As I write this post, it is my Two Year Anniversary on Poshmark. Yay for me. Looking at my stats, I have sold 344 items with earnings of $10,205. That’s approximately a sale every other day at earnings of $30. Sure, that may only buy a latte and a bagel these days, but it’s something and it adds up. Head on over to Poshmark and shop my closet so I can some day afford more than a coffee and a bagel.
The week of Thanksgiving brings joy to us all
The gathering of family as colored leaves fall
The chill in the air makes us warm by the fire
The tryptophan turkey that makes us all tire
The football on TV as we all cheer
The day off from work as more holidays near
The shopping online while daring the thought
Of waking up early for Black Friday’s spot
Standing in line to get that one great deal
Or maybe several if they’re a steal
It’s so much simpler to sit here at home
With fingers a walking on keyboards alone
Dreaming up what in the world they might like
A jersey, a new phone, a toy or a bike
Letting the shipping come straight to you
Alleviates pain from gas tank to shoe
No need to fuss with exhaustion or stress
Order online to come to your address
If more is done sooner more time you will find
To sit quietly, relax and free your mind
With shopping quite done there’s just one thing to do
Finally enjoy what hard work has brought you
Twas the Day of Thanksgiving, when all through the house
Many creatures were stirring, including the mouse
The Turkey was tied by the leg tips with care
In hopes that the relatives soon would be there
The children were hungry and starving instead
While visions of stuffing danced in their heads
And Dad in his apron, and I in my heels
Had just settled in for a long dinner’s meal
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from the kitchen to see what was the matter.
Away to the window to witness the scene
Tore open the shutter and peered through the screen.
The sun on the crest of the freshly cut lawn
Gave luster of mid-day to our yard and beyond.
When what to our wondering eyes did appear
But the relatives coming from so far and near.
With little old drivers so lively and quick
We knew in a moment it must be Cousin Nick
More rapid than cheetahs the relatives came
They whistled and shouted and called out by name.
“Now Hayley, now Hunter, now Joe and now Carrie,
Great Uncle Ralph, Uncle Kirk and Aunt Mary!
To the top of the porch, to the very front door
Now dash away, but please don’t dirty the floor!”
And then, in a twinkling, I heard from the house
The grumbling of hunger that came from their mouths.
As I drew in my head and was turning around,
The hugs and the kisses all came with a bound.
They were dressed all in finery from their heads to their feet
Warm woolen sweaters and pressed slacks with a pleat.
A bundle of pies piled high in their arms
They looked just like bakers selling their charms.
Their eyes how they twinkled, their dimples how merry
The little round dishes they filled with cranberry.
A wink of their eyes and a twist of their heads
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
They spoke many words and went straight to their work
Filling their plates with a smile and a smirk
And laying a finger aside of their knife
And giving a nod to the husband and wife
We sprang to our glasses and let out a cheer,
“Happy Thanksgiving to all, and to all A Good Year!”
To brine or to roast
To fry or to smoke
Which one will it be
I like the one
I buy already done
and heat up so easily
To bake or to mash
To fry or to hash
Potatoes, Sweet or Plain
Yams are good, too
Which one to choose
So the menu’s not always the same
But tradition is nice
Just don’t serve rice
Unless it’s part of the stuffing
Slices of wheat
Cornbread chopped neat
We’re not doing this all for nothing
Pumpkin Pie treat
The whipped cream we must blend
Creamed Corn or cob
It’s all quite a job
For it all to be hot in the end
At least the wine’s chilled
And still nothing’s spilled
Though we haven’t eaten yet
We call to the little ones
Round up the bigger ones
The table’s all been set
As we sit down
As we gaze round
Family and friends we see
Thankful we are
From near and far
Together it is that we
Enjoy this meal
A short time to steal
A rare and precious hour
Amazing to us
With all this fuss
That a turkey has such power
Soon the dishes are done
And some have begun
To track down the midnight sales
The boys watch the game
Call the children by name
As you hear the screams and wails
It’s bedtime for wee ones
And shop time for we ones
Who know a good deal will be found
Full purses and hearts
The sale evening starts
The mall to which we’re bound
Luck we will need
No budget we’ll heed
Though deals are all around
And when we’re all done
And had all our fun
Our feet will be off the ground
We finished our shopping
To the point of dropping
To bed, completely exhausted
Success once again
As it’s always been
And no one even lost it
Just one month more
To even the score
And then we’ll have a break
To Tahiti we’ll go
Where there is no snow
In the sun we all will bake
May your table be set
With warm cheer and a glow.
May your guests be on time
Or a bit late or slow.
May your turkey be tender,
Your green beans a delight.
May your stuffing, your creamed corn,
Your yams come out right.
May everyone eat
To their full heart’s content.
May there be enough leftovers
To last until Lent.
May your cleaning be quick
And your laundering, too.
Leave the big stuff for later,
You know we all do.
Take a snooze on the couch,
And as the bird sings,
Dream the same time next year
You’ll be in Palm Springs!
Or maybe Hawaii,
Bermuda’s nice, too.
The coast of Peru.
Come to the beach
The sun, surf and sand
Don’t worry about them,
They’ll all understand.
In time you may find
That a cruise on the sea
Is worth so much more
Than ten pounds of turkey.
But if you don’t want to go
Away all alone
Then bring all your friends,
All your family from home.
The martinis, the maitais,
The wine from Two Buck,
We’ll all run amuck.
Who doesn’t like
A vacation away
Where no one must cook
No work and all play.
I was really only dropping off a carload of donations, but conveniently had a bit of time to spare to run in and see what might be hiding in the shelves, hooks and aisles. The boots had barely been worn and I knew how popular the Miz Mooz can be. At $180 retail, $10.49 was not a bad price. The Tignanello suede purse was in really nice condition at just over $8. An Annalee Santa for 99¢ was a steal. And then the three pairs of jeans: J Brand turquoise, 7 for All Mankind Gwenevere in Green and the soft baby blue True Religions, each at $7.49.
$42 for the lot of six is $7 each when I dollar-cost average. We’ll see how they do, but should bring $250.
As my two year anniversary on Poshmark rapidly approaches, I thought I would share two recent experiences where Poshmark superseded my expectations as an online clothing resale website.
Instance #1: I sold a leather jacket to a customer who incorrectly listed her address for her account. As a result, the package was undeliverable and the tracking showed that it made it to her town, but could not make it to her address. She contacted me in a panic and I suggested we wait to see if it eventually showed up. Poshmark also keeps track of deliveries and after contact by myself and the buyer and review of the tracking to realize the USPS was not making much of an effort to return the package, they compensated both myself and the buyer for our losses by the USPS. Bravo Poshmark, Boo USPS.
Instance #2: Several months ago I purchased some jeans for my daughter. The seller mixed them up with another buyer’s package and I received the incorrect item. Poshmark promptly emailed me a shipping label for the correct recipient and the package was back on its way to the right buyer. I thought at the time, how stupid of the buyer, until it happened to me. Sure, it could have been that both of my buyers that day lived in towns in Texas that started with McK, but I am generally more careful. I realized my mistake when one buyer received her package and messaged me that it was not what she was expecting. I contacted the other buyer and let her know that she might be receiving someone else’s package as well, but she was out of town and would have to check when she returned. I let them both know that “when this happened to me,” Poshmark sent the correct shipping labels to the buyers and the packages were easily shipped out again and exchanged. I also contacted Poshmark and let them know of my error, reminded them of what had happened when it “happened to me,” and offered to also take care of additional shipping or have the packages shipped back to me and I would reroute myself. Once again, Poshmark emailed the correct shipping labels to each buyer and the packages were once again shipped out and easily exchanged at Poshmark’s shipping expense. I did receive a scolding email warning me to be more careful when I ship, but they also said that they understood that “accidents happen.” Bravo again, Poshmark, for handling the situation seamlessly.
Just two more reasons to shop Poshmark!
Another fairly slow day at the thrift store as is the general rule in these colder months. In jeans we have the 7 for all Mankind Flynt, the Rock & Republic Skull, the Miss Me Bermuda shorts, the Citizens of Humanity Ingrid and the Lucky Brand Charlie Skinny, each under $5.
In shoes we have the Lands’ End beige gingham espadrille wedges, the Coach Terry wedges, the Steve Madden Chart Clogs and the Manas Design Red Sandals, each marked down from $2-$5.
In jackets we have the Nanette Lepore Green Tweed and the Bizz seafoam green and lace velvet blazer that really is quite amazing, each at $2.
And a Vera Bradley Java Brown & Turquoise Tote & Cosmetic bag for $3 and a Victoria’s Secret Red & Black Plaid Dog for 99¢.
Okay… about $55 spent. Potential $850 gain.
My first stop was decorated to the hilt with Christmas. I promptly gathered up a few figurines, a Miss Piggy Ornament from 1981, a Hallmark Rhonda Reindeer, two rolls of wrapping paper, Olde Father Christmas Appliqués, a 2 yard piece of Christmas fabric and a Bearington Elf Bear all for $21.
At the next stop I found the vintage Fisher Price Drum Set and the nearly new Liz Claiborne Brown Leather Wristlet, both for $14.
Then down to the corner I found multiple figurines including three Christopher Collection Lefton China Angels, an Enesco Angel from 1986 and three Holly Babes Angels, all for $14.
And at the Goodwill I only picked up the BCBG Max Azria Tote for $10.
$59 spent, potential $330 gain.