Saturday, March 22, 2014

Labourings


It really doesn't feel good to me how long I go between posts. I gotta fix that. I should just post about any old crap like I used to on Livejournal. There's many facets to the Sparrow, you don't see half of them here! Note to self. Anyway- that's for later; what have I been up to? Well...



 Couple months ago Dad decided he wanted a high quality printer (he makes magic lantern slides for a hobby) and I chipped in so I would finally be able to print my own photos at home instead of sending them to the lab. It's fantastic to be able to set up a shot, process the image and print it out all in under an hour! This means I can start offering my prints again in Sparrow Salvage, something I'd been meaning to get back to but was hobbled by Etsy's new hurdle that you have to apply for 'permission' to sell prints that are printed by a third party. Yes, this is a new rule, just another strand in their tangled web of what is and isn't 'handmade'. I didn't especially feel like asking Etsy's permission, so I put it on the back burner. Til now! And I prefer it this way, I have direct control over my prints; full control over the colour tones and paper quality. What's more I can print them when they're ordered rather than buying a bunch of pre-printed and worrying they won't sell.



I've been making stuff, sorta. I took photos for a tutorial I was writing on my bangle earrings, then I started wondering if I wanted to do a tutorial on it, then I figured I might as well since I have it all written out, then I wondered does anyone even need a tutorial for these? Its pretty easy to figure out on your own isn't it? I don't know- I have an ability to look at something and within a few minutes I can figure out how it's done, so I don't know what people do or don't need instructions for.



Of course I've been busy with Fagin's - where most of my time goes. The whole process of buying stock, photographing it, researching it, watching the evening sun wash over it when it sits on my desk... I love it. Lately though it's been a case of listing it on Etsy and then deactivating it when it sells on eBay, where 90% of my sales come from lately. I know it's because my international shipping is driving everyone away; $25 is an extreme rate but I need to charge it in order to track the valuable items. I charge the same rate on eBay but there's a much wider Australian audience there, so there's more likelihood it'll sell. I don't like the idea of giving up on Fagin's though, so I'm keeping the jewelry for eBay and returning to supplies!


Especially as I've built up a serious collection of vintage necklaces that either break while I'm cleaning them (and I'm gentle!) or have been re-strung in the past and were poorly done, or ones that come in a bulk lot but aren't worth listing on their own for whatever reason. I had meant to either make new things with them or restore them, but I've tried several times and just don't have the interest. I'd rather sell the supplies to all you chaps, because I know you will make things you care about.


Here's a pair of earrings from one of those 'tries'. I mean they're nice n all, with those gorgeous faceted crystals from the 1930s and the miniature art forms of Kim's headpin and Petra's pottery stick... I tried telling myself it's just a day job and it helps raise money for England, but there's just no passion or challenge in making jewelry any more. I need to make a big sign to go over the desk 'do it for England!'
so homesick... 
Ahhh...that's better.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Death to the Sun King

 

 Rejoice! For supplies are once again trickling into fagin's daughter. I pulled them all during the summer heat and only sold jewelry for a while, most because I didn't want to have to go to the PO in all that 39 degree heat just to post $5 worth of beads. I love every order don't get me wrong...but if you've ever known heat that hits you like an oven door the moment you leave the house, you'll understand. Ugh- I'm starting to sweat just thinking about it... 



Thankfully that time of the year has now passed, and we're in that odd realm between summer and autumn, where the weather is a rollercoaster of lovely grey skies and cool winds, peppered with one or two scorchers. I've only had to use the AC once in the last 2 weeks, something of a miracle for early March. Usually by this point in the year I've burst into tears halfway through making dinner just from the sheer exhaustion of the merciless heat! 

Possibly the whole thing will make a liar out of me and we'll get a whole week above 30, but for now- grey sky bliss. 






Saturday, February 22, 2014

Instapimp



Much to my darling Wildthorne's delight, I am now on Instagram! Go find me, my hipster minions.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Photographing your online shop inventory - it's more than just good technique

So I've been writing a bunch of tutorials, and one of them is a photography tutorial, all about what kind of set up to use and various tricks for lighting and etc. But I'm starting to think that it's a bit unnecessary. There's a thousand tutorials out there on set ups and lighting and composition, why do you need me to tell you all about it?

Well I've decided you don't. But where I think I do have experience is in what kind of photo to take. How to represent your item, what to think about, how much trouble to go to etc. While I was thinking about this I was reminded that it's my turn to do a blog post for the Vesties team I'm a member of on Etsy. We're a team of vintage dealers who pride ourselves in having beautiful shops selling authentic vintage, so we share as much info as we can with each other in whatever field we're knowledgeable in. So if I'm sharing it with them I might as well share it with you too! Spreading the love is what I do.

So here's some free wisdom, gained from experience that (hopefully!) will help you create better images for your Etsy shop. Yes the first 3 are technicals and I said I wasn't bothering with that, but I'm only including them because I consider them very important - if you never learn your way around photography any more than these, you'll be OK.

Okay let's go!

Technical #1 - natural sunlight

Sure I know, everyone says it- because it's true! Though there are some truly amazing ways to set up an artificial lighting rig for any budget, fact of the matter is nothing beats Mr.Sunshine for the best results.Wait for overcast days and shoot as much as you can, when you can. Don't just shoot a few things and say 'that'll do' - it's good to have about a week's worth of listings ready to go on your hard drive for the times when weather and schedule are inflexible.


 Above, unedited shots of the same necklace using natural and artificial light. Though there is only a subtle difference, you can see below after editing there is still something 'off' in the artificial shot; the blues and yellows aren't quite right and the whole thing looks a bit too harsh and flat. Even after editing (see below) the lamplight shot is still somehow 'not quite there'. It might not look that different to you, but I'm holding the necklace in my hand right now and I can tell you, it's not the same colour as the lamplight image shows. Natural light is jut a flattering to an inanimate objects as it is to humans, so use it whenever you can.


Technical #2 - Any camera will do

Any camera is fine for shooting images for your shop- really! My first digital camera was purchased 10 years ago and still takes a great picture, even though it's only a 3.6 megapixel dinosaur. So get out your manual (or download it if you no longer know where it is!) and learn your camera's settings. Especially critical to good photos is white balance -a simple setting on your camera which will turn your yellowed or blue-soaked shots into more natural tones.


Above, changing the white balance has changed the light and tones drastically in these (unedited) shots. The center image is correct- on the left it is too blue and on the right too yellow. All 3 photos were taken within seconds of each other; the only thing that's changed is the white balance setting.

Technical #3 - post-process

Post-processing your images after you shoot them can mean the difference between a good photo and a great one. Not just perfectly good photos made better, but you can save low-exposed pics, or wrong white balance setting, or most frustrating of all, when purple doesn't want to come out purple. In the image below, the left half is unedited - straight out of the camera- while the right side has had basic post-processing in terms of light/contrast, colour adjustment and sharpening. You don't need Photoshop for this; Gimp is free and easy to use, and if you want more control you can get PS Element fairly cheaply on eBay. Consider it a good business investment!




That's the technical taken care of, let's move a bit deeper into some Research n Development. These tip will hopefully teach you to achieve pictures which both stand out from the search results and give you an improved social network presence. Practically every category on Etsy is flooded now and it's no longer enough just to have great photos - you gotta know how to flaunt it!

Know what you're shooting for

If you just head on into it randomly snapping images, you're going to have a bad time. Know what you need for the listing, and make sure all 5 images convey the whole piece without repeating themselves. Don't bother uploading similar or out-of-focus images, it's just a waste of time and gives the impression you don't know what you're doing.  Make sure you have an image that shows the object in it's entirety as well as images which show details like clasps on jewelry, lining in bags, labels in clothing etc. An Etsy specific tip- make all your images landscape orientation (wider than they are long) and you will avoid those ugly grey edges.


Take as many pics as you can - the more the better. Above is a cropped screenshot of my listings folder; I average about 20 shots for every item I list; from these I'll narrow it down to the best 5 and discard the rest. Being able to pick the good apples from the bunch is much better than just dealing with the few you've got.

Love your background

There's a lot of people that will tell you the best background to use is the one everyone else uses. I can't see the sense in this- your background is what makes your shop; it showcases your inventory, captures the heart of your target market and helps you accentuate your brand (what they now call 'tell your story'). Used to be that everyone was keen on the pure white background, though lately I'm seeing a rising trend in a dove grey backdrop. Don't fall for it.



Above is a shot of various papers and old book covers I'm currently exploring for backgrounds; I change them up a little now and then to inject a bit of 'fresh air' into my shop. If you set yourself apart and define your style by having a signature background, soon enough people will recognize it by sight outside of Etsy. This is especially helpful on social networking sites where credit of the original image can be lost. A distinctive visual style will work infinitely better than any watermark. If you want more help on what background is right for you, check out my older blog post on the subject.

Props are your friend

Backgrounds aren't the only thing that can set your style - a consistent prop or display is a great way to create unity in your shop, especially if your stock has a large variety. If you sell a lot of something particular like jewelry, but in many different styles, the same one or two jewelry cases or bracelet prop can bring a cohesion.


Boxes, tins, candlesticks and small china dishes all have their own personality. If you have a tea set or some fine dishes to sell, fill them with delicate pastries or rustic bread rolls. Furniture is especially in need of props- that antique kitchen table will look even better laid with a tablecloth and garnished with a chair or two. If it all seems a bit too much like hard work, just keep the prop shots for listings where the selling price makes it worthwhile.

Follow the leader

Your first image (which I call the leader) is the one that gets you the attention, so make sure it's a sparkler. It doesn't necessarily have to be one that shows the whole object, some shops have a style that relies on showing just tantalizing glimpses of details. Your image isn't just there to illustrate what's for sale- it's also going to work it's butt off networking and advertising you all over the internet. It may seem as simple as standing out from search results, but from there it's noticed on activity feeds and in a user's favourites. Before you know it it's in treasuries and being shared on Pinterest or Tumblr and featured in blogs. When people choose images for these things, it often isn't really about what's for sale, it's about the picture of the thing that's for sale. The more engaging your image is, the more likely it's going to get around.


This little blue dish was in my shop for about 5 months before someone bought it; in that time however it racked up an incredible 636 hearts and 89 treasuries! This padlock gained 253 hearts and 44 treasuries.They weren't particularly expensive objects, but the images were so admired that they paid for themselves time and time again in advertising for me and were seen by thousands of people. And I didn't have to lift a finger!

Change is good

Once you have something listed, it could run it's whole 4 month listing time without being purchased. When it comes time to renew expired listings, take a look over it and make sure there's nothing that might be a problem in it's being sold. Are the images showing the right scale, the texture on materials, that there's no chips in a glass rim or scratches in the leather? Maybe the first image jut isn't appealing; if it has a lot of views but not that many treasuries, maybe it needs a better image. Many's the time I've had a listing that wasn't selling, so I changed the picture and boom- off we go.


On the left is the leader image I originally used on the listing for a tie. It was okay, but the board didn't give an idea of scale and the tie looked too long for it's 1930s origins. In the right image, I used the male torso; it gives a nicer idea of scale and looks more appealing (and I can show the whole tie in another image in the listing). Sure enough, using the vintage mannequin rather than the board gained me much higher views. 

My final tip is - don't overdo it! These things take time and are filled with trial and error- I doubt there's a single 'online merchant' who's 100% confident they're doing everything right. What's most important is that you're happy with it, and it's working for you. Not all your listings have to be perfect treasury fodder, not all your images have to be prize-winners. Aim for about 80% gold and 20% glitter.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mothballs


 

Boy I've been slack on this blogging front- a month since my last post! Well it is what it is, volcano season is upon us here on the wrong side of the planet and I've been spending most of my time laying on the bed in a zombie daze. The last 4 days were hotter than Satan's sauna/hot tub room with built in pizza oven, but I managed to get through thanks to a good supply of homemade watermelon slushies, cool showers and a barely coping portable AC unit, clinging to the knowledge that in a couple of days we would have a week of the weather out there now; cloudy, cool and intermittently rainy.

Whilst not battling against the sun's attempts to kill me, I have been tending to other projects- this year has long been known in my head as The Year I Get My Life Back, and this summer hermit business is the foundation for it. I have put Fagin's Daughter on vacation and though I miss it terribly, I don't expect to open it again till around early/mid March. Not having to go down the Post Office is a huge weight off my mind in this weather- or not having to go anywhere at all!

 

I have finally succeeded in getting on government benefits which is a huge relief; for the past year and a bit I have entirely relied on eBay and Etsy for my income, which as some of you may well know is a huge amount of slog. Now after much uphill maneuvering I can finally take some time out from that to rest and mentally heal myself from the accident. I haven't really had any time to do this since it happened, though unbelievably it has already been two years. Sometimes it only feels like 2 weeks. I won't pretend I don't feel guilty about this period of unmitigated luxury (is there any more desired thing in this world than spare time?) I have to say I've earned it and will use it wisely.

I will still be around - Sparrow Salvage is about to become a digital graphics and download shop, with a good collection of antique books and a scanner/printer newly purchased I can offer a wide range of all kinds of interesting things. 

 digital download fodder

I am recently involved in the Etsy Vintage Street Team where we're actively campaigning to become known as Etsy's best vintage dealers, with beautiful shops, knowledgeable sellers and authentically dated inventory. I'm also in the early stages of learning about antique and vintage jewelry, from 1800 to 1970, a broad range but I want to know as much as I can, especially because I'm not yet sure where I want to specialise, if I'm to specialise at all. Right now I'm a huge fan of Mexican sterling, but last week it was 1920s Czech glass, before that early plastic and before that 1880s Etruscan. I'm also getting back into art and paper collage as a well-needed creative outlet. And if all that isn't enough, I'm in the midst of writing about 8 tutorials, some of which I hope to finish within the next few weeks.


 a shot for my upcoming photography tutorial

I intend to keep up the blogging through all this; I do spend most of my social networking time on Pinterest and Flickr, but I like being here, rabbiting on endlessly about things probably not many people are interested in and showing off my great vintage finds. I'm still shopping for Fagin's (as if you could ever put that on hold!) and I don't think I can buy something and then just tuck it away without showing it off. I have scored some pretty good stuff this week, but that can be for another post.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Endings and Beginnings and In Betweens

 
Hi you guys! It's been a while! I've been distracted by the daily application of my nose to the grindstone. Trying to get my life sorted out in time for the Volcano season...almost there, just a bit more tinkering to do. One esepcially large tinkering involves talking to and involving myself in the government system, which I do not like doing because tedious and red tape and 'hold on I'll just transfer you to that department'.  UGH. 

 
I still haven't decided if I'm leaving Etsy completely or not. I have an enormous post in draft and several scrawled pages in my paper journal on why yes or why no, and all their ins and outs and ups and downs and how I don't have any respect for the place... but I'm still there. And I probably will still be there until the end of summer, or about March 2014, for those of you who don't live on the wrong side of the planet. 

But I'll exist in slightly different incarnations- Sparrow Salvage will go digital in 2014, offering instant download, digital and printable Victorian imagery and other old out-of-copyright ephemera. I'm hoping to offer Photoshop brushes and textures as well, if I can figure out how to do that. It's a good way of using my skills and considerable paper collection to make money, all while not having to leave the house to go to the Post Office. I realllllllllllly don't want to do that in the summer heat.




I'm also going to offer my photography again, once autumn sweeps in and catches me up in her cool golden arms. I have recently re-discovered my photography and I miss it greatly; if there's anything creative in this world I will never let go of, it's photography, and I would dearly like to make a living from it. I may also sell paper collage and mixed media art, that depends on if I actually do any over the summer as I have half planned to. For a long time now I've thought of art as something I do to make money. It never used to be like that- it was only when Etsy came along did I even think that i could make a living from it. But I'm starting to wonder if all these years of 'how can I make money out of that' (and the consequential ignoring of stuff that didn't) has addled my brain somewhat, and I have stopped really feeling like an artist. That's something that should be remedied, I think. Time will tell; it's all a bit up in the air and as you can probably tell I'm just sort of making all this up as I go along. Which I traditionally do anyway, in most all applications of life. 






Fagin's Daughter is changing flags too - no more junk and shabby bits of mixed media supply; I'm moving up a rung or two by marrying a rich man turning to antique and vintage jewelry. I've been teaching myself the basics and will continue to do so through summer so I can be sure that what I offer is the real deal. There will still be buttons and charms and medallions etc to use in your assemblage jewelry, but it will be more refined. (That's polite code for 'expensive'.) I'm thinking of going into restoration too; there's so much broken jewelry out there and giving broken stuff value has always been a huge part of who I am.

In order to do this up proper, I need to clean out what's there already. There's a double-barreled clearance in the shop. A 50% off section has been made, but there's also a lot more other stuff that's 25% off as well. No coupons are needed, the prices have already been adjusted. To find all the 25% stuff just type '25% off' in the 'search in this shop' box. There's stuff there that's only just gone up and I'm trying my best to list a whole bunch of gear this weekend, hopefully the last of my destash. I'm getting to the bottom of the box, or the bits that I think are boring - and yet too good to throw out. There will also be another lot of Sparrow Salvage jewelry going up in my eBay shop on Sunday since the last time I did it I only put up about 8 things and then lost interest.

Right now though, it's half past pumpkins, and I want to go to bed. G'night! ♥

Sunday, November 3, 2013

I love TV


The eBay listings are up! Not all of the jewelry is listed, but it's a start. I'll probably give away quite a few things here as well. The Etsy shops are still open but there's no new jewelry going into them, they're just there until they expire, or the ebay auction ends successfully. 

I'm trying to put together boxes of destash that give you maximum shipping value, but the problem is getting the contents to be good enough to be worth the price I need to charge for them as well as the shipping. Damn $18-25 shipping for a box the size and weight of a VHS tape is insane. 

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Here's a TV series I just finished watching- found it a couple of days ago when needing something to take away the pains of the ladycurse. You can watch the whole thing all at once on You Tube - as I did! (There are seperated episodes there too, if you need that.) 3 very enjoyable hours. Essentially, 'Amanda is an ardent Jane Austen fan who lives in present day London, until she finds she's swapped places with Austen's fictional creation Elizabeth Bennet.' I'm not an Austen girl (have never read any of them, maybe saw Pride and Prejudice once, 1000 years ago) but I thought it would be fun and I was right! To say Amanda is an 'ardent Jane Austen fan' is wrong though, she's just obsessed with reading Pride and Prejudice over and over. There were a few discrepancies; I don't think the costumes were paid too close attention to, but it's a fun ride. Mr.Darcy is hilariously, typically and relentlessly cranky and there's a few nods to the classic Firth incarnation. ('Wet shirt' is all I need say, I'm sure.)  


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There's also this- The Paradise. I advise not watching any of the trailers for this as they're all awful. (The BBC really need to talk to me about their promotion/advertising/DVD artwork etc.) It's easiest to flog this as a better version of Mr.Selfridge, but it's more accurate to say it's a witty, elegant and lovable series about a large department store and the people who work there (and opposite it). The characters are all likable in their own way, there's plenty of familiar faces and the production design is amazing. The only thing I wish for it is that there had been more exploration of the other shops who are suffering under the expansion of the larger store. But they've just started showing season two, so maybe there will be!

I can't wait to live in England, where I can get great TV like this all the time instead of hunting it down online. Australia is a cultural desert.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Crazytime



That's right my children! The fancy graphic don't lie! 

Australian eBay are having a '100 free listings' weekend as they do now and then and I'm taking advantage of it. I'll just be using my regular account, and I'll be listing all the jewelry I have - most of it is currently on etsy, some of it is stuff I just never cared enough about to list. I'll only be listing these things ONCE. If something goes all 7 days and doesn't raise a bid, it gets tossed. No second chances! This is your one and only LAST CHANCE to own anything that I have made. 

What's that? Wait what!?!!?? Yep, I've officially given up jewelry. Usually I say this and then 24 hours later I'm churning out the goods, so I kept quiet about it. Fact is though I haven't made anything new since about August, and I have neither thought of it fondly nor missed it. I've spent time on my vintage shop and I love it, and that's what I intend to do for the foreseeable future. There may come a time, a long way down the road, where I'll pick up bead and wire again...but that way down the road is a long stretch. I think I've learned and explored everything I want to in jewelry.

So once things are listing over on eBay on Sunday, Sparrow Salvage on Etsy will cease to trade. Star Tribe too. I have future plans for both of them, but neither of them involve being on Etsy. In part this is to do with recent changes to their guidelines - if you are blissfully unaware, as of January 1st sellers are allow to have their work made for them by large manufacturers. Yes I'm being serious. I may still do a whole post on this and how I feel about it and what (I think) it means for the true handmade product. In the meantime, I am in the process of severing my connection with them. 

Sparrow Salvage will trade again as a stand alone website, but will be a slightly different incarnation and may not happen til later next year or even the year after, once I get to England and get settled over there. Oh what's that? Yeah I'm moving to England in 8 months. Yes, I'm serious! Big things are afoot!

no more waiting 
 
I'll be updating here again on Sunday (Monday in the US) to let you know when the listings have officially begun. There's more than jewelry, there's also photography and paper collage, as well as the usual bunch of vintage junk I flog over there. I have some mailing boxes about the size of a VHS tape, I might fill those with all kinds of beads and junk and list those as well. Who knows! I'm cheerfully lost in a world of possibility. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Awayness Approaching


 Just so you know, Mz.Devices...I am selling the things i collect and am not a hoarder so there. Actually that was one of the reasons why I showed the old photos, it's one of the few things I buy with a purpose of keeping them. Sometimes. It's what makes me ideal for being a vintage dealer really, because I don't get attached to all the spectacular things I find. Although I do have this black glass buckle I recently scored... Is that watermark up there more subtle?



 Look at these buckles...medieval! I forgot to tell you chaps last time that I'm going away for a couple of weeks to the Misty Mountain Retreat - aka my friend's house. For some RnR and a little bit of (gasp!) socializing. yeah, other people! Weird.


 Due to the awayness of my being away, Fagin's will be on vacation as of Monday lunchtime, which is my time- so about Sunday after dinner for you. It'll be back up around the 22nd of October.



I'll probably still blog while I'm away because hobbit have wi-fi (well all the hobbits I know anyway) and I wanna do some photography n whatnot. I just wanted to give you a heads up in case there's something you've been meaning to get. The jewelry shops are both on vacation already, and I'll tell you more about that next post wherein there will also be opportunities for free stuff!! Woo!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Old Folks

Since I'm always showing you pretty pictures of things I want you to buy, I figured it was a bout time I showed you pretty pictures of things you can't buy! I never used to be a collector of things but in the last few months I've found myself buying things for the shop and then deciding I might like to keep it, if only for a while. Most stock for the shop gets sorted, bagged and boxed till it comes time to 'shoot n list', but some stuff just sits around so I can enjoy it. This post is all about the antique photographs I have sprinkled around the room. Long gone people from other countries; there really isn't anything particular I look for when collecting- sharply focused eyes is nice, but usually there's just something about them. It's more noticeable in some than others.


Let's start with these 3 pairs - these came today as part of a lot (from this great shop), which I only bought for one photo (you'll see that later) I bought specifically for my brother who collects antique photographs as well, focusing mainly on bearded men. Anyway- these look to be photo booth cards but it doesn't seem photo booths were in wide use until the 1920s (though they did have them beforehand). I suppose they were swapped among girlfriends, perhaps this size was intended for lockets as they're only stamp sized.



 This one's my favourite. She's had enough of your shit!


 Here's the girl who's actually the frame in my layered backgrounds on Fagin's.


I love her! She seems like a nice, fun person. The back is sweet too: 


Back in the days when a photo of yourself was a perfectly good Xmas present.


 An elegant lady from the 1920s.


 She has a kind and graceful face.


 These sisters (I suppose) I love for no good reason other than it's a lovely shot and they have great dresses. I like to think that odd hand gesture on the table is some kind of secret code.


 Here's the photo I bought for my brother:


He collects pictures of manly men and I thought this one was especially nice, the close friendship and cigars. A lot of people nowadays see this and think 'omg gays!' but back in the late 19th century it was common for men to be closely affectionate with each other as girls are today.


I like to think they were out on the town, a bit drunk when one of them had the idea to 'get their picture took'. I might have to get a better shot of these boys and submit them to My Daguerreotype Boyfriend. (which is a great site I highly recommend.)
 

 Here's one I don't think I'll be able to sell any time soon- she's hilarious! In a congenial way, of course.


They told me to keep still and I kept still!


Her's a 'nice old lady'. Something familar about her face to me, and I love the detail of her dress and jewelry. I had this one as far as making the listing, but I changed my mind.

 

 
 Lovely girl in a stripey dress with a memorial brooch - she reminds me of a young McGonagall. This photo is only about the size of a postage stamp.
 
 A lovely 1920s girl who seems nice enough, but the longer you look at her face, the more annoyed she gets! Some people just don't like to be stared at I guess.

Here's the best for last! 
 
 Apart from looking like the Muggle Malfoy cousin no one ever talks about... check out the length of his neck!