Because you don’t have to spend a boat load of money to find some great props.
48 Places To Buy Blog Photo Props + A Lot Are Affordable
I love online shopping and have discovered a few online websites that stock very prop-able items for all your different aesthetic needs. Several have one or two brick and mortar locations, but you can shop online if you don’t live near one (aka me because Dallas is lame). Muji (they’re opening a store in Boston soon), Poketo (they have stores in Cali), Bando, A Cup of Chic, Oh Hello Friend, The Social Type, Leif (they have a store in Brooklyn), Gather Home and Lifestyle (they have a store in Chicago), Lulu & Georgia, Need Supply Co. (they have a store in Virginia), Valfre, The Object Enthusiast, and Society6.
I’m a stationary lover so I love finding new notebooks, pens, and other little bits that I can use as props. Some great places to check out if you like to incorporate stationary bits are: Rifle Paper Co, The Paper Bunny, and Paper Source.
Home decor/furnishing/goods stores
Of course home decor and furnishing stores like At Home, Wayfair, Ikea, CB2, World Market, Pier 1, Bed Bath and Beyond, The Container Store, and Kirkland’s are some great places to shop around. Including home decor pieces as photo props is a great way to make your pictures look more “lived in.” They also have so many things you can use as props like coasters, trays, frames, vases, towels, and so much more.
Fashion retailers like H&M, Zara, Modcloth, Urban Outfitters, Missguided, Nasty Gal, Francesca’s (this planner made me LOL) and Forever 21 not only have jewelry pieces that you can incorporate into your photos (and on your body for daily life), but they all have home decor and gift sections as well that make for great props.
Hardware stores may not come off as fancy and cool, but they have some awesome things you can incorporate into your photos. I like to get different tiles and plants from Home Depot, Lowes, and Floor and Decor.
Places like Marshalls, Home Goods, Ross, and TJ Maxx are [mostly] inexpensive and awesome, but they can be hit or miss. Sometimes you’re able to find loads of props, and sometimes they have zero, zilch, nada. Still, it’s always fun to check them out to see what you can score. I did snag a set of 4 gold edged marble coasters for $7. I snatched them up real quick. And my counters no longer have water rings. Two birds, one stone, my friend.
Hobby and crafting stores are great if you like to get a little more creative with your photos. You can pick up fabric, faux plants, sequins, vases, trinket dishes, and so much more at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Joann’s.
One stop shops
Of course one stop shops like Target, Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and Etsy are also great options. For sites like Amazon, Etsy and eBay, it helps when you know what kind of prop you are looking for otherwise you can get lost, and end up adding a million other items into your cart because they have so. much. stuff. I personally prefer Target over Walmart and think they have more “prop-able” products. Though, I did find a white faux fur mat at Walmart that was a steal so you can find some good things there.
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