Fashion, poshmark, Turning a Profit

How to Earn $800 by Reselling Clothing Online: My October Reselling Sales Report!

As we wind-down the month of October and prepare for November, I would like to share my sales over the last month with you all. Similar to my previous post recapping the month of September, I will list items by brands that sold and the profits I took from it!

Between both platforms in the month of September I made just under $800 net (after fee’s taken from platforms & shipping) selling items from my personal wardrobe and from sourcing at my local thrift stores! In comparison to last month, my profits are a bit lower and there are reasons for that. I took this month as an opportunity to focus on my wardrobe and created a capsule collection of pieces that were versatile and warm to get me through the chilly seasonal months to come. That included shifting through clothes I already owned as well as shopping for new pieces at the thrift store.

Compare best practices on how to prepare your wardrobe for the upcoming winter season!

If you have any questions about how to get started with your own Poshmark closet, feel free to message me and check out my closet in the meantime for inspiration!

Items that’s sold in October:

  1. PRIMA J.Jill Pure Tee Shirt -$25
  2. ALDO Boots-$10.05
  3. LOFT-$10.05
  4. Who What Wear Skirt (Re-Posh)-$12
  5. UGG Duck Boot-$76
  6. Bundle of Joe Jeans, Belle Sleeve Floral Top, Madewell Tunic-$72.71
  7. Bundle of Lululemon and Patagonia Fleece-$57.51
  8. Anthropologie Pop over Top-$11.05
  9. Deletta Top-$5.51
  10. PAIGE Skyline Skinnies -$17.51
  11. PINK Crushed Velvet Bralette-$4.00
  12. PURE J. Jill Sweater-$20.80
  13. Steve Madden Vest-$17.60
  14. KIMICHI Blue Sweater-$12
  15. Zara Men Denim Top-$11.11
  16. Terri Jon Velvet Blazer-$17.51
  17. Club Monaco Cardigan-$7.91
  18. Sam Edelman Booties -$30.31
  19. Lilly Pulitzer Sweater-$31.20
  20. Ann Taylor Blouse-$9.51
  21. GAP Vintage Denim Jacket-$16
  22. Sam Edelman Espadrilles- $11.05
  23. J. Crew Sheath Dress-$13.51
  24. LulaRoe Dress- $21.51
  25. Ann Taylor Silk Skirt-$5.51

BONUS Sold Items From Ebay!4

  1. Patagonia Blouse-$15
  2. Zara Top-$3
  3. Athleta Zip Hoodie-$36
  4. Soft Surroundings Caftan Robe-$40
  5. UGG Boots-$45
  6. Banana Republic Blazer-$5
  7. White Mountain Booties -$16
  8. American Eagle BF Top-$14
  9. VICE Sweater-$15
  10. American Eagle BF Button Up-$15

 

If you enjoy this post after reading it, please use this list for inspiration during your next sourcing trip or when you’re wondering what to list for profit!

Good Luck,

xo

Danielle

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The New Sustainable Way to Clean Your Garments (And What You’ve Being Doing Wrong For Years)

So from the title alone, you are probably wondering, “How can I clean my clothes in a sustainable way? – is that possible?”

Of course!

Let me give you some tips to try the next time you’re ready to load up your washer and dryer.

First, if you haven’t already, take a moment to read my earlier post on how to build a sustainable wardrobe to understand the importance of seeking natural fabrics when shopping for new clothing; you’ll get a better idea of how to commit to avoid shopping fast fashion retailers that contribute to the growing waste in our landfills. After reading, revisit this post to learn Eco-friendly ways to maintain a clean & sustainable wardrobe!

#1 Avoid Using the Dryer- Without putting in too much effort, I have already practiced this tip for several years! I learned this from childhood while watching my mom and grandma hang their clothes out on the line to dry. For them it was about saving on electricity. Using less energy is always a good idea for your wallet, an more importantly for the environment, so give it a try! This method also allows you to get a nice and even dry to your clothes in one attempt. Winter weather where you are? Try putting your clothes on hangers and hanging them along the shower rod or a garment rack. Place them near a window with ample sunlight to help the drying process.

#2 Turn you Clothes Inside Out- Another tip I learned from my mother (good job, mom!). Turning your clothes inside out not only will ensure your clothes are being thoroughly washed on both sides, but believe it or not, it will extend the lifespan of your clothing by preserving  the outside (the part that everyone sees) over a period of time. Washing clothing in washer machines are rough to our clothing so why not do everything you can to keep them looking their best?

#3 Cold Wash- This one might confuse some but, about 90% of washers use their energy to simply heat the water, leaving only 10% of the machines energy to spin the motor that washes the clothes…That proportion seems a bit off, don’t ya think? Luckily, there are laundry detergents that will wash your clothes just as well through a cold cycle as it does during a warm/ hot one. Besides, its about the soap cleaning your clothes, not the water temperature. Extreme temperatures to our clothing can cause theme to loose their structure over time, so go for the cold if you can.

*Bonus* If you choose this option, remember that liquid detergents are best for cold water as many powder detergents need warm water to dissolve thoroughly into the water.

Here are my favorite choices Lavender Liquid Laundry Detergent  and  Tide Cold Water Clean also Mrs. Myers

You can find a list of other eco brands here

#4 Baking Soda- Who would have thought there was ANOTHER use for baking soda? Sprinkle a bit into your laundry before washing to give it a boost in cleaning and deodorizing. It will also assist in maintaining your beautiful bright clothes!

#5 Put Down the Dryer Sheets- This is a no-brainer. Using fabric softeners and dryer sheets release harmful chemicals that break down the fabrics of our clothing with continuous use. Use a more sustainable product like dryer balls. They come in fun colors and are relatively in expensive to purchase! Try these wool dryer balls

What are your eco friendly sustainable methods during laundry day? I would love to hear your tips in the comments!

xo

Danielle

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Can You Really Shop Sustainably? What Fabrics to Look For While Shopping for Your Wardrobe (The Answer Might Surprise You)

Have you ever wondered what happens to your clothing after it is donated? Have you wondered where they go after they have been cycled through your local thrift store? What happens if they weren’t repurchased- Is there a purgatory for used apparel after it is given away? (Um, no)…Unfortunately, the reality is that your clothing sits and clogs landfills. And while most of us are already donating to secondhand locations, a good portion of clothing is still ending up in landfills around the world leaving a toxic footprint in our environment and contributing to sources of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

In addition, while textiles are a smaller portion of our landfill waste at 5.2 percent or 13.1 million tons, most of this waste is not recovered for recycling like other Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). It’s among the lowest on the recycling rung, right near food waste and wood.

So how can you (we) assist in eliminating textile waste that doesn’t break the bank? The easiest way can be as simply beginning to shop smarter by choosing  sustainable fabrics that reduce the environmental impact. Again, many of us are doing our fair share of recycling our textiles to charity donations. Other ways include shopping secondhand and reselling items online from your wardrobe. But what else can we do? The best way to eliminate your footprint is to first choose fabrics that are sustainable, or organic fabrics that will naturally decompose in a bio-friendly way! This is the easiest leap you can make RIGHT NOW in committing to a sustainable lifestyle and eliminate fast fashion waste.

Just think about it- comparing the amount of materials recycled to the overall impact on the environment, it becomes clear that clothing and textiles are not a priority as other recyclable goods like aluminum, plastic, glass, and paper. When you think of recycling clothing, we tend to think of donating or reusing them. Understanding the textile life-cycle is something we all should be conscious of in order to help us make better future purchases.

Take a look at a list of fabrics recommended by The Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment  that will help you identify what fabrics to pick up the next time you are shopping.

  1. Organic Cotton: Cotton is proabably the most reconizable fabric on the planet and many of us probably already own many pieces that contain it. Unfortunately, cotton has a high environmental impact. Choose clothing made from organic cotton or fair-trade cotton. You should always check the percentage of cotton in your fabrics (many times they are blended with other fabrics) by checking the care tag. These tags can be found in the inside lining of your clothing that break down exactly what your textiles are made of.
  2. Linen: Linen tends to be an exclusive fabric and can be found in clothing or bedding. It is known most commonly by providing converage to the skin while keeping you cool in the heat. All the more reason to choose this fabric during the warmer seasons. Linen is made from flaxseeds grown in Europe & China and may be bleached to add color (depending on the garment) but is traditionally white in color.
  3. Silk: This option is not best for vegans since it is the product of the casing from the silk worm. The process has a very low enviromental impact when extracted traditionally through Chinnese methods. While silk is also an exclusive fabric, it can be found at many retailers you may already shop with.
  4. Hemp: Hemp fabric is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant and is as a fabric that can provide all the warmth and softness of a natural textile with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. It’s versitilitly allows for it to be spun into clothing, shoes, and be used in creating furniture!

 

From this list what are you most excited to add to your wardrobe? Are there other fabrics that you would reccomend to assist in leading a sustainable lifestyle?

Comment below!

 

Need help on where to start shopping first? Check out my Poshmark Closet!

Picture: Sarah Dorweiler, Unsplash

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Tips to Keep In Your Back Pocket To Make Sure Your Next Thrift Adventure is a Success!

I thought I would share some of my favorite thrifting tips to you the next time you are out hunting! Enjoy!

5 Savvy Tips to Keep in Your Back Pocket for a Day Thrifting:

  • Research the trends: Typically, I always have an idea of what I am looking for when I walk into the store. To prepare, do your own research and gather inspiration from latest fashion blogs, magazines, or browse Pinterest for the latest trends!
  • Make a list: If you’re like me, your mental calendar is a little unreliable sometimes, so write your ideas down! Get a strategy of items that are must haves to pick up during your trip- you’ll save yourself the headache of trying to decide at the register when it’s finally time to check out!
  • Keep it simple!: I cannot stress this enough- Trust me, dressing for success while shopping includes wearing a loose fitting top, flat shoes, and bottoms you can easily get in and out off will keep you comfortable while browsing the isles & in the fitting rooms.
  • Patience, is a virtue: Sometimes the perfect find takes time, so thrift often! Best times to shop are post-holiday and spring cleaning for incredible inventory options!
  • HAVE FUN! Always remember to have fun with your style and during thrifting. Don’t be afraid to take those risks without going broke during your trip!

BONUS Tip:

  • I love to start in the same section every thrift trip. Mine happens to be shoes or dress. I normally have the most energy when I begin shopping which is perfect since these sections can get pretty crowded!

 

What are some tips that you keep in mind while shopping? Leave a comment below 🙂

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