Because I'm feeling particularly antsy for yard sale season to start, this is a #TBT to that time last summer when I was pregnant and my old college friend Kate Franco came to visit. Kate is an SF gal who works for Poshmark, a virtual closet app that lets you buy and sell your clothing right from your phone. She is also my most fashionable friend. The 2,319,212 people following her Poshmark closet and her blog are a testament to that!
Kate and I worked as desk receptionists in Graham residence hall at Santa Clara University back in the day. Even though she just lives a hop skip and a jump away in the bay, our paths don't cross as often as we would like them to. So, you can imagine how happy I was when Chris and I were able to host her and her now fiancee, Ryan, at our house in Truckee for a weekend! Because we are kindred spirits in our love of secondhand, I dragged her around town for some garage sale fun.
I'm so lucky to have been able to call you a friend for almost 10 years now and know a bit about you. For those that don't, tell us a few things we should know about you!
California girl, born and raised. Boho babe at heart. Obsessed with making style personal and attainable; I like to make things pretty. Lover of coffee, and I'm for sure a recovering perfectionist. Currently working on fixing up my SF flat, one room at a time.
Tell us about Poshmark and what you do there.
Poshmark is a marketplace to buy and sell women's fashion and it's AWESOME. I have basically created a revolving closet where, once I get tired of an item, I sell it on the app and then use that money to buy another item. I estimate that 85% of my clothes come from Poshmark. My day job (at Poshmark) is all about the user experience: understanding the merchandise and trends on our platform and, in turn, understanding our users.
How would you describe your style in one sentence?
Some combination of edgy, boho and eclectic; I try not to take myself too seriously, and it's all an evolution anyway!
What do you like about shopping second hand, and how do you find the best stuff at the best prices?
Well, for one, shopping secondhand saves so much money. I'm able to spend 50% less on investment pieces that will last a lifetime. But, I also think there's something really cool about wearing pieces that no one else has.
Poshmark is the main way that I shop resale, and I'm constantly checking the "Just In" section for newly listed items. On Poshmark, you can also make an offer. So, if you're not afraid of a little negotiation, you can score some really killer deals!
Are Chacos still a trending item? I was pleasantly surprised to see that my 10 year old hiking sandals are now fashionable...
Hah! They're super seasonal, so we'll see what happens next summer...
Remember that one time back in college where we drank way too many of those cheap margaritas? Why did we do that? ;)
Ugh. We tried to chug a pitcher of cheap margaritas because.............................. Honestly, I can't come up with a single good reason for inducing the most epic case of brain freeze, ever. Hindsight's 20/20. ;)
When are you going to come visit me again?
Soon, I hope! I need to meet your little man!
Well, there you have it folks! As you can see, Kate is rad, and she has been so gracious to offer all of you read-through-'til-the-end-of-the-post'ers a coupon code. For anyone interested in checking out Poshmark, you can download the app and join with code HBENA. You'll get $5 just for signing up!
*All photos by the ever talented Jocelyn Noel.