I don’t know about you, but if you’re a blogger you might be obsessed with blog props as much as I am; especially when you realise how pretty they can make your photos look. That being said, if I have learnt anything over the past 2 years it’s that you cannot create a huge selection of blog props overnight. Oh and when you see them you have to buy them! Stupidly I have spent so long putting off buying little bits and pieces, that I’ve never really built up my collection until the past few months. I quickly realised how much better my photos look with them and decided to bite the bullet and start picking out the best pieces.
I find buying blog photography props is just like picking out the best pieces for your wardrobe. You need things that are staple pieces (*cough* marble background), things that are versatile and of course a few bits that are seasonal or applicable to certain posts. Let’s be honest, blogmas isn’t quite the same without all the glitter, reindeer prints and general festiveness! With that in mind, I knew I really needed to start working on my collection of blog props, but I also didn’t want to take out a bank loan to do it. So, with a budget in mind I managed to pick up some bits recently that I absolutely love and haven’t had to spend too much. Today I thought I would share the best places to buy things that cost £10 or less!
Homesense / TK Maxx
Homesense and TK Maxx are one of my favourite places ever, not only for blogging bits, but just for home wear in general. They are perfect for adorable notebooks, flowers, mugs and just all things flatlay worthy! This marble notebook was only £3.99 and the candle was only £6.99. I also found some really nice diffusers that were in the sale for £3 each. My mum even managed to bag herself a Kate Spade diary for £5.99!
You might have seen on my Instagram stories recently that I had the biggest package ever delivered; containing what I think is the best blogging purchase ever! I am now the proud owner of a giant marble tile. I have had your standard sticky back plastic before, but this is so much better. It’s a little bit heavier/bulkier, but I plan on having it in my office soon, so this won’t really bother me. To top it off this investment was only £5!
Tesco, Sainsburys, and Asda usually have fantastic blogging bits from candles, mugs, notebooks, flowers, plants, to magazines and more. You can also pick up some really good books in most supermarkets too. They are normally less than £10 and I find these are a great edition to most blog photos. Failing that, there is always Amazon. I have been stocking up on some great books and here are the ones I’ve been loving lately. (She Means Business / #Girlboss / Girl Code)
Ahhh Ikea – the black hole of home wear. Last time I took a trip to Ikea, I gave in and bought the faux sheep skin rug that was only £10 as well as a blanket (this was £15, but I use it at home and not just for blogging bits) and some fake flowers that were only 40p each! It’s always a good place to top up your prop collection no matter what you need.
I think I hit the jackpot of blogger props last time I went to Home Bargains. There were so many gorgeous things and they were all so reasonable. I managed to pick up this little rose gold jewellery plate/tray for £1.99 This gorgeous tea cup for £2.99, these little note paper clips and lots more! They also have the infamous prosecco candles at the moment too, not to mention the gin & tonic ones! The only downside is that both Home Bargains and B&M seem to have a fast turn around of stock so you have to snap up the bargains as soon as you see them!
I am loving the prop collection I have built so far! I can’t wait to use it all and add to it as the year goes on. A lot of the things I have bought I would keep around my house or use on a daily basis, so I get the most use for my money, but I would also recommend some sort of storage box to keep the other bits in. I have a big plastic box that sits at the bottom of my wardrobe, so I know where it all is and it keeps it all tidy. I’ve definitely learnt that you do not need to spend a fortune to get lovely props you just need to shop around a little.