If you have visited my Etsy Vintage Shop, you may know that I love collecting and selling vintage baskets.
I have several pine needle baskets in my collection — gifts from my younger sister. She purchased the baskets when she lived and worked in Central America in the early 2000s.
I treasure my pine baskets, and love the texture and the deep, rust colors of the pine needles.
I remember my delight when I received this big, beehive-shaped basket from my sister, and our conversation about the work it took to make these, with the weaver first having to collect a whole lot of pine needles to make one basket.
So…since I was familiar with pine baskets, I was happy to find this beautiful, round, pine needle basket at a thrift shop last month.
I looked forward to listing it in the store, and admired the thick braid of pine needles incorporated into the design, and the wavy shape of the rim, giving the basket many “handles” all around the edges.
Almost 3 weeks after I listed the basket, I looked at the listing page again and realized the photos were lackluster, compared to the actual object.
Perhaps my little camera was in a bad mood…
The photos were just blah, kind of dull, and did not reflect the beauty of this item, and its rich, natural colors.
I decided to retake the photos, and updated the listing.
This time, the photos had better colors, more true to the basket.
Was it a coincidence?
I don’t know for sure, but I do think that the new photos better showcased the basket’s natural beauty and craftsmanship, and perhaps the improved pictures helped the buyer make the decision to acquire the basket for their own collection.
- It’s a good idea to review your listings periodically to see if improvements can be made…not just for the photo, but the description as well.
- If you think the photos do not truly reflect the beauty of your item — or show off its best features — then do not hesitate to retake it, and replace your listing photos.
It just may be the improvement needed to help sell the object, and for it to find its way to a new owner/collector. 🙂
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