I recently discovered the world of online thrifting and am not sure I can go back to regular stores now.
So if you’re looking for ways to purchase new-to-you items without overpaying, online thrifting may be perfect for you!
This post isn’t sponsored in any way, but I’m mainly focusing on Poshmark. I’ve heard good things about ThreadUp, but haven’t personally tried it.
So basically, Poshmark is an online platform where you can buy from people all over (at least the United States, maybe world?) and also sell your items.
I lost some weight last year and have been holding on to way too many clothing items that no longer fit me right. Over the last few months, I’ve been working to replace these items with ones that actually fit my body.
Shopping new can be very costly, which is why thrifting is a good option.
I’ve had some great successes thrifting online and a few failures on my own behalf.
Here are 3 Tips for Online Thrifting:
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
On Poshmark, every seller has their own closet. Sellers upload pictures and descriptions of the items they are selling and there’s a place below to ask questions. Some sellers will automatically provide sizing, cleaning instructions, and fit details, which is awesome!
If there aren’t clear labels and you have questions, make sure you leave comments. On Poshmark, you can’t return items if they don’t fit. It’s better to clarify fully before buying.
I recommend comparing the measurements given with clothing items you already own to see if it’d be a good fit. Sellers generally list the brand name for the item, so I’ll usually check out the brand’s website and get a glimpse of their sizing charts/reviews too.
2. Prices Are Usually Flexible
On Poshmark, every seller has their own closet and handles shipping on their own. So if you buy from several closets, you’d have to pay separate shipping for each. This can get pretty costly!
Most sellers offer “bundles”. This means you can group together items that you want to purchase from their closet. There’s also a way to make an offer. If the prices are higher than you’d like to pay, you can offer them a lower price.
Be aware that every “posher” has different feelings on offers. Most are super friendly and welcome offers. But some have signs all over their closet about not “low-balling”.
Poshmark takes a percentage of sales made, which means sellers never receive the full price you pay for their items. So offering super low isn’t always the best.
Sellers sometimes will choose to send you offers or personally cover shipping. It’s awesome when that happens!
I’d also recommend looking around if you like a certain item. Sometimes there will be dozens of poshers selling that exact same item. This is a great way to compare prices, see more descriptions, and maybe find other items in their closets to bundle.
3. Set a Budget
To be honest, I got so excited with the low prices and thousands of options that I spent way more than I should have this past week.
I bought 15 items from 12 different sellers for a total of $174 without shipping/tax. That wasn’t too bad considering I purchased 3 dresses, 2 jackets, 1 pair of jeans, 1 sweater, 5 tops, a necklace, a ring, and a pair of boots. However, the shipping and tax cost me an extra $87!
I feel like everything I purchased was good quality and well worth the money, but I never should have spent that much in one week! On the bright side, I can sell my old items that no longer fit and hopefully make back some of that money.
t can be easy to click “buy” and be wowed by the incredible deals, but please have a budget in mind before you shop.
I’m obviously not shopping again for quite awhile.
Still, I think Poshmark is an incredible site for online thrifting. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can use my referral code to get $10 credit. This is for a limited time, then it will go down to $5 credit.
My code is RCJENT. Just enter that code when you sign up and you’ll be good to go! And while you’re there, feel free to check out my closet.
Thanks so much for reading! What are your tips for online thrifting? Feel free to comment below.
~ RaeAnn Jent