For all of us who have a passion for fashion that our funds can’t support, it can be a very bleak world. Shopping is more often ‘window-shopping’ than making actual purchases. Its a story as old as time. You spot it: the outfit of your dreams. After a few moments of admiration, you take a quick peek at the price tag. You can feel your dreams dying with every digit you read. Its added to a mental wishlist that has more disappointment then check marks of completion. One day, you say… Poshmark may have made one day a little sooner than imagined possible.
Whether its straight off the runway or bearing a crowned brand of significance, getting the styles you want just got a little easier. Its similar to thrift store shopping, in a way… In a thrift store, you occasionally stumble across a really good find. The problem is that its a rare occurrence. It takes a lot of time, dedication and, to be honest, we don’t all have that kind of patience. Not to mention, you don’t get to go after a particular item. Instead, you’re riding on the hope of finding something that holds semblance of similarity to whatever look you’re going for.
Some, higher end, thrift stores cater to a clientele that demands high fashion and options in perfect condition. In those cases, secondhand shopping is a lot easier than your average thrift store run-through. But, even as secondhand items, high ends brands can be just out of our reach.
When Playtos closet first came out, it was a mix of an ordinary thrift shop and posh secondhand dealers. They only accepted certain brands and in a certain condition. You wouldn’t have to worry about sorting through holed, ripped or stained outfits. The brands, as well, remain a healthy balance of high-end and mall-bought material. If you’re a seller, its nothing short of a rip-off. Even your most expensive trade-ins will only get you pocket change. Fortunately, that makes for a much happier buyer.
Playtos posed some of the same problems that thrift store shopping did, though. Its always a hit or miss. You can’t call out to specific items and hope they come flying at you. Its more like a treasure hunt. Sometimes its fun. Sometimes its anything but. This is why sites like Poshmark and Mercari are becoming so popular.The sorting process is terribly easy. Everything is categorized and available for refining. You don’t have to sift through all the unwanted crap anymore. You can narrow it all down to brand, size, color, price, condition. Be as impatient as you want, the only time consuming aspect of Poshmark comes with an inability to stop browsing.
Poshmark has also been known to harbor brands like Michael Kors,Gucci, Dolche and Gabbana and Yves Saint Laurent, to name a few. And I do mean a few. There are countless brands that only your wildest fashion-driven dreams could conjure just waiting to be found. If your sway is toward the more simplistic but still slightly above-budget brands, Poshmark wont let you down.
Like every online shopping site, Poshmark has its risks. You’re buying from individuals who are trying to make money. Keep in mind that you should verify claims of prices the items were originally purchased for; ask for authenticity on high-end brands; ask for additional pictures. Basically, don’t be afraid to dig a little. Of course, items are returnable, to an extent, but you can save yourself a lot of trouble if you keep an eye on seller reviews and stick to your guns when requesting more product information. Don’t bend, don’t break, be smart!
If you’re someone who can’t stand the thought of slipping into lightly used clothing, shoes or accessories, sites like Poshmark aren’t for you. But, if you’re the type of person whom is been dying to get your hands on a dress, shoes or accessory of your dreams and a little prior love from another owner doesn’t bother you, its the perfect place to express your inner fashionista, experiment with your tastes and even make a bit of money. You may turn around and spend it on something new, but hey, who’ll be there to judge you for it?
Don’t wallow in self-pity over your lack of financial hierarchy or cry over clothes that you’ll never be able to have. In a perfect world, we’d get it straight off the rack, or runway model, but it isn’t a perfect world. At least now, fashion lovers can settle for second best.