MunkybunsSockMonkeys

The Highest Quality, Canadian Handmade Sock Monkeys

Niagara Falls, Canada · 1181 Sales

MunkybunsSockMonkeys

The Highest Quality, Canadian Handmade Sock Monkeys

Niagara Falls, Canada 1181 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(295)

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cherie

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(295)
Daren

Daren on May 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

What a lovely sock monkey. Well made and matches the Hudson Bay colours I was looking for. I would definitely look at these monkeys again .

Quintein

Quintein on May 13, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great assortment of choices! I'm amazed that this is handmade.

Quintein

Quintein on May 13, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Made for a great gift! I like the each monkey had its own preselected name.

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About

Sometimes the perfect business just sneaks up on you

I am old fashioned. Some say I'm an "old soul". Mostly what they mean is I like doing things the old fashioned way. I dress, and run my home in a way that a 50's housewife would feel right at home with. So, when my first child was about 3 I decided to try my hand at making him his first sock monkey. From the cutting to the sewing and stuffing, my first munky took about 3-4 hours to complete, but it was so fun that when I saw my son's gleeful reaction, I decided to make another for friends of ours who had just had their first child. With another blissful reaction under my belt, I was feeling pretty accomplished with my 2 creations, but when people started saying "you should sell these! I bet people would LOVE them", i discounted their compliments as nonsense. I mean, who has a job where you sew sock monkeys all day? Who would buy them? Silliness...pure wishful thinking..or was it?

The more people told me to sell them, the more I just wanted to prove everyone wrong...so i opened my Etsy shop, and posted about 10 munkys. Not only did I sell ALL of the munkys to ONE buyer, who was buying them as gifts at a sock monkey themed birthday party, but I received my first invite to a small, church basement, craft show. "OK" i thought..."this is clearly a fluke...I'll make some more, and go in the show, and everyone will see that Sock Monkeys are a ridiculous idea for a business."
The show came and went, and I all but sold out. A handful of the 2 dozen munkys I brought came home with me, and I had to admit...it felt amazing. Seeing all the faces of the kids as they picked out their munkys...seeing the looks on the faces of the parents when they picked out "that perfect present" for someone in their life. I came home so full of joy, knowing that my little creations made people smile, and gave people joy...It was an incredible feeling, and I didn't want it to stop.

So, I continued to create and as I did, my munkys evolved into what you see today. Whenever you look at a Munkybuns sock munky, you KNOW it's a Munkybun. Each munky, bunny, owl, tutu or character i create is individually hand crafted, and is made to last. People always ask the same questions..."How many have you made?" and "Do you think you will ever get sick of making sock monkeys?" and I think the answers to those questions work together. I have made well over 1000 sock monkeys, plus other creatures and clothing, and I am pretty sure that if i was ever to get sick of making them, it would have been before now. Now I just look forward to the next munky...the next custom order...the next smile on a kid's face, (or a kid at heart), and it drives me to make something newer...something better...something more fun...something more original. I'm always looking to add more items to my repetoire, and I'm always looking to be miles ahead of the creative curve. If one thing is for certain, Munkybuns is here to stay, and I couldn't want it any other way.

Now I consider myself a professional sock monkey maker. It's my title and my passion...and I think people are starting to realize it. July 2013 my DIY Sock Monkey kits even graced the pages of the prestigious Better Homes and Gardens DIY edition...talk about a compliment!

Thank you for helping my small business become a big deal. All my appreciation to my customers and fans. thank you a million times...and a million times again.

Have a happy day!!
Cherie Michels

Shop members

  • Cherie Michels

    Owner, Designer

    I have always been an artist from graphic designer to fine artist, and now I have the role of Sock Monkey Maker Extraordinaire. I run my Monkey business from my home studio, with my husband and 3 children, and it's quite the zoo most days!

Shop policies

Last updated on May 17, 2018
Hi! thank you for inquiring about Munkybuns Sock Monkeys! If your question is not answered here, don't hesitate to ask Munkybuns directly by sending an email. I look forward to hearing from you!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
Request a cancellation within: 6 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns or exchanges
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Refunds and exchanges are not available. Products are photographed and described in the clearest possible way, so that you know exactly what you will be receiving. Payment of product represents approval of the product purchasing, and refunds or exchanges are not possible.

In the rare, off chance that their is a flaw with your order, please notify Munkybuns as soon as you receive your order, and we can make special arrangements to make your order right.

No shipping charges are refundable.

Orders may be cancelled as long as the order has not shipped. I take great pride in shipping things as quickly as possible, so many of my items (not including made-to-order items) are shipped same day. please email Munkybuns to find out if your order has shipped. Once the order has been shipped, I can no longer offer a cancellation/refund.
Payment
I accept PayPal and Etsy's Direct Checkout.
Shipping
Standard Shipping Policy:

My basic, included shipping is via Canada Post.

BASIC SHIPPING WITHIN CANADA INCLUDES:
• Tracking
• Up to $100 Insurance
• Delivery within Approximately 5-7 Business Days

BASIC SHIPPING WITHIN THE U.S.A INCLUDES:
*NEW* • Tracking
• Delivery within approximately 5-7 Business days

Basic Shipping is not guaranteed for the posted time frames, as weather or other circumstances within the postal service may delay shipments. (this is not the norm, but unless the guaranteed shipping is added, time frames are guidelines only and may take shorter or longer than posted)

**If your package goes missing during transit, although we will do everything in our power to get it resolved quickly, Munkybuns may require up to 60 days from ship date before shipping issues can be fully resolved. No refunds will be given for orders lost in shipping. Identical replacement items will be sent for items that are proven to have not been received. For items that are one of a kind, where identical replacement is impossible, Munkybuns will work with you to come up with a suitable and acceptable replacement that is as close as possible to the original.

Only valid for orders to Canada and the United States.

LOCAL ORDERS:
I am located in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. If you live close to me and would like to pickup your order, please contact the shop, and I can supply you with a coupon code to remove the shipping charges from your order. I will also give you my top secret location :) , as well as setup a time for you to come by to pickup your order.
Additional policies and FAQs
*All prices quoted are in Canadian Dollars*

Frequently Asked Questions:

CAN I GET A CUSTOM ORDER?
I specialize in and welcome any custom orders. If you are looking for a specific colour, character, style, person or theme, let me know, and i will work with you to create something that is completely one of a kind!
Custom orders require a minimum of 1 month to create, plus shipping times, and pricing starts at $60 for a fully custom item, and go up, depending on detailing,materials, and time involved in creation.
Many items in my shop can be customized however, with either a name, or smaller detailing. This is not considered a fully custom item, and can be made in the standard turnaround time, and at a lower price point, often adding $5-$10 to the price.

CAN YOU RUSH MY ORDER?
I may be able to speed up your order if you notify me when or before you purchase. I am often neck deep in orders however, so the best option is to get your order in as soon as possible. Standard turnaround time for made-to-order items is 1-2 weeks, but could be as high as 3-4 weeks during peak season (September - January). Expedited shipping is always an option as well, and I can give you a quote on this if you contact me with your shipping address.
**CUSTOM ORDERS CANNOT BE RUSHED**

CAN YOU SHIP FOR LESS OR FOR FREE?
No, I price my shipping as close to counter rates as possible, and am not able to reduce my shipping prices. I ship with tracking and insurance to guarantee the best service to all my customers, and for peace of mind, so you know where your item is, and when it should arrive. I do not ship any monkey orders without tracking.

I AM NOT IN CANADA...WHAT ABOUT DUTY AND TAXES?
Remember that my company is located in Canada. If you are importing your item into a different country, you may get a bill for duties and taxes from your country's customs department. This is a fee that is beyond my control, and Munkybuns is not responsible for any duty, tax or fees incurred while importing an item.

DO YOU DO REPAIRS TO WELL-LOVED OR ACCIDENT PRONE MUNKYBUNS?
I have a little Monkey "hospital" where i can fix anything from a simple popped seam to a massive injury due to an unfortunate pet chewing. If you are willing to pay for shipping to and from, I will fix your Munkybuns sock monkey free of charge!! If you are local, you can drop off your friend to my studio and usually (if it's not a large repair) i can fix it while you wait! Simply email me a photo of your injured friend, and we can set up the surgery date!

ARE YOUR SOCK MONKEYS PET FRIENDLY?
NO!!! My toys are not dog or cat toys!!!! They are made from socks, and will not hold up to dog chewing or cat scratching. Socks are a knit, and if they are bitten or clawed, they will easily get holes and runs. Also, my friends are filled with polyester stuffing which can be dangerous for pets if ingested.

CAN I WASH MY SOCK MONKEY IN THE WASHING MACHINE?
My suggestion for care of your Munkybuns sock monkey is to spot clean when possible. Oxy cleaners that require little to no rubbing are best for small smears and stains on your stuffed friends. if your Monkey is in need of some more "complete" cleaning, you can hand wash your friend with a small amount of laundry detergent and vinegar in the water (to stop colour fade and bleeding as well as pilling of the sock and felt). Rinse, gently squeeze excess water, and put in the washer for a quick spin (don't leave in for the whole cycle...just to get excess out). Take out, reshape and hang or lie on a drying rack till dry.
I have put my kids sock monkeys in the washer before with no damage, but if possible, hand wash. If you do want to wash in the machine, be CERTAIN to place in a mesh laundering bag. HOWEVER, please know, washing machines can pose a danger to sock monkeys, even if only to create more wear and tear on them than is necessary.
***IF YOUR SOCK MONKEY HAS ACCESSORIES that are attached, HATS, CLOTHING OR IS HIGHLY DETAILED, SPOT CLEAN ONLY***

DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS?
I believe that I have fairly priced my product for the amount of time and materials that go in to creating my toys. To be fair to ALL my customers, and to guarantee that everyone gets treated equally, I do not offer discounts upon request.
That being said, If you are purchasing over 5 separate items, I may be able to give a custom SHIPPING rate (depending on items ordered) Please contact Munkybuns and I will let you know what your individual shipping price is.

CAN I PURCHASE YOUR PRODUCT FOR RESALE IN MY STORE?
No, not without direct consent. Any requests for carrying my product in your store must be directly discussed with Cherie from Munkybuns. If it is discovered that my product is being purchased for resale without my knowledge, I will immediately stop sales with the purchaser, and report them to Etsy.

WOULD YOU CONSIDER SELLING YOUR PRODUCT WHOLESALE?
Yes! I would need all your store's information, such as the client demographic, address, and a link to your website and facebook page, as well as any information you may find important for me to know about your shop, policies and location. I am not willing to have my product be sold online through another shop however. Only physical brick-and-mortar shops.

DO YOU PROVIDE SOCK MONKEYS FOR DONATIONS TO WORTHY CAUSES, STAG AND DOE'S OR OTHER FUNDRAISING EVENTS?
As much as I appreciate and wish luck for all of the incredibly worthy causes I receive requests from, I cannot possibly donate to all of them. I have a list of a few causes that are close to my heart and home, and I regularly donate to them. I do not donate monkeys to causes outside my geographic region.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK FOR MUNKYBUNS?
Just me! Cherie. I am the one and only Monkey Maker! I am the shipper, receiver, web designer, shop keeper, Monkey maker, tutu tie-er, email writer, graphic designer, show booker, tax filer, book keeper, studio cleaner, supply manager and not to mention mommy to 3 awesome kids, and a wife to the best husband in the world. I couldn't do it without the support of my incredible man, and I wouldn't do it without the loving support of my kids.

DO YOU EVER SLEEP?
No. The MonkeyBusiness does not allow sleep. :)

Thank you for supporting my crazy Monkey endeavor! It means more than you could ever know!
If there are questions that have not been answered on this page, please do not hesitate to send me a message and ask!! Maybe your question will end up on my FAQ page!
Thanks!
Privacy
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Etsy.com or its related sites and services.

This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or an third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

Collection of Personal Information:

To fulfill your order, you must provide Munkybuns Sock Monkeys with certain information, for which you have authorized Etsy to provide to me, such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product(s) that you are ordering. You may also message me with additional information when discussing custom orders or customization.

Legal Basis:

Munkybuns Sock Monkeys relies on a number of legal bases to collect, use and share your information, including;
* As needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfill your order, follow up on shipments, to settle disputes, to discuss customization details or to provide customer support.
*When you have provided your affirmative consent (if applicable), which you may revoke at any time, such as for a mailing list.
*If necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and,
*As necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Third Party Sharing (Information Sharing and Disclosure):

*Munkybuns Sock Monkeys shares information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligation under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
*Munkybuns Sock Monkeys engages with certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
* If the business is sold or merged, Munkybuns Sock Monkeys may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
*Munkybuns Sock Monkeys may collect, use, retain and share your information if I have good faith belief that it is reasonable necessary to: a) respond to legal process or to government requests, b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; c) prevent, investigate and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues, or d) protect the rights, property and safety of my customers or others.

Data Retention:

Munkybuns Sock Monkeys will retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes and to enforce my agreements. Your data will be retained for 7 (seven) years and then destroyed.

Transfer of Personal Information Outside the EU:

Munkybuns Sock Monkeys may store and process your information through third party hosting services in Canada and other jurisdictions. As as result, I may transfer your personal to a different jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to have transferred information about you outside the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

Your Rights:

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

* You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
* You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
* You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
* If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.

How to Contact Munkybuns Sock Monkeys

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Cherie Michels, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at munkybunstoys [!at] gmail.com. Alternately, you may mail me at:

Munkybuns Sock Monkeys
C/O Cherie Michels
6375 Monroe Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario
L2G 2G9
Canada