I sold more than $110,000 in clothing with my Poshmark side hustle, and now I get paid to help other sellers create their listings
- In 2015, Alex Mahl started her side hustle selling clothes on Poshmark.
- She's made over $110,000 in sales and hosts live shows where she's a personal shopper for customers.
This as-told-to essay is based on an interview with Alex Mahl, a 26-year-old seller on Poshmark, a resale marketplace that allows people to buy and sell new and used clothing, shoes, accessories, and home goods.
Mahl, who lives on Long Island, New York, has made $111,031 in lifetime sales on Poshmark since she started selling as a side hustle in 2015. Last year, she began hosting live shows on the app. Insider verified her income with documentation.
The following has been edited for length and clarity.
I shop for what my customers want
I work full time in the accounting department at a law firm, and I do Poshmark. So I call selling on Poshmark my second full-time job because that's what it feels like.
Since I started with Poshmark in 2015, I've made $111,031 in sales. In 2022, I made $35,567, and I've made $50,120 this year.
I host three live shows a week. I've learned my audience well. So they're willing to spend because they know I'm finding what they're looking for.
I'm these people's personal shopper. I get size requests, so everything that I'm sourcing is a guaranteed sale. For example, if I'm showing the Align leggings from Lululemon in black, size 6, someone will ask whether I can find them in a 12. So I write down their username and I'll buy the leggings. When I find that item, I tag the person in the listing, and they'll buy it via the show.
With reselling, you're giving people who maybe can't afford full price a chance to buy secondhand at a lower price, and you're letting different economic classes wear luxury clothing. That's a big deal for me. People who might not be able to go to Lululemon and spend $100 on a pair of leggings — they're buying them from me for $25.
I source my inventory online
I source all my items online. I'm in a Facebook group called Reseller Boxes, and you can post "ISOs," which stands for "in search of." So I'll write, "I'm in search of the Lululemon Align legging, black, in the following sizes." These people will have them. I almost always find what I'm looking for.
These people are going thrifting; they're doing all the work. They're cleaning up the items, and then they're reselling them in these groups, but in bulk. My living room is filled with these boxes.
I have my people that I know and trust that they have the good items that I'm looking for. Sometimes they'll even send an item to me before they post it in the group.
I have another side hustle helping other Poshmark sellers
I like helping others sell their items. Some people aren't always confident about doing a live show. So that's where I come in.
On my weekends, when I have a little spare time, I post on Poshmark for other people. I have appointments scheduled to post because posting is annoying. It's a lot of work and a lot of time. People pay me by the hour to post listings with all the measurements, photos, and descriptions on Poshmark for them so they have the opportunity to sell.
I've helped over 50 people get on Poshmark. I go through their closet, then figure out what goes in the donation pile and what can be listed.
Originally, I charged $20 an hour, but I recently raised it to $30 because my time is valuable and I want to be using it on my own listings.
I hate hearing, "Oh, yeah, I gave that away." I'm like, "Why would you give it away? You could have made money off of it."
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