What is the shelf life of a mannequin? Well it depends.
Department stores frequently get rid of mannequins that are in perfectly good condition, just because they are not the latest trend or style. For example, headless or egghead mannequins are all the rage so most retailers have banished their realistic mannequins. Especially since realistic mannequins with wigs require a lot of maintenance (wig styling and make up to keep updated) major retailers are not using them for economic reasons because they have cut back on their staff in the visuals department.
But mannequin liquidation companies such as ours, extend the life of mannequins. We sell gently used mannequins that we have recycled from large retail chains when they remodel or close stores. (Shame on those retailers who are still destroying mannequins instead of recycling them – and we heard rumors that Victoria’s Secret might be one of them)
But even used mannequins have a limited shelf life for a retail store environment. A beat up mannequin might be fine for a theatre prop, Burning Man exhibit or Halloween Display, but not for a retail store. If your mannequin is swaying like a drunken bridesmaid, has a missing hand or finger or has scrapes and scratches along her exposed body parts, it is time to get her repaired or replaced immediately.
Your merchandise will be unconsciously judged by the quality of what it’s displayed on. Old, ugly, dirty or damaged will reflect right back on the outfit. Even if you operate a vintage or consignment store where it is acceptable to display a mannequin that was manufacturered decades ago, she still needs to be in good condition.
A mannequin repair company can refurbish a tired looking mannequin with a fresh coat of paint or new make up and repair a broken one. We’ve had mannequins that were decapitated, put back together.
Here is a list of several mannequin repair companies throughout the country. We have only personally worked with Nancy at Mannequin Recovery and can vouch for her excellent work. When you contact any of these companies, tell them that Mannequin Madness referred you. Please let us know if there is someone we should add to this list, but it appears as if mannequin repairing is a dying art form, and there are only a handful of companies throughout the country.
San Francisco Bay Area: Mannequin Madness 510 444 0650 Ask for Jay
Los Angeles Mannequin Gallery: 818 834 5555 Ask for Shelly
Los Angeles Ruben’s Display World: 909-923-5671 Ask for Ruben
Seattle: NW Manikin 206 522 7292 Ask for Joe
Tacoma: Phoebe’s Mannequin Services 206-280-4709 or 253-535-1460 ask for Phoebe
Flagstaff: Mannequin Recovery 928 526 9194 Ask for Nancy
Denver: Manne-King 800 779 1566 Ask for Mike
Houston: Modern Mannequin 713 695 9613 Ask for Sherri
Delaware: Dave’s Surplus 800 434 4752 Ask for Dave
North Carolina: Designs by Toren 908 359 6392 Ask for Toren
Atlanta: Redbeau Mannequins 770 739 9989 Ask for Bob
Tallahassee: Dream and Imagine Studio 850-309-0966 Ask for Mark
Mannakin Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1636 610033 Mob: 07757 513584 ask for Roz