The Best Places To Buy Photo Props

48 places to buy blog photography props (and most are inexpensive)
48 places to buy blog photography props (and most are inexpensive)
48 places to buy blog photography props (and most are inexpensive)

48 places to buy blog photography props (and most are inexpensive)

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

Online shops

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

Stationary stores

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

Fashion retailers like H&M, Zara, Modcloth, Urban Outfitters, MissguidedNasty GalFrancesca’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

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

Discount stores

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.

Craft stores

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.

48 places to buy blog photography props (and most are inexpensive)

48 places to buy blog photography props (and most are inexpensive)

Want some more prop inspo?

Read 45 prop ideas to amp up your blog photography.

What are your favorite places to buy props? I know there are tons more places! Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Great post Nida! I usually find my props in Marshalls and TJ Maxx, they are pretty affordable and they always have something interesting.

  • Wonderful post! I love getting my props at craft stores too! :)
    xx Nichole
    Fall Upon Glamour

  • Looks like I’m off on a shopping spree!

    Parie x
    Class and Glitter

  • Ohh, Muji coming to Boston! I’ll have to go. I am big into Marshall’s and TJ Maxx for props, I feel better buying something I won’t use for anything but photos if it’s cheap. Great suggestions! Though lately I think I buy more photo props than beauty items lol!

    Jenn – http://www.beautybyjellybean.com

    • Do you live in Boston? I’ve been once and loved it! I feel the same way about buying props and I feel like I’m always on the lookout for some when I’m out and about lol

  • I usually find my props at local stores, but online shops have been one of my fav places not only because it’s too cold to go outside, but also because of discounts & some great deals! Thanks for sharing your list, I’m definitely checking some of them out! xx

    Kaylee 🌛ㅣJK’s Dawn

  • clare⭐

    i usually find bits and pieces in the most random places! i never intentionally go looking for anything but when something catches my eye i make sure to pick it up :) thanks for the tips

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

  • Bernadette

    Such a wonderful post! I have definitely become obsessed with blog props. I have a stack of cute notebooks i literally got just for blog props haha, not to mention fake plants and all sorts of things. I definitely need to pick up so neutral blog props like little platters, plates, I need to get marble stuff as well. I am definitely keen on getting some marble. At first i was buying more blog props than makeup and now I am awaiting a second color pop order and i am saving up for 2 makeup geek orders since i have 48 spots to fill hahaha.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • Hahaha I feel you girl! There was a while when I was buying way more props than anything else, but I’ve tried to calm it down a little. Ooh I love ColourPop and MUG. Can’t wait to see what you get :)

      • Bernadette

        When my second color pop order arrives i’ll pretty much own all the shades except for one haha. And thanks to the color pop deal that gives you a free palette for every 4 shades. In my first order I scored 6 free palettes and in my second order I scored 2 palettes (they’ve limited to 2 palettes per order). I took out the foam in the empty palette and I can fit 10 shadows in each color pop palette. By the time my second color pop order arrives I will have 48 empty spots. Since I am so obsessed with makeup geek shadows (I currently own 62) I figured i’d fill all 48 new spots with makeup geek :D I’ve been procrastinating another order of makeup geek because i’d have to buy a z palette but this way I save money on that because of the free color pop palettes

  • Thanks for sharing! Your photos are great Nida. I also love all of these stores for my photo props (although I don’t use that many but still..love to browse!)

    Naya
    http://www.partyparrotblog.com

    • Thanks babe :). I love photography, and your photos are just gorgeous <3

  • A lot of good props you probably already own too. You just have to look at different objects in your house and see their potential for amazing pics

    Elizabeth
    19 by Chance | 1415

    • Totally agree. Personally, that didn’t work out for me because everything around my house didn’t fit the kind of pictures I liked/wanted mine to look like lol so I had to get to blog prop shopping!

  • I sooooo desperately need to update my photo props so this is super helpful! I just have no idea what to get and what to buy, I have a creativity of a two year old.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I feel you babe! I struggle with adding props to my photos because composition is hard for me still, but I think when you see a prop you just know like he’s the one LOL. I love your photos by the way!!

  • thanks for the tips, i definitely need to start switching things up!

    http://www.avecdanielle.com

  • Kayla

    Great post I just bought a marble background this week from the dollar store I was so surprised when I saw it I’m going to go back next week and look for more stuff. Best part is that it was actually .50 cents and not a dollar lol :)

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

  • Samileen

    Such a fantastic post. I have been in a look out for those coasters. Tried to order it from Macy’s unfortunately they cancelled my order, since they were out of stock. DUH!

    Saman || BeautyDetour

  • Maria

    Thanks for the tip! Great post
    -Maria
    She Blushes

  • Great tips thanks for the inspo.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Great places, in the UK my favourite places are Primark, TK Maxx & H&M Home, I find I buy too many Blog props so try to keep things cheap whilst still being chic!

    Helpless Whilst Drying

  • Great post! Thanks for the tips. I left Marshall’s today empty handed!

  • Bernadette

    I have definitely become an addict of blog props. I never thought they were for me but i am always looking in stores to what would make a great blog prop. I even had to find a place to store my growing blog prop collection. I’ve been looking for some more ceramic kitchen platters and stuff like that i can use for my blog props.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com