Creative Sourcing Virtual Reseller Symposium

Creative sourcing ideas before and during the pandemic May 2020

The Posh Kings (Brad & Jon) and Violet_507 (Jazmin) recently hosted the 1st Virtual Reseller Symposium in May 2020. A weekend full of information on an array of topics in the world of reselling. Our segment was on creative sourcing. Myself, @trishvan99, Gretchen @poshlikeaboss, Jianna @styledbyjaonposh were on the panel being moderated by Leslie @aresellerspassion.

The segment was on creative sourcing before and during the pandemic. Some of the ideas that we went over on sourcing without leaving your home were ways anyone can obtain inventory. Whether you are a smaller seller or a seasoned pro.

I’m still a hobby reseller, meaning I do not have a reseller license and do this for fun. Yes! I still get excited every time I make a sale. I also am not paying any household bills or have any employees to take care of, LUCKY. I cannot remember the last time I had or used a credit card, everything is cash on my part. Some of you will identify with me.

With that being said I do have a budget for my sourcing. My best places to shop (before shutdown) are the bins (Goodwill Outlet) and dollar day at the Goodwill. To me this is where to get the most inventory for the money. At the bins I can easily get 3 big trash bags of inventory for under $40. Do a Google search to see if you have a Goodwill Clearance Center in your area. Yes, the bins are scary, but so is spending a ton of money!

Local Non profit and charity based thrift stores are also at the top of my regular sourcing spots. They are usually run by volunteers and the proceeds go back into the community.

Before and during the pandemic I always source with credits. If you have credit on Poshmark, ebay, Mercari or other platform, use that to source. You will be helping out another reseller and acquiring inventory with no direct money going out. Using key words such as closet closing, liquidation, closing store, going out of business, bundle deals and clear out, will guide you to better deals. Refine your search to low to high and free shipping.

Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor app and Craigslist also came up as sources. On Facebook, the way I have sourced is if you see multiple listings from one person, locally, send them a message “how much for all you have?”, I’ve done this and have developed a relationship with a local lady that now will message me when she has items to ‘get rid’ of. Don’t be afraid to message these sellers, most of the time they are only looking to sell what they have and not donate. I myself have sourced this way on Facebook and Craigslist in the past, not during shutdown.

The other resellers have used the Nextdoor app for sourcing, and have good results with lots of inventory. I have not done this yet, and cannot offer any advice on this. If this is something you are interested in trying, contact the others on the panel. I’m sure they would love to help get you going.

The other resellers also mentioned buying wholesale and pallets online. Gretchen mentioned splitting a pallet with another seller-this sounds like a great idea! Feel free to reach out to them for more information on this, remember-I do not have a license and cannot share any contacts or cost with you.

This following did not come up in the segment-but, there are a couple of places that I am aware of where you can purchase cases and lots without a license. Jomar, B&G Trading, American Jen, Bulq, and Thredup, and all are online places to source without leaving your home and do not require a license.

Jomar has some great deals on cases of jeans, swim, and jeans. You cover the shipping, which seems high to me personally. Remember-i’m cheap!

B&G Trading is allover instagram, I have not ordered from them but the pricing seems fair and everyone seems to have a code to save. I’ve seen good hauls and many with damaged items. Do some research.

American Jen sells on Facebook and ebay, lots are available at different price poinst on new VS and VS PINK-I have purchased from Jen a few times with no issues. Her lots sell on Facebook twice a month and tend to sell out quickly. Get on the list!!!!

Bulq offers pallets and smaller cases of clothing and shoes, these are not items I would want to order in bulk, but good prices.

Thredup offers rescue boxes and I’ve seen plenty of good hauls on instagram. I have yet to order one of these types of boxes. I have ordered from thredup by single items, this is time consuming. The best thing to do is to search ‘assorted’ brands and be ready to do some research.

Another point that was brought up was to look around your home for items not being used. List those games, book and office items.

Retail arbitrage was also brought up, I personally don’t do any of this. These prices are high and i’m still learning brands for this type of investment.

Lastly, I recommend relisting. Look at your older stale items, take some ne photos and freshen up the titles, check descriptions and list them as they are brand new items to your closet or store.

Overall the segment went by too quickly to share the endless sourcing options out there. Don’t be afraid to reach out to another reseller for ideas and suggestions. There will be some that are not willing to share their contacts with you, but many other resellers will. Never hurts to ask!

Lastly, Poshmark has a wonderful community of resellers helping resellers. Be on the lookout for what the Posh Kings come up with next!

Reseller Organizing Hacks

Utilizing wall space for everyday shipping supplies.

I’m all about saving money and being practical. In the beginning of my reselling journey I kept all my shipping supplies in a tub. Every time I mad a sale, i’d pull out the tub and wrap my package on the kitchen table. Every time. Every sale. Yes, I know, why?

I remember seeing a storage hack on Pinterest using these wall organizers to arrange snacks in the pantry. Genius! These have other uses in other places! I actually have mine mounted on the wall and keep all my shipping supplies within close reach. Shipping and packaging is a lot easier having a designated area.

Why you should relist on Poshmark

Relisting stale unsold items on Poshmark works!

If you participate in CCO, you drop the price by 10%, and hope someone bites. Another CCO comes around! You drop the price again, no one bites. Hold on, there will be another CCO in a few days. Now your item is priced too low with too many likers, they weren’t going to buy anyway. Relist.

Offer to likers, great idea!!! Every person that ‘liked’ your item gets the offer with discounted shipping. Every person that had ever ‘liked’ the item gets alerted every time you drop the price even lower, this can make you look desperate after too many offers. Relist.

Users will ‘like’ an item for different reasons. Some actually like the item and hope you make an offer. Some sellers will like an item and save it when looking up comps. Party hosts will ‘like’ an item for a possible future host pick. Some will even ‘like’ an item and plan on buying someday, way in the future, like when they win the lottery. And, yes, some will throw you a ‘like’ thinking this is instagram, with no intention of every buying anything.

Relist those items, check the title and description for errors. Retake new photos if necessary. Get some new eyes on your closet and a better chance for sales.

Common Key terms used in Reselling

Ever see an item for sale as NIB or NWOT? Ever wonder what they mean? Here’s some common terms I’ve come across.

NIB new in box

NWOT new without tags

TTS true to size

OBO or best offer

MOC mint on card

NRFB never removed from box

COA certificate of authenticity

NOS new old stock

OOAK one of a kind

NBW never been worn

NIP new in package

NWT new with tags

BF best fit

VGC very good condition

BNWT brand new with tags

BNWOT brand new without tags

Depending on the platform you use, these terms can be useful in describing your item or saving space within the title. Buyers may also include these terms in their search. Be sure to include terms that fit your items description for better visibility. Have some terms to share? Let me know.

Get it delivered

If you can’t come to us, we’ll go to you.

Advertise on instagram!

If you are a reseller, advertise your items on instagram! It works!

Read your reviews. You will see how they found you!

Buyers are everywhere. They scroll instagram daily. Depending on the hashtags you use, your for sale items will magically appear in a potential buyers feed. Instagram allows up to 30 hashtags, use them all!

I currently use my instagram mainly to promote and grow my reselling business. I sprinkle in items for sale into my feed and stories. I specifically use the photos in the listing, making it easier for the potential buyer to find the item. Be sure to include within the post and story where your items are posted for sale. Including a link to the app or website is a must.

Buyers want easy access. They want a click and bam, they want the item. If a buyer has to click, search and message you. They move on. Make it easy for them to find your items.

Must have Reseller Items – Tissue Paper

Got tissue?

Every reseller uses tissue paper at some point. We all start off using the cute colors and prints. We package, tuck, fold, tie and marvel at our sale. We gently place it in the box and send it on it’s way. Unfolding those sheets is fun. At first. Then, we learn better.

At this point in my reselling journey, keeping costs low is priority. Don’t get me wrong. I still place my items in a bag, seal, and wrap in tissue. It took some time to find bulk tissue. The most economical way I have found (thanks to my husband), is in a bulk roll. The link and picture is below.

The price tag may scare you at first, but, after you do the math it will make sense. I am on my 3rd roll so far. I simply place the roll on top of a small file cabinet thing, I just turn the roll and rip off what I need. No, it’s not a sharp cut, but it saves time and money.

So, if you get tired of unfolding those sheets and constantly running out of tissue, give the bulk roll a try.

Must Have Reseller Items – packing tape

Tape, Packing tape, shipping tape, it’s a must have.

I have been reselling for some time now and have locked in my choice. Doing my best to keep costs low is very important in my business.

The best pricing I have found is to always buy in bulk.

Amazon has the best pricing. Choose 6, 8 or 12 rolls of tape, (either 2 inch or 3 inch). + hand held tape dispenser gun. This is an amazing deal. I currently have 2 guns, 1 for clear tape and 1 for USPS priority mail tape. I have recently ordered the tape only packages where you choose your size and quantity.

Must Have Reseller Items- scale

If you are reselling or mailing anything online, at some point it will be necessary to have a scale. Poshmark allows up to 5 lbs with their Priority mail label. If Poshmark is the only platform you use, most likely can get away without a scale. If you sell bundles of jeans and or shoes, it is best to weigh the package to ensure you are within the weight limit.

If your Poshmark package is over 5 lbs you will need to know the escat weight in order to upgrade your label within the app. Poshmark allows up to 10lbs and the difference will be taken from your earnings.

If you are shipping on your own via Paypal, Pirateship or other methods, a scale is a must. Especially when listing your items to ensure you are charging the correct fees. Since First class mail goes by ounces, you want to get this number correct to avoid your buyer getting any additional fees upon delivery.

Any food scale will work in the beginning until you are ready to upgrade. Below is the link to the scale I currently use.

Reseller Must Have Items- storage bags

Keeping listed items in clear numbered bags has been the biggest time saver.

The bags everyone seems to use are the Great Value extra large twist tie bread bags. This bag will fit folded tops and most dresses. Bigger items such as hoodies and coats will not fit into this bag. Most of my items go into these bags after they have been laundered, steamed, photographed, listed, numbered and put away in their bins.

For the bigger items, I use the clear can liners. These work great for hoodies, jeans, coats and fluffier dresses.