3/26/2010

A stroll through my sold listings

I was inspired by Nancy at Nfall2rt to take a stroll back through my sold listings on Etsy. I have sold 90 items although I'd say around 20 of those were actually trades. My first sale came only several hours after I listed my first item on Sep 2, 2007. It was one of my Indian Surprises from above. I sold 5 scarves my first year using the colorful sari silk yarn in bright bold colors. I don't know why I stopped making them to be honest. The last skein I bought on e-bay had a weird smell so I decided to not use it but I think it's time to look for another supplier. The colors really pop off the screen. I remember how proud I was of the pictures of this scarf with the Buddha head statue from my back yard.
I used a lot more props when I first started photographing my scarves. I was constantly bringing a vase or wall hanging or statue into the shot. I got lazy or perhaps more effective at streamlining the process a year into selling. I think it took some of the fun out of it for me and I do still like going back and looking at the prop shots from the past. This one used a moon plaque I had that I think set a mood. I sold this scarf on Dec 3, 2007.

The High Times Scarflette became the foundation for an entire shop makeover 2 years ago. I first sold it on Feb 17, 2008. I have since sold a number of them on-line and in person and it is still my bestseller so to speak. I've used up the last of the now discontinued yarn and I decided not to go in search for any remnants that might still be out there on-line. The colors captured the mood I wanted to express with my shop perfectly at that time and the pictures in my banner will live on until I decide to shake things up some day.
This last scarf, called Champagne Blush, sold on Nov 3, 2008. It represents the move away from using props in my shots and is a more straightforward shot. I like how well it shows off the details of the scarf and the eye is not distracted by anything else. The pure white background shows that I was getting better at using the light and my camera.

What do you think. Should I continue to keep it simple or do you like the shots with the props better? I'm still torn. I will need to do a big photo shoot of my inventory that I have left after last year's craft shows to be ready for next year.

7 comments:

Ann said...

To be perfectly honest I like all the shots. I don't think it matters so much about the props as long as you can see the item that's being sold at least that's my opinion but then I don't sell so what do I know...lol

elsiee said...

how fun to take a little stroll down memory lane about your ETSY sales - puts me in the mood to do a similar post!

Got It From My Mama said...

All your scarves looked very nice it's hard sometimes to get the right prop to do justice to your scarf.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

First, congrats! on all the sales. I see the first prop as very creative though it's the item that steals the show so props do not matter that much. The champagne blush is gorgeous.

Split Rock Ranch said...

Personally, I think they're all good. The one with just the scarf is great because it does show off the detail and texture to the scarf - something else in the photo would have detracted from that. Nothing can detract from the bright colors of the sari silk scarves! I think you've found a good balance.

Alterity Button Jewelry said...

What a great walk-through down memory lane! You have inspired me!

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

gosh, Paige.. I really don't know. I like the use of props, but the scarves do so well on their own too.. whatever you decide, I am sure it will work well! :)

 

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