Saturday, May 8, 2010

From hobby to income?

One of my favorite hobbies is photography.  I'm certainly not a professional by any stretch of the imagination (I have friends who are), but I do enjoy taking pictures of my kids, my yard and my adventures in cooking/baking.  A few months ago, I decided that I really loved some of my pictures and that they might look halfway decent on the otherwise empty wall in my front living room.

I really love how this wall turned out.  One of my favorite photographs is featured in the middle:

Several other pictures are featured on either side, some from our yard and two from our trip to Massachusetts last October.

Every time I walk into this room (which is where my hubby is usually stationed at his computer), I stop to think about how proud I am of these photographs, especially since they were taken using the macro function of my tiny little Canon PowerShot SD1000.  I've thought about putting more of them up around the house, but I can't decide where to put them (it would look cluttered to add more in the living room, wouldn't it?).  A friend suggested that I should sell some of my photographs.  That thought has been stirring around in my wee little head for some time now, but I haven't actually done anything about it.

And then a sign appeared at the entrance to our neighborhood.

Two weeks from today, our neighborhood will be holding a community-wide garage sale.

I've been thinking about printing up more pictures ($0.13/print at Costco!), putting them in frames and setting them out at the yard sale.  (OK, let's be honest - I'll be on a plane to Hanoi at that point, so really it will be my husband doing the selling.  I'm an awful wife.)  I have lots of pics to choose from, such as:



I'm still mulling this around, and haven't decided yet whether or not I want to go to the trouble.  What if no one buys them?  Would I just put them up around the house?  What if someone does want to buy one?  How much should I charge?

Does anyone have any experience or suggestions or other general insight that can help me with this dilemma?


nica ha said...

You can check sites like for prices of stuff like that. Granted theirs might be a little more expensive than you would want to do for a garage sale, but it will give you a good idea. If you're going to frame them too don't forget to add in the cost of the frame. I love close up pics of flowers and plants like that, they look great :)

Shauna said...

Thanks for the tip - I'll definitely have to look into that! It's also good to know that someone else likes these kinds of photos as well, so thanks for the confidence boost! :)