I also had other patterned plates in my pantry, but when I pulled these out for food photographs, I found that the patterns overwhelmed or distracted from the cupcakes. I decided that I needed to start building a collection of simple, solid-colored plates... once I saved up some money. Plateware tends to be pricey, especially the pretty, photogenic kind -- I mean, a plate sometimes sells for over $20 a pop at Anthropologie!
A few days ago, however, I saw a pin on Pinterest on how to build your very own multi-tiered dessert tray. Ecstatic but not wanting to spend too much money on the project, I recalled my early days in college where my friends and I thrifted through a large Goodwill warehouse near campus to decorate our dorm rooms. So I made it my personal mission to go to the nearest Goodwill this weekend and pick up a few solid-colored plates for the project.
It happened to be my lucky day on Saturday -- Goodwill was having a 50%-off-everything sale in the store! I got a little carried away and bought myself a huge stack of plates and a macaron baking tin:
All for $6.97!
I often get distracted by all the bright, pretty things in stores like Anthropologie, Cost Plus World Market, Etsy, and Terrain -- so much that I often forget that Goodwill is a much cheaper and perfectly viable (superior, even) alternative to all those places. Don't get me wrong -- I would love to buy most of the things I see at the stores that I listed, but it's probably best to save my pennies for a rainy day. And although you definitely have to do some digging to find the diamonds in the rough, Goodwill really is a great source for vintage, unique, and quirky food photography props. All for much cheaper prices than that "one-of-a-kind" $28 plate from Anthropologie!
I definitely foresee more trips to Goodwill in the future.
Oh! And an insider's tip for all the Denver residents out there -- apparently they have this 50%-off-everything sale every other Saturday! Crazy!