We all know that we live in a world where malls are practically obsolete. And online shopping reigns when it comes to stocking up on all your fashion needs. So, now that we don’t have to rely on walking into a store and paying full price with no questions asked, we can figure out some pretty sweet hacks to get the best deals possible.
Although I’m *somewhat* of a minimalist (I say this loosely, because of my many years of living out of a backpack), I still love clothes, shopping, and expressing myself through what I wear.
That being said, I’m not a huge fan of keeping up with trends and fast fashion. Yes, we all know how horrible fast fashion is for the planet. But also- let’s be real- trying to “keep up” also breaks the bank, too.
Nowadays, I’m all about classics, simple clothing, and staple pieces that can be mixed and matched in a million different ways. I love a blend of affordable clothing, with designer goods. But most of all, I want to be comfy while still feeling cute.
And, guess what? About 90% of my closet is secondhand. Or, it’s been bought new on Poshmark from a different vendor than the clothing brand itself.
After years of buying and selling on Poshmark, I can confidently say I’ve mastered the online shopping experience when it comes to finding the highest quality items for the best price available. This post will share my specific step-by-step guide for the best Poshmark shopping hack ever.
Poshmark Shopping Hack For Best Finds
I used this step-by-step guide to find a pair of Gucci loafers that are originally priced at $1,200, for only $350. I also taught my mom this same process, and helped her find a pair of Vuori joggers for 50% off.
If you’re new to shopping on Poshmark, you might find it a little overwhelming. It’s kind of like going into a thrift store for the first time. There are so many options that you just don’t know where to start.
Yes, buying second-hand can take a little more time and effort than just getting everything on Amazon. But, the good thing about the added effort is that you’ll get a major discount.
For those of you who are brand new to Poshmark shopping, this post HERE can also help to optimize your shopping experience.
Step 1: Go To Brand’s Website
Okay, so let’s pick an imaginary item that you really want to buy, but don’t want to pay full price for. How about we use the Free People Pippa Packable Puffer that I’m obsessed with.
So, the first thing I want to do is go to Free People’s website to find the exact name of the item I want. This is important. I don’t want you to just generalize by calling it a Free People Puffer Jacket. I want you to know the exact name that it’s called.
Step 2: Google Brand Name Plus The Name Of Your Item With The Word “Poshmark”
In a new tab, you’ll type into Google: “Free People Pippa Packable Puffer Poshmark.” See what comes up.
If you want to get more specific in your search, then you can also add the size you’re looking for in your search. So it might look like: “Free People Pippa Packable Puffer Poshmark XS.”
Step 3: Click On An Item That You Like
Since we’re looking for Pippa Packable Puffers, you’ll see a lot of options come up, because there’s five million colors.
I want you to click on an option that is either: your size, or a color you like. The one you choose does not have to be the size and color you like, just one or the other.
Step 4: Refine Search In Poshmark
Once you click on the option that you like, then it will take you to Poshmark. Download the app (code ALMENDRARIMBY saves you $10 on your first purchase, btw) to navigate the site with more ease.
With the item open in your Poshmark app, scroll all the way to the bottom of the listing until you see a section that says FIND SIMILAR LISTINGS. You’ll notice that you can either find similar listing by size, by color, or by new with tags. Click on one of those options.
This means that if you’re looking at a listing that shows the Pippa Packable Puffer in white, which you love, but it’s a size Large instead of an XS, then you’ll refine by size.
Whereas if you’re looking at a Pippa Packable Puffer that’s an XS, but it’s not white, then you’ll refine by color.
And finally, if you’ve managed to find a Pippa Packable Puffer that’s white and an XS, but you want to find one that’s new instead of used- then you’ll refine by new with tags.
Step 5: Sort From Price Lowest To High
Once you’ve refined your search, then you’ll see a whole lot of Pippa Packable Puffers pop up. Sometimes it shows you the items that have been most recently listed. Or it boosts the post of Poshers who have really popular closets.
The point is, it doesn’t always show you the best deal.
So, all you need to do is click the button in the top section that says SORT. And then choose PRICE LOWEST TO HIGH. Now, the lowest price items will pop up first, which can save you time digging.
Step 6: Learn Poshmark Etiquette
Now, when it comes time to actually buy, don’t get trigger happy and just buy something straight away. Remember, the price you see doesn’t include tax or shipping costs. And, remember that you can barter on Poshmark, which means you can make offers back and forth with the seller.
Read this post to learn how to optimize your shopping experience within the app.
What To Do If Poshmark Shopping Hack Doesn’t Work
Luckily, Poshmark has such a huge inventory this hack works just about every single time you try it. However, sometimes there are items that are super niche, or just really hard to find in general.
If I’m not finding what I want on Poshmark, then I go back to step 2 and delete the word “Poshmark” from my search. And I replace it with the word “used.” This will show you other sites that have pre owned items for great deals like The Real Real, Mecari, or even eBay.
Why Does This Hack Work Better Than Shopping Within The Poshmark App
In my experience, when I’m shopping in the Poshmark app I’ve come across a lot of sellers that don’t know how to properly list their posts for optimal searchability.
This might mean that even though you’re doing everything “right” when it comes to searching by brand, adding the right filters, and so on- if the posts haven’t also been listed in a way that matches your searching needs, then you’ll never see them.
I’ve also found that I find more options when I type the specific brand and items name into Google, rather than into Poshmark’s search. This tells me that Google’s SEO is stronger than Poshmark, which doesn’t exactly feel surprising.
I’m telling you, your shopping experience is about to get a whole lot more affordable with this super simple online shopping hack.
Don’t forget to use the code ALMENDRARIMBY when you sign up for Poshmark to save $10 on your first order.
Happy poshing, my friends!