Category Archives: Queue Information

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Photographing your LuLaGoodies

Category : Queue Information

How do you want to photograph your clothes? There are so many options out there and you want to make it yours!

 

To body form or not to body form?

I personally use a body form.  I like it, I like the way you can see how the clothes hang on a body and see where the patterns fall.  However, one limitation I am finding with using a body form is that I do not have a great way to create a visual outfit. I think it is so great when people add accessories and shoes to an outfit to show people what is possible with just one piece! Additionally, because I bought size 4(ish) body form, there are certain pieces that I cannot get on there without a hassle.  Cassies and XXS and XS Nicoles are particular doozies.  I have a decorative finial at the top of my body form (who by the way is named Queen B) and it is a bit loose.  I have hit my head with that metal finial more times than I care to count taking off items from the body form, dislodging the finial and, without fail, it landing on my head.  Fun time!  One reason to not use a body form is cost. A quality body form is not cheap and there are many different styles and variations. I personally like the body forms that are not patterned so they do not distract from the clothes.  And one body form is not the solution to showing all clothes. Kids styles require a different solution.  There is also a maintenance cost one has to consider with a body form. I have had mine for about 7 months and Queen B is looking dirty. Since I have a light colored body form, the darker clothes she wears are starting to stain her shoulders so I am going to have to get a new jersey cover for her soon.

 

What do you do if you choose not to do a body form? There are many who lay their outfits on a decorative backdrop on top of a table with lights pointed downwards onto the table.  They use a step stool in order to be tall enough to take the picture. I think this is a great look as well! I have struggled with how to mount my signage because y backdrop is paper and not attached to the wall. I use a photography backdrop holder so I can’t really nail anything into the wall. I have hung things from the backdrop holder with fishing line. My final display is always a work in progress!

 

There is also a question of how to label your items.  I chose to use physical items. I have created and printed labels that I have mounted on cardboard and added a magnet to the back. I have a magnetic board that I use that I have standing up on a table (at the moment).  I am still looking for that perfect magnetic board!  I like this set up for a couple of reasons.  I do not have to edit my photos after I take them.  With proper lighting (which I will address below), I do not have to edit my photos. There are others that edit their pictures to add their name, style and size information! You have to decide what for you is work you do not mind doing! While I feel like editing of images to add text looks better than what I have chosen to do, it is easier for me personally because I would rather be physically doing work rather than editing in post. I have a SLEW of pictures I need to edit all the time (part-time photographer as well!).

 

Lighting is a key component to creating great photos.  Natural light would be ideal but the reality is, who has the ability to time their photos perfectly with lighting? Not me, that is for sure.  You might want to consider investing in lights. What you need depends on what equipment you are using to take your pictures. If you are planning on using your phone to take pictures, I know there are

to acheive true color.  And in the end that is the goal, to represent the clothes as true to reality as we can in the pictures that we are taking. I have no experience with this smaller lights but I have heard good things.

 

If you are going to have a more elaborate setup, I recommend the

which you can find on Amazon.  I do like these lights and they work great for the price. As a photographer, I am always looking to upgrade my equipment but these absolutely get the job done.  When using these, it helps to turn of ALL the lights around you and only allowing the umbrella lights to shine on the items you are photographing.

 

There are a LOT of different variables that go into deciding how you want to take your pictures. My advice in to keep it simple and clean. The less distraction in the picture, the better. You want to highlight the clothes and possibly your name but that is about it! I have a feeling my set up is going to continue to change, and that is OK! What sort of setup do you like as a consultant and as a customer?

 

 


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Sharing your URLs

Category : How-Tos , Queue Information

Here is a tip on how to easily remember and share your Facebook page, group, checkout link or any URL you reuse over and over again.

Here are two examples of what I use it for:

http://tinyurl.com/LLRNancyOwen

http://tinyurl.com/LLRNancyOwenAlbums

So it takes a LONG URL and shortens it to one that works better for communications. Checkout this video below to see how it works:

 

 


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Your Shipping Policy

Category : Queue Information

When deciding your shipping policy, there are a few factors to consider when deciding what works best for you!

How are you going to ship?

I use Stamps.com for my shipping at home. It is great though the price of $15.99 a month is not negligible. However, I feel like I pay for the convenience.  I have not personally compared this product to other similar services but I have used stamps.com reliably in the past and my sponsor loves it and I had to make a quick decision on a solution!

With Stamps.com, I can print my labels at home using my existing printer on sticker paper I purchased from Stamps.com.  It works for now. I have heard great things about the thermoprinter that I have heard is SO much easier to print with but at the current price tag, I am going to wait a little bit.

Some people I know use shippingeasy.com and with the thermoprinter, can batch print! How easy would that be? Research for another day!

How much are you going to charge for shipping?

What is your shipping policy going to be? How much are you going to charge? For my group, I have decided to charge $6 shipping across the board.  One main reason is simplicity. No matter what they order, it is $6.  You can ship priority almost anywhere in a Tyvek Priority mailer or Priority bubble mailer for around $6.  If you use USPS, those shipping materials are FREE.  Here is a good list of service comparisons:

Keep in mind, shipping first class can sometimes cost more than shipping priority even for one item! Some of those quilted Amelias weigh more than a pound!
Shipping Supplies

If you choose to ship priority, you can order your materials here for free:

Order them in the largest quantity you can and order them often. Sometimes it takes time for them to get to  your door so you want to plan accordingly.

I only use the Tyvek and Bubble Mailers as they are waterproof. Do not use the flat cardboard envelopes. They are not waterproof and I have had items delivered to my door almost completely open because cardboard can and will rip!


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Racks and Hangers and Such

Category : Queue Information

There are so many decisions you have to make when it’s time to start getting your supplies while you are in the queue!  I am sure there are a LOT of great products out here but here is what I use and why.

Racks

I made the mistake of getting racks from Amazon right away because I did not have time to research. My time in the queue was very short so my things were on there way very very quickly and you cannot say no to Amazon Prime! Amazon rarely lets me down.  I figured I would start with racks that gave me more bang for my buck.  Double racks seemed like the thing to do!

This rack has been great but it only works for items like shirts and short skirts.  It is a great price for what it is with the one major downside that it is not very portable.

I have to admit I am not in love with this rack. It is very very sturdy. However, the two racks are very close together and with regular sized hangers, they bang into each other. It causes me to have to not be able to fill the racks fully and one row has to be askew to allow for space of the other hangers. It might work very well for kids hangers.

I quickly realized that these racks were NOT enough space! I saw these cheap white double racks that were on clearance at Target for $15.00 and it was definitely a case of, you get what you pay for.  So cheap and barely made it a month holding my stuff.

I did not know how to tackle moving my stuff at all and that was not a factor in my rack purchasing decisions.  When the white Target racks failed me, I had to make a decision on what to do next and I found these fold-able racks at Store Supply. I love this website. The shipping may be pricey for these kinds of items but for the most part I have received items next day! It is great.

Here are the racks: https://www.storesupply.com/pc-12695-853-collapsible-salesman-rolling-racks-60113.aspx

racks

These racks are perfect for what I need them for. They are sturdy, affordable, portable and adjustable. They fold up very quickly and easily but be careful, I have hit my head a couple of times while doing that but I am very accident prone.  The end caps pull out for even more display space! They also adjust up and down two stops for different options. I take 5 of these with me to my in-home pop-ups and it holds what I need it to! One thing I have noticed about these racks is they have a metallic oily smell to them.  The smell on mine has gone away now but for a while, it was quite strong!

Hangers

I actually ordered super cute teal and pink velvet hangers from Amazon but that was before I realized  that Costco has 50 black velvet covered hangers for ten dollars! Now you never know when Costco is going to have items in so I bought a ton and now I am about to run out.  I also bought some kids’ hangers because there are some items like the XXS Nicole all the kids items that do not fit on a regular hanger without damaging the item.

 

And Such

If you are planning on taking your inventory ANYWHERE, you have to get the the Frakta IKEA bags. They are the best!

frakta

They are affordable and you can move your items on their hangers. It makes  setting up and breaking down go much easier. Check out this video on how to use them.


These bags can also be purchased on Amazon!

I am not saying these are the best options out there but it is what I have and continue to use! I would love to hear products you like to use for racks and hangers and such!