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I have a confession to make: I’m a hoarder. There, I said it. The truth is that my studio is practically overrun with photoshoot props that I simply no longer use. Recently, I decided it was time for some serious decluttering and went through every. single. one. of my props. One of my ultimate styling tips is to sell the pieces on eBay when I’m through with them to help me recoup those expenses and put the money toward new props. eBay also makes it super easy to list the items and then package and ship each piece. And, again, here’s where eBay really comes into play: it’s my ultimate source for finding new photoshoot props!
Keep reading for tips on how to sell on eBay, details of an awesome giveaway, and tips for finding new styling props.
I originally purchased a lot of these pieces for shoots and only used them once (if at all), making them quite the pricy business expense. As a small business owner, every dollar counts, so if I’m able to sell pieces that no longer work for me, I can use that money toward other items that will be beneficial for my business.
Once I’ve decided what will be listed, it’s pretty straightforward: List it, sell it, ship it, and get paid! I really like to use the eBay branded shipping supplies because it makes my life so much easier — you can get those here. Gone are the days where I’m riffling through our recycling bin for shipping materials. Instead, my pieces arrive to the buyer wrapped in pretty paper in a sturdy box. They even have coordinating tape (you know my inner designer loves that touch). This extra step really helps you get good seller ratings, too!
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I keep all of my props on open shelves here in the studio, which helps me to keep track of them. I’ve also noticed that this helps me to see which pieces don’t necessarily fit in with my style. That was definitely key when it came time to sorting what would be listed for sale on eBay! In terms of finding new pieces that will work for prop styling, here are some tips:
Don’t be afraid to buy one-offs. I used to only purchase pieces that were a full set, just in case. I quickly realized that I’d only end up using one or two of the pieces as props and the rest would collect dust. Now I’m ok with buying single plates, cups, and glasses because I know that’s all I need.
Look for pieces with character. A lot of the time, I actually gravitate toward pieces with chips because they feel more real. Granted, that fits in with my styling aesthetic, but think about if flaws could work with the look you’re trying to achieve. You might save some $$$, too!
Definitely shop vintage. I tend to mix up new pieces and vintage for a curated, found look. Whether your style is minimalist modern or bohemian, you’ll always find vintage pieces that will work, I swear.
Identify your color palette. Most of my styling clients have a color palette for their brand, but I tend to gravitate toward colors regardless and always find a way to work them into a shot. I’m a big fan of white, black, grey, and navy blue. Seasonally, I mix in touches of pale pink and yellow. I hardly ever use red though (unless it’s a Christmas shoot!). Noticing patterns like that will help you purge and also know what to look for when shopping.
Don’t forget the everyday items. Pens, coins, watches… anything! I always make sure to add in special touches to provide a casual, human touch.
See something you like? You can also shop all of the items you’ve seen in this post — head to my profile here!
photography & styling by Jojotastic (assisted by Sean!).