The Golden Chalice: This Week on Inside the Prop Closet

What to do when you find a golden chalice (The Golden Chalice, maybe?) at a thrift store? Use it as a prop for your next Photoshop challenge!

The cup I found definitely isn’t gold, but it sparked ideas. And the final image actually needs a lot more work. It isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but it’s a start.

I have many dreams – a stack of them. Among that stack is a dream to have a photo studio with a bunch of fun, unexpected props. It’ll be a place full of whimsy and charm, where people can create one-of-a-kind-visual worlds.

I’ve been collecting props for said studio on recent thrift store journeys. When searching for props, here’s a bit of my thought process.

  • Go small over big. Bigger props require space that I don’t have yet. And they’re more challenging to travel with if you want to, say, have a photo shoot outdoors. There’s a lot that you can do with small things, especially in Photoshop.

  • Brainstorm photo concepts beforehand. Because the thrift store is an eclectic mix of so many things, it’s helpful to go in with a concept already in mind. Of course, you should be open to new ideas as they come along, but having a sense of your visual direction saves both time and money.

  • Avoid the costume aisle. This might be a weird tip, but I think using everyday items in unexpected ways, instead of buying pre-packaged creativity, is really where the fun is. Re-imagine kitchen pots, table runners and more. What other things could they become? They’re more than meets the eye, and hold lots of potential in your creative, capable hands.

Happy Thrifting!


the golden chalice two

The original cup



David Leon Morgan is a Bronx-based creative storyteller and crafter. He loves to crochet, sing extremely loudly in the shower and help others share their story in creative ways. Learn more about him and his work at

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