Considering the importance of regularly changing the displays in your shop window, there will be tools you need over and over. Setting up a toolkit or toolbox for visual merchandising means there will be no more last minute chaos when changing your displays. A toolkit is also a great resource to take when exhibiting at tradeshows and even fashion shows.

We have created a checklist of items to put in your toolkit, below. As far as the toolkit itself, you could use a plastic bin with a lid, a cardboard box or a real toolbox. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but you will be glad of it next time you change your window displays! All items are easily obtainable from retail supplies shops, hardware stores or office supply stores.
 FOR PLANNING

  • A computer and printer: Use these to design your display, and research for ideas.
  • Notepad and paper: For sketching ideas, taking notes and making lists.
  • Tape measure: For accuracy when constructing your display.

FOR CONSTRUCTION

  • Double-sided tape and masking tape
  • Blu-tack
  • Nylon string (fishing wire)
  • Cable ties
  • Wire
  • S hooks
  • Small hammer and nails
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Rubber bands
  • Staple gun
  • Stepladder
  • Hot glue gun and glue


FOR PRESENTING GARMENTS

  • Needle and thread: For any accidents that happen to the garments.
  • Safety pins/dressmakers pins: For making pleats and folds hang correctly.
  • Steamer: To freshen the garments when they are in place.

FOR THE FINAL TOUCHES

  • Glass and surface cleaner: Clean the shop window at the end of the construction.
  • Cleaning cloths: Wipe down the mannequins and props when in place.
  • Dustpan and brush: Clean the floor of the display – this makes a big difference.
  • Digital camera: Keep a record of all your displays for future reference!

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