While most of my blog posts are about healthy eating, I take a holistic approach to health, believing that it is equally comprised of both the mind and body. When we accumulate too many goods, we not only stress about holding onto and organizing our items, but also take on the financial burden. This article will explain how to purge your closet and make some extra cash with little effort.
In a bad economy shopoholics do not disappear into the abyss and abandon their closets, but resort to new and innovative methods to satisfy their urge to wheel and deal. Some will buy less, others will buy used, and then many will sell the things that they already have but do not wear. With Macklemore’s Song “Thrift Shop” on the top charts, now is the time to cash in on your used apparel. Even in tough times people still have $20 in their pocket to go pop some tags. Shopping can often provide a sense of optimism and euphoria, which is much needed during a widespread economic downturn. Ironically, purging one’s closet of designer duds can often deliver the same cathartic effect as accumulating them.
How to get rid of your unwanted clothes
There are numerous ways that individuals can rid themselves of clutter. Options include selling on E-Bay, garage sales, consignments shops, and donating. All of which can be rewarding. However, they do have some downsides. E-Bay requires setting up an infrastructure, which can possibly cost the seller money if the item doesn’t sell, and the listing itself is only temporary. Garage sales require a lot of preparation and the monetary rewards are often dismal at best. Consignment shops are alright, but they will only take in certain items, and often do not yield a high percentage rate of turn-around. Finally, donating is an excellent choice, but the chronic shopaholic may have a hard time parting ways with all of their accumulated gems without some sort of tangible reward. So these folks may sit on a few garbage bags stuffed with tags, not quite motivated enough to drop off their unused goods, because it hurts thinking about how much money they spent in accumulating their treasures. For everyone who has experienced the problems above, there is a new alternative. Its an app for your phone called Poshmark.
How it works
Poshmark allows you to take pictures of the items in your closet, new or used, and sell them on their website. Everything is done remotely through your cell phone and uploads automatically to the net. Posting an item often takes 30 seconds or less (if you have a strong internet connection), its free, and lasts indefinitely until the item sells. You simply upload a photo, add a description and asking price, and then fashionistas from around the globe will start sending you offers for your merchandise.
The selling process is simple. Once someone is interested in one of your items they will click like. Then the negotiation process begins. The buyer checks out when ready. Once the transaction is concluded the seller gives Poshmark 20% of their proceeds and the buyer pays a nominal shipping fee. Poshmark sends the seller a postage-paid label for packages under two pounds. And the payment is released to the seller once the buyer receives and approves of the goods.
Why is it so addicting
Poshmark takes all of the addictive qualities of successful social media sites and combines them with the thrill of shopping. Or should I say selling? Like Pinterest, you share a wall of images with your followers. Like Facebook, you comment and like items in other’s closets. Like Instagram, you choose which filter makes your photos look best. And finally, like MySpace, you take headless sexy body shots of your outfits.
The pleasurable feeling of using the app is simple. It feels good to not only purge, but create and build. Just like when shopping, we begin to see potential. When we bring an item home, we buy into a lifestyle. We fantasize about the pleasure that this new item will bring us and what it will do to improve us in some way, shape, or form in the future. Similarly, clearing out a closet creates a similar effect. Its a feeling of new beginnings and unbounded potential. While the bonus spending cash is fantastic, the emotional reward is even greater. Selling an item helps us to rid ourselves of the past, wipe away old wounds and faded memories, and usher in a new era with a fresh, clean beginning.
While making money is certainly a great perk and motivator, that’s not necessarily the addiction. Sure its like couponing and feels good to draw a little spent cash back in, but Poshmark is more than that. It is an entrepreneur’s dream. It allows you to create and manage a business with no investment. You water your closet as though you would a plant. Checking back and nurturing it with care becomes a routine. Interacting with acquaintances in a pleasant but artificial manner is your duty. And then its like Christmas morning or the first sip of your Starbucks when you finally see a red notification pop up signaling a potential sale. Because you are notified of interested buyers on your smartphone you are constantly connected and experiencing the high of making money anywhere, anytime, with little effort. As you watch your audience grow virally, you begin to crave more and more of an online presence for your wardrobe. You can simultaneously watch your bank account rise and your overstuffed closets begin to empty.
If you have any questions about how Poshmark works feel free to leave a comment below. Alternatively, leave a link to your closet to showcase your items and gain new followers. Happy Posh-ing!