Thursday, September 29, 2016

Becoming a Posh Addict

OK, so you have set up your account with Poshmark. Now what? Well, that's up to you. Did you sign up to sell, to buy or both? I think that most of us join Poshmark to find a great item at a great price. If you are anything like me, you know what you like and what you don't, so you immediately start browsing the site looking for a great pair of Miss Me Jeans in just the right size, Nine West pumps that you have always wanted but didn't really want to spend the money to buy retail because they were a hot pink color and would only go with one or two outfits, or what about that Michael Kors Tote that you want, but don't have $250-$350 or more to get the one you wanted retail. That's why I initially became a Poshmark member. I have the proverbial "Champagne Taste with a Lite Beer Budget!!" It took some time to find these awesome deals, but if you are persistent and patient, you can find some truly fantastic deals. I got these awesome Miss Me Cropped Jeans in perfect condition for $25, these fantastic brand new Nine West Fuchsia pumps for $12 and I also snagged an EUC (Excellent Used Condition) Michael Kors Tote for $90!! But as I continued to peruse the site, I noticed that I had a treasure trove of items in my own house that were just sitting in our closets. Clothes that were still in excellent condition, but were too small, or didn't fit just right, or was never worn and still had tags because of an impulse buy or a gift that I never got around to returning. We all have those type of items in our home. So, I began to see dollar signs everywhere I looked. I first started going though my closet, then my husband's clothes, and then I was digging through my boys' closets and drawers. I started listing anything and everything. If I thought a shirt looked too small on one of my son's, I would wait until they took it off and then quickly confiscated it, washed it, pressed it, and then listed it on the app. I would fain ignorance when someone would inquire as to the whereabouts of a particular article. It did work for a while, that is until one day in my bliss and excitement (and stupidity), I began "showing off" my "creative cover shots" to my family. It didn't take long until they discovered that they hadn't misplaced their items, but rather, I had been secretly posting and "selling" their beloved American Eagle plaid shirt that "showed off their muscles just right". I finally convinced my youngest that when his hands turned blue because his sleeves were cutting off the circulation in his arms, it was time to go up a size (or two). Believe it or not, I was able to find some of the same exact same shirts that I had Poshed and was able to replace them using my Posh earnings! That's a win-win in my book! I was able to restock his wardrobe without waiting for National tax free day or back to school sales. Because everyday is National Tax Free Day or Back to School Sales on Poshmark. I still can't believe that I am able to replenish not only my closet, but my entire family's closet just by using the earnings in my Posh account. So I am now officially a Poshmark Addict! If you have not yet signed up for Poshmark. Download the app on your mobile device and register using the code NUKKO for $5 off your first purchase! Well what are you waiting on? It's time to start Poshing!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Beginning my Journey on Poshmark

Well, it has been well over two years since my last post, and I have to say that there have been a lot of changes as well. If you read my last post, I had just undergone surgery for a pain pump implant. The procedure for the most part was very successful! I no longer suffer at night or when I am sitting. Just some occasional pain when I walk or stand for any extended period of time. So yea! My middle son has graduated from Texas A&M Galveston with a Bachelor's in Marine Transportation and is a 3rd Mate, working his way to Captain, then hopefully on to becoming a Pilot in the Houston Ship Channel. My youngest son and youngest child has started his second year of college at Texas A&M College Station and is in the Honor's Math Program. He currently has a 4.0 GPA!! And I have been blessed with another precious grand-daughter!! We are quite "empty nesters", but we are getting pretty darn close. The two youngest boys still hang their hats in the hall (and leave their shoes, books, empty food containers, you get the picture), but one is away at school and the other, is getting close to landing a JOB and with any luck, he will eventually have his own place to hang his hat (and shoes, books, empty food containers and so on...). I love the peace and quiet, but I do miss the company. Finally, our world was rocked earlier this year in April when my husband (52 at the time) suffered multiple strokes. He has recovered well, but is still on disability until he can pass the cognitive assessment. He never lost any movement or suffered any paralysis. Prior to this my youngest had a bleeding ulcer and was placed in intensive care on Christmas Eve, while receiving a blood transfusion. He returned to the hospital in March with the same ulcer bleeding again. He seems to be doing better, but they still don't know what the cause it. The good news is that his platelet count and RBC numbers are back in the normal range and he is continuing to improve every day. So we praise our Almighty Father! God has been good and continues to bless me daily. We had just paid off all of our credit card debt in March, just prior to my husband's stroke. Thank God for great medical insurance through Chevron, his employer! But we still have an out-of-pocket total coinsurance that we are responsible as well as my son's medical bills. Furthermore, now that our middle son has graduated college, we have started the process of paying off the student loans. So if you are a woman and are like me, it's a little frustrating when all of your income is going out the door to pay off school loans and medical bills. I like to have a little to spend. I like new accessories and have just fallen in love with the Miss Me jeans, which are close to $100 a pair! For some of you that may not be much, but when you have never paid more than $30 for a pair of jeans, $100 is a fortune. My co-worker mentioned an online site called Poshmark. Her daughter sells her gently used clothes through their mobile app and has done surprisingly well. She is able to replenish her closet with new or gently used items from other Poshers. I was more interested at first with the great deals, I found on Poshmark. I bought several Pandora and Chamilia charms for my charm bracelet and 50% to 70% off retail, a month later, I had listed various items in my closet, sold a few things, and I was hooked. I was greeted by numerous veteran Poshers who helped me steer through the first couple of months and provided me with excellent advice. I also surfed the web for blogs (such as this one) to gather tips on cover shots, how to sell resale and how to be successful in the Poshmark environment. I am currently a top 10% seller, a top-rated (5 star) seller, a Posh Mentor, and received my first Host Pick a couple of weeks ago! My next goal is become a "Suggested User". I would love for you to follow me on my journey. I would love to provide you with helpful tips, ideas, cover shot techniques and share some great Poshmark Success Stories from various successful "Suggested Users" as I venture onward. If you have any suggestions that you would like to offer, please feel free to add them in the comments section. I am still new and welcome all of the advice I can get! If you have never experience Poshmark, sign up today using code NUKKO for a $5 credit towards your first purchase. Simply download the app on your mobile device, sign up using the code NUKKO, (or you can logon via your computer - you just can't list or edit any listings on your computer, it must be done though a mobile device - this is about making the experience as simple as possible) and log on! Then visit my closet @shabbychic45. I look forward to traveling with you! Michele' @shabbychic45