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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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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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Emma & Chloe Subscription Box: December Jewelry Reveal & Some Misleading Advertising

4 Jan

If you remember my November Emma&Chloe reveal, you may be asking why I’m talking about a December box when I cancelled my subscription. Well, just a couple days after I cancelled, they ran a super awesome Black Friday sale, so I jumped back in for three more months. I was super excited to receive December, January and February… but then they sent me November’s bracelet again.

Which is kind of annoying. I mean, I LOVE the bracelet, but I don’t need two of them.

I felt a much better when I received an email from them saying that the December box would feature TWO items! YAY, it’s like a happy holiday gift!

Everyone on the spoiler sites was just as excited as I was! But then, someone started commenting that they contacted Emma&Chloe customer service and then said that only NEW subscribers would get the special two-item box.

Wait, what?! Then, why on earth would they send that email to current subscribers??

I was encouraged to join a Emma&Chloe insiders Facebook page for more information, so I did. I saw there that current subscribers would only get one item but was encouraged to check in with customer service about it. So… I sent customer service a strongly worded email about their misleading advertising. Within an hour, they emailed me back saying that the special was just for new subscribers, but that they’d love to provide me with the previous box of my choice from this page.

I decided on the HELLES ring from the August 2017 box and was initially impressed at how quickly customer service responded to my email. That’s why I posted on my Facebook page to see if any of my readers were in the same situation (so I could let you know to email customer service). However, after two weeks of not receiving any shipping information, I checked back in with customer service.

Apparently the ring I wanted (gold band with a turquoise stone) was out of stock in the US, so they asked if I’d like to choose another item or wait an extra week for one to come from France. I asked them to send me the ring from France… so now I’m waiting (and waiting) for another update. I checked back in on Monday (the customer service person said they’d update me in a few days, and didn’t) and was told basically to just be patient. Which works about as well as telling someone who is pissed off to calm down…

While I’m still waiting on the second piece, I did receive the initial December box at the end of the month.

Dormeus Earrings, retail value $102

The featured designer for December 2017 is Virginia Monroe (you can read an interview with her here) The December jewelry is the Dormeuse earrings, featuring a bamboo leaf decorated with a Pyrite pearl. The bamboo leaf represents friendship, youth, joy, fertility, and peace. The version I received is made with brass and then gilded with 18k fine gold.

Here is an extreme close up:

I really like the December earrings and I’m definitely going to wear them. I like that they are simple and lightweight. I’m just starting to get back into earrings and I can see me wearing these a lot.

However, that shady advertising and ‘be patient’ message is still really bothering me. Even on their website reveal of their December item, it says “Psssst…. Your December box will also include a few other surprises!” After getting all the emails about the additional item for December, it is absolutely ridiculous that the ‘other surprises’ turned out to be a couple tiny pieces of chocolate.

I’ll keep you posted on whether I ever actually receive the HELLES ring… but as of now I’m not really sure if I should continue recommending the Emma & Chloe box for anyone else to try.

What do you think about Emma & Chloe’s December advertising? Would you have been annoyed to only receive one jewelry item after getting that email?

1/10/18 Update: The ring came and it’s soooo pretty!

 

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Winter Box Reveal and a $10 Promo Code

18 Dec

I found out about the Winter FabFitFun box spoilers back in November and I have been impatiently waiting for my box ever since! I purposefully upgraded to ‘select member’ back in the Fall just so that I could get the quicker shipping and also have a crack at some item choices… So I was overjoyed when my Winter box was finally delivered last week!

Before we get into the goodies, here is a quick overview of FabFitFun:

Okay, let’s take a look at the Winter 2017 box!

Here’s a closer look at what was in my box:

Source: Images from FabFitFun.com

 

BB Dakota Poncho, retail $70
First up is the BB Dakota Poncho, which came in three color choices: black, charcoal and mulberry. As a select member, I was able to pick my color and went with the mulberry because I don’t have anything similar. I’ve talked before about how much I love a socially acceptable way to wear a poncho/wrap/blanket, and I’m pretty excited about this one. I’ve already hung it on the back of my home office chair for when I get a little chilly and I’m thinking of trading for a second one to keep in my car. I hate wearing a heavy coat while driving, so this will be the perfect topper!

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream with Dead Sea Water, retail $33
My hands are always the first thing to get super dried out with cold air, so I was happy to get this tube of hand cream in my box. It is formulated with Dead Sea minerals, witch hazel and allantoin, which is supposed to make it great for restoring suppleness. This is actually a nice, big size… but it’s still going directly into my purse so that I can use it when I’m on the go.

 

Homemade by Ayesha Curry Mug, retail $18
There were a few mug options and all subscribers received a random choice. Mine is black and white and says “Coming in Hot.” This mug is super cute, but honestly I really don’t need another coffee cup. This one has already been traded on the FabFitFun Facebook boards.

Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks, retail $19
I’ve never tried Aloe-Infused socks before, but it sounds like a great idea to keep my feet from getting all dry and prickly during the winter. This pair is supposed to keep your feet warm and moisturized… and the aloe lasts up to 25 – 30 washes. This is another item that will immediately be added to my work-from-home uniform.

8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker, retail $58
Annual subscribers were able to choose between rose gold or silver for this choker. It features a micro ball chain and comes pre-layered for a multi-layered look. I picked rose gold, but wasn’t sure if I would like it since I’m not really a choker person. This is another item that I might end up trading away.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, retail $75
I love using a good exfoliator and have been religiously using the Dr Brandt from a previous FabFitFun box. This one is supposed to ‘dramatically smooth skin with both physical and chemical exfoliation, improve overall skin texture, reduce the appearance of pores, and turn back the clock on some of those fine lines and wrinkles.” So yeah, that sounds pretty good… let’s do it!

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, retail $29
Subscribers were given a “Wellness Boost” choice between this Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and a Fitness Ball. The fitness ball seemed a bit cheap, so I went for the spray. The spray is said to help reduce sleep associated anxiety and improve sleep quality. It has a This Works natural award-winning signature blend of lavender, vetiver, and chamomile to work together to calm both the body and mind. I’ve never tried a sleep spray before, but I figure now is a great time to try it out. Who doesn’t want better sleep?

Nelson j Beverly Hills Moisture Healing Mask, retail $23
Our second boost choice was for a “Beauty Boost” and we chose between this moisturizing hair mask or 8 Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Eye Masks. I’ve used a few eye masks before and wasn’t impressed, so I went with the hair mask. I’ve been styling my hair wavy with sea salt spray, so any extra bit of moisturizing is great. I’ll keep you posted on how this feels once I use it!

 

DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette, retail $70
Okay, first of all… do people actually pay $70 for a pack of eye shadow?!? I’m pretty easy on my eye makeup and just stick with eyeliner, a chubby Clinique color stick and mascara… so I don’t have any use for this palette. This one will certainly be added to my “to trade” pile.

I really like this Winter box and it came at the perfect time for the holidays! I’m pretty excited about most of the items, especially the poncho and cozy socks. The items that aren’t a hit for me are the coffee mug, the eye shadow palette and possibly the rose gold choker. The total value of everything in the Winter FabFitFun box is $395, which is even more than last season’s box!

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.

 

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

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