Thrift Shopping Online
*I am not a seller for or representative of Poshmark. All writing and opinions are my own.
Hello, hello everyone! I don't know about you but Covid-19 has really put a stop to the thrifting that I love to do at Goodwill. Spending an hour or two looking through the racks and finding something wonderful for a few dollars has always been a fun outing in my opinion. But, even though the stores are now open, I just don't feel that I want to go in right now. So, I was kind of excited when I found Poshmark online and decided to scoop up a few items and give it a try. My very first buy from Poshmark is the lovely Alfred Dunner red top you see above.
For those readers who may not be familiar with Poshmark, it is an online buying and selling platform for clothing, jewelry, shoes and selected makeup and beauty products. I have heard Poshmark spoken about on other blogs I read for quite awhile but had never looked into what it offered until about three weeks ago. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of gently used and new-with-tags clothing that is offered by different sellers. You must set up an account to browse (email, a user name you select and a password you invent) and then you can create your "feed" on which you can select brand name clothing you like. You can also search for any brand using a huge list of brands already listed in A-Z order. If you see an article of clothing you are interested in you can either buy it at the sellers price or you can "make an offer" for the item and wait to see if the seller counter-offers or accepts your price. If they accept your price it is automatically sold to you. I have found it fun to make offers to see what happens. The red top was listed for $16 and I offered $8 which the seller accepted. I use paypal for purchases on Poshmark but I believe you can also use other forms of payment as well. I'm still learning the platform. There is a standard $7.11 shipping fee which, in my opinion, can take away from getting a bargain. So, I take that into consideration when making a purchase. If you buy from one seller only, you can "bundle" items and get a discount on the bundle. I have also learned that if I "like" an item the seller will usually come back with an offer of a lower price and/or a lower price for shipping (usually $4.95).
This striped top with bell sleeves by "A New Approach" is another item that I bundled with a pair of sandals. I actually messed up a bit on my first order because I didn't understand how to do "bundling" from one seller. The red top, striped top and sandals were all from the same seller and I ended up buying the red top first and getting free shipping (which you get for your first order) and then I saw the striped top and sandals and made offers on them but then realized that I would be charged for shipping. Oh well, it took me awhile to learn the platform and how everything works. The Crocs sandals (not shown in this post) were marked by the seller at $19 and the striped top was marked by the seller at $13. I offered lower prices on both and the seller offered me a bundle price of $11 for both items together! I had to pay the shipping costs and tax which brought the total up to $19 but I still think that's a pretty good bargain!
So, here is my list of pros and cons for using Poshmark.
- There are many, many sellers offering a plethora of clothing items and brand names
- You can search for items by brand names or "follow" a particular seller that you like to "shop their closet."
- If you are so inclined, you can sell on Poshmark as well as shop for items. I am not interested in selling items at this time.
- It is possible to make lower offers for items. The offers may or may not be accepted by the seller.
- The buyer is able to "decline" offers that are made by the seller.
- For those who like the social aspect of things, Poshmark can be an avenue for social commenting on items and "parties" offered to shop clothing online. I have not taken advantage of the social aspect of Poshmark.
- It takes awhile to learn the platform. It's not difficult but I recommend exploring for awhile before diving right into making purchases. I missed out on free shipping for all my items because I wasn't quite sure what I was doing.
- The shipping fee is at a set price of $7.11 whether you buy one item or multiple items from one seller. And, if you buy from multiple sellers you pay the shipping fee for each seller. Plus you pay tax for each purchase. So, in my opinion, the shipping fees can take away from the bargain aspect of buying an item.
I have enjoyed browsing Poshmark and seeing what they offer and I am enjoying my new purchases. I also have a couple pairs of pants on order right now so I will have some more Poshmark items to show you in future posts. I have found that Poshmark is not as good a bargain as Goodwill, due to some of the seller's prices and the shipping costs, but I like what I have bought so far and it is possible to find some really quality, name brand pieces on Poshmark so I recommend giving it a try!
Have you bought from Poshmark before? Are you a bargain shopper like me? Hope you will leave a comment and let me know!
Until Next Time,