It’s hard to believe we are already almost through the month of February! 2020 kicked off strong and even though I’ve been a bit quiet here on the blog, I’ve been working away at things in the background and after a few months, I feel ready to share about what I’ve been up to. In order to maintain the level of quality I like to produce, I realized I had to pick my priorities and take a pause from posting on OHP even though I missed it.
So, after several months of prep and work, I’m excited to share a new branch in my journey… but…
A little bit of background first!
I’ve always had a love of fashion and thrifting. Growing up, I loved the hunt of scouring the racks at thrift stores and consignment stores, always on the lookout for something beautiful and unique. As I’ve gotten older, nothing has changed except the time I have to hit up my favourite thrift stores (because, kids) and I’m less impulsive when it comes to the pieces I’ll pick up. In the past, I’d add something to my cart even if it didn’t fit quite right or wasn’t totally my style but was close enough.
In time, I’ve learnt to leave behind pieces I don’t love, that won’t get a lot of wear. Sure, there’s the occasional statement piece or treasure that I just have to bring home, but not without careful thought and consideration. There are plenty of days when more than half of my outfit is thrifted, and rarely a day goes by when I’m not wearing a thrifted piece; my favourite style moments are when I’m asked where an item is from and I can direct the person to one of my favourite thrift or consignment stores while telling them how much (aka how little) I paid.
But I digress… In the past year, I started to realize more and more people are turning to online thrifting/ reselling, and for nothing else other than general interest, I started to pay attention (for one of my favourite inspos/ bloggers/ fashionistas/ humans, check her out @jenpistorcloset!). About midway through last year, the early stages of my own ideas of reselling were forming, but I wasn’t sure how or if I could put anything into motion. The ideas were there, they just needed time.
So I let them hang out in the back of my mind, waiting patiently for the right opportunity or idea to spark inspiration. And it was in an unlikely place in the Fall of last year that that spark ignited. I was chatting about thrifting with a lady at one of the community programs I was taking Liam to, when she mentioned Poshmark, and how another local Mom she knew was finding success with the reselling app.
Poshmark was something I’d heard of in passing, but had never given it much time or thought. Pretty much all of the reselling I knew of came from sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, LetGo, and other similar locations online. There were only two accounts I followed on Instagram that resold clothing and one was in the more luxe category, and the other was my aforementioned friend and fellow blogger, Jen (check out her blog here!). I’ve enjoyed watching Jen- a fashion industry alum- build her reselling business on Insta, and we had chatted a few times about possible ways to co-host events, but juggling 5 kids, 2 blogs, and various other life activities, meant it was hard to pull something together, and inevitably we put our idea on hold.
As they say, C’est la vie!
But even though I wasn’t totally sure how to move forward, my curiousity was sparked and I started looking into Poshmark. And watching a lot of Youtube videos. Anything and everything for tips and tricks from how to get started, to best practices, brands to look out for, etc. I think I researched starting a Poshmark account more than I did on starting a blog. 😉
As with many others, I started by listing pieces from my own closet, and slowly began sourcing and adding pieces from my favourite thrift stores. I kept this little project separate and quiet because I wanted to build it without distraction, without pressure. I wanted to put in the time and effort to produce something of quality and not overwhelm myself while learning something new. I was navigating new- fun, but new- territory and I felt that trying to juggle family, work, OHP, and now Poshmark was too much, so I opted to pause on the blog front so I could attempt balance. Or at least not completely sink myself in the deep end as I have in the past.
Over the past few months, I have built up my little online shop (aka my Poshmark Closet) into something I’m proud of and am now excited to share it with you! My goal was to offer quality pieces with a personal touch- nice wrapping, a thank you note, etc.- to add some warmth and personality to the faceless and cold experience online shopping can often be. Outside of building my own small shop, this is the next best thing and I am loving it!
I have hopefully found a way of bringing two of my favourite things together: blogging and thrifting, and hope this will help OHP grow and develop in a way I’ve been trying to articulate over the past few years. I love fashion, green/ eco-friendly living, DIYs, etc and have always tried to bring those things together here on OHP, but have struggled in the past year or so with the time and effort needed to put together quality fashion content here on the blog. My hope moving forward with this new direction is to add back more fashion content and drive more attention to eco-fashion and all of the fun and amazing options that are out there, plus build out more content around thrifting/ reselling. I’m excited for this new chapter and hope you’ll join me and follow along.
Find me on Poshmark!
If you are still reading along with me here, thank you! I am grateful for how this journey has evolved and grown and can’t wait to bring these two worlds together. If you would like to follow along on my Poshmark/ thrifting/ reselling adventures, here’s where you can find me:
Poshmark Canada: covet_thrift
Facebook: Covet Thrift
Interested in trying Poshmark out? Use my code COVETTHRIFT to receive $15 off your first order on the app!
Want to see more Style content here on OHP? Dive into the archives and check out other posts on the Style page!