Imagine that you are shopping at a massive, yet chic clothing and accessory boutique that is completely personalized for you. All of the clothing is your size, the brands excite you, and the prices? Now, those are really exciting. Almost everything is 40 to 70 percent off retail. It all sounds like a dream, but it’s quite like the experience you’ll get when shopping on Poshmark. The only “catch” is that the items for sale are mostly pre-owned, and the store is actually an app with thousands of online browseable closets. But this is not just some online thrift store. Instead, it’s a type of social media for clothes, where fashion is shared by motivated sellers and shoppers all across the country. Once you start making your clothing and accessory purchases through the Poshmark app, you’ll hesitate to step into a mall again.
How to Shop
According to a recent article, there are 14 million new items being uploaded for sale on Poshmark every single day! Chances are good that you will be able to find something that speaks to you. Before you begin shopping, create an account. From there, you can fill in the My Size filter, which will customize your searches to show only the sizes that you specify.
Now, what are you searching for? A pair of Birkenstocks? A chunky-knit cardigan? Enter it into the search function using as many (or as few) keywords as you’d like. From there you can filter further by color, condition, price range, and brand. Budget-minded shoppers suss out the real bargains by using the Sort tool to have the items displayed by price from low to high. After you’ve found the perfect item at the right price point, you’ll have the option to buy it outright or to make an offer on it. Easy as pie.
Women’s sizing can sometimes be unpredictable. Here’s a tip to help you find clothes that will fit to a T. Take the measurements of a few clothing items you own that fit you perfectly. You can then compare these measurements to the ones given by sellers in a particular item’s description. Many sellers include these in their listings, but some do not. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for them though. The sellers on Poshmark are usually friendly and willing to help. The measurements generally used are:
- Bust (armpit to armpit)
- Length (top of shoulder to bottom hem)
- Waist width
- Inseam (for pants and jeans)
Save Your Money and Your Sanity
Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Lululemon, Lilly Pulitzer, and J. Crew. What do all of these brands have in common besides being high-quality in design and having high price tags? They are all sold in stores that you would not want to bring your 1- and 3-year-old kids anywhere near. Using the Poshmark app, you can shop at your convenience, anywhere and at any time. It’s such a pleasure to be able to resupply your clothing stash without having to torture a toddler with the cruelty of shopping cart straps. Your mom uniforms have given you years of dutiful service through even the most brutal neckline-testing breastfeeding periods and surprise surprises. It’s time to retire that stuff and upgrade your wardrobe with new basics and beyond.
Things to Shop for on Poshmark
Here are just a few ideas of things that you can purchase preloved on Poshmark to save tons of money:
- Holiday dresses
- Maternity wear
- Vacation clothes
- Ball/formal gowns
- Workout gear
- Winter coats
- Ski gear
- High-end purses (Poshmark guarantees authenticity)
Poshmark has given its users the opportunity to have better access to great fashion and is truly on the forefront of innovation when it comes to online resale shopping. Take advantage of this technology and try thrift shopping from the comfort of your home a try!
Photo Credits: Shayna Mabee
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