Shop My Closet No More: My Experience with Poshmark & Why I’m Never Going Back

I’m sure at this point, we’ve all heard of Poshmark. If you haven’t, it’s a popular resale website where you can sell your never worn and gently worn clothing, shoes, handbags and other accessories. Poshmark is both a website and an app. The app makes it super easy to list items to sell – all you do is snap a few pictures, write a description and name your price.

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(Image sourced from Tech Crunch)

I’ve tried this site twice now – once while I was in college and again this year. While I’ve never bought anything from Poshmark, I’ve made plenty of sales with great feedback. Overall, you could say my experience was pretty great. The last few transactions were what broke the camel’s back and I’m here to share, or complain, however you want to view it, about the issues I’ve experienced and why I’ll never use Poshmark again.

Low ballers

I can understand negotiating for a fair price, but what I can’t understand is low balling every single offer you make. Apparently people are only willing to pay a few bucks for anything. People would offer me $5, OR LESS, on literally every item, whether it was a well taken care of Coach handbag or Steve Madden shoes. I wouldn’t even make any money off of an item if I accepted, but those offers are offensive and ridiculous. I was a very realistic seller, never asking a lot for my items. There did come a point when I would refuse every offer and even block those who had sent me these outrageous $5 offers.

Bad buyers

Most of my buyers were pleasant and left great feedback, but I did experience my fair share of bad buyers. Some of my last couple buyers didn’t take the second to mark their item as received, so I had to wait the three extra days for payment to be processed and released. There were also a few buyers who gave me bad ratings because they didn’t read the description of an item or didn’t like the fit of a blouse or dress.

Trolls

The Poshmark trolls were also one of the reasons why I left and I’ll never go back. These people ask a million questions about an item and never buy. I once has someone comment a million times on something I had already sold asking me to sell that particular item to them, which is simply not possible.

While I’ve never been asked, I have heard horrible stories about perverted trolls. Men have discovered Poshmark and have created accounts just to ask women to model tight dresses and high heels for their own pleasure.

Overall, I did have a good experience in the beginning. Poshmark was a great way to clean out my closet and make a few extra dollars in the process, but I no longer have the patience to deal with low ballers, bad buyers and trolls. I know this works for some people, but it simply doesn’t work for me anymore.

Have any of you used Poshmark, as a buyer or seller? What was your experience like? Have you experienced any of the same issues? How did you handle them?

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Christmas in July: Fashion Haul

While it is far from July and Christmas, I had my own little shopping extravaganza this summer. I haven’t really shopped for clothes in a while and felt I needed some new pieces for work. A lot of the pieces I picked up are great for a fall wardrobe, but I have been wearing some to work because my office is freezing and I’m always cold. All of these pieces were either on sale at the time of purchase or I had some sort of promo code. Anyway, I just wanted to share some of the things I picked up while I had my mini Christmas in July.

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  • Asymmetric Zip Cardigan in Oatmeal: I was in search of a brown cardigan because oddly enough I don’t have one. I realized I don’t really have any brown in my closet except for footwear. I’ve already worn this several times to work. It’s so comfortable and soft. It’s such a flattering cardigan, I’m really glad I picked this up.
  • Ribbed Cutout Tunic Tank in Camel: I have yet to wear this. I was planning on wearing it to work until I tried it on. There are slits on the sides which I think are a little too revealing for work – I don’t want anyone seeing the sides of my stomach. Also, it’s kind of a strange piece – it’s a sleeveless sweater, so I know my arms would be cold, but it’s weird to put a sweater over sweater. I absolutely adore this piece though. I’m definitely determined to wear it by the end of summer.
  • Faux Suede A-Line Skirt in Brown: Another piece I have yet to wear. I got this piece for what I feel was a steal. With the promo code I had, this skirt came out to $11! I couldn’t pass it up. I’m definitely planning on wearing this skirt for date night with my boyfriend.
  • Perforated Leather Slip-On in Black: I’m obsessed with these shoes. I used to have a pair of classic checkered slip-ons back in high school and these are like the adult version! For some reason I didn’t have any casual black shoes in my closet, so I needed these. Slip-ons are so trendy right now and these are comfy classics!
  • Halogen ‘Noble’ Over the Knee Boot in Grey Suede: I haven’t had a chance to wear these yet, but when they arrived in the mail, I tried them on with several different looks. They’re so chic and I can’t wait til the weather gets a little cooler so I can wear them out!

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These are just a few things I picked up this summer. These items make great transition pieces from summer to fall and I feel like they’re closet staples. Let me know if you have any questions and if you’d like a specific review on any of them!

Review: Vintage Louis Vuitton Speedy 25

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had an eye for luxury and a burning desire to own a Louis Vuitton handbag. With the influence of an article found on Pinterest, about luxury pieces every person should own, and a realization that I’m a financially responsible adult with a steady stream of income, I decided it was time that I got my hands on my own little piece of luxury.

Initially, I had planned on purchasing my first Louis Vuitton handbag for my 25th birthday in November and I would spend the months leading up saving and doing research to decide which bag to buy first. That obviously didn’t go as planned when I laid eyes on a vintage monogram Speedy 25.

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Why I went pre-owned vintage

When day dreaming about my first Louis Vuitton handbag, I envisioned blinding light leather handles on a monogram piece and the smell of a brand new bag, but when I thought about the patina process and the hit my bank account would take, I started researching pre-owned bags. I was never fond of the idea of pre-owned because most of the bags I would find were very used, with cracked handles and ripped leather tabs, for practically the same price as a brand new bag. There are also a lot of replica bags on the market, so I really didn’t trust any pre-owned listing. So I thought, I’ll keep saving and I’ll keep looking. Then I came across this gorgeous Speedy from a reputable seller that needed a new home.

I ended up going pre-owned because I’m not one to baby my handbags. I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take on the responsibility of taking vachetta leather from white to the beautiful honey color of a well-loved handbag. In addition, since I’m still new to owning Louis Vuitton pieces, I wasn’t exactly sure which bag I wanted to own first. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with spending well near $1k on a handbag that I wasn’t going to like or use.

Once I started opening up to the idea of pre-owned, I realized that a handbag that has been well taken care of is a piece of history. The handbag I ended up buying was made in France in 1994, so it’s already a lot more cultured than I am and it’s nearly as old as I am. It’s incredible how well the bag has maintained its’ shape and how long the leather and hardware has lasted. It has truly stood the test of time.

Why I choose the Speedy 25

There are a few different reasons why I went with the Speedy 25 and the first being that I wanted a new everyday handbag. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I don’t carry around too much and generally like to travel light.

Initially, I wasn’t completely bought into the Speedy for the simple fact that it is a top handle bag. I’ve been carrying shoulder bags and cross body bags for at least six years now, with cross body bags being my favorite because they’re hands free. Before making the plunge, I started carrying my every day Longchamp by hand and in the crook of my elbow to see if it’s something I could get used to. It wasn’t bad, but my Longchamp is definitely too big for that. I ended up choosing the Speedy style and I haven’t looked back. It makes me feel very feminine and put together.  It’s also such a timeless and classic piece that never goes out of style. I mean how could anyone go wrong with a bag that’s been toted around by women for decades and was spotted on the arm of Audrey Hepburn.

I was also debating between the 25 size and the 30 size for the longest time, but when watching reviews on YouTube and looking at photos, I really didn’t like how the bottom of the 30 sags. In addition, from the photos I’ve seen, the 30 size looks more like a small piece of luggage rather than an everyday handbag. With some use, I’ve found the 25 size is perfect for me and the small amount of things I carry on a daily basis. I was actually surprised when I could stuff a light sweater in there when I went out to dinner a couple nights ago!

First impressions

I was lucky enough to find a reputable seller who included the original box, dust bag, and lock and key with the handbag. She was very gracious to answer any and all of my questions about the handbag and sent me photos from every angle, inside and out.

I received the handbag the following week day – I ordered over Fourth of July weekend. When I opened the boxes and removed the bag from the dust bag, I immediately fell in love. There’s something about Louis Vuitton that makes my heart flutter. The patina is gorgeous, the hardware is beautiful, and the canvas is in such great shape. One thing that wasn’t so pleasant was a storage scent. The seller said she hadn’t been using the bag a lot, the reason why she was selling, but I aired it out that night and placed a cotton pad inside lightly sprayed with my own perfume. It hasn’t completely eliminated the scent, but it definitely helped. That is one thing I was wary about vintage pre-owned items.

Overall, I absolutely adore my vintage Speedy 25! I’ve used it every day since I got it. The size and style is so practical for my lifestyle right now and it’s been extremely well taken care of. Although I wasn’t fond of buying pre-owned, I definitely got lucky. I already love the heck out of this bag. It has truly stood the test of time and I know it still has many years of use ahead.

SLG Saturday!

When I go somewhere I rarely ever take a purse (and if I do, it’s my trusty Kate Spade cross body bag, courtesy of my wonderful boyfriend) so small leather goods are super important to me. I love running around and not having to carry my life in a suitcase – I’d much rather carry my life in a small compartment. These are four of my most used small leather goods/wallets/wristlets.

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  1. Coach Card Holder/Key Pouch: I bought this little raggedy SLG when I was back in high school. I had saved some money that I was supposed to spend on a homecoming dress, but this called my name instead – such great foreshadowing… I ended up using this all throughout high school and well into college to hold my school I.D.’s, driver’s license, cash, coins, basically anything I could fit. It was just so easy to tote around in my bag during school, take to the gym and anywhere else. I finally retired this piece a couple years ago and now it sits in a dust bag in my closet.
  2. Woven wallet: I have no idea where this wallet came from or what brand it’s from, but I love this wallet as a sturdy clutch for going out on dates. It has credit card slots, an I.D. area, as well as a place for cash and pouch for coins. I believe I got this sometime in high school and I use it off and on.
  3. Michael Kors Wallet/Wristlet: I received this as a gift from my dad on my golden birthday last year. It’s the prettiest little wallet I’ve ever had! Once I laid eyes on it, I loved it. My dad really knows the way to my heart. This wallet is a beautiful blush pink, I believe it’s called “Ballet”, and gold toned hardware. It also has a blush pink interior with credit card slots, an I.D. area, with a place for cash and coins. It can fit my iPhone and it has a wristlet option! I did put this away for now because it started to get dirty.
  4. Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette: Last, but certainly not least, is my latest obsession, my LV key pouch. I’ve had it for a couple months now and I’ve used it every single day. I keep my driver’s license and credit cards inside, and my keys are attached. This is super practical and so convenient for when I need to quick run to the store. I absolutely love this, and unlike my other love, the MK Wallet, this hasn’t showed any wear yet.

Small leather goods are the love of my life because they’re so light and easy to carry, and so convenient if you’re the type of person who makes frequent runs to the grocery store!

If you’d like a further review on any of these items or a wear and tear on my Louis Vuitton Cles Pouchette, leave a comment below!

Poolside Essentials

Now that winter has finally ended in Chicago, it is scorching hot, which means all Chicagoans are headed to the beach or to the pool in their backyard. I know I sit by the pool every chance I get to unearth my Latin heritage with a tan. While I was packing my Longchamp to sit poolside I thought, ”This could be a really post!” So here it is, my poolside essentials:

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Hat or sunglasses (or both!)

A hat and or sunglasses is really essential when being out in the sun. Personally, I prefer hats because you can wear them forwards, backwards, adjust them to cover your whole face, and they protect your hair and scalp. Sunglasses are a really great way to protect your eyes, I’m just not used to it, and so I just don’t use them. Either way, you need something to protect your eyes and face from the harsh rays. My go-to item is my Miami Marlins hat!

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an absolute must! Don’t worry, you will tan even with sunscreen. It’s just good to take care of your skin and protect it from the sun. I use my Olay moisturizer daily – its broad spectrum SPF 15. It’s very light and soaks into the skin immediately.

Headphones or earbuds

I always have one or two pairs of earbuds with me at all times. It’s definitely great when you’re sitting poolside and want to listen to some music or take a phone call.

Reading material

Lately I’ve been taking my iPad to the pool to do some reading for work. I usually have a book when I’m at the pool. My favorite summer read is “White Girl Problems.” It’s absolutely hilarious.

Tanning Oil

Along with sunscreen, I always take tanning oil to the pool. I know it might not be great for your skin because it has such a low SPF, but it smells really great and it’s a great moisturizer for your skin while it’s in the sun. I definitely always get a better, long lasting tan when I use the Banana Boat Deep Tanning Oil.

In addition to this list, you should always have a water bottle handy so you don’t get dehydrated. I also always use a lip balm with SPF, as well to avoid super sunburned and chapped lips. That can get really uncomfortable.

What are some of your essentials? What are your favorite beach reads? Let me know!