Where To Find Props for My Food Blog #ThriftySaturday

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by Isabel Laessig (Isabel Foodie) · 26 comments

in Thrifty Saturday

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is to go to the Farmer’s Market and hit some garage sales or thrift stores.  There is something so therapeutic about heading out and wondering what you will find on any given Saturday.  My kids have gotten in on the fun and now love coming along too.   You will be amazed at the things we pick up for hardly anything at all.

If you have been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I have a China, Silver and Crystal obsession.  You can not believe how many sets I have (just ask my husband)!  The only reason I can afford this habit is that I pick them all up for pennies during my thrifty excursions.

I am constantly asked by my followers, about all my dishes and props that are used in the photographs in my blog.  Many have wondered if my Food Blog “Hobby” wasn’t costing a fortune.   The answer for me is NO.  I do not purchase expensive props and the food the I write about on my blog is food that I serve to my family and friends.

I don’t cook for my blog.  Quite the opposite, my blog is a reflection of our life. 

Soooo… how much can you buy for under $5 and 2 quick garage sale stops?

Old fashioned Colander (with rust on the handle…LOVE!)  .50… Can’t you just see strawberries or green in this colander?

Set of 5 Etched Glass Stem Glasses (why is the one in the back a different shaped differently?) $2.00… I’m thinking Chocolate Mousse, Portuguese Rice Pudding, Ice Cream or Fruit Salad 

Coffee Mugs from Portugal (I buy anything made in Portugal) 2 for $1.00

Stainless Steel Gravy Boat .50

Knife with Wood Handle .25

Wooden Spatula .25

Mason Jar .25

This Thrifty Saturday total cost $4.75 

Spending the morning outdoors, doing the things you love, with those you love… priceless. 

Have an awesome weekend friends!  See you Around the Family Table for Sunday Supper tomorrow!

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Alaiyo Kiasi February 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

Taking the time to look for thrift shops and yard sales for serve ware is something I’ve been wanting to do since I launched my blog. I love the vintage look of serve ware and it looks especially appealing with the enticing food in many bloggers’ posts. Alas, I’m usually buried under papers to grade. Your post has renewed my resolve to go hunting for vintage pieces this spring! Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and all that for under five bucks? That’s the best inspiration of all!

Alaiyo

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

So glad I inspired you Alaiyo… it is so much fun!

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Katy February 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

Great post! One day when I have stopped living a nomadic lifestyle, I will fully infulge my thrift shop tendencies – until then, I will admire your finds!

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Thanks Katy… can’t wait to see your finds!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 16, 2013 at 11:14 am

I have to laugh, my Mom has and still uses that colander!! I remember it as a kid! Now you got me wanting to go thrift store shopping today!!

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Jennifer…. but does hers have rust on the handle? hahaha

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mjskit February 16, 2013 at 12:44 pm

My husband quit asking “What took you so long?” when I head out to run an errand. I always add a thrift shop or flea market to the trip. I wish I could get up and out on Saturday morning to hit garage sales, but I love sleeping in too much. :) What great finds!!!!

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

My husband just rolls his eyes when I walk in on Saturday with MORE dishes!

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Sandy Jenney February 16, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Looks like you did great!

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Thanks Sandy … the best part, we had so much fun!

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Janice February 16, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Its great to hear you say this, as the food I put on my blog is also the food we eat. I have a lot of dishes but also look for sales and visit thrift shops.

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Janice… I agree with you. My favorite part of blogging is sharing what I feed my family!

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Nicole February 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Love, love thrifting. Also love, love reading about what others have found and I love your thrifty stash today. Good stuff! Love the colander!

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Thanks Nicole! We are so going thrifting one day soon! It is a must!

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious February 16, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Isabel, love your finds! I wrote about a thrift store in my area awhile ago, too. Look at what they had: http://malibu.patch.com/articles/artifac-tree-has-hidden-treasures-for-home-cooks

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 8:23 pm

We must go thrifting together one day Dorothy! So much fun!

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Alex February 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Great purchases. We have that in common – I can’t be bothered to cook FOR the blog. It would just be a waste of time and good produce. When I do something different I do post about it, but if I ever posted everything I cook, my blog posts would just be “done that”, “and that again”, “8th time this month”, “there she goes: pasta again…” ;)

Have a great week.

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thank Alex! Have an awesome week… join us tomorrow for #SundaySupper!

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Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) February 16, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I buy most of my blog props at The Dollar Store…or on clearance when I come upon a good sale. I’m afraid I might get addicted if I went thrifting for blog props :lol:!

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FamilyFoodie February 16, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Oh yes, Love the local Dollar Tree! You never know what you can find in there too!

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Lisa February 16, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Just discovered your blog! I’ll be a frequent visitor. I have a question: Are you super organized when it comes to storing your blog props, dishes, and such? Because I have a similar passion, but I have held back from purchasing more because my MIL was a “collector” (okay, hoarder) with at least seventy sets of china. That along with her other “treasures” made her house a disaster, as you can imagine. I’m scared of going down that road, but I love cooking, entertaining, and tableware.

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FamilyFoodie February 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

Hi Lisa,
So glad you came by. I “try” to stay organized… not always successful but I try! One of the nice things about thrifting for my props is that many times I only want it for one or two shots. When I am done, I will donate it back to the thrift store… Of course, my china, silver and crystal is another story. I just really treasure those!

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Purabi Naha February 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

I loved reading about your props and where these beautiful pieces come from. Garage sale shops are really amazing, isn’t it. We in India don’t have such shops, Alas!

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife February 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I love thrift store finds! We recently started going to the flea markets on Saturdays and I am loving all of the things I”m finding! Last weekend I got an old vintage Ball Jar for $5! I looked it up online and it was made between 1922 & 1933. I love it so much! I made a beautiful Flower vase for my kitchen table.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom February 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

oh wow, I LOVE great deals!! These props are awesome!

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked February 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I love knowing that I don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy props for my blog. Since I blog for pleasure and not profit, I just don’t have the funds to do that. I can’t wait to hit up some thrift stores and dollar stores for some fun, therapeutic shopping. And your tip for keeping organized (by re-donating the props after you’ve used them) is genius! I’m in a tiny apartment so there’s no way I could endlessly add to my collection.

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