For most Poshers just starting out, your own home closet is obviously going to be your go-to clothes source. Get rid of those outfits that haven’t seen the light of day for quite some time and make money in the process. Win-win. And if Poshmark reselling is simply your side hustle, then the closet method may continue to work for a while, as long as you keep buying new clothes and discarding the old.
But what if you want to expand that side hustle and make some real money? What if you outgrow the closet system of inventory and consequently need a more robust and replenishable source for your Poshmark business’s clothing?
Many a Poshmark reseller does in fact have plans to grow their business, maybe even into something that they can rely on for a full-time income. This is not unheard of and totally doable! You just have to put in some time, effort, and of course, have the inventory to keep pace with demand.
In this article, we look at a few places (beyond the trusty old closet) where you can source great Poshmark-worthy clothes that will help you turn a side hustle into something that could be pretty lucrative.
Our Top 5 Places to Source Clothes for Your Poshmark Business
1. Thrift Stores
Quite a popular place for many poshers, thrift stores such as Goodwill, for instance, will often house some hidden gems. The key is to a) know what to look for and b) know how/when to shop. Get familiar with the top-selling brands on Poshmark. Goodwill and other such places will often have tons of these brand names buried somewhere within.
Always inspect what you buy—if it’s too worn or ripped then it’ll just sit in your Poshmark closet.
There are thrift stores that offer bin-buying experience. While thrift store shopping for Poshmark worthy clothes is going to be cheap anyway, bin buying makes it even less expensive. You can for example pick up ten pounds of clothing for under twenty bucks. And again, there are items that you stumble across that might be incredible Poshmark finds.
The time of day you thrift store shop is also key. The earlier you can get there the better. Let’s face it, many potential poshers are going to be thinking the same thing as you. You are all on the hunt for those possible superstar sellers. Early bird gets the worm as the saying goes!
2. Consignment Shops
Consignment shops are going to be a bit pricier than thrift stores. That said, they also stand to hold some really optimal merchandise if you know how to look for it.
Unlike with thrift stores, the clothing that comes to consignment shops is almost always carefully inspected to ensure it meets certain brand/quality standards. For a Posher this is good; however, that higher price tag might zero out any profit margin.
With consignment shops, the key is to know when the sales are. For instance, some will hold say fifty per cent off Wednesdays, or there might be a 40% off sweater sale during a given week. Keep tabs on when these are—otherwise again, the higher price tags might not be worth it in terms of realizing any sort of profit.
3. Hit Up Your Friends
Make sure of course they’re not engaged in their own Poshmark side gig. But if they aren’t, and if they have no use for their old, in good shape, brand name clothing, then this could be a perfect clothes source for you!
Family members are also good if they are so inclined to help you with your budding business. If your friend and/or family member is on the fence—you might consider cutting them in on the profit. So for like 10-15%, they get some cash in their pocket and you get a clothing source to help boost your business.
4. Discount Stores
We’ve all visited them—the TJ Maxx’s and Marshall’s of the world. Where you can find terrific deals on some otherwise expensive brand name clothing. If you happen to pick up an item of clothing and can turn around and sell that in your Poshmark store for double the price, that’s a great find!
When you do hit up one of these discount retail outlets, make a beeline for the clearance rack. The goal, of course, is to get the most bang for your buck and come away with cheap but high-quality clothing that will fly out of your Poshmark closet!
5. thredUp or Similar Services
For those who aren’t familiar, thredUP offers clothing boxes of items that were essentially “rescued” because they didn’t sell or that are gently used. You can specify some of what you’re looking for when you order one of their boxes, but you won’t be sure what is included until you actually receive your box.
Depending on what you do get, this could be a pretty steady source of clothing that you can then list on Poshmark. That said, be sure to keep a vigilant eye on what you’re paying versus what you’re actually receiving and consequently are able to resell.
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are a ton of potential clothes and inventory sources for your Poshmark business. You may need to do a little homework, but if you find the right items, it can be totally worth it!
Where else can you look?
We hope our list puts you on the right track to filling up your Poshmark Closet – but where do you find the best place to source items? Let us know in the comments below, or over on our Instagram page!
Don’t forget, when you’ve stocked up – check out our guide on How to Double Poshmark Sales in 3 Easy Ways