5 Tips To Make The Best of Poshmark

Maybe you’ve hear of the site and maybe you haven’t. Assuming the latter, Poshmark is a site gear towards women’s fashion. Whether you are looking for a new party dress and killer heels or to unload and revamp you wardrobe you can do it on Poshmark with a little bit of effort on your part. I am by no means a pro of the app, but from the 1.75 months I’ve been using it I have learned a thing or two. My tips go both ways, it doesn’t matter if you are a buyer or seller, there are a number of things to consider. So without further adieu here is the list. (Don’t forget the $5 credit at the end of this post)

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Take Good Pictures: First off, photos are everything! Keep in mind that this is a completely virtual landscape. You potential buyer has no way of trying on the item unless by chance you are within a few miles of each other. Your photos should be great quality. When you look at your photos would you consider keeping the item for sale? If not you should retake them. Don’t think that you are restricted to a coat hanger and closet door. Lay them on a clean carpet, against you outdoor fence (during the daytime of course) or have someone model them for a fun day style event. A picture is worth a thousand words and your photos could make or break your sale. Trust me, I know there are a few items I need to update photos on in order to gain traction.

Give A Good Description: This is equally as important as a photo. The information you outline to your potential buyer could make or break the sale. If there is a button missing, this is the place to let them know. Keep in mind an item with the title of, “Dress,” is not going to gain much interest. If you have a NWT (new with tags) ASOS dress for sale PUT THAT INFORMATION IN THE TITLE! Seriously, people search keywords all the time. I know that I’m always on the hunt for cute green dresses. You want to give the buyer as much info as you can. As a buy you will ask questions and if you don’t see something that may aid in you purchasing then ask away if that information if detailed. Worse case scenario you don’t get the sale on the first try, but another buyer will see the information and benefit from it thus purchasing without question.

Share Your Items: There are three parties a day on Poshmark. This is a great way to find out which closets are active and who has great things for sale. If you are looking for a handbag, you can assume that there will be at least one handbag specific sale at 3pm EST every week. Grab up all the Coach wristlets you can handle then! Honestly, the parties at 12pm EST, 3pm EST and 10pm EST are awesome.  If you are selling you need to share there in order to get your items seen. If you are starting out and have a dozen followers this is a great way to garner interest.

Return The Love: If you have anything for sale you may see that someone has shared your item. Don’t ignore the share! Let me reiterate that, don’t ignore the share. This means someone has taken a liking to your item and feels as though it is worth telling their Posh friends about. The best way to thank them is by going into their closet and sharing any items that you like with your followers. There’s no loss in sharing back the items from follower Poshers. Worst case scenario you spend a fee minutes of your day sharing back what others have already shares. In personal practice I try to share back each share I have received. There are times when I will share three (3) items from a fellow Poshers closet and they will share back and we do this every 12 hours or so…. This means if I share someone’s item and they have 130,000 followers that there are potentially 130,000 unique eyes that are seeing something from my closet. This helps with followers, sharers and above all SALES!

Consider Offers: Finally, you get an offer. What are you to do? In my closet, right at the top is a guideline for Poshers. If you are a buyer and you see a fabulous pair of Cole Haan shoes priced at $30 dollars, what do you do? Purchase them outright? Maybe. In actuality you may feel that you should be able to spend $25 total (including shipping) and offer $20. What’s the harm in that you say. Nothing! The seller should consider in the end that you are paying up to $4.99 in shipping costs. Make the offer even if it’s more than 20% less than the listed price. Most people are looking to move items out of their virtual (and literal) closets to make space for new items. If you are a seller, keep in mind that trying to earn an extra $2 or $5 dollars may not be worth the extra time spent reposting it. Nor is it worth the space in your closet.

Poshmark is a great way to sell your stuff as well as a great way to acquire new things for your closet. If you have any questions be sure to ask them to the seller, if you don’t get a response move along to the next best thing. Trust me, there are a plethora of things that I am looking at, but I need to clear out my closet first.

If you haven’t downloaded the Poshmark app to your phone yet, check it out and get a $5 credit on your account (Worth at least shipping cost). If you spend $50 through 9/7/15 at 11:59pm EST you will get free shipping meaning that you get a $5 discount on your order. You honestly can’t lose. The code for the credit is PNKSA!

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Getting Married At Burning Man

Those that know me would likely say that, “I am a bit of a free spirit and spontaneous.” I assume I proved them right when I decided to get married at Burning Man and then actually followed through by marrying someone I had never actually met until our wedding day. There are certainly folks that would say that is insane, but I think it was great that way.

I asked potential platonic spouses to fill out an online form. Over a dozen people responded and a group of folks sat down with me at a bar to go through the responses, names/gender were redacted to make this unbiased. The group ended up selecting someone from NYC. A virgin burner who had kick ass responses to questions on the form. Date and time were set and we agreed to meet at Champagne Lounge (who graciously let us use their lounge space for the ceremony and short reception, down the road from my camp, for the ceremony. 

After picking up a fun looking ring and sending Facebook wedding invites to camp mates I figured everything would work its way out. MagicMan would officiate, Dogbrain would walk me down the aisle, Ice Brain was to be my ring gal… It was set. For some odd reason I thought it would be a bright idea to run my first 50K the same day as my first wedding. The few hours between the race and wedding were not pretty. Could I really go through with this after putting my body through five hours of running? As we say at camp, “It’s probably fine.” So when Ice Brain ran over and said someone in a white dress walked by I knew I had to get ready for the big show.

We physically met for the first time just before we were to walk down the aisle. The music started and we were all systems go. It was great! A ton of my camp mates were there to celebrate this unofficial, temporary union. Her mad lib style wedding vows were crowd approved. I received messages from folks after the burn that they stopped by my wedding, but didn’t get the chance to catch me after.

We spent a little time wandering streets and chatting. She went with me for my post 50K massage. On my birthday there was a balloon and a flask labeled, “Birthday Bourbon. -Your Wife,” waiting for me at my camp bar on my birthday. I definitely found a winner! My camp loved her and if she’s back for 2014 she’s definitely found a home with us.

Would I do it again? I’m not sure. It takes a lot to coordinate something like this on playa, especially since everyone operates on ‘Playa Time.’ Overall the experience was a win. I wish I had spent a lil less time sleeping and a lil more time hanging out and exploring with her, but it was still all smiles in my book. So the platonic marriage to a perfect stranger turned into meeting a superb being that I definitely need to schedule a date with.

Ultramarathon & Marathon Training During Ramadan

It’s not hard. (إن شاء الله) Well I should say it’s not impossible, but it’s certainly not easy. When presented with the most recent heatwave in NYC I was left with to options, run in the heat or not train at all. (I’m not a fan of treadmill running now that I’ve started a serious relationship with outdoor running, so that was not an option.) Over the past couple weeks I have made it a priority to run at least four times a week, even logging over 16 miles on a Sunday run.

Going into this training season I hadn’t planned to run an ultramarathon at the end of August. It just happened. Really. I did know that I would need to log miles during Ramadan in order to hit my marathon training goals. So then this ultra moseys onto my schedule and there’s no turning back. I haven’t even run a marathon yet. I keep telling myself if I can run 30-40 miles a week in the heat and without hydration I can deal with a flat ultramarathon course with a cool start and a couple hours of running in the heat with hydration.

My ultimate goal is to finish the 50k, but I have an ambitious 4:59:59 or better goal time tucked away in the back of my mind. I was under the impression that I could hit my goal time on some of my longer runs, but I’ve found it hard to hold a slow pac, even on long runs. Last weekend I completed my run at a sub-9 min ave pace of 16.55 miles (if you don’t count the 5 minutes of water breaks, traffic lights and figuring out where we were). I believe the cooler, evening conditions aided in keeping a slightly faster, conversational pace with my fellow running buddies. My goal finishing pace is 9:39 or so for the 50k. I’m hoping that I can complete my 20 mile run this weekend at that pace, but if I stay in the low nine minute range I may be in for a surprise on race day.

I feel like I’m in a grove at this point. My weeknight runs have been at 7:50-8:40 mile averages. I don’t feel drained as much, which I can likely attribute to sitting in the air conditioning for a few minutes after runs to lower my core temperature.

Some of the things that have worked for me during Ramadan race training include:

  • Listening to my body instead of trying to hit specific paces
  • Not wasting energy by making unnecessary movements
  • Wearing breathable clothing
  • Not running more than than 6-7 miles (approx. 10-11k)
  • Starting runs within two hours of sunset
  • Having at least a .5 litre bottle of cold water nearby when the sun does set
  • Starting long runs close to sunset

Every mile during my runs I try to do a tune-up check on my body. I think about my form, my breathing, any tension in my body and how my body feels overall. I feel like this has definitely helped keep me on track and keep my mind off of the fact that I cannot rehydrate like many of my fellow runners post-run. Two more weeks to appreciate the simple things like a sip of cold water after putting a hard workout.

What I’m Thankful For: Three Weekends Of Aiding Hurricane Sandy Survivors

November proved to be one of the months I was most grateful for. I can’t think of a more worthwhile and gratifying way to spend a little bit of my own time than helping those that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. 20121104_085245Like thousands of others, I originally planned on volunteering at the ING NYC Marathon. Instead I headed out to Staten Island on Sunday, November 4th with a ferry full of runners and other folks looking to lend a helping hand. That day turned out to be more rewarding than I could have imagined. I was in awe of the number of people that were willing to go into a disaster zone without a second thought.

20121111_111836We didn’t come with a real plan. We didn’t want anything in return. We were simply strangers coming together to help strangers in need. I guess you could say the feeling was euphoric. I definitely wanted to share that feeling with others so for the two next weeks I went out to Far Rockaway in the same manner. Myself and the folks who joined me worked at the homes of complete strangers for as long as we could. At sunset we headed to the bus stop and waited with volunteers and locals to get off of the inlet. The commute back to the train was the low point. Even then we made the best of the 1.5 hour long bus ride, which should have only been twenty minutes.

The smiles and hugs were the only compensation that we accepted. As we lifted floor boards, ripped out drywall and pulled out waterlogged insulation we tried to make light of a 20121111_150050really tough situation. One owner joked with his wife that he didn’t want to get the floor dirty as we trudged though muck while clearing his basement. What many people fail to realize is that these were working class people who were simply living the ‘American Dream.’ For many they spent a pretty penny to move to their communities and in a matter of hours everything was turned upside down. Suddenly you are tapping into reserve funds to pay for water removal and electrical rewiring. This was the last thing on anyone’s mind since everyone was comparing this storm to Hurricane Irene, which did minimal damage to New York City.

Beyond the tears and feelings of doubt you could see the light coming back to those that lost almost everything. The people in the homes I went to were much stronger than they realized. I immediately thought of the lines:

20121111_152448Through this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years finds and shall find me unafraid
William Ernest Henley
You think about what you would do in a situation like this, but you never really know how you will react until you are living through this nightmare. I am grateful that I was fortunate enough to sustain no damage to my home, but I am even more grateful that I was able to provide an ounce of assistance to a few people in Staten Island and Far Rockaway during some of their darkest hours.

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Merry Christmas.

Do You Live To Travel?

I know I do! I’m not sure when my love for traveling started, but I do believe that it was passed on from my parents. They met abroad and spent many years traveling the world. That paired with living all over the US left me to want to see more of the world.

As a child I would write fictional stories about families living in Africa at the turn of the 20th century.  I even joined pen pal agencies and corresponded with a girl in China and another in Japan. Nowadays I wouldn’t advise giving your home address to someone you  met over the internet. Since this was before internet I assume the pen pal agency screened the applicants although I don’t remember what information was required. I didn’t get a passport until after I graduated college which means I have a lot of lost time to make up for.

As mentioned in a previous post, my overall goal is 100 countries and all 50 states which makes for at least 150 destinations. As of now I have 102 more destinations until I meet my goal, I’m almost 33% there. I’ve always been curious about those that have spent their entire life in one state, some people haven’t even left their own town. What keeps someone from leaving the nest? Is it a lack of drive to see the rest of the world, simply due to lack of funds, or is it a fear of leaving your comfort zone? I definitely don’t have the answer but I know that once you start you just can’t stop. I guess this is how coffee drinkers feel.

I’ve come to the realization that without the opportunity to see the world, or even get a change of scenery, on a regular basis I would be a pretty unhappy individual.I’ve created a pretty ambitious itinerary for myself that includes a blend of domestic and international travel. I’m pretty excited and I’m still looking for activities to fill my weekends with when I can’t make it across the Atlantic. I’m still curious to know why some people don’t travel, even it’s one weekend a year.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who learned about the Great Lakes, the Great Wall, and the Mayan ruins in school. Why not go beyond the textbooks and computer screen and really see ’em first hand? I finally made my pilgrimage to my state’s capital, and although Buffalo isn’t a dream destination, it was an interesting city with a lot of history. With low-cost options like Jetblue, Southwest, Spirit, Virgina America, and even Megabus, if you have a fear of flying, what’s the excuse?

I live to travel, do you?

My Love For Snowpocalypse

How much do I love snow? Let me count the ways. I definitely have a pep in my step when it comes to weather forecasts showing a 50% chance of snow. The past two weeks in New York were a particularly happy time for me. This is taking into consideration the fact that most trains were not running and I had to suddenly shell out $104 for a monthly metrocard. Most people assume that I am only happy about the snow because I don’t drive in NYC and I don’t have a sidewalk or driveway to shove. Au contraire, I like to shovel as well.

After helping a friend shovel during our Christmas Weekend Snowpocalypse I tried to take a bus to my place. The #FailWhale showed his face and then I begin a trek to my train station. My walk was interesting to say the least. Although some people definitely showed little regard for their fellow human by speeding down streets in the heavy snow there were others out singing as they trudged home.

Snowpocalypse De. 2010

Two days later the snow was definitely in a less desirable state. I am keeping hope alive that the wintry mix forecast for next week changes to a total whiteout, you should too! For those that truly despise the snow and wish it wouldn’t snow in the Northeast, my suggestion is to move to the Caribbean, it’s bound to snow eventually up here.

 

A Day In Beantown

Firstly, I love Mass. I would consider it as one of the few places I would consider retiring. I’m not saying that because I’m from there but because it’s a city filled with so much history and culture, not to mention its home to the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics!

Its been a while since I’ve visited Boston so I was excited to line it up as my second destination. The timing was also great in that I was going to my first ball game at Fenway Park! I mean its Fenway, a ball park which has stood the test of time. Granted there have been upgrades to the park twice since it was built but it hasn’t been torn down and reconstructed like other ball parks. I also decided to have my first go at couchsurfing in the states. I’ve hosted people and I have surfed in Asia but I have never formally surfed in the U.S. This was going to be a great, although short, trip.

After arriving and meeting up with my host I decided to be extroverted, although still during Ramadan, and meet up with other AYCJ’ers at the Oyster Union Bar. After lunch we walked along the Freedom trail, look for a red brick and/or painted path around parts of historic Boston. Some stops on the train were interesting while others were not so much. More chatting and fun washad up until we made it to Fenway, scored free entry for one person in our party that didn’t have aticket. The highlight of the game was getting to sit a bit past 1st base, three rows from the field! A perk when you consider the fact that I had a $18 bleacher ticket. My second afternoon was more about getting a bit more acquainted with the city. I stopped by the Cheers bar, a few parks, and the Granary cemetery in the time I had left.

One of the things I truly enjoy about Boston is that its residents are truly hometown fan. I like to state that there are TWO Boston bars in NYC but there are NO NYC bars in Boston. When I spoke to a Boston cop at Fenway he mentioned that for many years you had to be from Boston to be a Boston cop. Bostonians and their transplants love their city and it shows. I hope to check out a Patriots game one day at Foxborough but for now I’m content with having made it to Fenway and the Garden.