I can’t believe PoshFest is just around the corner…
…123 Sleeps to be exact.
Didn’t get a ticket? Don’t worry. You still might be able to.
PoshFest 2019 will be the third PoshFest I’ve attended. Although the expenses add up, possibly making the cost of the entire weekend over $1,000, it can be easily done, and this is my story about how I made it easy for myself to afford it:
One of the awesome things I’ve learned from running my own business (let’s be honest here, Poshmark is your own business) is money management.
Last year, I spent about $1,250 on PoshFest: the event ticket, the round-trip flight, the hotel stay, the Uber rides, food & drinks, and (ahem…) minor shopping (but, who doesn’t love shopping?). Looking back, what I spent was a little bit costly, I admit. But, yes, I now believe it can be done for less (good news for my wallet!), especially so, when you split costs with friends. Taking all this into account, the second I came home from PoshFest last year, I decided to save just for the upcoming Poshfest.
I opened a savings account just for PoshFest in October 2018. I vowed to put $100 of my sales each month in that account, and SWORE to never touch it unless there was a REAL emergency (and some months I put away a little more money). Thank God that no REAL emergencies came up! By the time PoshFest was announced and tickets were released, my account (okay, wallet) was ready. My account had a $825 balance, so I was comfortable with purchasing my ticket right away.
I also would have been able to purchase a plane ticket, but since it’s only a five hour drive, I decided that carpooling with some friends was a better option. Because of this, my spending money budget got bigger (YAY!). The hotel stay was the next money mountain to tackle. So, I, along with seven friends all decided to split the cost of an AirBNB. “YIKES!” you might say, but it’s okay – it’s not like we’ll be spending much time in the house anyway. This brings last year’s $350 hotel stay down to $190. That’s about a 55% savings, or $160! Yay, saving money!
Now, putting money in the savings account isn’t going to stop because I bought everything. I’ll continue adding $100 (maybe more, but that takes discipline) each month to the savings. And guess what? If I don’t use all of the money, then I’ll carry the savings over to 2020. Oh. Em. Gee! What if it’s in CANADA next year ?!?!?!?!
*@mimisdbest tip – the whole trip can be tax deductible (not to be taken as tax advice).
Now, here’s how you can still go, even if you didn’t get a ticket:
Sometimes, life happens and people with tickets end up not being able to go. However, the tickets aren’t refundable. I can almost guarantee you that people will be selling their tickets in a few weeks, and maybe for an even better price (mainly because they just want to get rid of their ticket)! So, start that savings now – you have a few months to do it. If it doesn’t work out and no tickets are available, then you’ve already started saving for PoshFest 2020!
If you’re local to the PoshFest event (in Arizona, for this blog’s purposes) and you want to go, but you can’t afford it or have to work or whatever, there are Posh N Sips that local Poshers host throughout PoshFest weekend. And check this, PoshPartiers: there’s also a Posh Party on Saturday night! In previous years, the tickets to this party cost $50.
Why I think you should go to PoshFest at least once
PoshFest is a great experience and once you go to one, you won’t want to miss another. I missed the Chicago PoshFest and I was sad.
Remember the feeling of going to camp in the summer?
No parents, no pesky siblings to bother you. It was just you, your friends and cool counselors. Well, I can say the same thing about PoshFest. Except, this time is no husband and no pesky children to bother you.
There’s also the whole phenomena of being surrounded by like-minded people. Being around a like-minded crowd that gets ya. You can learn so much! Yes, even if you’re a seasoned seller. I can’t forget that feeling of meeting some of my favorite Poshers. It was so awesome! You will leave PoshFest pumped and ready to take over the world!
Getting to meet Team Posh one on one is wonderful, too. Being able to see the people and the brains behind the app is something else. They’re all so warm, friendly and eager to meet everyone. They’ll even take the time to answer all your questions (if they’re not surrounded by PoshGroupies!). I love picking their brains!
. . . A N D the parties!
The parties, the after parties, the breakfast parties…
You’ll want to sleep for days when you get home.
To sum it all up, how do you get to PoshFest without really trying?
- Open a savings for PoshFest
- Add $100 to it from your sales every month – DON’T touch it unless it’s for a major emergency
- Team up with PoshFriends close to you, or the event, and take the sting out of travel and hotel stay
- If you didn’t get a ticket before they sold out, be on the lookout for Poshers who, unfortunately, have to sell their tickets
By the time PoshFest comes around, planning the trip will feel like a piece of cake, and you won’t really feel the “burn.”