Welcome to Poshmark, a virtual consignment store that allows you to shop the closets of users all over the United States, as well as sell your own gently used items and earn cash for them.
You know that jewelry your ex gave you? What about that pair of jeans you used to wear all the time but haven’t picked up in a while? All of these and other items that have been relegated to the far recesses of your closet can now be posted to Poshmark to find better homes and fill your wallet. Click “more” and we’ll take a look.
You can sign in to Poshmark using Facebook, or you can create an account using your email address. If you opt for the latter, the app will ask you to choose a user name, plus provide your first and last name, as well as a profile image.
Once you’re all set up account-wise, Poshmark will then give you the option of supplying a few more details which will make for a more expertly tailored shopping experience: your shoe size, your dress size and where you live. As a result, the app will set your account to automatically follow users who are in your area, or whose virtual closet features a number of items in your sizes. Like I said, though, supplying those details about yourself is purely optional!
After you are logged in to Poshmark and have provided all the information about yourself the app needs, you will be taken to the Feed. Here you can view the very latest, including what other users are posting, aka selling, as well as users’ comments on the items up for grabs.
There’s a refresh button at the top right, so you can stay on the cutting edge of the action. And as you scroll down you’ll see item after item that’s been posted for sale, including its original value, Poshmark price, size, and other details. You can also view the number of comments and likes the item has received, as well as the first few comments from users. Add your own comments; or, share the listing with your followers, or via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email or SMS.
Tap on any item for more details or to buy it. Tap on any user’s name to view his or her profile. On the profile page you can see the user’s listings, follow him or her, and see who he or she is following.
The next tab over from Feed is Parties, which is where you’ll find a list of all the Posh Parties — past, present and future. A Posh Party is a virtual shopping event, and the Poshmark team hosts brand-themed parties (like “Dior, Chanel and Prada”) during the day and trend-themed parties (like “City Romance”) in the evening. You can also shop special showrooms in the evenings, which is where style bloggers and other tastemakers curate their own collections for other users to shop.
While sometimes it can be fun to browse all the various parties going on, at other times it’s useful to be able to narrow the field. This is what the Filter button is for, and by using it you can ask to be served results in a specific category, size, availability, and/or condition.
It’s clear the Poshmark team has tried to make selling items as easy as possible. To start, tap the Sell tab, which will automatically put you into camera mode. (You are given the option of uploading a photo from your library, too.) Snap a photo of your fabulous item using Poshmark’s Covershot system, which supplies a number of filters (with names like Retro, Vintage, Chic and Modern) you can apply to the image before posting it.
If you decide to give Poshmark a try, you can read all the finer details about the selling process (and buying process, too, for that matter!), but here’s the gist. It’s free to post listings. When your item sells, Poshmark mails you a pre-paid and pre-addressing shipping label so that all you have to do is drop the goods in the mail. And the best part: You get to keep 80 percent of the sale price as earnings (Poshmark takes the 20 percent commission). Once the buyer receives your shipment, the funds are deposited into your Poshmark account; you can use these earnings toward Poshmark merchandise, or withdraw them via either a transfer to a bank account or check request.
The News tab is second from right. Similar to your Feed, it has a refresh button in the top right and is filled with up-to-the-minute info regarding happenings on Poshmark. But unlike in the Feed, all these events are directly related to you, for example, party invitations you’ve received, comments directed at you, notifications of new followers and so on.
And finally, the last tab is for your profile and account. Here you can invite friends, search for people, plus view: My Closet, My Likes, My Purchases, My Sales, and My Balance. Edit your profile, adjust sharing settings and push notifications, and check out the support center.
Poshmark is as close as you can get to a virtual consignment shop, in my opinion, and I had a very difficult time putting it down. That said, there are a few things the app could be doing better. For one, the different photo filters are fun, but the fact that they can distort the colors of the item can make it tough to determine the item’s real shade and texture.
Also, I’d like to see more filters to sort through all the party items — for example, price or price range. And while we’re at it, it wouldn’t hurt Poshmark to recruit some more guy users somehow, would it? I know there have got to be some stylish dudes out there who would love scoring some designer duds on a shoestring budget.
And while I admit I can’t speak of the precise processes of buying or selling, I can speak of my experiences as a shopper, and if Poshmark was aiming to create a buy-and-sell environment that is so addictive and easy to use that a person can’t put the app down, I’d say they’ve done something very right.