Where to Go for Style Making Props

Where to Go for Style Making Props

By: Eden Hensley; Photos by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

What makes a signature style? Is it the angle from where the photographer shoots? Is it the fact that the image has low- or high-key lighting?

Often what makes an image or series of images immediately identifiable are the props. So where do Alt community members find their props? In a recent AltChat we asked them just that.


Here are some of their favorite shops for memorable, on brand, eye-catching props.

  • “I live at TJ Maxx. I found several props, in the Clearance aisle, for $1 each.” – Kia Salter, @HouseofKTS
  • “I love going out into nature to find props! It's also a great way to intentionally unplug!” - Christie Jones, @SwellAnchor (formerly @Bedsidesign)
  • “My own closets! Sometimes my moms house or her flower shop.” - Emily Battiloro, @EmmBeee
  • “My closet and party room Being a party thrower, crafter, planner, baker, I have more props then I could ever use.” - @FizzyParty
  • “The flea market, Anthropologie, Paper Source, thrift stores, Hobby Lobby... I could go on?” - Joelle Duff, @JoelleCharming
  • “Those looking for where to start! This Etsy shop has a good selection of photo backdrops & floor drops: https://t.co/9t3wxO2qIH” - Davon H., @TheBubbleista
  • “Target, thrift stores, Anthropologie” - Camille Whiting, @CamilleWhiting
  • “Being a DIY/crafty blogger I just use the supplies involved in the post. On the lookout for "prettier" tools, though!” - Bre Paulson, @BrePeaBlog
  • “Kids stores are the best for color: toys or clothes.” - @Analog_House
  • “Target is always my go-to for everything. They have the best colors.” - Laurie Cosgrove, @LaurieCosgrove
  • “My props are usually the things I already have. Utensils, my nails, pens, etc. To make it feel real and not staged.” - Deirdree, @Deidreemme
  • “Thrift stores, flea markets, craft store (with coupons lol).” - Addie, @OldWorldNewGirl
  • “My bookshelf which has a many random items. My NYC Cab and scrapbook were perfect for a recent book review.” - Elyse Maxwell, @Elyxandra

Where are your favorite places for styling props?


Eden Hensley

Marketing creative, community engagement specialist, technophile, photographer, food and wine enthusiast, and the founder and editor-in-chief of The Road to The Good Life, a lifestyle blog about appreciating and enhancing your life by being grateful for the "haves" instead of lingering on the "wants." There you will find personal stories about my life and family weaved in with real-life, achievable entertaining tips, recipes for hearty home cooked meals, and DIY projects for capturing and sharing memories. I believe the best place to swap stories is over a shared meal, preferably a Thai-meal served family style, and teach an online introduction class to Thai Flavors and host the Family Dinners at The Station supper club in San Francisco.