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Photography Tips – Shopping Local Thrift Stores For Props

I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before! After taking photos for the past 6 months on my same old plates I started thinking I have got to get something else to photograph my food on. I don’t need a whole set, but I need something new. Something rustic, elegant, whatever my recipe may call for.

I talked with some food bloggers while in New York. I found myself quickly talking about dinner and how one plate is always picture perfect. I found out I’m not the only one who does these things!

Shopping thrift stores, garage sales and consignment shops are a great way to add variety when it comes to photographing food. Once garage sale time rolls around I’ll be out in search for even more but I found some cute finds at the thrift store. I won’t share them all but it’s a start at least. My husband jokingly asked if I’d have a collection of 100 plates all different, I added “and bowls” and he’s right….

{looks around suspiciously}

What do you use for your food photos? Where do you buy servers, plates, and bowls?

Plates from Mikasa, perfect for spring. $4 for 3 plates

Small crystal dish great for sauces. $4.99

I realized that crystal dish looks large but it’s not, it’s probably 2 1/2 inches long.


  1. CA Monkey Momma on February 27, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Ooo, what a great idea! I, too, have been wanting new surfaces to photograph my stuff on and never though “check the thrift store!” LOL I have 3 near my house that I hit every couple weeks or so and I can’t wait to find some new textures and surfaces to photograph on. I love those plates you got!

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  3. Eve on February 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I love crystals. yes they are great to buy at yard sales and such because the older ones tend to be of a better quality

  4. Kimberly on February 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    lol. I stocked up on “pretty” plates this past summer at Goodwill. My husband thought it was totally crazy. He just doesn’t understand the need for a good presentation. I am forwarding him this link so he can see I’m not the only one that does this. 🙂

  5. Kristin on February 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Of course! 🙂

  6. Karissa on February 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Kristin! I love it! I am going to the thrift store tomorrow! You’ve inspired me! When my husband asks why I bought non-matching plates, can I blame you?! 🙂