When you are just starting your prop collection, it can start to get expensive. It’s great to buy everything all shiny and new, but it does add up. I’m here today to share a little secret – you don’t have to spend a fortune on buying food props. In fact, it costs almost next to nothing!
My tip is to shop local. I’m talking about yard sales, friends! Visit ones in your community and snag some awesome deals and finds that no one else has.
I’ve been visiting yard sales for years, but didn’t start back into it full force for my food photography prop collection until this year. ‘Tis the season for yard sales so get up early on Saturday mornings and take full advantage of it while it lasts.
In our area, they typically run from the May long weekend to Labour Day weekend in September. That’s a few months of shopping! I bet you will find some hidden treasures like I have.
Take a peek at some of the props I’ve discovered in my travels.
Finding them isn’t as easy as it used to be. They used to list them in the classified section of our local paper, but now that everything is pretty much online, you can’t find them there anymore. I searched yard sales and Pembroke (where I live) on Facebook and found groups dedicated to listing local yard sales.
Another way is to drive around your area and look for signs on major roads. We always see a bunch of them on Saturday mornings.
Bring some change! Yard sale items are usually cheap (and if they aren’t, try and barter the price down). I’ve purchased dishes for under $1. My favourite ones are the church yard sales. You can usually find a ton of stuff there and the prices are dirt cheap.
I encourage you to give yard sales a try this summer. You never know, you may discover your new favourite prop to use in your photos. Happy shopping!
See also: Our Great Big List of Food Photography Props.
Free eCourse on Photography
Getting starting in photography doesn't have to be hard or overwhelming. We created this 10 day FREE eCourse on Photography tips and tricks that will improve your photography and earn you more money with your blog. PLUS get a free workflow checklist.