6 Tips for Buying on Poshmark

18 Jan

Okay, first of all… I am in no way a Poshmark expert. I’ve just made a few purchases for myself and put together a post of what I wish I knew when I started.

Poshmark is a website/app where people are able to sell their clothes and accessories. When you sign up, you get your own “closet” where you can list items for sale. You can follow other user’s closets or just search for particular items. Here is my closet, my username on Poshmark is pocketfulofjoul because I totally ran out of letters…. https://poshmark.com/closet/pocketfulofjoul

Source: My Poshmark Closet


You hook your account up to your credit card, so if you purchase something the charge will automatically come through.

I just put a few things in my closet this week, so I’m not very familiar with selling on Poshmark yet. It was easy to list items though, so that’s pretty great. I have made 7 purchases since I started using the site though. They weren’t all great… so here’s what I learned:

Tip #1: If you like something, “like” something.
I have specific brands I search for like Anthropologie, Maeve, Athleta and Boden. You can add your sizes into your account so that when you search for items, it shows you the ones that meet your criteria. If you see an item you like, but don’t necessary want to buy yet… just click the “like” button. This then stores the item on your “likes” page, which is super convenient if you want to find it again. Also, if the seller decides to lower the price, you will get an email that one of your liked items has a new price.

Tip #2: Look at the Photos Closely and Ask Questions
Each buyer is on their own to take their photos and write their listings. Pay special addition to any notes on wear and look super closely at the photos to make sure you know what you’re getting. If you are unsure of anything, there is an area where you can ask the seller questions… so use it!

Tip #3: Stick to Brands You Know
There is a crap-ton of stuff available. Like thousands and thousands of listings… so it can be very easy to buy something and then have it not fit. I’ve been burned before, even with brands that I know and love. So, my third tip is to not get too crazy with brands unless you are familiar with them. For example, I know that in Boden I’m typically a size US10 or US12 depending on the style. If I’m shopping on Poshmark I’m probably only going to buy Boden size US12 because there is always the possibility that the original owner may have washed and shrank the item.

Tip #4: If You’re Not Sure, Look for Reviews on that Item
If you haven’t already read my post on my Online Shopping Tips now is a great time to read it! I recently found a pretty Maeve dress on Poshmark and followed my own tips to track down the original outdated item on the Anthropologie website. Reading through dozens of reviews helped me decide what size to order, so I have no regrets on that purchase at all!

Tip #5: Make an Offer!
If you see an item you like, don’t pay full price! There is a ‘buy it now’ button and a ‘make an offer’ button… so USE that make an offer button! Just don’t be super rude about it with low-ball offers. I used the ‘make an offer’ button on all 7 of my purchases and every single one was accepted with just one counter-offer.


Source: Poshmark


The worst thing that can happen is that the seller could say no, so be polite and get yourself a good deal!

Tip #6: Don’t Download the App
Maybe it’s just me, but I had to delete the app from my phone because I would find myself browsing through when I was bored and making too many impulse purchases. If you are looking for something specific, then go ahead and have the Poshmark app available at your fingertips. However, if you get a little too into it like me, just keep a bookmark on your computer instead. If you are planning to sell things, you will need to download the app on your phone though (so I just had to re-download it to make my closet).

As a Pocketful of Joules reader, if you see something in my Poshmark closet that you want to buy, just shoot me an email at pocketfulofjoules@gmail.com. I’m happy to make a deal off of Poshmark and will give you an extra discount (since I wouldn’t have to pay Poshmark’s fees). All payments will be done on PayPal with buyer protection.

Have you shopped or sold on Poshmark? Do you have any tips to share?

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The Lollypop Incentive

16 Jan

Back in the late-summer I started a new incentive program with Jack and it’s been working so well I wanted to share it with you. I call it the Lollypop Incentive… and it all started with a bag of old lollypops we had left over from potty training.

Every morning when I would go in Jack’s room to wake him up for school, he was THE WORST. There was so much whining and complaining that I would totally dread it each day. Inevitably in the midst of his whining, he would lie on the floor like a wet noodle and whine at me to get him dressed because he was too tiiiiiiiirrrrrreeeeed.

Rolls Eyes.
Another Sigh.

If I was super late for work, I’d do it. I’d just grab him like a baby and dress him so I could get out the door on time. Okay, who are we kidding… even ‘on time’ is still like 15 minutes late.

One morning I told him that if he got himself dressed, used the potty and brushed his teeth with NO help then he would earn a lollypop.

And it worked.

And it continued working for the next few days…until one morning he started with his limp noodle whining again and I said, “Sure, I’ll get you dressed! I’d love to have a lollypop today!” And BOOM he’d get up and earn that lollypop.

After he accumulated a bunch of lollypops I asked him if he wanted to trade them in. I made up a trade-in plan: 10 lollypops can be traded for a small toy, 15 lollypops can be traded for a medium toy and 20 lollypops can be traded for a large toy. Generally each lollypop is equal to about a dollar of spending money.

You guys, this may be the BEST idea I ever had!

It’s been about 5 months now and every single day Jack will get himself up and dressed for school with NO WHINING. I walk in his room to feed the fish (remind me why I’m the one who does everything for these stupid fish I didn’t want…?) and tell him it’s time to wake up. Then I go downstairs to make his breakfast, start my coffee, walk the dog and blend my shake without fighting with him.

Let me tell you how great it is to NOT have to scream and yell first thing in the morning!

He keeps his stash of earned lollypops in our car cup holder and is in charge of whether he wants to eat a lollypop or save it up to trade in. Sometimes he even shares lollypops with his daddy or friends, knowing that it will take him longer to save up.

And me? Well I’m happy to pay $15 a month for mornings without whining. Bonus points for being only slightly late to work and teaching Jack the value of saving/spending something he values.

Do you have an incentive plan for your kid to get moving in the morning?

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Trunk Club: A Fitness & Athleisure Trunk for those New Year’s Resolutions!

15 Jan

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more in 2018? Yeah, me too. I’ve mostly got a handle on this healthy eating thing, but my nutritionist also wants me to work out 4 – 5 times a week to help lower my cholesterol.

You know what makes it easier for me to exercise more often?
Cute clothes!

With that in mind, I decided to order a special fitness and athleisure Trunk from my Trunk Club Stylist, Dana (here’s my referral code if you want her to style you too!). During this time of year, I basically change into sweatpants, hoodies and slippers the second I walk in the door. Also, I’m wearing the whole athleisure look (code for comfy clothes… athletic leisure) on my work-from-home days. And weekends. So I thought it would be great if Dana sent me over some fitness items and also some layering pieces that I can wear all winter long.

Here is what she sent:

(1) Chapala Sneaker by ED Ellen DeGeneres, $97.95 (2) Whisper Cotton V-neck by Madewell, $19.50 (3) Easy Rider Origami Cardigan by Beyond Yoga, $132 (4) Cozychic Lite Pullover by Barefoot Dreams, $89 (5) Cozychic Lite Coastal Cardigan by Barefoot Dreams, $126 (6) Embroidered Sweatpants by Make Model, $49 (7) Reversible V-neck Tee by Halogen, $39 (8) Static High Waist Reversible Leggings by Zella, $89 on sale for $34.97 (sold out) (9) Vice Midi Leggings by Zella, $65 (10) Don’t Sweat it Sweater by Zella, $59 (11) Classics Franchise Jogger Pants by Reebok, $50 (12) 3-Pack Microfiber Tab Performance Socks by Sof Sole, $9.99.

If you’re new to my Trunk Club reveals (you can find them all here), I don’t typically photograph every single one of the items. When the Trunk first arrives, I usually go through it and narrow down my choices to a pile of my favorites. Let’s check them out!

Outfit 1: 2 + 3 + 9

This is like a fancy television character’s version of what I normally wear when I’m home! These leggings are labeled “high compression for gym & training” so they are better for running then lazing around the house. I love the color blocking pattern and the lay-flat seams that don’t itch or rub. The shirt fits fine and is a great basic, but the white is a bit transparent. I’d be open to trying this tee in different colors that don’t show my bra. The cardigan is so incredibly soft and I really wanted to love it so I could just cocoon myself inside it for the rest of the winter. However, it has dolman sleeves and I’m just not a fan of that look.

Since I was really loving the leggings, I checked online for reviews to see how they would hold up. There weren’t many out there, but I did see that these same leggings come in another color combo of black and blue (you can see them here). I immediately used the Trunk Club app to message Dana to see if they had that option in stock and they did. YAY! I’m already registered for a 5k and a 10k in the spring and I can’t wait to wear these for my runs!

Outfit 2: 10 + 8

I told my stylist that she gets bonus points for thumbholes and she totally delivered with this soft and comfy top. I just wish it were a little less fitted around the tummy area. And before you leave a comment that it doesn’t look that bad… know that I am totally sucking it in in this photo. Like so, SO HARD. The cool swoop up on the side is pretty adorable though and shows off the color changes in the leggings.

Unlike the last pair of compression leggings, these are labeled for ‘all day’ wear so they don’t squish me like a sausage casing. I love the cool pattern and the fact that you can also reverse them for a solid grey look. Due to the two layers of fabric, these leggings are a little warmer and perfect for me to wear at home on my work-from-home/weekend days.

Outfit 3: 7 + 5 + 6

The embroidered sweatpants are so soft inside and I like the fun flower detail. However, they are a little scratchy on the inside of the leg where the applique is applied. Since I’m already loving the two pairs of leggings, it makes it easy to pass on these sweatpants. I like the striped tee shirt because it is a nice thin layer and has a bit of stretch. It is also reversible, so you can decide whether to have a crew neck or v-neck on the front of the shirt. The only problem is that it’s a bit too fitted for me in the tummy area (same goes for the sucking the tummy in as hard as I could in the photo…). I will certainly keep this in mind though after a couple months of workouts!

This fluffy cardigan is part of the CozyChic collection from Barefoot Dreams and it is like wearing a super soft, warm cloud. I love the weight and snugglyness of the cardigan and especially love that it also has pockets. After I tried this one on, I did a little trip over to Nordstrom Rack to see if I could find one at a lower price point. While there were some similar options, they were nowhere as soft and snuggly as this one! I think this one might be a perfect splurge item for me…

Trunk Finalists
Okay, so if you’ve been playing along that leaves me with the following favorites from this Trunk:

(5) Cozychic Lite Coastal Cardigan by Barefoot Dreams, $126
(8) Static High Waist Reversible Leggings by Zella, $89 on sale for $34.97
(9) Vice Midi Leggings by Zella (but in the other color), $65

I do have a few credits in my account that will go towards this order, which is super awesome. I’m kind of leaning towards buying ALL of my finalists and then just not getting another Trunk for a while. What do you think I should buy?


If you want to have Dana style a Trunk for you — and you totally should because she’s awesome —  I have her linked to my referral code here:  https://www.trunkclub.com/invite/QZFJ33 (Please note: if you use my referral link it will cost you nothing extra and it earns me a small amount to go towards items in my next Trunk).

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Trunk Club, I pay for any clothing I purchase with my own hard-earned money. If you enjoyed my review and decide to try Trunk Club for yourself, the biggest compliment you can give me is by using my referral link. Thank you to anyone who chooses to click through and support my shopping addiction! This post contains ShopStyle affiliate links. This means that clicking on a link may help me earn a small commission at no cost to you.

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Boot Improvement: Adding $15 UGG Insoles

11 Jan

A few years ago I decided I really wanted a particular pair of UGG motorcycle boots, so I was super stocked when I found them on eBay for a steal. They are about a ½ size too big for me, but I have gotten a ton of wear out of them during the cold/rainy/snowy/icy winters.

This year, when I pulled them out of my closet I noticed that they felt a bit uncomfortable. They still looked great on the outside, but the inside was definitely showing the years of use. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, but I finally had the idea to see if there are replacement UGG insoles out there… and they are totally a thing!

I found them on Amazon for $15!

I usually wear an 8.5 shoe, but this pair of boots was a 9. I ordered the UGG replacement insole in a size 9 and hoped that it would fit in the boot properly. When they came in the mail a couple days later, I ripped the old insoles right out of my boots and was shocked at how terrible they looked compared to the new, fluffy insole:

The new insole slid right into the boot for a perfect fit and doesn’t move around at all when I’m walking. Speaking of walking, the insoles made my boots so fluffy and comfortable that it was like they were brand, spanking new! I’m kind of kicking myself for not doing this last year!

A bunch of reviewers on the Amazon listing talk about buying the UGG insoles for non-UGG boots and I’m thinking I might snap up a second pair too. I mean, why NOT make my boots feel brand new, comfy and WARM for $15?!


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