Friday, January 28, 2011

Born With a Broken Heart

The David Wax Museum is a great way to ring in the weekend. Try to stay still and not bounce, dance and feel happier, I dare you! I have to give credit to Russ for posting this to his FB which compelled me to post this here!

Here are some Etsy picks inspired by the video! 

Vintage 80s Avant Garde Metal Ring Disc Belt by: Twin Hearts

Daisies In The Sun by: Amelia Kay Photography

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vintage Market Team Soldes Sale

Based on the "Soldes" winter sale in France the Vintage Market Team is having a big sale! There are over 1300 items on sale and here are a few of my favorites!

I have had the  desire  to make a new dress from a vintage pattern. I am so enthralled with the fashion on Mad Men and Joan in particular that I would love to make a dress that I could see her in! Maybe this is my year to go down to our wonderful teaching and supplies shop, Fancy Tiger, and take a sewing lesson for more complicated projects! 
Simmplicity 3722 Slenderette Dress by Hey Chica

I love to go to the Brown Palace for High Tea. It is such a lovely old place. It is like stepping into a time machine. They use lovely china and serve sugar cubes in a bowl like this. It makes me feel regal and pampered! Who can deny the appeal of finger sandwiches, tea cakes and scones!
Vintage Silverplate Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set by: Falcon and Finch

This is the perfect purse for taking out to dinner and to the theater. It is a statement piece and will stand out in the sea of current day purses. I love a boxy purse that opens wide and sits open so I can see the contents. This lovely one was made in Italy no less! 

The sale ends at the ends Jan. 31st  so, get your vintage on while it is on sale! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Photography Friday

Last week I talked about how you can create a recognizable "brand" to your shop by using a unique color to your background, a few select recognizable models and/or specializing in a few select items. If you missed this and would like to read it HERE is the link. 

Anyone can take a photo of a What's-it but creating an image of a What's-it that is interesting and draws people in is completely another story. There are some techniques you can draw upon that will add that extra  touch that will help your customer base grow. 


Vintage Flexo GMI Drafting Desk Lamp by: Lisa B Retro Style

A still life takes this from an image of a light to a STORY of a person who has been reading under this lamp and has taken off their glasses and stepped away for something. It only takes a few extra minutes to add plants, flowers, books or other interesting items to create a still life that shows viewers what this would look like in their house. The added effort shows and gives the customer confidence that this shop owner has attention to detail and will treat them in the same manner. 


Vintage 1960s Brown Wool Tweed Day Dress with Matching Tweed and Knit Cropped Bolero Jacket by: Pineapple Mint

Making your first image a split one gives the customer the ability to see multiple perspectives of an outfit. In this example we can see a close up of the color and pattern next to an overall view. This is a great technique for giving more information quickly. People often scan through a page of items for sale and this gives you two images for the price of one. Doubling your photographic benefit is a great technique to use for clothing. 


Vintage Electric Smith Corona Electra 120 Gray By: Sarah Anntiques

Angeling your item rather than using a straight forward image is often much more visually interesting.  This draws the eye into the image rather than "plopping" it in front of you.  Compare the above angled image which Sarah used for her first image compared to the straight on one.

Both  show a really cool typewriter but the first one  has more depth and interest to it.  Certainly use straight images in your remaining photos but consider using one on an angle for you  primary choice. 


Vintage Ingrid Red Picnic Ball with Nesting Dishes By:  Rutabaga Six

The tight crop of the above picnic ball creates intrigue by only illuminating part of the item leaving the customer wanting more and drawing them in to click. When I see only a part of this item the first thing I think is "what a fabulous red!" the second thing I think is "what is that?" Sometimes only giving part of the story is better, a teaser. If you have an item with a unique color, pattern  or shape consider using a cropped image that only shows part of your item as your first image. 

Take a look at your images and consider using some of these techniques in the future to create more dynamic photos! This will help draw people in which will in turn translate to more sales! 

Ask your team friends to critique your images. We all have areas we can improve and our team is a great support system for this! 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Technical Difficulties!

Heart Circuit Ring by:Bead Work By Amanda

I am ringing in the new year turning a technical difficulty into a fresh start! The complicated story made short is that my PhotograhicAmy blog no longer exists and this is my new version there of! I will continue the use of fabulous Etsy items for sale that relate to mine and my families life and whatever catches my fancy! 

Welcome Fresh Start! What will your turn from a frustration to a fresh start?