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Use Your Hometown to Make Zazzle Store Products

Updated on February 22, 2015
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Your Zazzle Store Can Start Near Home

Find interesting subjects to add to Zazzle products in your hometown. Then create the products, and start selling.

In our case, this was easy. New Orleans has an abundance of photographs waiting to be taken. We have an easy access to great images. But, there are great images just about everywhere. Find the ones in your hometown.

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Make a Zazzle Store Using Scenes from Your Area

Knowledge is important, and your expertise and knowledge of your hometown can be used to start a Zazzle store.

Take digital photographs of places of interest. But, make them as artistic as possible. If there is a building of historic importance, take the photograph from an angle that includes a tree. Perhaps a lake to the side of an image can add interest. Taking the photograph well centered may not always be the best, and usually is not.

Take multiple photographs of the same object. Zazzle allows multiple listings. They make money when you make money, so why should they limit you.

Make items with your photographs. If you allow customizing your products, you may get extra sales, but help your buyers. Background color, if a background field is used, can be changed. Do not expect your customers to make the changes. Show several appealing colors as backgrounds for the same item. After posting the original version for sale, customize it yourself and post the altered product.

Mugs come in a multitude of sizes and types. Show them all.

Add wording to your products if it is appropriate. Again, your customer can add the wording, but if you have words that might sell, show them. Customize your product and post a new version with the wording. Of course, personalizing items with names is impractical to do for your customers. For personalization of products you may have to indicate the possibility in the item description.

Remember, Zazzle displays your products. The more you have, the better your chance of making a sale.

Zazzle Basics

To sell on Zazzle you need access to the Internet and digital photographs or drawings that can be uploaded. Unless you are an artist and can handle the programs needed to publish art, use photographs.

You will have the option to allow white space if the photograph does not fit, or fully cover the image field with the photograph, even though some photographs may be cropped. This is a judgment call. See what looks best.

If you add text you will need to select the color, size, font, and placement. Spend some time and make it look nice.

There are commands that allow you to make many different products with the same image all at once. If you do this, be careful. You will want to add wording product by product, and some products do not publish immediately. So, when you go to edit your products, there may be a delay.

Select your categories, and your store category, carefully.

Use tags to help your customers find your products. Cut and paste if you have several products that use the same tags, or that have many tags in common.

Set your royalties for your products. While there is the temptation to set the royalty level high, remember that you are competing with others who sell for lower royalties.

Most important, Zazzle is free.



Our Location is New Orleans

New Orleans is rich in historic buildings. Finding a building is not a problem. Having a clear shot with no crowd in the foreground is a problem. Patience is necessary.

In addition to buildings the French Quarter has many interesting subjects that are family friendly. Horse drawn carriages are easy to find. So are street musicians. Famous names are everywhere. Even the old tiles used to provide street names can produce points of interest.

Often, one photograph can yield three versions of a product. For example, one photograph can be used to create a mouse pad, then have the words “New Orleans, Louisiana” added, and finally have the words “New Orleans French Quarter” used. Notice how one photograph yields three products.



New Orleans is Close to Plantations

In addition to our New Orleans photographs, we have shots of several plantations. Plantations require a drive of about fifty miles each way, but such a drive can be a great family outing.

One of our most difficult shots was at a plantation. We were attempting to get distance shots when one family began a leisurely stroll along the walk in front of the building. We had about a ten minute wait. Why not just take the shot? Plantation garb did not include a young girl dressed in bright lime green. There was no option except to wait until she vanished.

Be Courteous and You Might Stay Out of Trouble

We have many photographs that we reject using. Even if we really want a certain subject, we sometimes wait if we cannot resolve either of two problems. We refuse to use a photograph with a license plate that is readable, and we do not show close ups of faces. If we take a photograph of a street musician, we take it from a distance, and preferably from behind.

Horse and Carriage


Our Zazzle Store

While our location provides material for two categories, we have many others. Visit our store and see how variety can be important.

Before we got too far into this, we ordered some items to check the quality. Our store has a reputation, and if we felt Zazzle had anything other than quality, we would not recommend Zazzle.

Take a Day Trip

If your home town has insufficient material for your creativity, consider taking a day trip. Often nearby places offer much, and the trip itself can be quite rewarding. Involve the entire family and enjoy a miniature local vacation, and get usable images at the same time.

Historical places offer an excellent opportunity for images that can be used. Just be careful the images are not of something protected from commercial usage.

When Even a Day Trip Is Inadequate

Well, I suppose that could happen in some locations, albeit few. In those rare cases take your camera along on a vacation. Try for appealing, desirable, yet unique images. It is not worth much to repeat the same products as many others. So, plan ahead and see what is already there, and what is missing. Yes, you can compete with what is there, but ask whether your products will appear on a high enough page to compete with established products. Uniqueness, even of it is in the wording, will set your products apart.

Please let us know you visited. We appreciate comments!

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    • Blackspaniel1 profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      I hope your home town has as many opportunities as we have here. I am close to New Orleans, the Gulf Coast, and multiple plantations.

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      I really do love this concept of using photos in our local area to create Zazzle products. - Useful hub!

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      5 years ago

      Good Lens. I will have to look into Zazzle. Thanks

    • Jo-Jackson profile image


      5 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      5 years ago

      What a great idea!

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      Michelle Mafra 

      6 years ago from Corona CA

      Great tip.

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      You DO live in a very picturesque city and perfect for your Zazzle shop! :)

    • Mistl profile image


      6 years ago

      Fantastic idea! :)

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      Ellen Gregory 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is a very good idea.

    • victoriuh profile image


      6 years ago

      Read this with interest as I live in a tourist town. Thank you!

    • avigarret profile image


      6 years ago

      Never thought of using zazzle that way, thanks for sharing your expertise, will definitely give this a try.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      What an interesting idea.

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      7 years ago

      Great idea! Nice work!

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      7 years ago

      this is actually an excellent idea! We have the Cosmosphere and Space Center here that would be of interest to many on items.....we also have some great old businesses downtown that are currently being funded to be taken back to their original state.


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