Over the last 8 years I have been shopping at thrift stores and have joined the vast community of Thrift Store Fashionistas. My desire is that this page will help others see that Thrift Stores and Bargain Shopping will still allow you to look stylish without breaking the bank.
If you're like me and you are ready to put away the heavy winter boots and let your pedicures breathe then this post is for you. Being that Spring and Summer are right around the corner I figured what better time for another shoe dupe. Here is a list of on-trend sandals/shoes I found at Nordstrom and duped at Target aka Tar-Jay. See something you like? Just click on the photo and start getting your Spring and Summer shoe game on point because the warmer weather will be here before you know it. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @ThriftinWithP for more Thrifting and Fashion tips! -P.Banks
You have been selling on Poshmark for a few weeks now. You have gotten into the swings of things and your sales are coming in steady and then just like that NOTHING! Sales start to slow down and then stop altogether. Your frustrated and ready to throw in the towel, don’t do it!! Here are 5 things you can do to get your sales back on the map again. Review Your Prices Having items priced to high can run off potential customers. They are coming to Poshmark for good deals; so when you have items that are too close to retail pricing they begin to look elsewhere. Before listing a product check to see what other Poshers are selling the same/similar item for here's how : Go to the Shop Tab Type in the Brand of the item in the search bar Click the filter Icon at the top of the page Update the filter to the information for the product your selling (i.e Price, Category) Finally at the bottom of the page change Availability to Sold Items. This will pull up all the items of the product that was sold and the price it sold for. This will help you find a good gauge of what to price the product at, not to high and. not to low. Check Your Photos Aside from pricing, photos is the next thing that can hinder sales. Make sure your photos are clear and shows various angles of the product. Update Descriptions "Nice Pants or Red Nice Pants" is not one of the best descriptions; it's a good start but adding more information about the product will allow it to come up more in various searches. Here is an example of a good product description: " Lane Bryant Stretch Pixie Pants, Size 12, Slim Cut, Low Waisted. Elastic in Waist. Gorgeous Red Color, Inseam 39" Waist 36". Can be dressed up with heels or worn with flats or sandals. Excellent Condition. This description gives much more information. I also added the condition of the item and a small styling tip. The styling tip is not necessary but I do it to give potential buyers ideas of how they can wear the item. Use Offer to Like Feature This feature has brought many sales my way; especially when sales were slow. It allows you to send a private offer to everyone who has liked your listing. Here's how it works: Go to any of your listings and tap the the Price Drop button Select the Offer to Likers option Drop the listing price by 10% Choose a Shipping Discount Offer is SENT When I see someone has liked one of my items I try to send an offer within 5 mins because I know that they are most likely still browsing the site and it's a better chance that they may accept my offer. Wait it Out When selling on Poshmark or any platform you will hit a slow patch in your sales; it happens to us all. The good news is slow sales don't last forever; so keep sharing your items, sharing other posher's closets, following others in the community and before your know it a new season will be upon you and sales will be back rolling in. If you missed Part 1 "Poshmark: What is it and How does it Work and Part 2 "Want to be a Poshmark Seller make sure to check them out! -P
Here are Some Basic Selling Tips That Can Help Last week I discussed What is Poshmark and How does it Work If you missed that post Click Here. This week I will be sharing some simple tips that have been beneficial to me since I have become a seller on the platform. Again I have only been selling for a little over 2 months so I am still new but I wanted to pass along what I have learned and what has worked for me thus far. Share Share and Share Sharing the items in your closet on Poshmark is essential to your selling success. When you share your items it allows them to be seen by your followers, who in turn share your items to their followers. Getting your items in front of as many eyes as possible increases your chances of making a sale! Unfortunately, there is not a way to share your entire closet with a simple push of a button. You have to share each item individually. Yes, it can be a time killer but it is necessary. Since selling I have made sharing apart of my daily routine by sharing my closet 3 times a day, once in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Also, there are two types of shares on Poshmark Self Shares and Community Shares. Self Shares is sharing your own closet and Community Shares is sharing items from other Poshmark sellers. Out of the two self sharing trumps community sharing in my eyes, you're glad to help out your fellow Poshmates but your goal is to sell your items, so ALWAYS share your items FIRST. A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words Having good pictures of the items can make or break a sale. Make sure you have good lighting and you take photos from various angles. Also if there is any damage to the item make sure you take a snapshot of that as well. Descriptions and Keywords Ensure descriptions are descriptive! Not only are the keywords in the descriptions searched within the Poshmark app, but Google also searches Poshmark descriptions as well. Information that should be included in all of your item descriptions is size, color, and measurements. If you know what the fabric is, add that as well. Adding the brand name along with the condition of the item i.e. NWT (New with Tags) or in EUC (Excellent Used Condition) is also recommended. One thing that needs to be in the description is If the item has damage, that information needs to be added; no matter how big or small it needs to be disclosed because Honesty is the best policy! Retail Pricing is a No-No One of the main reasons people come to shop at Poshmark is to get great deals. When pricing your items make sure you are pricing them BELOW retail price BUT at a price where you will make a profit. Also, don't forget to factor in Poshmark's commission when deciding on pricing. Anything that sells at $15 or under Poshmark takes a $2.95 commission and anything that sells over $15 they take 20%. The happy medium for these two factors for everyone will be different but it's important that you find it. Shipping made EASY Poshmark makes shipping your items out extremely EASY. Once you make a sale they send you a Pre-Paid Label to your email and all you need to do is print it and attach it to your box. For boxes, USPS will ship you Priority boxes for FREE right to your doorstep. Order your FREE boxes Here Ship Quickly Buyers LOVE fast shippers! When you have an order, ship it out ASAP. First Impressions When I send out an order I always make sure that items are wrapped nicely and I add a Thank You card thanking the buyer for shopping my closet. This isn't required but it is a nice way to show buyers my appreciation and hopefully they will become return customers. Don't Drop the Ball on Customer Service If a potential buyer asks a question whether it's regarding a specific item, or about an order make it a priority to respond in a timely manner and always be polite and professional. Great Customer Service goes a LONG WAY!! Selling on Poshmark is great way to make some extra money. Just keep these simple tips in mind and the sales will be rolling in, in no time! Check out my Poshmark Closet and use my code THRIFTINWITHP for $5 off when you sign up! Make sure you follow me on Social Media Instagram Facebook
Now that the new year is here and has settled one of the items on your "out with the old, in with the new" list is purge your closet to make room for new thrift finds and bargains. What better way to pay for those new items then with money from selling your old ones! That's where Poshmark comes in! What is Poshmark? Poshmark is a social media marketplace where you can buy and sell fashion, simple and easy. It was founded in 2011 Manisha Chandra and others in Menlo, CA. The marketplace sees about 4 million sellers per day on average, has over 25 million items for sale and more than 5,000 brands to choose from. How does Poshmark work? To get started selling on Poshmark first you need to download the app on your smartphone, it is available in both the Apple and Android stores or signup here. Once the app is downloaded, hit the sell button, snap a few photos, add a description along with a price and that's it. Simple right? When your item sells the buyer pays the shipping costs so all you have to do is print out the pre-paid shipping label Poshmark emails to you. This is one of my favorite things about Poshmark, the hassle-free shipping. Once the buyer receives their package and marks it delivered on the app; your funds are deposited into your Poshmark account. When you want to "cash out" (which can be anytime) you can either request the funds be deposited into your banking account or have a check mailed out to you. Poshmark does take a small commission on sales you do make; $2.95 for sales that are under $15 and anything over $15 is 20%. I started selling items on Poshmark at the end of October and thus far my experience has been great! in a little less than 2 months I have been able to pocket over $1,000 dollars (cha-ching). Also, the Poshmark community is HUGE and everyone whom I have interacted with has been very welcoming and extremely helpful. If selling is not your thng don't worry Poshmark has a place for you too. There are no special instructions needed; just get ready for some AMAZING deals. And there you have it, Poshmark in a nutshell. Now that you know what Poshmark is and how it works; all you need to do now is take a moment and check it out! If you are thinking about selling on Poshmark make sure you check back next week for Part 2 of my Four-Part Poshmark Series . I will be sharing some tips that have helped me tremendously since I started selling on the platform. See you next week! Check out my Poshmark Closet Here and SAVE $5 when you sign up with code THRIFTINWITHP -Thriftin' With P
It's been a few months since I did my post on dupes for must-have shoes for the fall. Thought it was time for another one, this time I am tackling Luxury Shoes! This dupe was inspired by my sister Lexus. When she was home for Thanksgiving she showed me her pair of black patent leather Yves St. Laurent heels. Although she didn't pay full price they retail for $700! The shoes are nice but v basic and I know I have seen shoes that looked similar to them for extremely less. So here we go, several Luxury shoes duped for us girls on a budget. Classic Black Pump Luxury: Yves St. Laurent Zoe Black Patent Leather Pump Price: $700 Classic Black Pump Dupe: DSW Price: $39.99 Leopard Heels Luxury: Christian Louboutin So Kate Genuine Calf Hair Pump Price: $795 Leopard Heels Dupe: ASOS Leopard Pumps Price: $32.00 Nude Pump Luxury: Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Nude Pump Price: $695 Nude Pump Dupe: Zappos Massimo Matteo Pointy Toe Nude Pump Price: $ 74.99 Sexy Black Strap Sandal Luxury: Gucci Patent Leather Sandal Price: $730 Sexy Black Strappy Sandal Dupe: Venus High Heel Strappy Sandal Price: $26.99 Studded Pump Luxury: Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump Price: $995 Studded Pump Dupe: DSW Mix No. 6 Liraven Pump Price: $49.99 I must say these are some GREAT dupes especially the Mix 6 dupe for the Valentino Rockstud pump. They literally look identical. These are just some of the dupes that I found and liked but they are so many more options out there from various brands and different price points. Moral of the story is there is always a workaround for getting a luxury brand look without paying luxury brand prices. #KeepThoseCoinsinCheck -P
Now that you have gotten a few thrifting adventures under your belt and have found some amazing pieces, your wondering how to clean them and make them like new. Of course, the obvious answer is to wash them; but a simple washing doesn't always do the trick. At times you might come across a stubborn stain or a strong fragrance smell that just won't go away. Here are a few tips to follow that can help. Read Labels Before washing any garment make sure you read the labels to see the do's and don'ts on how to care for it. Unpleasant Smells To get rid of any unpleasant smell add vinegar (white only) to your laundry. Add a cup or two depending on the load size to your normal wash routine. The vinegar will eliminate the smell completely. Another product to use for unwanted smells is baking soda. Baking soda is a natural order neutralizer and all you need to do is sprinkle it on the piece of clothing that has the smell. Let it sit for a while in order for the baking soda to absorb into the fabric; then toss it in the wash. Tough Stains Some thrifters will pass up great finds due to a stain, because they have no clue on how to get it out. When taking on tough stains the real work takes place before the items are put in the wash. Pre-treating the stain is essential to getting the stain out. Soaking the item in detergent will help in loosing up the stain. For garments that are sensitive/delicate use a softer detergent such as Dreft or Woolite. Once pre-soaking is done, the stain should come off easily once in the wash. Dry Clean Simple tip, if you come across something that needs to be dry cleaned, Then have it Dry Cleaned. Don't try and wash it; you are taking a risk on ruining the item permanently. Cleaning and Disinfecting Shoes Shoes are the one item that people have the biggest phobia about when thrifting. They do not like the fact that they have been worn by someone else before. But when you look at it, when you buy shoes from a retail store and try them on, others have already tried them on as well (just saying). I am here to tell you that you're missing out. You can find great quality shoes in excellent condition for a fraction of the price. Once you clean them and disinfect them, they will be good as new. The easiest way to disinfect a secondhand shoe is by wiping the inside down with a disinfectant such as Clorox or Lysol. This will assist in killing any germs or bacteria that may or may not be present. After that, you can spray a fabric refresher inside to give it a fresh smell, or add dryer sheets and let them sit inside the shoe until you wear them. Now that we have the inside smelling fresh and clean, it's time to give the outside of the shoe some love and all you need is a banana peel. Banana peels are perfect for shining shoes and getting rid of scuff marks. When I was looking for ways to shine shoes, banana peels came up and I was skeptical; but it works. Just, use the yellow side of the peel and rub the entire shoe, once completed take a cloth and wipe the shoe of any residue. This trick works great for shoes that are real or faux leather. Heat Heat is another source that assists in sanitizing secondhand clothing. After washing, if the piece can be put in the dryer then do so, if it can't and it has to air dry, then make sure you iron it or steam it once it dries. If you have any special cleaning tricks for secondhand clothes and shoes please share in comments below!
The resale industry is one of the fastest growing industries today. According to NARTS the Association of Resale Professionals resale is a multi-billion dollar industry and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. The reason it's growth is inevitable is that everyone loves getting quality pieces for a bargain. Even though we love getting those bargains; thrift shopping is a commitment that takes time and patience. Searching through racks of clothes is not everyone's ideal way to spend their free time. Fortunately, there is a way to thrift without setting a foot into a thrift store, and that is Online Thrift Shopping. These online thrift stores have a large variety of second-hand clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories for affordable prices and it is very convenient. Check out these top Online Thrift Sites you need to know: thredUP: thredUP is the largest online thrift store that sells everything from fast fashion brands like Zara & Forever 21 to high-end luxury brands such as Gucci & Prada, and caters to sizes petite to plus. If shopping is not your thing, but you want to make some extra cash, you can request a free Clean Out Bag. All you have to do is fill it up with quality second-hand clothing or accessories, and drop it off at any FedEx or USPS. Once thredUp receives it, you will get credit for the items they accept. thredUp also lets you know what items they are looking for to ensure you send items they are more likely to accept. thredUp also offers Goody Boxes! Goody Boxes are boxes tailored to match your size, budget, and style. For more information on Goody Boxes click here. PoshMark: Poshmark is a large online community that allows you to shop over 5,000 plus brands of second-hand clothes, shoes, and accessories all via the Poshmark app. You can also list items to sell quickly and easily straight from your smartphone; which takes the hassle out of the process. I recently decided to start a Poshmark account after purging my closet, and it has been a great experience. Sign up with code THRIFTINWITHP and save $5. Swap.Com: One day I stumbled across Swap by accident, and I have been a return customer ever since. Swap has great deals and you have the ability to set up alerts to notify you when new items are listed in your size. Those alerts go directly to your email, or a notification on your phone if you have the mobile app downloaded. To sell clothes on Swap, simply request an Inbound Box to be sent to you. eBay: No surprise here, eBay has been the original online thrift store for over 20 years. eBay has sellers listing everything from clothes to furniture at deeply discounted pricing. One key feature that they offer is that customers have the option to bid on items that they are interested in via auctions. To sell on the eBay platform all you need is a camera a PayPal account and your ready to go! Here are a few other popular Online Thrift Sites: Tradesy Mecari Asos Marketplace Offer Up I promise if you choose to shop at one or all of these online thrift stores, you will find a few second-hand treasures. If you enjoyed this post Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE if you haven't already. Scroll down to sign up and never Miss an Update! And.....Make sure to Follow me on Social Media for more Thriftin' WIth P. Instagram thriftinwithp Facebook Thriftin' With P PoshMark thriftinwithp Happy Online Thriftin'
You procrastinated, and now Halloween is right around the corner, and you don't have a costume. Don't worry the thrift store is to the rescue. Here are four easy last-minute Halloween costumes that you can thrift. 70's Thrift stores are filled with clothes from the 70's. They have bell bottoms, mini skirts, high boots, vests, jumpsuits, and the list can go on. My Halloween costume last year. African Print Dashiki $3 Lane Bryant Bell Bottom Jeans $ 3 The Afro Wig Amazon for $5 Platform Wedges - Had already Nurse Scrubs are super affordable at thrift stores. I found each of these pieces for under $2.00 Tip: If you can't find a pair of clogs wear a pair of white sneakers instead. Teacher A teacher is the easiest costume on the list in my opinion because you can wear anything that is in your closet. A nice blazer, dress pants, a dress or a sports jacket. If you don't have any of these items, they can be thrifted. To complete the look throw on a pair of glasses and just like that, your teacher costume is complete. Military Solider If you always wanted to be a soldier for a day, then being a military soldier for Halloween might be the perfect costume. These military uniforms were all under $3.00 and in excellent condition. Halloween costumes do not have to be expensive, especially since you will only be wearing it for one day. The thrift store is a great resource to find an excellent costume and save money. Inexpensive and straightforward you can't beat that!
Fall is upon us and it's time to break out the boots and sweaters. But before you do make sure you have these 6 basic fall staples in your wardrobe. If not no problem, they all can be thrifted at any local thrift store. Jean Jacket Having a jean jacket in your wardrobe is essential because the outfits you can create with them are limitless. They can be worn with jeans, dresses and skirts. Jean jackets are one of the items that thrift stores always have in various styles. The jacket I am wearing was purchased for $3 at my local thrift store and it's by Old Navy. Plaid Shirt It's funny how I never liked plaid shirts they didn't appeal to me but now they Scream Fall and have earned their way on my fall staples list. When thrifting for a plaid shirt the best place to look for is in the men's section because you will have a wider range to choose from. Just go a size or two down from your normal size and you should have a perfect fit. (Photo: Plaid Shirt, Lane Bryant $3.98) Cardigan Sweaters Anyone who knows me knows I love a good cardigan sweater. They are one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe. Cardigans make it effortless to put together a great outfit. Luckily, I have been able to purchase just about all of my cardigan sweaters from my local thrift store for under $5. Right now, racks are full of them in every color, length, and pattern you can imagine. If you don't have a few good cardigans in your fall wardrobe; head over to your closest thrift store and pick some up. (Photo: Cardigan Sweater, Old Navy, $2.98) Leopard Flats Leopard is now known as a neutral color. If you love wearing black white and grey this is another neutral option. Those of your who has a shoe size 9 and under, your in luck; thrift stores always have leopard flats in these smaller sizes. (Photo: Leopard Flats, No Label, $2.98) Jeans Jeans are a must-have for fall. Boyfriend, Skinny, High Waisted, Straight, Bootcut and the list can go on. They are all needed. We all wear jeans year round; but more so when the weather begins to get chilly. Instead of paying full price, check out your local thrift store. No matter if your short, tall, big or small thrift stores carry jeans for all. I have purchased jeans from Old Navy Plus, Torrid and Lane Bryant from thrifting and paid between $3 -$5 for them. Imagine if I had to pay full price! Nobody got time for that. White T-Shirt One of the easiest and simplest things for your fall wardrobe and to thrift. If thrift stores do not have anything else they have white t-shirts in abundance. You can scoop one up for as little as .50. You can wear it by itself, with your jean jacket, cardigan sweater, a blazer and pair it with jeans or trousers. The possibilities are endless. Do you have these basic staples already? Are there some that I don't have on my list but you have to have on yours? If so let me know in the comments what they are.