As online marketplaces continue to thrive, it has become easier to pull out pre-loved apparel, accessories, and items from our closets to sell. Whether you are a long-time Poshmark seller or a newbie, here is a list of some of the places you can source inventory.
Closet and Donations
What you may think are old or vintage pieces from your own closet can turn out to be great finds for others. It is understandable you may find it difficult to let go of certain clothes you love. Yet focus on the part that once you sell them, you are not only making room for newer ones but earning all at the same time.
You may also opt to ask for donations from family members and friends. For certain, they have unwanted clothing and accessories they want to pull out as well. When you gather more items, this gives you a wider selection to sell on Poshmark. From different sizes, styles, and tastes, your listings would have variety, attracting diverse buyers.
When you choose clothes to sell, make sure they are still wearable and presentable. You have to take good photos as well so these would look professional. In turn, more people would flock to your listings and are encouraged to make a purchase.
Sourcing through thrift stores is an ideal way to broaden your selection of offerings. Every state has its list of thrifting destinations and so a quick Google search can help you track and visit them. Some of these include Goodwill, Goodwill outlets, Ocean Beach Antique Mall in San Diego, American Thrift in Hollywood, and Salvation Army.
When you sell clothes from local thrift stores, ensure these are properly washed and steamed or ironed before you take photos and pack them when there is a sale. While some pieces are branded or limited edition, take note that buyers would still want to receive them in the best condition possible.
Similar to thrift stores, yard sales can give you low prices for pre-loved items that sometimes turn out to be high-end brands. These can range from vintage jeans, quality sweaters, to embroidered purses. The major difference is you have to bring change and use your bargaining skills to haggle prices.
Before you visit the sales, research the value of items you are interested in. Visit other listings on Poshmark and even Depop to compare prices. This gives you an estimate or information about how much you can negotiate for an item.
When it is clear you know about the items well, the sellers in the yard or garage sale will give you what you bargained for, rather than giving you the short end of the stick.
If you are the type to search beyond typical vintage pieces, you can scour through what can be considered “treasure hunts” amid the sea of secondhand items: estate sales. For those unfamiliar, these sales involve purchasing items inside someone’s house or residence.
What you can find are mostly intimate pieces such as personal trinkets, clothes, and decorative items, and even rare collections of art, rugs, and dinnerware. You will be amazed at what you can get your hands on at these estate sales.
To find one near you, you can search on websites like estatesales.org or estatesales.net. A quick run-through can help you target the type of estate sale you like and pencil book your schedule for a visit. It is also good to note that you can subscribe to the emailing list so you will be among the first ones to be notified when a sale near you will be held.
Some tips for visiting estate sales are one, take a look at the photos of the items that will be sold. This helps you gauge the type of pieces you will see and also shortens the time you will navigate through the house once there. Two, get to the sale as early as possible. Even if you already have your eyes on particular items, an online reservation is not possible. You have to be there to ‘grab it’ or call ‘dibs’ on it so others won’t take it anymore. Lastly, for larger pieces, be sure to take their corresponding tickets and hand them over to the host to reserve them. Once the host has them, it means you are already buying them after you finished shopping throughout the house.
With calls for sustainability, patronizing second-hand products is a must. From clothing, accessories, decor, to furnishings, you can find and bargain for all these in flea markets. Similar to estate sales, these are your go-to destinations if you are searching for retro or rare pieces that scream originality or creativity.
What is good with visiting these markets is you can negotiate for the price, similar to thrift stores. Apart from checking the value of similar products online, you have to research the price of vintage items. The latter can include a limited edition collection of a brand. These can be seasonal bags, dresses, shoes, and more.
Take note that some flea markets don’t pop up frequently as yard sales and estate sales. This is why those happening once a month or even once a year are usually behemoth markets. These are highly-coveted for the rare items and unusual souvenirs that you are unable to find elsewhere.
Buyers on Poshmark frequently look for new listings and so as a seller, you must always find ways to release fresh blog posts. Beyond relisting or tweaking your existing offerings, you may look through online retailers. Some brands like Michael Kors, Macy’s, and Nordstrom Rack release seasonal sales.
What you need to do is to navigate through the sales pages of these brands. They have certain items you can get for low prices--a great deal considering these are brand-new or never-before-used style pieces.
You may opt to subscribe to their email listing so they can give alerts or notifications whenever there is a sale. In this way, you are part of the early ones who can get their hands on these branded offerings.
Consignment or Reselling
When a shop sells goods for an owner, this is referred to as Consignment. The owner who brought the items to the store still owns the items until these are sold. The owner of the shop decides the price, taking into account the value of each item. In case the items are not sold, these can be returned to the owner of the items.
There are two kinds of consignment which you, as a buyer, can visit and source out your requirements.
First are Consignment Shops. Here, you can catch high-end brands. Sometimes these are priced relatively low because some shop owners give further discounts on items that the seller hasn’t monitored or picked up after an agreed period. The disadvantage of visiting these shops is that there isn’t much inventory available.
Second, Consignment Sales. These are events usually done on weekends that may run from two to four days. Many people come to these events to go over an assortment of items. Many resellers prefer this over shops because of its incredibly large inventory, thereby allowing you to buy a wider range of items for your offerings.
Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and eBay
These three are some of the most well-known and stable online marketplaces out there apart from Amazon. They are easy to navigate and filter through for their simple web designs and especially since they target your location. When buying items, shipping fees are generally cheaper as the sources are oftentimes near your residence or even within your city or community.
Unlike other websites, these platforms need not constantly evolve. Craigslist and eBay maintain an old-school look to focus on functionality while Facebook only changes to personalize experiences.
In these destinations, apart from buying individual pieces, you can purchase clothes in bulk as well. But first, take note of its difference with wholesale lots. The latter typically comes from the manufacturers or suppliers themselves. Bulk lots, on the other hand, can be eBay sellers gathering different brands of clothing together, with varied styles and sizes.
Be careful with searching for these particular listings as sometimes, eBay is unable to monitor and verify these wholesale lots. Some sellers may list them as such but in truth, they are not for wholesale.
Another downside to purchasing online is you are uncertain if what you are buying is still in good condition and resellable. Keep in mind scams are prominent in the digital space. If the seller is in a hurry to give away the clothing, these may not be in good condition. Additionally, the actual items may not be as good as they look in photos. Worse, the seller may deliver you completely different products.
This is the reason buying clothes online remains a risk. You must remain cautious and keep asking the seller for more information, ask for recent photos of the clothes, and study the return policy before you transact with them. These tips will help you get your hands on items that sell.
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