Updated: Jul 16, 2019
If you've been on Poshmark for even a little while, you understand that you have to present the best version of your products to get the most attention.
Updating the look of your closet by means of mannequins, props and backdrops takes an investment and if you're first starting out, you may not have the financial means to invest, but if you're serious about growing your closet, you have to be willing to at least make an investment of your time.
When I first started out, I was using a hanger on door, with no attention at all to aesthetic detail. I was struggling financially and I barely had the money to invest in clothing, let alone photography props. So, I completely understand having to be imaginative and creative because I didn't have a choice when I first started.
Now, back to the point, Here are 5 Ways to Revive Your Poshmark Closet with No Money.
#1 | A DEFINED STYLE
The uniqueness of your closet is what will set you apart from others and the best way to display how unique you are, is to promote your own style.
If you’re not quite sure what your style is, it may be a good idea to take a style quiz. This is a good way to pin-point your style and get some valuable ideas for updating your Poshmark closet.
A good quiz will ask you about your color palette and will incorporate some traits of your personality and life choices.
I've taken several style quizzes, but the one that was the most comprehensive in my opinion was the quiz offered by Visual Therapy http://visual-therapy.com/blog/style-type-quiz/.
Your final result will let you know if your style is Classic, Chic, Whimsical, Bohemian or Avant-garde. The quiz also provides percentages based on the strength of your selections to give you more customized results.
Once you learn your style, you can use this information to search for images that have your style type. With some imagination, you can create your own version of an image, or an image as inspiration to express your style and personality.
This site is not secure, so I wouldn't necessarily suggest joining their email list, but that's up to you. It's free and it offers valuable information, so I think it's at least worth a look.
#2 | GIVE YOUR CLOSET A UNIFORM
All of your pictures don't need to look the exact same of course, but the same theme or background is the best way to go for a neat, uniformed, more professional looking closet.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to use the same or similar background for all of your photos. It’s suggested that you use a plain white or light background for your pictures, this puts focus on the product and it's a cleaner look, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to use these colors.
A closet with a uniformed background, regardless of the texture, wood, stone, outside, etc, can still have a professional, or at the least, a closer to professional look.
If you would like to learn more about making your image backgrounds transparent, in order to add a background of your choice, see my video "How to Edit Photos for Poshmark with Windows 10" https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=vynes+apparel for more details.
#3 | TAKE YOUR OWN PHOTOS
Using stock photos for your Covershots is ok, but your own photos express your style and personality. Not only that, your photos show the actual condition of the item and it's a more trusted photo because it's the actual product - this may not be as much of an issue after you have a decent following, but when you're first starting out, it can stifle your sales a little bit.
Not saying that things won't sell, just saying, they may sell a little slower.
When taking your photos, attempt to take your photos in natural light, this is one way to take pictures without having to invest in lighting initially. If you don't have access to natural light, use your home's lighting, it's not as good as natural light, but it's better than the flash element on your phone.
Just a note, Poshmark does ask that you either take your own photos or get permission to use stock photos before using them in your listings.
At this time, there aren't any stated penalties for using stock images without permission (as long as the images didn't come from the Poshmark platform of course) - but on the flip side of that, the brand itself could ask that your listing be pulled if they discover their photo is being used without their consent - just saying, something to think about.
#4 | TRY TO STAY AWAY FROM "HODGE PODGE"
Let me just say this really quickly, If you're first starting out, you may not have much choice with your selection of background, you're making it happen with what you have. I get it.
But if you're past the beginning stages, and you want to take your closet's look to the next level, try to stay away from the eclectic smorgasbord closet.
There's nothing wrong with the Hodge Podge style itself, it's just another word for diverse or multi-faceted. My closet is diverse with the different styles that I like. Having a variety of styles and things to offer isn't bad at all, in fact, it's encouraged by Poshmark, and it provides you more sales opportunities.
So, it's not the items themselves I'm talking about - I'm talking about the backgrounds. Backgrounds with different, colors, patterns, quality and an over all mix-matched theme can come across as confusing for your buyer and it can actually cause a little anxiety.
Let me repeat... this is ok to start, but over time and if you want to grow, you’ll want to work towards making your items look like they belong in the same closet or belong to the same brand (your brand).
#5 | USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
One of the easiest ways to update the look of you closet is to use what you already have. When I first started, one of the first things I used was poster board and took lay-flat photos. Unless you're completely in dire straits, you probably have a sheet, scrap material or at least a hanger for your photos.
Having to think outside of the box to save money sparks a high level of creativity. If you don't have ideas of your own for your photos, there are plenty of examples on Poshmark or you could check the web for more inspiration.
Regardless of what I've stated in this article, this is your closet. Your closet is a reflection of your style and personality. Only you can be you and when it’s all said and done, you are the queen or king of your domain.
I hope this article has been useful in giving you ideas on reviving the look of your Poshmark Closet with no money. Yes, it does require an investment of your time but it's worth it, if you want to grow and have continued success on Poshmark.
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