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If you’re anything like me, sometimes you wish you had some extra cash. As any parent knows, parenting doesn’t pay anything. One way I’ve found to make some extra money is by re-selling things, specifically clothes, shoes and toys.
Thanks to the internet, it’s easier than ever to make a little extra cash. Whether you’re trying to pay off debt, put money in savings, or just want some spending money, this is a pretty painless way to bring in some extra cash.
Re-selling on Facebook Marketplace
One of the easiest ways to sell stuff, especially if it’s big stuff you don’t want to ship, is via Facebook Marketplace. I’ve had great success selling miscellaneous items on FB Marketplace, and you might be surprised at what people will buy.
For example, I had an opened but unused package of window film from our previous house. We had purchased it and never installed it. Because I am a recovering pack-rat, it moved with us and has sat in our garage for 2 years. Anyways, I sold it this week. Five bucks isn’t much, but it adds up AND frees up space in the garage/storage/closet.
I’ve also used FB to sell toys my kids have outgrown or toys that I’ve culled…if you set it up as a “porch pick-up” (meaning, the buyer comes to your house and picks it up), you don’t even have to talk to people face to face. As an introvert, that is probably my favorite part of selling online (besides the extra money, of course).
There are multiple other apps you can use to sell stuff- OfferUp, Mercari, eBay, and good ol’ Craigslist come to mind. I’ve used eBay with some success, had no success on OfferUp and am learning how to use Mercari. I have already sold something on Mercari, and pretty quickly too. However, I don’t know it well enough to espouse its benefits.
Re-selling on Poshmark
The app I’ve used with the most success (aside from FB Marketplace) is Poshmark. Its guidelines are pretty set- you can sell clothing items, shoes, and makeup, but no “hard goods” (aka books, toys, anything you don’t wear).
Clean out your closet- anything you don’t wear or your kids have outgrown is game for being sold! Here are a few things to remember.
Tips for Re-selling on Poshmark
- Obviously, you want to sell things that are in good condition. If you wouldn’t buy it from someone else, they probably wouldn’t buy it from you.
- Not every brand sells well. The higher-end the brand, the more likely you will be able to sell it. If you decide to try Poshmark, I would suggest downloading the app and doing some research. Do a search for the item you want to sell (for example, a Loft summer dress). Then adjust the filter to only look at items that have already sold (the filter option is “available” or “not available”). That will give you an idea of how you should price your items. I get an average amount and then adjust based on condition of the item. If it’s still new with tags, I might sell it for a bit more.
- Photos make a difference! You don’t have to spend hours on your photos, but keep in mind good lighting and background. Think like a buyer- what kind of pictures would you like to see? You can always look at other people’s closets to get an idea of what kinds of photos to take.
The more active you are, the faster your things will sell. Technically, Poshmark is considered a social media site, so they highly encourage sharing your items and following other people. If you share things from other people’s closets, they will share from yours and thereby increase the amount of eyes on your closet. Nobody polices this- you don’t HAVE to be active, but it does help if you’re in a hurry to sell.
Having said that, it’s still not an overnight thing. Within the first two days that I uploaded photos into my closet, I sold a pair of jeans. I thought I had hit on a super fast way to make extra cash. I’ve since learned that those jeans just happened to be a high-demand brand. I don’t think anything else I’ve sold has sold in 24 hours of uploading the photo. So be patient!
Poshmark makes things super easy for the seller. Once you sell something, you are sent a mailing label. Poshmark has all the information on the app and site on what kinds of boxes you can use, etc. I like to re-use my Amazon boxes. It saves me a trip to the post office and gets those boxes out of my house. You print out the label, package up your item, and drop it off at the post office. Super simple! The buyer pays for shipping, unless you give them a discount.
While there are some people who make a full-time living selling on Poshmark, for me this is a simple way to make some extra cash. It’s not hard work, and it helps me clean out my closet, as well as my family’s closets.
Sidenote: I know we’re talking about making extra cash, but Posh is also a great place to score discounted fashion. If there is a designer item you’ve had your eye on, try searching on Poshmark. You may be able to score a great deal!
If you have any questions about Poshmark or anything else I’ve mentioned, please feel free to email me or message me on Instagram. I’m still a newbie, but I’m happy to share what I can! Also, if you sign up for Poshmark and use my code: Junglegirl3, you get $10 to spend on Poshmark and I get a credit on my account too! (This offer is for a limited time, so don’t wait!)
For another way to make some easy cash, check out my post on “Why You ‘Oughta Ibotta” (and pardon the punny title!)!