After being on Poshmark a little over a year, I have certainly shown quite a few of my thrifty finds here on the blog. I shop from so many different sources from Anthropologie to Goodwill so I can get an eclectic look. After years of looking at local thrift shops for deeply discounted deals on great items, I began feeling like I was wasting my time on searching for pieces I wanted in my size. Now I am not saying I will cut out thrifting in person all together, but Poshmark has really changed the game for me.
I have received several comments and messages from readers asking me to write a post on how to navigate Poshmark and find plus size clothing there. As a preface to this post, I am not affiliated with Poshmark, nor am I getting paid to write this post. I am writing this with the intention of passing on personal information I have gathered to other ladies who enjoy second hand shopping and getting a great deal on women’s fashion.
If you are unfamiliar with what Poshmark is, in a nutshell, it is a second hand marketplace for ladies like you and me to buy and/or sell new and gently used women’s clothing and accessories. Although I do know there are some retail shops on the site, I have only purchased from individuals so that is what I will be focusing on in this post. What I have enjoyed the most about Poshmark is that it is a community. It is designed similar to other social media sites where you have the ability to like, share, and comment on listings.
There are two ways you can access this marketplace: web & app. I personally use the app version most of the time on my iPhone. You must create a username with a password to log in and shop. If you are brand new to the site, be sure to use my referral code of BYKEJ for a $10 shopping credit and follow me on Poshmark at @j9design.
Complete the My Profile, My Size, & My Address Sections
The My Profile section needs minimal information including your name (for shipping purposes) and email (for updates on order confirmations & status on shipments). Your last name and your email are only seen by Poshmark and are not shown publicly on your profile. You can enter optional information here is you would like including your location (city), website, and a 40 character information section.
The My Size section is what I view as the most important as far as shopping goes. By inputting the sizes you wear in the different categories, it will greatly assist you in locating items in your size among the hundreds upon hundreds of listings.
The My Address section is used for shipping purposes so select the location you want to have your purchases mailed to.
Shop by Using the Filters
Now let’s get to the good stuff, the shopping!
- Click on the Shop button. On the web version, it is located on the top left, and on the app version it is located on the bottom left.
- Categories will come up for you to select from depending upon how you want to shop.
- If you have a certain brand of clothing that you know fits you well, select the Brands category. In the web version I click on the Shop All Brands button and find my brand in alphabetical order. In the app version I use the search feature at the top. If the brand you are searching for is not in the list, try using the search feature on the main page with the name of the brand.
- If you have a particular item you want to search for such as a pair of pants, select the Categories button. Here a list of items will come up in alphabetical order from Accessories to Tops. Within each category are sub categories. You can choose this feature, but from experience, not all sellers use the subs, so you may miss their listing.
- Once in either the Brands or Categories sections, you can filter down to whatever you like.
- The filter I ALWAYS use is the Size. I have noticed that on the app version it saves it to show only “My Size” which comes from the information you put in when you signed up, and in the web version, you need to click on the Size drop down and select My Size.
- Other filters such as Brand, Category, Condition (to recognize items that are new with tags or retail vs. used), and Availability. The app version has a Color filter whereas the web version does not.
- When you see a listing that appeals to you, click on it to check it out.
- Scroll on down and check out the description and pictures.
- If you are interested in a piece, I suggest you select the Like button. This does not commit you to purchasing an item, but it does save it to a private folder for you to keep track of that I will be covering a little bit later in the post.
- If you decide to not like it or to continue to look at all the other listings, click the back arrow at the top left to exit.
Research the Seller
Not all sellers on Poshmark are created equal! Here is my personal advice on how I try to ensure I am making a good purchase. It is not a guarantee, but so far I have had great success by doing these things.
- Once you have found an item you are interested in, go to the sellers closet. You will see the user name of the seller on the top left of the listing. Click on the user name and it will take you there. Once in the sellers closet, click on the About button. Under the profile picture you will see the sellers name and how long they have been a member on Poshmark. To the right of their name it shows when they were last active on Poshmark such as active 1 hour ago, active Dec 12, or nothing listed at all which means they have not logged in for a very long time. These are all cues to see if this is someone ready to sell.
- Scroll down a bit and look at more info such as how long it takes for them to ship and any “Love Notes” (reviews) from previous buyers. If they have no information listed, it may be that they are new so have the date they have been a member in mind.
- There have been glitches in the system and I have at one time had my “Love Notes” not showing (Poshmark fixed that once I emailed them), so from time to time, I will look within the sold listings from the sellers closet to see if there are any red flags such as buyers asking repeatedly “when are you going to ship this?” with no response or strange excuses.
After researching the seller, and liking what you see, now would be a good time to follow that seller closet. Click on the Follow button on the top right of the page. You will now see that sellers listings in your feed (the landing page when you first log in) as well as listings they share, similar to Facebook. This is also a good time to look at what else you might be interested in within that sellers closet. Most sellers offer discounts when you purchase multiple items from their closet + you only have to pay one shipping charge if you get multiple items at one time within that closet.
Another good way to find closets that carry your size is when you are searching brands you like and say a pair of pants come up that you don’t really care for but are in your size, it might be worth investigating that sellers closet. A lot of the time they have other items in your size that you MAY like. Side note: not all sellers who sell plus size clothing are exclusive to selling that size. Take my closet for instance, I have some sizes much smaller that my sister has given me to sell as well as items from my smaller years.
Remember those brands that we searched for earlier? Well, you can follow brands specifically by clicking the Follow button on the top right when you first bring up a brand. This will also alert you to look at new listings within these brands in your feed.
Use the “My Likes” Folder
I use the My Likes folder to my advantage. You can locate it on the Shop page as well as through your username page. All of those listings you liked are collected here.
You can use this folder as you please, I want to share how I use though because I find it very effective. I typically do a search for a specific item I am looking for. After I find several, I go to My Likes, do research on the seller if necessary, pick my top one or two, then unlike the rest. If I choose to make a purchase right away, I move onto asking questions (covered in the next topic). If I choose to hold off on a purchase, I keep it there until I am ready. If the seller decides to make a price drop, you will get notified. You run the chance of someone else purchasing the item, but I run by the rule “if it’s meant to be, it will happen”. If it is sold prior to me purchasing, I unlike the listing so it does not clutter up my likes folder.
When you are serious about making a purchase, I recommend making contact with the seller. To me, this interaction will speak volumes about the character of the seller. On the bottom of the listing you are interested in, click on the comment button. Type in your message in the comment field that comes up. I cannot emphasize enough to ask about things like length of a skirt, inseam, fabric content, and condition. You have to remember that these purchases are not returnable unless they are out and out different than the images and description. See the Poshmark refund policy at the end of this topic. One of my first purchases was a skirt that I failed to ask how long it was. From looking at the picture, it looked knee length hanging there, but when I got it, it was mid calf length. I still love it and the seller was not being deceptive as she never claimed it was a knee length skirt, but it still came as a surprise to me when it arrived. Some sellers list this type of information in great detail in their description, but I ALWAYS ask a question for the sake of communication. I like to use full complete sentences with words like please and thank you, call me old fashioned. If the seller never gets back to you, or gives you a not to helpful answer, my suggestion would be to pass on that item. In other words, go with your gut, and be aware of red flags. As always, I recommend being polite and respectful whenever communicating here.
I know that all of this information seems like it will take a long time, but really it does not, maybe I’m just long winded. Hehe!
Anyhow, once you are ready to make a purchase, you have several options:
- If you feel you would like to make an offer at a lower price, you can privately negotiate with the seller. By pressing the offer button you can then enter the amount you would like. To do this, you have to either have credits available in Poshmark or a form of payment entered (it will prompt you). Be mindful that the seller is going to be charged 20% by Poshmark. The seller can then accept, counteroffer, or decline your offer. If they accept, your order is placed. If they counter, you can decide to accept that offer, or make another counter. If they decline, the negotiations are over.
- I use the offer feature quite often with both purchasing and as a seller, so do not be fearful of it. I do not take this process personally.
- Buy Now
- Quite often I find listings that are so well priced, making an offer would be ridiculous so I use the buy now button that will guide me through the payment process to fulfill the order.
- If you have several listings from one seller that you would like to purchase, you can use the “Add to Bundle” button. It will then prompt you to go back to the closet to add your additional listings until you are ready to purchase. Many sellers offer a discount for purchasing more than one item from their closet and that percentage is shown on each listing as well as their about page. You will then only have to pay one shipping charge for multiple items.
Shipping charges are always $4.99 for every order, unless Poshmark themselves offer a discount of which they will promote on the app and site. This shipping gets you Priority Mail through the USPS and typically takes 2-3 days to ship once the seller has mailed it. **Update: Effective February 17, 2016, shipping has now been changed to $5.95.**
Accept Your Item
Once you have received your item, inspect it and then accept it in Poshmark. Go to the “My Purchases” folder and click on the “Accept” button. You are then prompted to rate your experience up to 5 stars. For me, this is not a rating on how much you love the piece or how it fits, but rather how your communication was with the seller, timely shipping (non-related to USPS issues), packaging, and if the piece was well represented. An optional comment section is available for you as well.
Remember, by you accepting your item, the seller can get paid, otherwise they are in limbo and have to wait three days for funds. From a personal standpoint, I am not extremely picky when it comes to rating. There are a few sellers I do not want to purchase from again, but I just do not leave a comment.
If you have an issue with an order, contact Poshmark. So far, I have never had an issue to the point that I needed to take this step.
Plus Size Closets
A few weeks ago I posted a not-for-sale listing asking fellow Poshmark sellers to let me know if they have a plus size closet or know of any others who have plus size closets. Listed below are the sellers that let me know about their closets. I am listing these here, but I am not vouching for the reliability of any of the sellers and encourage you to do your due diligence as I prefaced before in the post to try to ensure you are making a good purchase.
If you are a seller with a plus size closet on Poshmark and would like to be added to this list, please leave me a comment with your user name. And be sure to follow me at @j9design and if you are new, use my referral code of BYKEJ for a $10 shopping credit.
Today’s Postivity Note
Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.