Finding used mannequins at discounted prices can help stretch your budget for visual merchandising or store window display. Know the type of mannequin you need and which aspects you are willing to settle for given your budget, such as chipped or cracked paint in some parts, missing limbs or discolouration. Discounted mannequins show various degrees of outwear, from virtually new or slightly used to distressed. You might want to consider second-hand branded mannequins, such as Ralph Pucci, Adel Rootstein or Greneker and Goldsmith because of their material, quality and craftsmanship, but expect to pay more.
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Find dressmaker and tailor shops in your area that are selling their old mannequins. Used mannequins from small tailor shops are usually in good condition, since they are commonly used only for draping and short-term display, unlike mannequins in bigger shops, which are used more excessively. You might even stumble on vintage-style mannequins from old tailor shops, which exude a kind of old-world character and charm.
Look for boutiques and shops that are closing down. These shops commonly sell their mannequins, along with other equipment, at a discounted price, to get rid of them fast and liquidate their assets. Thrift stores, flea markets and garage or yard sales are also good sources, where you might unexpectedly find used mannequins.
Turn to mannequin liquidators as well. These companies are engaged in used mannequin recycling --selling and shipping for high-end retail shops, when such retailers update or renovate their stores and dispose of old mannequins in bulk.
Search the Internet. A host of used mannequin sellers exist online, such as eBay, Kijiji, New and Used Mannequins and Mannequin Madness. Some even offer mannequin rentals and repairs, as well as tips and ideas on how to profit from your purchased items. Search thoroughly to find the best deals available.
Tips and warnings
- If you're looking for child mannequins, get bendable or flexible wire versions. They are easier to manipulate if you want to create childlike motion or gestures.
- Less expensive mannequins are usually made from cheap plastics that tend to discolour or shrink under UV light in display windows, so consider this when buying.
- Not all used mannequins are cheaper than new ones, while the latter are not always better than the former. Learn the details before your actual purchase.
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