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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thrift Stores for props

I love thrift stores. Do you ever visit any? Thrift stores are a great place for photographers. These stores are filled with prop ideas. Vintage clothes, old chairs, wooden toys-they are like an indoor garage sale!

I finally had a chance to go this weekend and found some great items. I wanted to find some cute "prairie" style clothes for my daughter's photo shoot and some props. We found some awesome skirts, tops and a jean jacket.


I love jean jackets-they work with everything. Having some on hand in your studio or on a shoot may add to a photo.



Emily was starting to get a bit cold by these poses-I wish warm weather would come!



A promise of hot chocolate brought out one more smile.


I even found a cute little outfit for my grand baby-hence the jean jacket with this dress-how cute is that?



I found a new thrift store and found these "I DO" plaques. I was so happy! These make a cute prop for wedding photos-less than $2!

I also found an old white chair that I have to go back to get-I hope it's still there because it was only $4! I would have bought it that day, but I didn't think it would fit in my car (I miss my SUV!).

So, don't think you have to spend a fortune in props. Get creative and hit thrift stores and garage sales for supplies. But, don't forget about Etsy-a great place with awesome artists!

4 comments:

Maddy said...

I definitely need to start scouring the thrift stores for props! I've been wanting some vintage luggage. Maybe I'll have luck finding some this summer :)

L. said...

Great finds! I love my local thrift store, perhaps a bit too much, as it seems I'm always coming home with more than I'm donating! :D

Michelle Stiles said...

I go to thrift shops and browse the the dishware section and find great food props. I also head over to the linen section and find great random sections of material. I come home with great inspiration!

Kimberly Gauthier said...

What a fantastic idea. I usually troll Craiglist for studio props. I've picked up stools, a bench, several cool items on craiglist. The allusive wooden ladder remains out of my reach though.

Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea!