If you are thinking about hosting a LIVE Posh Party congratulations because this isn’t an easy task. When you do take on this responsibility it’s always best to have a helping hand and/ or someone to plan it with you. That way it guarantees that you have an additional attendee!
First things first – Save the Date!
Getting the date on the calendar is the first thing you need to do when setting up your Posh Party. Best dates depend on where you plan on hosting. Most of the Posh parties that I’ve hosted or have been to have been at night typically on a Friday or weekend. It takes the stress away from having to get up in the morning, and the weekends people are more willing to let loose and relax, but also be mindful of wedding/ holiday party season where people are most likely to be taken.
Then create a listing in your poshmark closet to announce your gathering. This puts it on the online platform for other women to see it. Make sure you give yourself AMPLE time to have this circulate through the community, so no last minute get togethers!
2. Finding the Perfect Venue
Hosting at a restaurant is good it’s a great alternative to hosting at a big venue. If you’re starting out in a smaller market, or if you’re opening it up an area that hasn’t had one, then a restaurant or bar is the safest bet. Also, don’t expect a huge turn out. It takes a lot out of someone to go somewhere and meet people they don’t know, or they don’t know if they’ll enjoy it so don’t be too hard on yourself when you only have a small group attend.
Personally, I wouldn’t worry too much about building a menu unless you have a very big group coming out like (20+ for sure are coming). The best way to go, is go to a place that has a lounge area and have everyone pay separate checks. Its less stress that way and it makes for a better atmosphere with no expectations about funds. Please be clear to your attendees that they need to purchase their own meals, it’s gets kind of lost in the mix if you are the one hosting, so let the wait staff know that they need to collect a source of payment if they intend to order, unless they pay for a ticket that has dinner included of course!
3. Start an Eventbrite page.
Setting up an event on eventbrite.com is FREE and super easy. You can set up tickets to sell or tickets for free. Personally if you’re going on the more casual route, getting FREE tickets just gives you an idea of how many people are attending. If you are doing something more structured with dinner options for purchase, it is best that you have people pay for tickets and set up a menu with the venue you are hosting at.
Now this isn’t mandatory, but I would use something like this because it’s free. You can also set up a meetup.com, however it’s $14.99 a month and when you hit over 50 people in your group the price automatically raises monthly. So unless you can afford that expense and want to meet up monthly, then go the most effective an inexpensive route for now.
4. Contact TeamPosh.
Getting TeamPosh on your side is a great way to get your name out there. Also, it’s great exposure! As you can see on the blog they highlighted our meet up just this past week. Once you email them (contact info is on their blog), they send you an awesome care package full of goodies to help make your meet up more Posh!
5. Market the crap out of it!
Time to spread the word! Don’t think that just putting up a listing will get the word out, oh no sistah, your event needs to have REACH!! So you better start tagging all your friends in the post and start reaching out to people to get people to come down. There are ways to entice people to come down, you can offer door prizes, raffles, goodie bags, but the best way to get people to come down, is to flat out ask them! There are dozens of groups out there in Facebook that have members all across the US. You can even start your own group for the state that you’re in or find a state that’s already established. But you need to get the word out there and figure out ways to wrangle up some Poshers for some good ol’ fashioned nonsense!
6. Get Ready
Swag Bags/Door Prizes: Some great trends that are happening with community meet ups are getting some swag going for the people that attend. This is a great way to help other businesses or even other poshers to get their name out there. Best way to do it is to contact smaller businesses and see if they would like to contribute to the swag bags by donating something along with their contact information. Or even a small service as a prize to raffle off! It never hurts to ask.
Be mindful that the larger the group you have, the easier it is to get people to donate. If you have a small group that’s just meeting up for some venting and brunch, then I would just omit the Swag altogether and let the mimosas do the work!
Name Cards/ Decorations: If there is enough of you, I would highly recommend doing some name tags, or even a photobooth if allowable. Always check with your venue, but if they can allow an area for you to set up a photobooth, always do so! You can get some draped tinsel at the Dollar Store and print the Poshmark banner across the top like so:
7. Let’s Get This Party Started!
Arrive early to your venue, always 1 hour to 45 mins to allow set up, or 30 if it’s a small group. The worst is to sit there and wait to set up and have your guests arrive so plan to be there early! Make sure to take LOTS of pictures and send them to Team Posh so they can feature them on their blog!
SO, I finally got something to write about this week! Trading! Now keep in mind I do not trade on Poshmark, ever. It’s too risky for me and I can’t seem to get myself to commit to trading one of my items, no matter what the cost, in hopes they send what they are supposed to send. However, someone did ask me about trading and how it works, so it inspired me to write a post about it.
For those of you who do trade, I am not harping on you at all! I actually commend you for being so brave to let your items go and entrusting another posher to keep to their word! Pretty ballsy!
To anyone who is new, I will give you the Pros and Cons for trading through the Poshmark app and how exactly it’s to be done. Also for the people who are tired of constantly getting berated I have some suitable answers when people ask you the famous question: “trade?”
So let’s get started.
Trading is exactly that, you trade one of your items for one of theirs typically of the same value but it doesn’t have to be. I say, if you are going to offer up a trade it would be etiquette to offer something of equal value. Don’t offer your beat up workout shirt with pit stains and mothballs for someone’s Chanel bag. It’s just tacky and embarrassing on your part #jussayin #tackyaf (tacky as fuck…thanks Jarod!). I once had someone offer me their faux LV canvas bag for an authentic item of mine. “Ummmm how about no?!” So offer up equally.
HOW TO DO THE TRADE
After an agreed exchange, both parties will lower the listings they want to exchange to $3.
Then you pay for the listing that you want to exchange for along with shipping.
Then once they buy your listing, you print out the label as usual, and send the item off like you would if it were a normal sale.
Then you track each others items on USPS just to make sure they sent it. (There is a TON of risk involved so make sure it’s someone that has a reputation of following through.)
Once you receive the item, ‘Mark Item Received’ and enjoy your traded item!
Unlike the Posh Protect Program, or the Concierge Service, you’re pretty much S.O.L (Shit Outta Luck) when it comes to disputing what’s in your package. I pretty much rate Poshmark #1 in customer service but since trading is unsupported you are on your own. Let me repeat that: You are on your own. So if you and another posher decide to trade Céline handbags and you put your $4,200 bag in and what you get back is a tote bag with a picture of Céline Dion on the front then that’s on you sisah! That’s your bad, and there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it. You are also running the risk of people not even sending their item out at all.
PRO: If your faith in humanity has been restored and you feel pretty ‘Gung Ho’ on changing up your closet without the bother of cost and not having to posh your items, then go on out there and trade your little heart out! You’ll be able to swap out those shoes that you never liked for something you do like! Or even get rid of a bunch of clothes that have been sitting around for years and trade for a bag you like! What ever suits your fancy, so long as the other person is willing.
CON: Just be weary that people, you, me, the girl next to you, and everyone else would rather trade up than trade across, or get more than less. So use your best judgement when making these exchanges. Trading itself is risky, it’s even riskier when it’s online and you don’t have the item in your hand. My advice to you when trading, is trade with people you are familiar with. There are some people that I have met locally that I have traded items with or friends that I have met in person that live across the way, but I have already developed that relationship with them. As for random people, that is not something that I would advise, but it’s your call not mine.
How to dodge that famous comment: “Trade?”
If you are like me and you are not fancied by the art of the trade, here are some ways of telling people ‘No’ without having to say it. It’s always good to have a few pieces of ammo, without coming off negatively!
“I am a sell only closet” – Pretty much letting them know that this item and all the items in your closet are not up for trade. That way they aren’t just asking you on a million items!
“I trade only for money” – This is what I used to say, when I was feeling like a smart ass, or when someone was being sassy with me. Use sparingly!
“I have this at a really fair price, but if you would like to bundle I would be willing to lower it for you!” – This gives the buyer an opportunity to recognize that the price is a bit negotiable, giving them more options on purchasing.
To be perfectly honest I personally have not seen one trade exchange go well, Poshmark is filled with additional “Scammer Alert” postings. And on each of those exchanges, there’s always something, where one person gets the shit end of the stick, then they complain about it. But really, it’s your responsibility for putting your items as risk. So be careful, scammers are out there, just like pickpockets, they don’t care about victimizing honest people and there’s nothing you can do about it. I hope this helps, and if you have any questions or comments please do so below!
Also- if you’re a trading closet please put your closet name down below so other’s can find your closet to trade with!
Wow, I can’t count on my hand how many times I’ve been asked “Ok so I’ve done everything on your blog but I still don’t have the sales. What am I doing wrong?!” So I scope out each of their profiles and let me tell you: Covershots? Immaculate. Shares? See them daily. Likes? below average. Pricing? Generous. So what is the common denominator when it comes to their sales?
So let me kind of give you a little insight as to what followers mean and how they play into your Poshmark sales! Followers are pretty much your fandom (Fan + Domain= Fandom). They follow you based on the look of your style and the items/brands that you have, or even your size in clothing! It’s a popularity contest in a way where anything that you list/ share/ like will be seen by your followers. Whether it’s your own item from your closet, or another closet, they will follow all activity that you do while you are exploring through the posh world.
The more followers you have the more love your closet is going to get, because if people don’t SEE your closet they’re not going to buy anything from it. Which means that your sales directly depend on how many followers you have. To counter that, if you have low followers that means your activity is being seen by the same few people and it’s not getting anywhere.
SO HOW DO I GET MORE FOLLOWERS???
It’s easy, I go over 3 full proof steps on how to gain more followers, and you’ll see your sales start to increase over time!
#1 – Start following people!
The benefit of following people, is that they follow back! There are 2 ways you can go about doing this as a newbie. First you can just go on a follow spree, where you click on a member’s name and click on their followers and see the list of people that follow them and start clicking on the follow button and start mowin’ down the list. Like so:
You can start shopping followers. Which pretty much means that you’re shopping for closets to follow. The good news about this, is that you are tailoring your likes, shares, preferences, and overall Poshmark experience to be more catered to your wants and needs. Typically the people you follow, their listings show up in your feed & searches so you will constantly be surrounded by what you like, which makes the shopping experience much more enjoyable.
Sharing is caring ladies! There is no doubt about it that it gets your name out there and it helps other people promote you when they share you back. People tend to follow you if A) they see you more often and B. If they like your stuff or the stuff you share. On your marks, get set, SHARE!!
3. Use the celebrity status you already have!
External platforms is an excellent way of getting your blog subscribers, instagram followers, or even Facebook friends and family to join Poshmark and follow you! In addition to that, have them register with your code so you get $10 posh credit and they will too. With a total up to $50. So get 10 people to sign up and you can get yourself a nice coach purse and a nice handful of followers. I mean if anyone wants to sign up through me be sure to sign up with your email and use my code HDUMJ.
So let me hit you with some knowledge! This came straight from Poshfest this year so listen up! According to Poshmark’s data analyst they say the biggest thing that posters should do in order to gain sales is engage in the app. What does that mean exactly? It means that you need to start commenting, liking, following, sharing…all the time. According to their data research, about 4000 followers is the sweet spot before your sales start to take off. About 2000 likes on all of your items combined you’ll start to notice an increase in sales as well. And they suggest about 5000 closets to follow before you start seeing a real impact in your sales. So however you go about doing it just make sure that you get to that amount so you can see your sales grow. Hopefully this helps you in the future, I hope that you’ll make tons and tons of sales and make lots and lots of money for this upcoming holiday season!
As always, if you have any questions feel free to put them in the comments below, or just hit me up on Poshmark!
I think it’s every serious posher’s aspiration to become a Suggested User. It’s almost a sense of entitlement and belonging that you feel once you become a suggested user and to be given that privilege is a big highlight in your posh career. Now I know what you are all thinking, what exactly is a Suggested User? What’s the big deal? Why is it so important? How do I become one? What happens after I become a suggested user? Well my dears I will be explaining just that!
Now if you haven’t already seen the new APP UPDATE from Poshmark, they basically do a rundown of this information Poshmark style! It’s really clear cut and as to what they basically look for and how they select those users. So read up if you haven’t already! I’m going to give you just a bit more information from a Posher’s perspective as to what the hype is and why it’s been thrown around so much.
So what is a ‘Suggested User’?
A suggested user is just that. If you’re on your iPhone (sorry android users I don’t know what it looks like on your end), you would touch the ‘Feed’ icon on the bottom.
Then on the top left you would select the person icon with the plus sign next to it. It will take you to a screen that looks like this:
If you look towards the bottom you will see a few other posher’s names below the twitter icon.
These ladies are suggested users. They have been tailored specially for me, based on my ‘likes’, and my sizes. Now these rotate so I don’t always see the same people but they will rotate multiple time throughout the day.
What does it mean to be a suggested user?
Well for one, you are more likely to follow people if they are in your suggested users Rolodex since they meet the same style, and roughly the same size as you. That means for the suggested user people are more likely to purchase your items in your closet, or share your items to more people and therefore boost your popularity and overall sales.
What’s the dealio with becoming a suggested user then?
Just to give you a bit more insight, being a suggested user *before the update* meant that everyone defaulted the same 15 suggested users. So those 15 people were pretty much Tila Tequila back in the MySpace days (if you don’t understand the reference, she’s just really really popular for being a pre-selected ‘friend’ on your profile). That’s why being a suggested user meant so much. Suggested users were uber popular, with millions of followers. So their sales were not only super high, but anything they shared would automatically be shared to millions of followers. What a nice chunk of power eh? Well when more and more people wanted a cut of the suggested user pie, that’s when Poshmark started to hone in on refining the suggested user experience. So now being a suggested user has more of a tailored effect than just a mass amount of people following the same select few.
How do I become a Suggested User then? (I want some o’that pie!)
FROM POSHMARK’S BLOG: Being a Suggested User is like being an ambassador — a big part of the role is ushering in, welcoming and helping educate new users as they become part of our community. Because of this, we look for users who have a stellar sales history, clear cover shots and descriptions, an eye for finding and sharing other community members’ listings, and users who are upstanding members of the Poshmark community.
HGF: So it’s a selection process. No need to apply, PMHQ will notify you once you’ve been selected. If you’ve been an upstanding member of Poshmark and you have yet to be noticed just know that this is still undergoing a lot of treatment. Despite who you tag in the various posts that state why you should be a suggested user and all the reasons why it’s your time, be sure to know that PMHQ is sifting through millions of profiles to find you, so please be patient. Your time will come and while you are waiting for that coveted email stating that you’ve been selected with that title of ‘Suggested User’, be sure that you continue being an upstanding citizen of the Poshmark community. No hair pulling!
What happens after I become a suggested user?
First off, congrats if you’ve become one! When I got my email I thought it was pretty cool. But nothing really happens that’s really in front of your face aside from the email they send you congratulating you on becoming a suggested user. Most of the stuff happens behind the scenes. What you don’t see is your name being at the top of someone’s suggested users list, or someone drawn to your profile because another follower shared a few of your items. but rest assured that having that special title comes with a lot of hard work (because I know you have to have an impeccable sales record) and lots of posh love spread around. Enjoy being a suggested user, it doesn’t get thrown to everyone and you’ve earned it! And make sure to share it with your posh friends, because it’s a positive thing!
I think I’ve covered all the bases when it comes to being a suggested user. So if you have more questions please don’t hesitate to ask below in the comments section!