Pictures are worth thousands of words – they give us much of what we need to know when considering clothing for the rental collection. After all, our stock has to work on screen!
Certain colours, prints, textures and styles just don’t rent to productions. They may be too loud, “buzz,” look bulky or have too much action happening out of the shot.
Ian does want to see everything, but we don’t always need to see individual items. A quick snap of the closet, or the items spread out on a bed gives a lot of information. But by all means, do send us as many as you can!
Something that happens from time to time is that the pictures sent are so large and so many that they “crash” our mailbox.
If you’re taking images on your smartphone, iPad or tablet and emailing them to us, your phone will often ask you what size to send once you’ve selected them – choose the smallest option, please. If your email account doesn’t have your name in the address (email@example.com – we’ll know who you are and what to call you; firstname.lastname@example.org – not so much!)
If you’re using a digital camera, please upload your images to wherever you find them most convenient to organize.
We’d like to show an easy way for us to see the most images with the least amount of effort once your pictures have been uploaded from your camera to your desktop computer or laptop.
Imgur is an efficient and private way of temporarily hosting pictures to send to us. Here is how to use it:
First, go to the website called Imgur:
(clicking on the highlighted word Imgur above will take you there – or Google it!)
Once you’re on the page, click on the green box that says New Post:
This will open up a window where you can either drag pictures from your desktop, or from a file where you’ve organized them in your computer. So, click on your photos and pull them into this gray square…
…or click browse and find the photos you would like to send, and click on those.
(We’ve opened our documents folder, and want to send the picture of the three black dresses – we’ve clicked on the photo…)
(and then clicked Open at the bottom right of the screen that opened…)
This uploads the picture(s) to Imgur. You can do as many as you like, highlight as many as you have all at once, and clicking open will attach them all!
Then, please click on “Give Your Post a Title” and let us know who you are – we’ve titled this one Clothing for Sale – Ian Drummond.
This helps us keep everyone’s items straight.
If you click on the words in the smaller gray box to the right that says Post Privacy, you’ll see that your pictures are hidden from everyone else – only people you give the link to will be able to see them. That’s what we need you to do next. Click “SAVE” and go on to the gray box that says Copy.
Clicking the gray box that says Copy will highlight the link to the photo in green. That means you’re “copying” it to put in an email.
Now, you can go to whichever program you use to send emails, and put that link in the body of the message (On some computers, just use the command +v button):
Please then write your email to us as you will! Putting “Clothing for Sale” in the subject line is helpful, because it makes us easy to sort calls to return when organizing our day.
Before you hit “send,” it’s helpful for us to know certain things that the pictures can’t always tell us.
Questions we’ll ask:
What is the quantity? A break-down such as 5 coats, 10 dresses, 3 sweaters, 7 men’s suits gives a great idea of how much time Ian will need to spend looking at things when he’s booking an appointment.
What are the sizes? If they don’t have labels, using a measuring tape or ruler to get a waist measurement, or chest measurement is very helpful.
Are there any interesting labels? What stores did they come from back in the day? (We like to know where people shopped – it gives us an idea of how they’ll suit the characters who’ll be wearing them!)
What kind of condition are they in? How have they been stored (basement, attic, closet, barn, garage, storage?) (We have to clean everything that comes into the studio – but attics sometimes lead to dry rot, and basements to mildew problems. It means we’ll have to look closer and check the fabric more carefully.)
Where are you located? Ian often makes a few calls in a day, and will want to group them in the same area.
Please do feel free to call and and we will be very glad to help you with this in any way we can!