Level up your business by exploring sourcing methods that you’ve never tried before. Remember, the more you list on a regular basis, the more sales you’ll make! We know that expanding your horizons can be challenging, so we’re breaking down 5 unique ways that you can source high-quality inventory.
Connect and Source From Your Local Community With Nextdoor
Nextdoor is the neighborhood hub for trusted connections and the exchange of helpful information, goods, and services in the U.S. and Canada. This app lets you see what’s happening in your neighborhood and interact with your local community. Here are some ways you can tap into Nextdoor to conveniently source inventory.
- Browse the For Sale & Free section.
Nextdoor has a marketplace where you can search for items that your neighbors are selling or giving away for free! From home items to clothing, you can find almost anything on Nextdoor. Plus, since most donation sites are closed and many are cleaning out their homes, you can usually find a surplus of great items.
- Write a post.
Sharing a post on Nextdoor is a great way to ask for inventory because it will be highlighted on your neighbors’ Feeds. Introduce yourself, share your story, and ask for help. Be specific on the clothing donations you are interested in and offer to pick up the items at a time of their convenience. Feel free to show your appreciation of the donation through small acts of kindness (i.e. send them a Thank You card, deliver them some treats, etc.) to foster that neighborly relationship.
- Search for buzzwords.
Looking for words like “decluttering,” “garage sale,” or “estate sale” can help you find people who are looking to sell or clear out some of their stuff. Oftentimes, neighbors will post when they’re having garage or moving sales to get the word out and use Nextdoor as free advertising. Don’t underestimate the power of search!
Ready to try some of these ideas? Head over to Nextdoor to sign up for free.
Clean Out Your Home
Did you know? Poshmark has 50+ categories and subcategories that you can list in. Everything from clothing to kids’ toys to home items are supported. If you haven’t already done your spring (or annual) cleaning, now’s a great time! Below are some tips to keep in mind—you may even discover a category you never knew about.
- Clean out every closet.
We’re talking bedroom, bathroom, living room, kids’ bedroom, office, hallway, even pantry! With Markets such as Home and Kids, you’re sure to find things that you haven’t used in a while or grown out of that you can turn into cash. Does it seem like your kids’ toys overtake the house? Give them a new life by listing them in our new Kids’ Toys category. Those mugs that you collect but never use? The Home Kitchen category is the place for you.
- Don’t forget to go through storage.
For many of us, the garage is used to store things we wouldn’t normally keep in our house, but when’s the last time you’ve gone through it? Poshmark makes it easy to earn cash from those things that haven’t seen the light of day in a while! From Christmas decorations to your kid’s 8th birthday party supplies, we have a category for that.
- Your bathroom has listable items too.
You may be thinking, “The bathroom? What can I sell that’s in my bathroom?” Well, thanks to our newest expansion, we’ve added hair, skincare, and body to our list of categories. Not only are you able to list bath towels and shower curtains, you can also sell sunscreen, wigs, beauty tools, and more—just remember to package with care.
Check out our full list of all the recently-added categories.
Look for Community Reseller Boxes on Poshmark
Looking for reseller boxes to snag from other Poshers is a quick and easy way to get your hands on a good amount of inventory for an affordable price. Whether you’re looking for kids’ clothes or women’s accessories, reseller boxes come in all shapes and sizes! Below are some tips to keep in mind when purchasing a box.
- Get specific in your search.
Knowing what category you’d like to source for can narrow your search when looking for a reseller box. Being explicit in your search (i.e. looking up brand-name boxes or seasonal boxes) can better your chances of finding a box that best suits your needs. For example, if you’re looking for on-trend Women’s clothes, try searching for “Trendy Reseller Box.”
- Read the description.
This is the most important rule before purchasing a box. Make sure you’re comfortable with purchasing the box by first getting an idea of what to expect. Descriptions may include the number of items, the sizes, condition, brands, and more.
- Check out the seller’s profile.
If you’re on the fence about trying a reseller box, take a look at the seller’s profile. By tapping About at the top of their closet, you can see their closet information and Love Notes. If they sell a lot of boxes, chances are they will have Love Notes that can give you insights about their boxes.
Ask Your Friends and Family
The easiest and most economical way to get inventory is to ask the people you know! For many of us, this is the first step in selling inventory because more often than not, your friends and family are looking to clear out clutter and will give you items for free. Here are some ways to get you started.
- Text your family and friends.
You know that family group chat you’re in? It’s the perfect place to ask all your relatives if they’re sitting on clothes or items they no longer need.
- Write a post on social media.
If texting is a little too personal for you, try a more casual post on your Instagram story or Facebook status to let people know what you’re looking for. Plus, your friends can share your post with other people.
- Ask your friends’ friends.
Getting the word out to your family and friends that you’re looking for donations can be a good start if texting and social media aren’t your thing. Word-of-mouth can be great for people who want a more organic way of asking for inventory.
Want more? Find out how other sellers are connecting with their friends and family.
Shop the Wholesale Market
The Wholesale Market is a Market within Poshmark (in the U.S. only) where you can purchase inventory for an affordable price. With hundreds of emerging and popular brands, the Wholesale Market features tons of categories and inventory available right at your fingertips. Keep reading to learn more about the Wholesale Market and how you can use it to source inventory.
- Get access.
In order to buy from the Wholesale Market, you must be based in the U.S., have 10 successful sales under your belt, and an average 4.5+ rating. Once you meet this criteria, you’ll automatically unlock access to the Wholesale Market! If you haven’t met the criteria yet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with why you’d be a good fit.
- Purchase packs.
Inventory in the Wholesale Market can be sold in single or multi-item packs that are filled with various sizes and colors. By purchasing a pack, you can save just like you would if you were buying in bulk (think Costco), and under one shipping price.
- Price your own inventory.
Once you receive your items, list them and set your own price! Luckily, most brands provide a MSRP or Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, which is calculated to help you get the most value.
Tap the menu on the top left of the app to switch to the Wholesale Market now!
Questions? Get full details on the blog!