We love to crowdsource around here! The Bite Shot Community generously shared their favorite sources for props to use in food photography. Below is a list (that we continue to add to!) of recommended sources for sourcing food photography props. We cover a wide range from budget options to pricier (and totally worth it!) artisans and rental options, too.
You’ll see that we also list where each source is based as consideration for shipping or shopping in person. However, I’m continually surprised at the affordability of some retailers to ship worldwide.
Have a recommendation that you don’t see below? E-mail us at email@example.com so we can add your favorites!
Makers & Artisans
Handmade ceramics and tableware have a unique character that can add a lot of texture and visual interest to your scenes. These tend to cost more since they are handmade. But, they become a worthwhile investment when you find yourself using them frequently.
Notary Ceramics – Portland, Oregon USA
Taglifiero Ceramics – Talent, Oregon USA
The Freaky Raku – Venice, Italy
Farmhouse Pottery – Woodstock, Vermont USA
Nora Pottery Art – Tel Aviv, Israel
Table Threads – Australia
Nanase Design – Vancouver, Canada
Red Barn Pottery – Vermont, USA
East Fork Pottery – Asheville, North Carolina USA
HF Coors – Tucson, Arizona USA
Felt and Fat – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Rachel Green Pottery – USA
Fracture Goods – USA
RV Pottery – Nashville, Tennessee USA
KJ Pottery – Spokane, Washington USA
Nom Living – London, United Kingdom
Etsy is a marketplace for makers and artisans where you can find lots of unique ceramics and tableware.
Oregon Ceramics Showcase – annual event of local ceramics and pottery makers
These retailers do a wonderful job curating special, unique pieces and bringing them to one place. They offer up variety when it comes to types of goods and styles, but with the knowledge of independent artisans and unique wares.
Caravan Home – USA
Food 52 – USA
Schoolhouse – USA
Fodory – USA
Kitchen Kaboodle – USA
Magnolia – USA
Urbana – USA
Burke Decor – USA
The Prop Shop – Brazil
Sabre Paris – Worldwide
Lisa Angel UK – UK
Magic Linen – Worldwide
Antiques and Secondhand
Unique, vintage and previously loved wares can be found on the shelves of antiques, vintage and second-hand stores. Depending on where you live and where your stores are receiving items from these can be hit-or-miss, but they provide a great opportunity for treasure hunting!
Goodwill – USA
eBay – worldwide
Salvation Army – USA and Canada
Looses Emporium – UK
Syracuse Antiques – Syracuse, New York USA
Mother of Junk – Brooklyn, New York USA
Larger retailers generally offer lower prices and are a good go-to for basics. Everyday homewares can serve as good staples in your props collection.
Target – USA
Crate & Barrel – USA
CB2 – USA
Pottery Barn – USA
HomeGoods – USA
World Market – USA
Michael’s – USA
Kroger Grocery – USA
H&M Home – USA
Zara Home – USA
West Elm – USA
Anthropologie – USA
Hobby Lobby – USA
Williams Sonoma – USA
EFavorMart – USA
Loblaws – Canada
Dollarama – Canada
GiFi – France
Maison du Monde – France
Centrakor – France
Casa – France
Live in a larger city? There might be a props rental house in your area. These shops give you the ability to rent props for a fee. This means more affordable access to a wide array of props. Too, you return the props after you’re done so you don’t have to figure out storage.
Prop Link LA – Los Angeles, CA
Plate and Patina – Los Angeles, CA
The Surface Library – Los Angeles, CA
Prop Workshop – New York, NY