especially if you have things to do!

 

If you’re someone who enjoys getting work done and reaching goals, it will be hard for you to sleep when the baby sleeps. Trust me: if you don’t do this you will exhaust yourself. You’ll be less productive than you would be if you were constantly trying to work while the baby is asleep.

 

There have been days that I’ve tried staying awake throughout the night while the baby sleeps to get ahead on my jobs, but unless I had slept that day while the baby was sleeping, I didn’t get much done. The days I avoided sleep, I wasn’t productive at all even though I was working more hours than ever before. I ended up doing low-quality work and then being almost nonfunctional the next day.

 

This is a negative thing not only for yourself and for your productivity, but also for your baby. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep so that you have the energy to take care of yourself, the baby. If you’re not doing that, how are you supposed to get any work done?

 

If this means that some days you don’t get much done at all, try not to worry. Some days you will get a little more work done than you planned to. Sometimes the baby will take a longer nap or will be content playing with her toys. There will be easy days and that will be tough days. It’s easy to get discouraged on a day that doesn’t go well and you get nothing done. But if you let yourself get stressed out about it you’ll make it harder on yourself. Try again tomorrow! It’s OK.

 

As long as you can accept that you’ll have good days and bad days, you will do well. Sleep when you can. Just make sure you’re making good use of the time that you have available. Always limit distractions like TV, video games, and household chores when you can. That leads me to the next tip:
 

4.) Try to forget about the household chores as often as possible.

They are not that important. Unless someone’s coming over or there’s a legitimate reason for you to have a spotless home, try to not focus on chores. I know it’s hard especially being a new mom or a mom in general. But trust me when I say that looking back at your life a year from now, it’s unlikely that you will remember doing chores. You won’t be thankful that you did those chores. You would, however, be thankful for a project you worked on that led you to more frequent successful opportunities.

If you’re constantly worried about whether your home is spotless, you’ll never get anything done, trust me. Once I shifted my focus to getting things done that I cared about and building my skills with relevant software and technologies and getting jobs done for clients, I was so much more motivated.

Getting things done and being able to make money as a full-time, stay-at-home mom is extremely fulfilling. It’s such a challenge. The fact that I can take care of this tiny human being as well as supplement my family’s income means more to me than always getting the laundry done immediately or having a spotless kitchen sink.

That’s not to say that I completely forgot about chores or never did anything in relation to cleaning. I definitely go on a cleaning spree once in a while to keep things in check (or if my mother-in-law is coming over).

After a couple months of relentlessly trying to keep my apartment spotless, I decided that it wasn’t something that was going to bring me any value or opportunities.

 

5.) Meal prepping food, making freezer meals, or buying pre-made meals

If you’re not someone who is completely against the idea of freezer meals I highly recommend making them both before you give birth and after. This is one of the most time-saving productivity tips for work at home moms out there. It literally saves me HOURS each day.

Even as someone who loves to cook, after my daughter arrived, I was never in the mood to cook. Nor did I have the time! Once every two weeks or so (sometimes even once a month) I’ll make a batch of breakfast sandwiches. Doing this means that I eat breakfast way more often than I would if I did not freeze meals.

I love food. But with all the stress that comes with having a new baby, being a new mom, and trying to work from home means that I would forget to eat and my first meal would often be at 7 PM. Don’t let this happen to you!

Before my daughter arrived, I made a lot of frozen meals in advance to eat the first month or two after my daughter was born. Once they were gone, I didn’t understand that I would need to keep prepping food to stay productive. It’s a lot easier to throw a breakfast sandwich in the microwave in the morning for a minute or two then it is to make your own breakfast, especially if there’s no one there to help you.

My eating habits are so much healthier right now than they’ve ever been because by making my food in advance I’m limiting what I can have to what I prep. More importantly, I’m also making sure that I do eat rather than starve myself all day and forget.

If you’re breastfeeding, this is especially important for you to do because you want to make sure that you are getting enough protein and nutrients so that your breastmilk is as beneficial as possible for your baby. If you’re not eating regularly, then you’re not only doing yourself a disservice but your baby as well.

Here are some of my favorite recipes to freeze or meal prep for the first year of your babies life.

 
If you’re somebody who cannot meal prep, doesn’t want to, or can’t see yourself making freezer meals on a regular basis, don’t stress! You can always get your groceries delivered and choose to buy fully or partially premade meals. Apps like Instacart can be extremely helpful as a mom when you don’t want to go out with a screaming baby (or two or three). There are also services like Hello Fresh if you really do want to cook, but just don’t want to go out and spend an hour in the grocery store on a weekly basis. It’s a little pricey for me, but I can speak to the quality and experience because my dad ordered me a week’s worth of Hello Fresh when I was pregnant. Their meals are high-quality and don’t take long to make. They also taste amazing. So, if you have a bigger budget to work with, Hello Fresh could be a great solution for you.

 

6.) Say yes to people who offer to help you.

If somebody you trust offers to help you by taking your child for a few hours every Saturday so that you can get things done, accept the help! If you’re not someone who would regularly accept help, I’m talking directly to you. It was very hard for me to start accepting help but especially in the beginning, I recognized that I did need help and it was something that could benefit me, my baby, and my family enough that I just had to start saying yes.

If someone is offering to make a meal for you, drive you somewhere, or even watch your child while you take a nap – say yes as often as possible! Especially while you get into the swing of things or get back on track after you’ve gotten in over your head a little. Make sure you’re not denying these kinds of opportunities when they pop up. Eventually, they will go away and you’ll wish you had taken advantage of them!

Think of it from the other person’s perspective. If someone close to you just had a baby and you knew very well that there were plenty things that you could do to help out – you would want to help them, wouldn’t you?

Don’t feel bad for accepting help from somebody who genuinely wants to help you. It will make the other person feel good. And you would probably do the same for them! I know it’s hard but just try it out and it’ll probably be something that both parties will get a benefit from.


Do you have any other favorite productivity tips for stay at home moms? Let me know! I’d love to hear your ideas. Thanks for reading!

Poshmark 102: Supplies for Poshmark Sellers – Get Started on Poshmark

what you need to start selling on poshmark

Here’s a quick roundup of supplies for selling on Poshmark. I’m going to list several options for a couple different budgets and you’ll find totals at the bottom of the page – I hope you find some info here that helps you!

Once you have a solid idea of how selling on Poshmark works, you’ve made a few sales, and you’ve defined your goals it’s time to invest in some equipment to take your Poshmark business to the next level! This isn’t EVERYTHING I’d recommend to have on hand if you have a full-time income selling on Poshmark or other applications, but it’s what I’d recommend starting with if you’re serious about making a hefty side income and working toward making it a full-time gig. If you missed it, here’s my little guide on how to start on Poshmark.

If you’ve made 10+ sales and you’re ready to scale this thing and run with it, read on. This is the set of tools to take professional photos and securely pack and ship products to my customers. Some of these items you probably have laying around already. Some you probably don’t! Let’s get started.

 

1.) Clear poly bags

poly bags: supplies for your poshmark closet
This is one of the very first things you’ll want to grab when you’re ready to add a touch of professionalism to your business. They make for a clean presentation – and more importantly – clear poly bags protect the item you’re shipping from the elements.

While the free USPS boxes you can get from your post office provide a basic degree of protection, they are just boxes. Boxes are especially prone to water damage. If you protect your items with poly bags, you will not experience customer complaints about items you’ve shipped becoming damaged by the elements. Try this combo pack with 4 different sizes to get you started. It’s a lot more convenient than buying each size separately. Also, if this selling online thing ends up not being your style, you’re not out as much money

 

2.) Lots of shipping tape

shipping tape for poshmark closet

You’ll go through a lot of this. An impossible amount. Save money by buying in bulk!

 

3.) A good, cost-effective lighting set


No need to get crazy and buy something with all the bells and whistles! A simple lighting set will take you far and improve the quality of your photos significantly in many situations.If you’re able to take photos in an area that is consistently well-lit by daylight, you won’t need to use a lighting kit. But if the area you live in has a lot of cloudy or rainy weather or if you’re generally unable to take photos for Poshmark during the day, you’ll definitely need this to take anything worth posting at all.

This one runs about $62, it’s lightweight, portable, and can easily be folded up and stored in a closet with the rest of your Poshmark supplies. I love my lighting kit and I was honestly surprised at how high-quality it is for such a low price. I use it at least 4-5 times a week, due to overcast weather in the Houston area.

 

4.) Some kind of thank you note or sticker

thank you stickers for poshmark closet

I’d personally recommend starting out with handwritten notes. In the beginning, it’s especially important to get glowing reviews from your customers. You can get creative and personalize your notes as much as you like. Address the customer by their name, comment on the item they purchased, or whatever comes naturally for you and fits with the vibe of your business.

I started out by purchasing several packs of thank-you cards that were on clearance in my local Target’s $3 spot and then I eventually created my own to print off. You can find all kinds of cute, printable thank-you cards on Etsy as well!

 

5.) A photography backdrop (or just a posterboard)

wooden photography backgrounds: supplies for your poshmark closetwhite brick background: supplies for your poshmark closetplain photography background: supplies for your poshmark closet

Whether or not you use a background depends on your personal preference and what works best for your Poshmark closet.

What kind of background you need depends on your personal style. If you’re going for a modern or minimalistic vibe, you can easily do very well with a simple white poster board for flat lays or a white sheet you already own. If you have more of a rustic, bohemian, vintage, or niche vibe you might want to consider a backdrop with a wooden or textured look.There are all kinds of photography backdrops on Amazon. You can use these for flat lays or for more traditional images.

Whatever you choose, I’d recommend picking something that is not too busy. Remember that your backdrop should be improving the quality of your photos, not distracting from the item you’re trying to sell. This minimal, white backdrop costs only $12.95.

 

6.) A clothing steamer

clothing steamer for selling on poshmark
If you don’t already have one of these, strongly consider getting a steamer to get rid of wrinkles in your items. They’ll photograph much better without wrinkles and the better your photographs are, the quicker you’ll be able to make sales.

Especially if you don’t like ironing, this will be a win for you. This one is under $25 and will make your life A LOT easier when trying to photograph items and capture the true beauty of them on camera.

 

7.) A printer, ink, and paper

best printer for selling on poshmark - bluetooth enabled printer

You need a printer that works well and you thoroughly understand how to use. I would highly recommend using one with Bluetooth enabled, that way you can print your shipping labels directly from your phone. Talk about a time saver! This one is under $50.

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8.) Bubble wrap

If you sell purses and shoes, you’ll need bubble wrap on hand to securely ship these items. Better safe than sorry! You don’t want your item getting damaged in the shipping process. It’s another expense, but if you’re sourcing the correct brands and pricing correctly while selling on Poshmark you shouldn’t have an issue keeping all of your supplies stocked.

 

9.) Tissue paper, ribbon, and other things to beautify your Poshmark packages

You won’t be using this stuff in every package – but you’ll probably want it for most of them! Posh supports women’s, men’s, kids, and babies items, but the overwhelming majority of items on Poshmark are women’s and Poshmark shoppers are used to receiving thoughtfully packaged gift-like packages.


Okay, so say you have an extremely low budget.

Here’s the bare minimum I think you should get as far as supplies go just to get you started selling on Poshmark seriously:

  • Clear poly bags x 100 in one, larger size that can fit all or most items ($13.50)
  • A roll of shipping tape from Walmart or a local store – they only sell packs of 2-3+ online ($2.50)
  • Scissors (You probably have these already – if not, then about $3)
  • 3 cheap packs of thank-you notes/cards from the dollar store ($3)
  • A couple packs of tissue paper from the dollar store ($2)
  • Print labels at your library or another local facility (Usually about 10-25 cents per label)
  • USPS Priority Mail boxes (NOT the “Priority Mail Flat Rate” ones, only the ones that just say “Priority Mail”) (Free)
  • Photography background: white poster board from Walmart ($1-3)

Total: About $27 + (10-25 cents per shipping label printed)

Not bad! 

You can do very well with this toolset. If you’re on an extreme budget right now, start with these very basic tools and then upgrade as you start selling on Poshmark more frequently.


If you have a little more room in your budget, here’s what I think you should definitely get:

  • Clear poly bags x 400 in various sizes ($22.50)
  • USPS Priority mail boxes (Free)
  • Paper, ink, and simple Bluetooth enabled printer ($80)
  • Beginner photography lighting set ($62)
  • 5 packs of tissue paper from the dollar store ($5)
  • 5 packs of thank-you cards from the dollar store ($5)
  • 5 rolls of ribbon from the dollar store ($5)
  • Large pack of shipping tape ($18)
  • Clothing steamer ($22)
  • 1 photography backdrop ($15)

Total: $234.50

Not a bad up-front cost to start a business!


Hope this post has been helpful for you! Is there an item you can’t live without as a Poshmark seller? Let me know in the comments!

Posh 101: Start Selling on Poshmark – 9 Tips to Start Making Sales

start selling on poshmark

Poshmark 101: Ready to sell on Poshmark? Here are 9 Tips to Maximize your Earning Potential on Poshmark

 

1.) Take your pictures in natural light or use a lighting set. Use a solid white background or a backdrop to photograph your items

The #1 thing you can do right now to get more Poshmark sales is to make sure you’re taking clear, well-lit photos with a background that doesn’t take away from your image. Do not underestimate the power of light and clarity! You’ll sell clothes a lot quicker if your images make it easy to view the features of an item and represent the colors accurately.

If you take the time to use good lighting and a good-quality background, you’ll have better pictures than half of Poshmark already. Many Poshers take pictures at night, with nothing but their bedroom lights, resulting in grainy images. Or, they lay items out on a busy background that detracts from the photo, such as a patterned blanket on their bed.

If you were wondering, you absolutely do not need a professional camera to take pictures for Poshmark. In fact, I recommend that you don’t use one.

Just use your phone camera! That way you can upload pictures straight to Poshmark without having to transfer files from one device to another.

 

2.) Be honest with yourself – don’t waste time listing things that won’t sell. You will get more out of Poshmark if your closet is full of clean, cute items in great condition

Do not post stained up or beat up pieces of clothing on Poshmark. They will not sell, and you will have wasted your time photographing them, creating descriptions, listing them, and sharing them.

Focus your time and energy on the great stuff you have that you know someone would love to have in their closet.

 

3.) Draw attention to any imperfections on your items

If you have a cute or trending item that happens to have a small flaw, but you know someone will love it anyway, ake sure potential buyers are aware of any flaws your item has. When you highlight the fact that your item has a flaw, you are establishing yourself as an honest seller to anyone who views your listing.

Take a clear picture of the flaw, however small, and include it in your listing. In the description, let the buyer know that the item has an imperfection, and let them know what picture they can see the flaw in.

When someone makes an offer on an item I have listed that has a small tear or hole, I will usually confirm with them that they’ve seen the photos of the item’s imperfection before accepting the offer.

 

4.) Share other people’s stuff (but don’t forget to share your own)

The more you share, the more shares (and exposure) you will receive! But share your items frequently – especially during parties!

 

5.) Source items from popular Poshmark brands

Make sure the brands you’re listing on Posh are ones that will probably sell. You can do your own research on this by searching Poshmark’s sold listings, or check out my list of the top 100 brands to sell on Poshmark.

 

6.) Save money on shipping products by buying in bulk

You’ll save money if you order your shipping products in bulk. Things like tape, thank-you cards, poly mailers, bubble wrap – order it on eBay or Amazon! Don’t waste money going to Office Depot or even Walmart and buying one or two mailers or rolls of tape at a time. If you can afford to buy larger quantities at a time, do it. And don’t forget, of course, to get your free priority mail boxes delivered from USPS.com

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7.) If someone bundles an item, send them a private offer as quickly as possible

If someone bundles your item, they may have done it by accident – but there’s a good chance that they are seriously interested in that item! Send them a private offer as soon as you see the notification. Hook them in while they are in shopping mode! Don’t wait for them to close Poshmark and go about their day.

About a third of the time, I get a sale by using this tip and offering a few dollars off.

 

8.) If someone comments a question about your item, reply back ASAP

If someone is interested enough to ask a question about your dress or top, they’re interested enough to be a customer. Reply to their question ASAP instead of putting it off. You’re a lot more likely to keep them interested and make a sale if you get back to them while they’re in the mood to shop.

 

9.) Follow as many closets as you can every time you open the app

Do this. Really. Hit “Feed” and scroll down until you see “Follow more people to grow your shopping network”. Then follow all of the suggested users there. Scroll back up and hit “New People” and follow a bunch of them. Then go back and hit “Brands”. Find a brand that you have a lot of in your closet and follow as many people as you can stand in one sitting.

Do this regularly. Every day if you can! People will follow you back and you’ll build up a following of people who have your items in their feed when they open their app. The more followers you have, the more sales you’ll get. And the best way to get followers is by following other people.


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Top Brands to Sell on Poshmark: List of 105 Brands

brands to sell on poshmark

Having trouble selling from your Poshmark closet? Maybe you have the wrong brands! Certain brands do better than others on Posh – it’s just a more niche marketplace than eBay. Here’s a list of 105 brands that are proven to sell well on Poshmark.

Top Poshmark Brands

Keep in mind that style and condition are just as important as brand. Pay extra attention to the condition when sourcing your inventory – you can get away with selling slightly damaged items if you lower your price significantly, but you want to be doing this as little as possible.  You also want to make sure that your items are current, trending styles or wardrobe staples that are sure to sell. This list of brands will get you started in the right direction, however!

  1. Abercrombie + Fitch
  2. Acne
  3. Adidas
  4. Adrianna Papell
  5. Affliction
  6. AG Adriano Goldschmied
  7. Aldo
  8. Alexander Wang
  9. Alice + Olivia
  10. All Saints
  11. Alo Yoga
  12. Altar’d State
  13. Asos
  14. Ann Taylor
  15. Anthropologie (all labels)
  16. American Eagle Outfitters
  17. Athleta
  18. Ava + Viv
  19. Avenue
  20. Banana Republic
  21. BeBe
  22. Boden
  23. Boston Proper
  24. Brandy Melville
  25. Brooks Brothers
  26. Cabi
  27. Calvin Klein
  28. Cheap Monday
  29. Chico’s
  30. Chloe
  31. Coach
  32. Columbia
  33. Current/Elliot
  34. Cynthia Rowley
  35. Daniel Rainn
  36. Dolce Vita
  37. Dooney & Bourke
  38. Express
  39. Fashion Nova
  40. Fossil
  41. Francesca’s
  42. Franco Sarto
  43. Free People
  44. Gucci
  45. Herschel
  46. Hunter
  47. IZOD (NWT only/mostly)
  48. J. Crew
  49. J. Jill
  50. Jordan
  51. Kate Spade
  52. Kendall & Kylie
  53. Lane Bryant
  54. Levi’s
  55. LL Bean
  56. LOGO Lori Goldstein
  57. LOFT
  58. Louis Vuitton
  59. Lucky Brand
  60. LuLaRoe
  61. Lululemon
  62. Nasty Gal
  63. Nike
  64. North Face
  65. Madewell
  66. Michael Kors
  67. Miss Me (Jeans)
  68. On the Byas
  69. Orvis
  70. Paige
  71. Patagonia
  72. Pendleton
  73. PINK by Victoria’s Secret
  74. Prada
  75. Puma
  76. Ralph Lauren (Especially Polo)
  77. RayBan
  78. Rock Revival
  79. Romeo & Juilet Couture
  80. Sam Edelman
  81. Silver (Jeans)
  82. Soft Surroundings
  83. Splendid
  84. Steve Madden
  85. St. John
  86. Tangerine
  87. Topshop
  88. Toms
  89. Torrid
  90. Tory Burch
  91. Under Armor
  92. UNIF
  93. Urban Outfitters (All labels)
  94. Vans
  95. Vera Bradley
  96. Victoria’s Secret (and VS Sport)
  97. Vince
  98. Vince Camuto
  99. Vinyard Vines
  100. White House Black Market
  101. WhoWhatWear
  102. Woolrich
  103. Young Fab Broke
  104. Zara
  105. 7 For All Mankind (Especially Dojo jeans)

 

Found this helpful? Check out my list of 9 tips to maximize your profits using Poshmark.

Free Pre-K Math Printable: Number Recognition with Fruit, Space + Sky themes

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Hello! I’m gearing up to start teaching my little some math. I started making a few printables for her, and I thought I would release them here as I make them.

This free pre-k math printable focuses on number recognition and has a space, planets, and sky theme. I’ve also made a fruit-themed variation. I’ve placed previews of the free printables below, and the downloads are at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

Space + Sky | Free Homeschool Math Printable

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Fruit | Free Pre-K Math Printable

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Learn to Code for Free with this List of Courses

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Wanna learn to code? It’s easier than ever before.

With so many high-quality and free options available thanks to learning websites like edX and Coursera, you can start to learn to code for free anytime you want. In fact, there are so many free courses to choose from that it may be overwhelming to make a decision. Especially if you’re new to computer science courses.

Decide whether you’re more interested in web or software development first. If you choose software development, you’ll have to choose a language to start with as well. These days, common language choices for new programmers usually include Python, Java, C, or Javascript. You can pick any language you’d like, though. If you have no idea which language you want to start with, don’t worry. Dive in! Whatever language you choose to start with, you will learn the same fundamental ideas and you can always change your mind later.

Additionally, if you choose to continue with programming after learning your first language, you’ll pick up the second one a lot quicker. You can learn to code in as many as you find useful or interesting.

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I’ve laid out 3 different paths here. Each is a little “mini-degree” of courses, if you will, that uses a particular language or set of languages.

  • Python
  • Java
  • Web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc.)

Pick a path and get busy learning to make awesome stuff with code for free today!


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Learn to Code in Python || 4 courses || about 245 hours

1.)  An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 1) // Rice University // Coursera || about 40 hrs

2.)  An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python (Part 2) // Rice University // Coursera || about 35 hrs

3.)  Analytics in Python // Columbia University // edX  || about 110 hours

4.) Python Data Representations // Rice University // Coursera || about 30 hours

5.) Python Data Analysis // Rice University // Coursera || about 30 hours

Resource list for Python:

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Learn to Code in Java || 4 courses || about 290 hours

1.)  Learn to Program in Java // Microsoft // edX || about 32 hours

2.)  Object-Oriented Programming with Java  // Microsoft // edX  || about 32 hours

3.) AP Computer Science A: Java Programming Polymorphism and Advanced Data Structures // Purdue University // edX || about 45 hours

4.) Software Construction in Java // MIT // edX || about 180 hours

Resource list for Java:

Here are a few additional resources that will be helpful if you choose to learn to code in Java. Codecademy and Sololearn have interactive tutorials that you can use to repeat any weak points you might have or fill in any gaps in your introductory learning. BlueJ is an excellent choice of an IDE for a new Java developer. You may want to try it out if you think you’d enjoy seeing your code laid out visually or if it might help you learn more effectively. Eclipse is a widely used IDE for Java developers.

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Learn to Code With HTML, CSS, and other Web Development Technologies || 10 Courses || about 220 hours

1.) Introduction to HTML and Javascript // Microsoft // edX || about 15 hours

2.) Advanced CSS Concepts // Microsoft // edX || | about 10 hours

3.) Introduction to Bootstrap // Microsoft // edX ||  about 5 hours

4.) Javascript Introduction // W3C // edX ||  about 35 hours

5.) Introduction to jQuery // Microsoft // edX || about 12 hours

6.) Essentials in Javascript ES6 // David Katz // Udemy || about 5 hours

7.) Introduction to SQL // U Michigan // Coursera || about 32 hours

8.) Building Web Applications in PHP // U Michigan // Coursera || about 60 hours

9.) Web Application Development: Basic Concepts // University of New Mexico // Coursera || about 15 hours

10.) Front-End Javascript Frameworks: Angular // The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology // Coursera || about 32 hours

Resources for learning to code with HTML, CSS, and other web development technologies:

  • w3Schools – Concise and authoritative reference website for HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL, XML, and PHP
  • CodePen.io – Browser based live code editor, best tool for learning and prototyping HTML, CSS, and Javascript
  • CSS-Tricks – Top-tier website featuring CSS tutorials. If you’re gonna use one, let it be this one.
  • Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) – Javascript tutorials
  • DevTips YouTube Channel – High-quality development and design tutorials. Usually shorter, bite-size videos. Strong design skills, so great to watch if you’re not a wonderful designer but want to get your daily dose of design inspo in.
  • Traversy Media YouTube Channel – Great longer tutorials and entire playlists for learning a whole new technology.
  • Chrome Developer Tools – One of the most useful free tools to take advantage of as a web developer.
  • Learn-html.org
  • Learn-js.org
  • Codecademy HTML & CSS and Javascript
  • Atom – a hackable text editor
  • Brackets – a simple text editor and a Udemy course on how to use it to its full potential.

No matter what technologies you choose to learn to code with, make sure to get familiar with GitHub, the free, open-source version control software you should be using to back up and share your code! Here’s a free Udemy course on how to use GitHub.

I hope this list helps you learn to code! I’ll be updating it as I find more resources and I plan to add more languages. Thanks for reading. Are you learning to code right now? Comment below what you’re currently learning and how it’s going for you!

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My Favorite Reasonably Healthy, Easy Smoothie Recipie

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This is my go-to healthy smoothie recipe! For whatever reason, I cannot stand bananas, and it’s hard to find a healthy smoothie recipe without them, but this one is filling full of nutrition without sacrificing taste. It’s just a great-tasting berry smoothie and you won’t even taste the spinach. You’ll feel great about having gotten some greens in, though!

For a PB&J spin on this recipe (as well as an extra boost of protein), add in a tablespoon or two of PB Fit powder before blending. You could also add in some rolled oats or some ground flax seed (great little extra boosts of fiber and protein). If you’re a nursing mom especially, consider one or more of these add-ins to boost your milk’s nutritional value! I love using ground flax seed in my food and smoothies while breastfeeding.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Frozen fruit of choice (I use a triple berry mix)
  • Spinach
  • Greek yogurt or another yogurt
  • Almond milk (or another milk substitute)

Optional add-ins:

  • Ground flax seed
  • Oats
  • PB Fit Powder

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Pour in about 1 cup of frozen fruit, then add a small handful of spinach on top. If you want to use any ground flax seed, oats, or PB Fit, add in 1-2 tablespoons of each. If you’re using a Nutri-bullet or single serve blender like mine, fill to the top with yogurt. Otherwise, add about 1 1/2 cups of yogurt.

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Pour 1 1/2 cups of almond milk over the top of everything (you may have to do this slowly to give it a chance to trickle down below the yogurt).

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Then blend for 10 to 15 seconds and enjoy! This smoothie usually keeps me full for the entire morning and it tastes awesome. It feels great to start the day off with something reasonably good for me, so I go back to this recipe multiple times a week.

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Did you try this recipe? Let me know in the comments if you tried it or if you put your own spin on it!

5 Traits You Need to be Successful as a Homeschooler in High School

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Thinking about homeschooling? As a homeschooler, you’ll have to do a little bit of extra work to make sure things like high school graduation and college applications go smoothly. You’ll also be more responsible for designing your education and making sure you finish your schoolwork on time.

These are just a couple of reasons why it’s important to understand characteristics that make successful homeschoolers. Diving right into homeschooling will only cause you a lot of catching up to do if you don’t do your research first. Here’s a list of things you’ll need in order to get the most out of being a homeschooled student.

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Self-motivation. First, a homeschooled student requires a ton of motivation to function efficiently. There are too many potential distractions: texting, lurking on Reddit, camping noobs in World of Warcraft, etc.

To succeed as a homeschooler, you need to WANT to succeed as a homeschooler. Self-motivation is key. Homeschoolers usually have a similar amount of homework as a public school student. If you are taking classes online, you won’t have a physical teacher involved to give you constant reminders about upcoming due dates. Even if your parents are going to be heavily involved, you’re the one responsible for making sure that you finish your work and meet deadlines.

A passion for learning. Homeschooling is a unique and wonderful thing that allows education to be customized to meet each student’s needs and interests. In order for that to happen, interests have to exist in the first place. As a homeschooler, you’ll have the freedom to take classes that aren’t offered at your local public school. You can participate in co-ops, online classes, or dual-credit courses at a nearby college.

Take advantage of this freedom by pursuing your passions! If you aren’t interested in your schoolwork you’re going to have a hard time. You will end up procrastinating and get behind schedule, risking deferred graduation or other terrible and unfortunate things. Stay in school if you don’t think you’ll have the motivation to finish your work. 

Patience. Next, not everyone is going to understand why you’ve chosen homeschooling and many will question your judgment. You have to possess a significant amount of patience to deal with these people. There will be quite a few of them. Some will question you especially aggressively. Try to learn from these encounters as well as to politely educate the aggressive party. Usually, these people aren’t well-informed about homeschooling. They will repeat various untruths about homeschoolers and their social or academic failures.

Arm yourself with a few facts about how well-adjusted and academically accomplished homeschoolers typically are. Sometimes, no matter how sound your argument is, the other party will refuse to consider it. It’s easy to understand why people find it difficult to change their views about something as important as education. Try to be patient and understanding. 

Organization. You’ll need to understand your state’s homeschool laws as well as its graduation requirements. If you’re planning on applying to colleges or universities, you’ll need to act as your own college counselor of sorts (unless you plan to hire one or your parents know a lot about applying to colleges). It’s not as difficult or complicated as it might seem, but the laws and requirements can vary greatly by area. In Texas, you don’t have to keep any records and there aren’t many rules you’ll have to follow. Other states require a certain amount of hours to be logged or conduct annual evaluations. To better understand your local homeschooling laws, check out your state’s department of education website.

For this reason, organization is crucial as a homeschooler. You’re going to be in charge of these sorts of things. And you can do it. There’s tons of free help available in the online homeschooling community, you just have to seek out the information.

Perseverance. You’ll need to constantly work to maintain your social relationships. If you went to public school, you’d probably be around hundreds of kids within a few years of your age every day.

Homeschooling is different – you won’t usually be surrounded by peers for upwards of eight hours a day. Homeschoolers have to actively seek social interaction. You can do that through an athletic team, a homeschool group, an interest-based club, or a job, just to name a few options. Either way, you’ll need to put in some initial work in order to create a social circle as a homeschooler.


To conclude, homeschooling isn’t for everyone! If after reading this you’re having second thoughts, you might consider getting a second opinion. Talk to someone you know who has experience with homeschooling. If you’ve read through this list and you feel like homeschooling would be a good fit, do some more research and then pitch homeschooling to your parents if you haven’t already. Good luck!

6 Homeschooling Myths that are Super Common but Untrue

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There are so many misconceptions about homeschoolers out there.

I often hear these homeschooling myths while I’m out and about or on the internet and they frustrate me to no end! If you’re involved in homeschooling, you know what I’m talking about. I was homeschooled throughout high school and I homeschool my kids now. If you’re considering homeschooling your children, there are several things you may have heard that are just not true.

1.) Homeschooling moms or dads need/should need certification to teach their children 

One of the most common homeschooling myths is that homeschoolers learn everything from their parents. (See the last myth, below) Much of the time, homeschooling parents are facilitating the learning and supporting their child’s educational needs rather than literally teaching them everything. More often than not, they’re providing a positive learning environment, resources for their child, and redirection when their kid gets off track. 

Parents know their children the best and are the best. There are plenty of excellent, reputable, and accredited homeschool curricula out there that any homeschool parent can use with their child. There are also a ton of great resources parents can use to build their own custom curriculum. There’s no reason the parent needs to have teacher certification to guide their child through primary and secondary education.

Each state has guidelines for what is required to graduate from high school and many states require homeschoolers to meet certain educational standards on an annual or quarterly basis. AS long as these standards are being met or exceeded – where is the need for certification?

2.) Homeschoolers have no social lives.

Since homeschoolers usually aren’t locked in a building with several dozens to several hundreds of kids close to their age, socialization sometimes requires a little bit of effort up front. Most homeschoolers are involved in a sport, theater or art group, or academic co-op.

It’s easy to find a local homeschooling community that either hosts or can point you in the direction of all kinds of clubs, classes, and groups. A homeschooler without a strict public school schedule also has more job opportunities during high school – another effective way to meet and interact with people.

It’s entirely possible for anyone at all to become a hermit. But during my homeschool years, I consistently worked full or part-time, took classes at my community college, volunteered, and took courses both online and in various locations nearby. I also took ballet and participated in a robotics/programming workshop for most of the year. Safe to say that I was out of the house at least as often as I was inside. If not more so! To this day, I communicate with many of the friends I met at work or in class during my (homeschooled) high school years.

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3.) Homeschoolers are all religious freaks or wear weird clothes

Just not true. Some people choose to homeschool for religious reasons (certainly don’t make them a freak). Some people wear weird clothes. There are so many different reasons to homeschool, and religious preference or beliefs is only one of many. Some homeschoolers wear weird clothes, but plenty of other people do that too. There will be weird-clothes-wearing people in any minority or group.

4.) Homeschoolers are sheltered from the “real world”

This is one of the weirder homeschooling myths out there. It just doesn’t make any sense. “Real world”? The one where you’re locked in a room for an hour with approximately 20-30 other people within a few months of your age? 

Here’s the thing: the real world looks and functions nothing like a public high school.

Assuming that you and your family leave the house on a regular basis, being homeschooled gives you more opportunities to interact with a much more diverse group of people on a daily basis than you’d be able to at your average American public school.

You wouldn’t be limited to talking to people within a few years of your age. Your more flexible schedule could land you a part-time job or internship that would be impossible with a normal public school schedule. I worked 30+ hours a week throughout my high school years and interacted with countless people every day. Just like I do now – in the “real world”.

5.) Homeschoolers don’t go to college

They do. In fact, a slightly larger percentage of homeschoolers than public-schoolers go to and graduate college. Homeschoolers make better college GPAs and score higher on their SAT and ACT tests.

There are some universities that require homeschooled students to jump through several more hoops and submit more documents than they require from public school students. Your college-bound homeschool student should read up on the application requirements for homeschoolers for each school they intend to apply to, well before they plan to apply.

The reason I believe some colleges ask for additional documents from homeschoolers is that in some states, there are far fewer regulations for what a homeschooler has to be doing on a quarterly or annual basis. Some states enforce stricter regulations. Some have almost none, leaving open possibilities for homeschoolers to graduate having not done a whole heck of a lot. Similarly, some colleges are more homeschool-friendly than others and don’t require any/many more additional documents. And some may require more test scores and more acutely detailed information about the student’s high school curriculum.

That being said, statistically, you’ve got just a good a chance of getting into the college of your choice as a public school student would. And you’ve got an even better chance of graduating from that college.

6.) Our moms or dads teach us everything we know

My mom taught me a lot of super-useful things when I was little – how to read, how to sleep without peeing on myself at night, and how to make really great cookies. But she doesn’t teach any of my classes. My classes were all either online or taken at the community college nearest me, or at a co-op class. This homeschooling myth caused the most misconceptions for me, growing up. My public schooled friends assumed I sat in front of my parents all day while they read to me or drew on a  whiteboard.

After elementary school, it’s more uncommon for parents to take on the sole teaching role in their homeschool unless that is what best suits the child’s learning needs.


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