Every job has it fun bits and the boring, tedious parts. When you’re your own boss, it’s easy to let the tedious parts slide. But yesterday, was not that day!
I was planning on heading out to a garage sale and a few thrift stores and then I stopped myself. Wait…hold the phone…I still have a huge pile of unlisted vintage clothes and piles of books and small totes full of games, linens, crystal and jewelry. In fact (I am embarrassed to mention this) some of these things were purchased over two years ago.
Note to self: Yes, hunting for stuff is more fun than listing,
but I can’t sell it if I don’t list it!
So I pulled on my big-girl pants and wrote up my to-do list for the morning:
- select 6 items
- clean items
- take photos
- edit photos
- take measurements
- finish the research
- write the description (including any flaws)
- set the price
- add to inventory list
- update Excel spreadsheets
This is how I would spend my morning. Alas, I used up most of it fussing around taking the pictures. I rely on natural lighting so I set up my base of operations in my living room to take advantage of the morning light, but it was challenging. Some things got photographed many times and I still wasn’t satisfied with the results. (I did get four things listed…a mere drop in the bucket.)
Speaking of buckets, here’s one that I finally listed. I’ve played around with brightening this (and the saturation levels) and even though I’m still not happy with the final result of this photo, it’s adequate for now.
Later as I was doing pricing research on “vintage brass champagne buckets” I took note of photos that I thought were particularly good and which ones needed work.
I thought this one was striking. It’s a beautiful bucket to begin with, but the black background really makes the detail pop.
Then I found this one. Oh boy.
I checked out the guy’s store (he has over 600 listings) and I noticed that some pics were okay, but others were blurry or had distracting elements like this one.
Note to self: Good photography is crucial! Learn how to do this better.
Yes, I wish I took better photos, but I am improving. 🙂 I do follow a few guidelines.
Generally I use a white or neutral background. This little Victorian Aesthetic silver bird brooch has a lot of detail and I didn’t want a background to distract from it.
That said, I occasionally use props or background elements to add interest or give size context. (I am not a fan of putting soda cans next to items as size references.)
- turquoise and coral sterling silver ring
- wood and hide mini drum
- ‘70s acrylic zig-zag baby blanket (not sure if the bear is cute here or confusing)
I try to show all sides of the item and from different angles. (Recently I was looking a brooch in another seller’s shop and all five photos showed the pin at exactly the same angle and size, which was pointless. And the back was never shown at all.)
The last thing on my Friday To-Do list was to update my expenses in my Excel spreadsheet…probably my least favorite thing to do. I was not a happy camper entering all those receipts. (Why, oh why did I let them pile up?!)
Note to self: Don’t get behind in bookkeeping.
Anyway, it’s another day and I’ve decided again not to go out thrifting, but to keep working on my backlog of items with a final note to myself and you.
Note to self: Don’t be a drudge, have some fun this weekend!