I started using Poshmark several years ago, and since then, it’s gradually become my favorite app for buying and selling secondhand fashion. I’m a huge fan of the secondhand market in general–I even bought my wedding dress from a resale site. When used properly, secondhand shopping is a powerful tool that can make luxury style attainable even for very modest budgets.
Posh has become a particularly effective tool for me for both buying and selling. Posh is an extremely popular app that’s only getting bigger, which means there’s tons of listings to shop and plenty of buyers for my own listings. It’s one of the most robust, fast-moving resale apps I’ve found, which is why I love it.
If you’re new to Posh, I definitely recommend trying it out. If you do give it a try, I’d love it if you’d use my referral link here or enter my code when you sign up: SLNOBLES. Take note, Posh is only set up for US-based buyers and sellers right now.
Since I started out on Posh, I’ve come up with a few key strategies that have made my experience even better. This post will just focus on buying on Posh, since selling is a whole different world.
There are two ways to make the most of Poshmark and have the best experience: getting awesome deals and finding high quality listings from reliable sellers. I’ll address both!
By the way: this post isn’t sponsored in any way, I just love Poshmark and want to share some tips!
Part 1 | Scoring great deals
The first piece to successful shopping on Poshmark is using tricks to find the best prices. After all, the great prices are one of the best reasons to shop secondhand! Here’s some ways to assure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.
Sort by “just in”
One of the most common things I do when I open up Posh is to view all lululemon listings and sort by “just in.” By looking at the newest listings only, you’re upping the chances you’ll find a sweet deal. After all, if it’s a total steal (and a popular brand), chances are someone will scoop it up quickly. So, stalk the new listings to grab a score before someone else does! Sometimes, you’ll even find discounts on brand new styles that are still being sold in stores, thanks to someone who’s missed the return window or already removed the tags.
To sort by “just in”, tap the up and down arrows near the top of the screen. Sorting by new listings is especially important for popular brands or categories with tons of listings. If you’re doing highly targeted searches that don’t turn up many listings, it’s not necessary.
Using this strategy, I snagged a lululemon stay on course pullover (vintage rulu, swoon!) in hard-to-find pigment blue for just $30. I’m sure if I hadn’t bought it quickly, it would’ve been gone within hours, if not minutes!
Buy off season
Everybody loves to buy cute, bright-colored shorts in the summer and fluffy, warm layers in winter. But if you’re willing to go against the flow, get ready for some serious deals. I’ve seen winter outerwear go for half the price in the summer compared to the winter. Likewise, shorts prices plummet from mid-fall to late winter, and rise again starting in spring. As long as you’re confident you’ll still want and use that item in a few months, off-season buys seriously pay off.
Search uncommon brands
I shop for and blog about not-so-mainstream brands all the time. I don’t just buy them new, I also look for deals on the secondhand market, too.
Independent brands can be hard to find on resale sites, but when you do, you can frequently score killer deals. Since smaller brands are generally less popular, there’s usually very little demand to drive up resale prices. This means sellers will often list for very low prices compared to retail value just to make a sale.
Another key with uncommon brands is to be persistent. You usually won’t find many listings, and new listings will be few and far between. With that in mind, I’ll do the same quick search every so often (maybe every couple weeks, maybe every couple months) to keep an eye on whether anything new pops up. If there’s one style in particular I’m searching for, I’ll search more frequently.
And one more thing: be sure to use broad keywords for searches that don’t turn up many listings. So, instead of searching “Varley union leggings”, I would just search “Varley”. A lot of times, I will even try a keyword for retailers like “Bandier” or “Carbon38”, since sometimes people only list where they bought something instead of the actual brand.
Thanks to this trick, I recently scored a gorgeous Caraa Sport bag in flawless condition for $115 compared to the retail price of $395. Yes!!!
If you find something you might be interested in, hit that like button. This does two things. First of all, it functions as a sort of bookmark, since you can go back to your likes later. Second, when you like an item you’ll be notified when it drops in price. So, if it’s a little bit too expensive now or you’re just not ready to buy, hit like so you can quickly and easily find it later.
Make an offer
Poshmark has a handy tool where you can make an offer on any listing. The seller then has a chance to accept, decline, or send a counteroffer.
My recommendation is to offer 20-30% below the listed price. Since haggling is so common in the Posh world, most sellers expect to get offers rather than full price. If the listing has been up for a while, the seller is even more likely to accept your offer.
If something is a popular item or something you absolutely cannot miss, I recommend just going for it at asking price so you don’t miss out.
Part 2 | Finding quality listings
As much as I love the secondhand market, it does have its flaws. You’re relying on ordinary people to handle accurately representing the item and shipping it in a timely manner. While Poshmark does have systems in place to protect the buyer against items not sent or misrepresented items, no one wants to deal with the hassle or the disappointment.
These tips will help steer you toward purchases that will go off without a hitch.
Look for clear photos of the actual item
Lots of sellers use photos from Google on their listings. While these photos can be helpful extras for showing things like the true color or how the style fits, the seller should absolutely include photos of the actual item that will be shipped to you. This is crucial for ensuring that you know exactly what you’re getting it before you hit “buy.”
First of all, photos of the actual item will assure you that the condition is acceptable. Besides that, it will also demonstrate that the item being sold matches the pics they included. Sometimes the photos people pull off of Google aren’t necessarily the right color or even the right style versus what’s for sale. For example, once someone used one of my blog photos showing Alala’s captain crops, but they had the item listed as “lululemon inspire crops” and did not include any of their own photos. You could imagine that if you were the buyer, you’d be awfully surprised if the item you got didn’t look like the photos!
If the seller doesn’t provide any of their own photos, just ask. Most sellers will add them for you.
Pay attention to the description
While photos are the most important part of a listing, the description is crucial, too.
If the description is something like “cute top” or “not my color” (both of which I’ve seen!) and doesn’t tell you anything about the actual item, that’s a red flag. Read the description thoroughly. Make sure they’ve disclosed the condition. Bonus points if they’ve included more detailed information like the style name, color, or even measurements. In my opinion, the more thoroughly and carefully the seller has described the item, the more likely they are to be a meticulous, reliable seller.
As above, if the seller hasn’t clearly stated something, leave a comment asking for info.
Check the comments for questions
Glance in the comments section and see if others have asked the sellers questions about the item. Has the seller responded to other potential buyers’ questions? If you asked a question, did they address it in a reasonably timely manner?
If the seller doesn’t respond to questions, that’s a red flag. It suggests they might be a careless, inattentive seller, which means you’re more likely to have problems or frustrations with buying from them. If I see a lot of unanswered questions in the comments, I steer clear.
As a bonus, the comments section can also be a source of additional information that isn’t in the listing, like additional measurements or other handy info. I always check the comments before I buy.
Side note: if the comments are questions that are clearly answered in the description, e.g., requests for trades when the seller has already stated no trades, in that case I don’t think it reflects badly on the seller if they’ve ignored them–it only shows it’s the buyer who’s not paying attention.
Don’t forget to be a good buyer!
To wrap this up, I’ll leave you with a couple of best practices for being a good citizen of the Posh world.
First, when you buy things, accept the item as quickly as you can so that the seller can get their funds released. If you’re ever a seller, you’ll appreciate it.
Second, don’t hesitate to report items not as described. If you paid for an item thinking you were getting one thing but you got another, there’s no shame in reporting it.
Third, be polite. Don’t fall into the temptation of making snarky comments. Be matter of fact and ask honest questions, sure, but don’t leave passive aggressive comments on price or pick fights. Posh can be dramatic at times, but do your best not to add to that.
And lastly, enjoy the thrill of the chase!! While you’re hunting those deals, don’t forget to have fun!