Using mannequins is one of the best ways to dress up your storefront window or the sales floor of your store. A good window display with mannequins can draw customers into your store. Once there, seeing mannequins wearing properly coordinated outfits will help your customers visualize how the clothing may look on them. The only problem with mannequins is that they can be expensive, but this doesn’t have to be the case. It is possible to buy affordable mannequins that won’t bust your budget.
Determine how much money you can comfortably spend on your mannequin purchase. Setting a budget early will help prevent you from spending more than you can afford.
Have an approximate idea of how many mannequins you will need to buy. Dividing your budget by this number will give you an idea of how much money you can afford to spend on each mannequin.
Decide what your mix of mannequins should be. Think about how many male mannequins and female mannequins you will need. Also decide if you will need any special class of mannequin, such as child models or plus sized mannequins.
Consider buying used mannequins. Used mannequins may have a small amount of superficial damage, such as light scratches or missing limbs, but they can be dramatically cheaper than buying new models.
Compare prices at various outlets. You can look up various companies in the yellow pages under “store fixtures” or “retail fixtures”. This will allow you to visit local companies to get a first hand look at the merchandise before you buy it. You can also buy mannequins online at companies like Palay Display, Mannequin Madness and Manne-King.
Place your order. Once you have decided on the number and style of mannequins that you need, as well as choosing a location to buy your mannequins from, all that is left is to place your order and wait for the mannequins to be delivered to your store.
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