How to Get to PoshFest Without Really Trying

I can’t believe PoshFest is just around the corner…

…123 Sleeps to be exact.pf

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 sevenwmanish 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).

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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.

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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…

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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.”

 

How to host a Posh N Sip

 

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that this girl loves to put on a Posh Party!

I really enjoy them, and they are so much fun to host!

I attended my first Posh N Sip in 2016.  At that moment, I really to host one, but I was too shy and I didn’t know many people. So, I asked veteran Posh N Sip host, Jill (@Jill555) to help. She did, although she lives about an hour away north of me!

The party was a success and so much fun! I got to know so many local PFF’s. Since that first party, I have been hooked.

Hey, Mimi, what does it take to host a Posh N Sip, you ask?

Well, not much. First thing’s first: Posh only requires that you have a compliant closet (which you already should have) & that you follow the community guidelines. Next, fill out an application and once you’re approved for your party, Posh will send you a box of goodies for your party! This box usually consists of personalized photo props, stickers, cards for your swag bags, and host gift(s). I recommend that you add your own swag for your bags (it adds a personal touch, in my opinion), but that isn’t a requirement..

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How I do it:

  1.  I get a date in mind, and I find a friend or two who are willing to help me put this party on. It is always a good thing to have co-host to help you with spreading the word, and to help you with any costs that you may have, such as giveaways & swag (I like to personalize swag with the help of my Cricut).
  2. I find a restaurant for my Posh N Sip – I prefer small, local restaurants, because: A) I love to support small-local businesses, and B) they’re more willing and able to accommodate large groups at no additional charge.
  3. Once I have the date, reservation and co-hosts set, I create an Eventbrite (example of one of my Evenbrites here). Evenbrites are super helpful with helping keep track of how many guests to expect. In my experience, I can usually count on half of the RSVP’s to show. My biggest turn-out has been 25 guests.
  4. I spread the word for the party all over social media & on my closet (tip: direct share to local Poshers by searching Poshers in your zip code).
  5. Show up & have fun with your guests! It can be a super chill, casual event or you can have something more formal with speakers and all.

What I love most about Posh N Sips is community. I have never made so many friends in my adult life as I have through Poshmark. It’s so much fun hanging out with likeminded people who understand your passion for the app and your love of fashion.

 

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I encourage you to take the step and host your first Posh N Sip! Need some help? additional pointers? Reach out! I love to help!

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY 2019!

Happy New Year!

It has been a few weeks since I last blogged. The Holidays kept me super busy.

They went by way too fast though. I love the holidays, specially Christmas!

But now that they have come and gone. It is time to get back into the groove of things and get to working. On my stores, blog & IG.

What are your goals for 2019?

Mine are basically the same as all of us sellers.

1. To be more profitable

2. To be wise with my spending

3. To take the main stage at Poshfest (I was a round table host in 2018)

4. To embrace my creativity

Let me know what yours are. I’d love to hear!

—— Watch for next post. I’ll be blogging about Posh N Sip’s ——-

Importance of measurements

Now that you have started your Poshmark closet, you will notice what things work and what things don’t. There is SOO much information out there regarding Poshmark and some information isn’t even correct information. So, make sure you are following the advice of credible people – one way to tell is by taking a look at their closets. The first red-flag for me is when I see non-compliant items in their closets. You can’t listen to someone that doesn’t play by the rules.

One of the most important things for me and my listings is to have correct measurements for my items. When I first started this journey, I didn’t realize how important measurements were (see the picture below – one of my first listings). I could have put measurements, described the fit and given the blend. I probably even could have sold it for a few more dollars and made more money with a better description.

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Now, my descriptions are more detailed with better pictures. I almost guarantee that this is the reason why I make more money with my sales now.  Descriptions and pictures can really make all the difference. The picture below shows how my descriptions have evolved.

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I created this sheet to help keep me organized as I’m measuring. Usually, I photograph first, take measurements second, and then post and all I need is this sheet in front of me. So really, I can post anywhere at any time if I have the sheet with me and my pictures already saved to my phone.

I hope you find this sheet helpful. Let me know in comments if you find it useful.

 

What is Poshmark

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Let me start with what Poshmark isn’t

So many friends out there try to sell us their stuff: their diets, their purses, their makeup, their leggings, their jewelry, their shakes and so on. Some of these “opportunities” turn out to be multi-level marketing companies. So I get why people, family and friends for that matter, immediately roll their eyes when they hear me talk about Poshmark. But you see, Poshmark IS NOT an MLM, and those who are willing to listen will know that I talk about it with excitement because it literally has changed my life. With the help of Poshmark I was able to raise my credit score from a shameful 550 to the mid 700’s.

Also, people automatically assume I get some kinda commission for every sale they make. This is simply not true. The only time I get any kind of “kick back” from Posh is when people shop with the credits they get by using my code. Here’s the breakdown: each Poshmark user has an individual code. A person who downloads the app using a current User’s code gets a $5.00 credit to shop. When the the New User uses the credits they were given to buy something, the Poshmark user who referred the new user to the site gets $5.00 in return. That’s it. NADA MAS!

What Poshmark actually is

It’s a wonderful tool to make money – that’s the simplest explanation.

Poshmark is a platform where people buy & sell new or gently used fashion items, from clothing to bags, shoes and accessories for the entire family. Individual items are sometimes priced at 50% off the shelf or rack price (even at more of a discount at times), usually with the same quality as new. For now, Poshmark is only available anywhere the USPS delivers. Soon, however, it will go global starting with Canada in 2019!

Poshmark is very user friendly: take pictures and write a description of your item and TA-DA! Your item is ready to sell. Also, shipping is also very simple: the buyer pays Poshmark (not you) a flat rate of $6.95 for shipping for up to 5lbs. Poshmark will then email a shipping label to you so it can be printed and put on your package.

Poshmark doesn’t charge for posting but they do take a commission. The commission is simple. On sales of $15 or less, a flat commission is $2.95 charged and on sales of $15.00 or more, their commission is 20%.

The take-away: It is up to you where you take your Poshmark journey. Some simply use it as a way to update their own closets and others (like me) have made a full business out of it.

How Poshmark is different from all the other selling platforms:

Think of Poshmark as the love child of EBay and Instagram, where it has the bones of EBay and the skin of Instagram. Poshmark is very social, but, unlike EBay,  you don’t just post it, forget it and hope for a sale. On Poshmark, you post, you share, you communicate and you get to know the person you’re buying from or selling to, as opposed to not even knowing where it’s coming from on EBay. I really like that. I like to know that I’m buying from a real person like me. I like getting to know them through Posh and growing my network this way.

Ready to begin your Poshmark journey? Download the app and start posting!

Shameless plug ahead…. Use my code MIMISDBEST to get a $5.00 shopping credit.

Have more questions about Poshmark that weren’t answered on this post? Contact me via comments or my Instagram @Mimisdbest  If I don’t have the answer to your question, I can help you find the answer.

Mimisdbest… or is she?

 

Hello!

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I’m Mimi. I’m in my 30’s. Married with no children of my own. I sell gently used clothing for-a-living. Seriously. It has become my career. And I’ve been quite successful with it. I worked in retail for many years and I really feel that my experience in retail has helped me in my business.

I sell on different platforms, but I like to concentrate on one and that is Poshmark. I found Poshmark on facebook. A friend of mine had posted about how she sold stuff she wasn’t wearing any more and she made some money. I was already randomly selling on e-bay so I kinda had an idea on how it would work. I posted my first item and literally sold that shirt within an hour. It was totally under-priced, but that’s what got me hooked. Within a month I was a full-fledged Posher.

This is what my blog will be about, for the most part – My on-line selling adventure. I don’t like using “reseller” because of the negative connotations tied to it.

My Poshmark shop, a.k.a closet, can be found  here  if you’d like to get your own closet started just download the app to your phone. Use my code Mimisdbest. The code will give you $5.00 shopping credit if this is your first time downloading the app once you use the credit, Poshmark will give me a $5.00 credit as well.

Come say hello to me on Instagram. Click here to follow me!