Don’t be a dummy - pick up a bargain at the Mannakin open day!

Open for business - models in the yard at Mannakin, Fulbeck. EMN-150307-104024001
Open for business - models in the yard at Mannakin, Fulbeck. EMN-150307-104024001

You may have wondered when admiring the goods in clothes shop windows, what happens to the dummies wearing them?

Well, now you can find out by visiting a curious business on the outskirts of Fulbeck that sells and hires out recycled shop window mannequins.

Strike a pose. EMN-150307-104035001

Strike a pose. EMN-150307-104035001

Roz Edwards set up her company, called Mannakin on her return from 10 years living in Malawi.

Roz has nicknamed the warehouse complex, ‘Dollywood’ where she stores her 20,000 dummies, looked after by a 20-strong team of staff.

The majority go to shops and fashion shows, but she also holds an open day on the first Saturday of every month, where they open the gates to the public, giving them the chance to look around the yard where they store all the used mannequins. Laura Grady from the company said: “They are priced to go so people can pick up some real bargains. We also have the ‘crackerjack challenge’, where people can take as much as they can carry for £10.”

Some of the mannequins have appeared on stage with Lady Gaga, been on The X Factor, stood in for Cliff Richard and The Shadows, shared a screen with Colin Firth and Trinny and Susannah and been used in stunts by Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear team. They recently donated one to the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance team for display purposes - now nicknamed Jerome.

The Mannakin warehouse site at Fulbeck is open from 10am this Saturday to browse. It woon't cost an arm and a leg! EMN-150307-104013001

The Mannakin warehouse site at Fulbeck is open from 10am this Saturday to browse. It woon't cost an arm and a leg! EMN-150307-104013001

She started a business from her home in Newark offering her marketing and promotions expertise and advice on window displays. She soon had calls enquiring about whether she had mannequins to use and so quickly started buying them up online and just as shops started to feel the effects of the recession and the online boom.

She resorted to storing them in shipping containers before relocating to Brant Road, Fulbeck Lowfields, where they are carefully stored and catalogued or undergoing restoration.

Many more awaiting a new life remain in eery mounds around the site.

Roz has even provided a line-up of mannequins for firing practice by the Lincolnshire Police armed response teams, complete with a list of their supposed crimes.

The next open day is this Saturday at 10am. It shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg but you may well come home with some!