Is Going To Poshfest Worth It??

All the buzz around Poshfest 2018 had me thinking…was attending actually going to be WORTH it for me??? I mean, I’m somewhat a part time Posher, so I wasn’t sure if asking for tickets as my super early birthday present (thanks hubby) would beat out something else to come along. But whatever, I’m all about investing in myself now-a-days so let’s get deep into Posh Fest 2018 and the answer to that one nagging question…

Quick side note; I did not get the chance to attend all parts of the experience. I bought my tickets in May (one of those “buy now, ask questions later” whims). By the time I realized the schedule week of, I also realized that I have a kid that I kind of needed to make sure was all set before going 😝. I got it squared away, although I’m not sure what kind of mom that makes me **shrugs**.

Before even going, I wrote out the main reasons I was even attending and questions I hoped to get answered.

Things like:

-I’d like to go to get re-motivated

-I’d like to learn something new.

-Do I want to continue down this path? And if yes, how do I do it while being a full time wife and mom?

DAY 1

So when I first arrived after getting all registered and snapping a few pics I found a seat and began to unpack a notebook. I walked in right as the session on utilizing Social Media was ending. Although I missed a huge portion, I caught enough to be useful. One thing I learned is to develop your own brand hashtag to use for your business, that way people can easily find you and your merchandise. It also sets you apart in a sea of thumbnails and tags on social media platforms.

The next panel up discussed something I was very very interested in…how to get organized and schedule your Poshing. This is a HUGE one for me since I have a one year old and hubby. I really took a lot from @jbchic and how she uses a tracking app to measure how much time she’s spent sharing, listing, photographing, etc.

What I also learned is that some of these ladies enlist help. Whether it’s from a friend, family member, or even have to hire a babysitter to watch the kiddos so they can free up time to work. It makes it feel more realistic and down to earth that even the greatest Poshers get help to get it all done.

The panel following that was was presented by the Poshmark COO. He discussed the My Sales Report which highlights your sales and showed different ways to look at your own business. I’m naturally analytical so this stood out as one of my favorite parts. In fact, I was so excited about the report that I went to talk with the tech team to see if they might consider adding time stamps to pull into the spreadsheet so I can see which part of the day I get most sales; morning, afternoons, and evenings. I hope that proves valuable and maybe they will put it on there.

After that, I really had to head back home. I ended up missing the happy hour, but even so I was looking forward to day 2 and all that had to bring. I already had ideas floating around on how to get organized and things I needed to start doing.

Day 2

Y’all are going to think I’m crazy…I was late 2 days in a row 😝! I wanted to be there that morning, but with all the rain and then needing to make sure hubs was all set to watch our little one ALL day without a car since I was taking his, it basically made it impossible.

I arrived in a similar fashion as the day prior. When I walked in, most people were already seated at the main session. I decided to do something different this time though, instead of sitting down, I strolled through the other areas to see what all was offered.

I stopped through at the market (something I hadn’t intended on doing) to talk with some vendors and view/feel product. While I was walking around I spotted Poshmarks CEO Manish Chandra. Now of course I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to chat and snap a pic.

After my roaming around I did proceed into the main room to grab a seat and hear the last few Posh stories before the big reveal of some awesome features being added to the app and hearing Manish discuss Poshmarks beginnings.

I especially liked the historical aspects brought to light. It’s an encouragement to hear how they started small, kept pushing forward, even almost closed down, and finally made it to where they are now!

All of that wrapped up with a group photo and good byes to any that wouldn’t be attending the Posh party later that night.

So after all this, what did I think? Worth it?

I will say for me, it’s a yes! Yes because I got all my questions answered and yes because all my intentions like being re-motivated were sparked. Also yes because I got to meet the one person who started the whole thing anyway and hear his story.

Now for you, I would say it’s totally worth it if…

1. You’re able to make room in your calendar to go, especially if they’re in a city close by. I don’t think I would have been able to make it any other time.

2. You have the drive to make this a part time or full time job and you’re not satisfied with just being a buyer. I believe the information is just as great to both sides, but for the most part, learnings center around helping be a better seller.

3. You’re excited about what you’ve done so far and want to try and go to the next level. One Posher who spoke during the panels really encouraged doing something new. What’s the worst that could happen?

All in all, I’m so glad I got to attend. I think for future I would try to go again if they’re close by in Austin or Houston. Nothing like seeing the app come to life in a room full of excited people ready to learn and open to sharing. My next post will deal more with in depth “ah hah” moments and big take aways for future sales. I hope it will prove helpful to anyone just starting out or those who have been stuck in a rut.

‘Til next time, happy Poshing!!

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10 Stores To Fill Your Poshmark Closet Inevntory

I’ve debated posting this for a long while. Not because it’s unusable, but I had hesitation about giving away some of my golden info. Welp, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and do the thing that makes zero sense. I’m going to tell you where I thrift and shop for my inventory, how I find items when I go, tips and tricks to get the most for your purchases, and how to flip them for profit. This will be a few part series so be sure and subscribe so you don’t miss all the goods.

Also, a little side note, I might offend some giving away info like this but honestly, when thinking about how those series’ come on HGTV showing how to flip homes and they tell exactly what they did and the before/after values, and how much profit is made, I see no reason as to why it’s not acceptable to do the same here 😊.

So first things first, thrifting is a commitment. Yes it’s hard, it’s a jungle, sometimes you come away empty handed…BUT don’t ever let it get you down. I’ve done the legwork and persistence does pay off.

Now on to the meat of this article…where to find this magical unicorn inventory 🤷🏾‍♀️. Here are my top 10 places to go treasure hunting and why.

1. Goodwill: One reason I like Goodwill is there are so many great pieces available for pennies on the dollar. Don’t believe me? I got the below Anthropologie skirt for $20 (tags still attached) and sold it for $40. I probably could have gotten more if I had sold earlier in winter, but I bought it on a whim and it still paid off. If you have the ability to touch or glance at something and tell there’s quality Goodwill is a great place to find items; it just takes practice.

2. Plato’s Closet: Plato’s and I have an on again off again relationship. I love them because when I have found items like the below Adidas Originals jacket, I’ve cashed out big. The only draw back is I had to sift through tons of junior clothes (like F21 and Rue 21…all the 21’s 😝) that don’t make as much money. However, if you keep that head on a swivel, you’ll be able to catch a great deal. This jacket btw sold same day I listed it within hours…

3. Mercari: There is a select group of people selling online that don’t know or care about dual listing merchandise on sites like Posh or Ebay. They are literally just listing to get rid of stuff. Those are your gems on a site like this. You want to find someone who might not take the best pics, but has great ratings and nice items. Check out this Tory Burch Thea Wallet clutch. I purchased for $100 and sold for $190 later on.

4. Clothes Mentor: When I want to find a name brand item for a decent price, I shop Clothes Mentor. They have tons of options and I usually can come away with some high end pieces. Take for example this Burberry skirt…I paid ballpark $30 and sold it for $120. I go here to find my higher end goods. Some I keep, others I’ll sell…depends on what it is.

5. ThreadUp: This is an online thrift store that has huge potential for closet inventory. I’ve shopped it a few times and found items from For Love and Lemons, Wildfox, Rebecca Minkoff, J. Crew, and Zara. The key here is to search for the lesser thought of name brands that people might overlook. Everyone looks for Nike, but not everyone looks for Club Monaco…get my meaning?

6. Letgo and/or 5Mile: Ok you might be wondering why in the heck I might actually go looking for clothing here. The point is, it’s local and an unconventional way to thrift. Think about it…if 8 out of 10 people are already looking for merchandise to resell at the above listed places, that gives you more opportunities to find gems in your own backyard! Plus no one else is looking here so you get first dibs…maybe only dibs! The possibilities are endless!!!

7. Nordstrom Rack and Rack Online: I go here when I want to find high end items. Typically I do find decent merchandise. It can be a little bit of a struggle because you want to pay a low enough price, but on a good day, I’ll find at least one piece.

8. Dillard’s Discount: There are a lot of items in these stores. They also keep weird hours, but don’t let that stop you because great items lurk around every corner and they are NEW WITH TAGS. Example below was this super cute Kate Spade (RIP 😢) iPhone Crossbody. I happened to find the last one and bought it for $30, sold it for $65. This is also a really great spot to find off season inventory to stock up. Do be advised it is final sale.

9. TJ Maxx: I used to hit up TJX almost weekly when I first started. I just couldn’t get enough. I usually find they have decent deals in the shoe sections. Who knows why, but depending on what store you live near, you can’t go wrong.

10. Burlington Coat Factory: All I have to say is DON’T SLEEP ON BURLINGTON! This place has way more than just coats. Don’t let the name fool you, I’ve found lots of great deals on dresses and shoes here. Plus **bonus** because it’s New With Tags.

There you have it! My top 10 places I’ve shopped and found merchandise to flip in my closet. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

There’s lots to discuss on this topic and this is just part of the series. Next week I’ll divulge my tips on how to actually find great deals in a forrest full of clothes…won’t want to miss it! Til next time, happy shopping!

Posh With Purpose

I’ve been debating about writing why I Posh in the first place. Even as a college graduate, I had always been more interested in the visual creativity of fashion vs. the analytical creativity side that I got lost in. It was never a question of if I was talented, but who was going to give me a chance to show my visual creativity. So many bumps and bruises along the way, but I finally feel like I’m right where I need to be. Here’s my story:

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How To Avoid Getting Scammed On Poshmark

As you all know, I love love love Poshmark!! It’s been fun for me to sell to other people and make a little money on the side doing it. However, anytime you have a lot of greatness going on, there are bound to be a small population of bad apples attempting to spoil the whole bunch.

Most of my buyers have been absolutely top notch and thankfully I have never been at the receiving end of what I would call a scam. However, recently I had a close encounter with the sketchy kind. The situation led me to vent and voice how I have handled, what I learned, and tips to help my fellow Posh sellers. I hope to use this post to help us all be more shrewd in our dealings and keep the fun alive. Hang on, it’s about to get deep!

***Let me first preface that people who choose to scam make a bad name for a fun place like Posh. Poshmark will protect sellers in some cases, but I also want to find ways to help myself.***

So the scenario went like this:

The buyer had submitted an offer on my item and we tethered back and forth until finding a price we both agreed on. Minutes after accepting the final offer I see a note from the buyer that they used the wrong card and asked if I could cancel the order so they could buy with a different card.

I didn’t hugely mind since I’m not ever in a hurry to sell so I agreed to it. I recreated the listing fully aware the buyer might just walk away and I gave them a potential out. Thankfully they did repurchase and I promptly wrapped the package and dropped it off at the post.

About an hour later I log back in to let the buyer know the package is on its way to only to be met with a string of old messages from the buyer once again requesting me to cancel for the second time!

At this point there’s nothing I can do since the package is no longer in my possession and it isn’t officially tracking by usps. I immediately respond with an update to the buyer and Posh to see if anything can be done.

While waiting for a response from Posh, things get even more odd due to the slew of excuses as to why the cancel is needed by the buyer. There is also a request that maybe I should cancel anyway so they can be refunded and they state they will send my package as soon as it’s received by them. I’m no Einstein, but cancelling an item without it physically present sounds like a bad call and of course I decline that option.

While still waiting to hear from Posh the buyer suggests they will just open a case and “find something wrong” so they can still return. At this point I’m quite upset because that would make me look like a shady seller and I am certainly not! I respond that I don’t think that’s a good idea and I’ll let them know as soon as I hear from Posh.

On the day usps had marked my item as “delivered”, the buyer made a claim they did not receive the item and I get an email from Posh that they are working on the issue and looking into it. *I must note that at this point I am hugely skeptical that the buyer is being truthful seeing as how up until now some very odd behavior has been going on.

All in all the buyer, after first claiming to have not received the package, must have eventually found it and marked it as accepted. I’m not sure if Posh took over or urged them to look harder, but the entire experience left me wanting to give some tips about how to avoid getting involved in shady dealings and scams.

Here are some quick tips on how to handle and in some cases avoid bad buys:

1. Allow the regular transaction window to pass before shipping an item. On regular purchases (items that are not negotiated), there is a 3 hour window where the buyer is able to cancel if they choose. Allow this time to pass before actually dropping the package at the post office. I’ve heard of buyers cancelling while a package is in this gray area window causing the item to still be shipped to them. What ends up happening is the buyer receives the free item (unless they chose to return of their own merit) and they get their money refunded back. The seller will have to contact Poshmark and explain what happened and get their funds.

2. Check out who you’re selling to. Look at the Posher’s “About Me” and the comments made on items they’ve sold. Are you seeing a lot of drama? Are they repeatedly shipping late or having issues? Are they selling fakes or taking transactions offline? All these are red flags that this might be a buyer you don’t want to get involved with and maybe someone you want to avoid selling to. I’d rather wait and sell to someone who is going to make the process simple rather than get involved in drama for a sell.

3. Send each item per tracking number given. Sometimes shady buyers will purchase multiple items from your closet but not bundle. This will cause multiple shipping labels to be sent to your email. Then what can happen is they might request you send everything in one box and they will claim the other items as “Not Shipped” even though technically it was shipped.

4. Videotape high dollar items or bundles as you wrap and take them to the post. I do this for every item over $50 in my closet. This is just my own insurance policy for peace of mind. That way any claims about condition can be proven accurate just in case.

5. Keep Posh involved! The moment I sensed something fishy with my this buyer, I got Posh involved. I sent a note explaining what was happening and asked what to do. It’s a lot easier to let Posh handle things that are starting to get messy.

6. Videotape the receipt and opening of returned packages!!! I cannot stress this enough. Let’s say a case is opened by the buyer and Posh sides with them about the item and they are to send it back to you. It’s in your best interest to video yourself opening the package to make 100% sure it is what you sent. Also, if it’s not what you sent, you have absolute video proof.

7. Potentially ward off scammers in the first place by including your own personal safety measures in your “About Me” listing. This is a proactive approach I’m probably going to end up using now that my following is larger. This is helpful to let everyone know you’re a serious seller and you take precautions with every sell. Who knows, that might just be enough to make a potential bad buyer not even fool with you.

Well there you have it, several tips on how to potentially avoid scammers and ward off bad buyers. I hope this has been educational and helpful. And just as a quick note, I did get my full payment for this sale. As always, thoughts, comments, and questions welcomed! Until next time, happy Poshing 😃

Case Opened: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Buyer

As a Poshmark seller, there have been times I felt treated unfairly. If any of you have ready my post “Case Closed: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Seller” I give my perspective on what it’s like to have a claim opened against you and how to cope. Maybe some of you have been in that position and had valuable takeaways. But what about the other side of things? What if you open a claim against someone else. I’ve had to do this before and I’d like to share my lessons learned. Hold on to your hats, it’s about to get deep!! Continue reading “Case Opened: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Buyer”

Poshiquette: Etiquette For Dealing On Posh

Oh this post has been a loooong time coming. I LOVE Poshing. Nothing brings me more pleasure than to sit down with a warm cup of tea and chill on my phone Poshing away.

However, on several occasions, I have started to notice the larger my audience, the more challenges I face when just dealing with people whether buyers or sellers. Since no one in particular asked the question: “Hey Kim, what are some things I want to avoid while being on Posh?”.  I’ve decided to ask and answer of my own merit lol!!! Let’s jump right in! Continue reading “Poshiquette: Etiquette For Dealing On Posh”

Let’s Talk 50K


A lot went down while I was out on Poshmark. Behind the scenes I was mostly filling my days with sleeping, eating, and dealing with constant nauseousness from being in the first trimester of pregnancy. I tried my hardest not to let too much time get in between me and one of my favorite things to do, but even so, I just wasn’t able to hang on all the time. Continue reading “Let’s Talk 50K”

Case Closed: Valuable Lessons From Poshmark As A Seller


Being on Poshmark is a lot like being in high school. There’s lots of community, drama, and excitement. As much as I enjoy selling and shopping the app, there are times I’ve also gotten frustrated; when I feel like I’ve been treated unfairly as the buyer or the seller. On this and the next few posts I want to talk about challenging experiences and what to learn from them. Get ready, it’s about to get deep!

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Zero to One Hundred: A Closet Revamp Gone Terribly Right

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When I started paying attention to my poshing at the beginning of this year, I still didn’t have everything right. I was sharing like crazy, I was on Posh much more than I had been in the past, and I still didn’t see sales fly out the door. After some discussion and encouragement from a fellow PFF I decided I needed to do an entire closet revamp. Continue reading “Zero to One Hundred: A Closet Revamp Gone Terribly Right”

Pick Me: How To Get Selected For A Host Pick

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So a couple weeks ago I co-hosted my very first Posh Party. It was so much fun and tons of prep work (for weirdo’s like me who gasp in excitement at words like “plan” and “prep”).

I learned a bunch and documented a lot of my process on my last blog What It’s Like To Host A Posh Party. Now that it has come to an end, I wanted to revisit and dive a little deeper into the process of choosing those ever elusive Host Picks. My goal is to help bring  awareness to those who might have had trouble in the past getting attention for Host Picks and to hopefully help them get noticed by providing insight into how I chose mine :D.

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