petitchateau

wine corks for craft & décor - all proceeds to charity!

Markham, Canada · 340 Sales

petitchateau

wine corks for craft & décor - all proceeds to charity!

Markham, Canada 340 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   100% of all proceeds from cork sales are donated to charity.
Thanks for your support!

DONATIONS TO-DATE:
2016: $450 (to Sunnybrook Hospital's Odette Cancer Centre; Fort McMurray Humane Society & Red Cross Relief Efforts)
2015: $125 (to World Wildlife Fund)
2014: $245 (to Feed the Need in Durham)

Most cork packages are shipped using Expedited Parcel (domestic - within Canada), and to the USA using Small Packet Air and Expedited Parcel, since these are most cost-effective. We charge only actual shipping rates, and refund overcharges of $1+ in whole dollar increments. Please see our Policies or send us a note for more info about shipping.

A quick note about packaging: 100 corks weighs about 495g, so the packaging has to be about as no-frills as it gets to avoid adding an extra $5 to the shipping costs if it goes over 500g. We do our best to make sure that the packaging will survive shipment, but PLEASE let us know if anything is worse-for-wear when it arrives. We ship using repurposed and recycled materials wherever possible, both to minimize costs (and thus increase proceeds for charity) and because it's more eco-friendly. Reduce, reuse, recycle! ♥

Thanks for stopping by!

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 19, 2017

100% of all proceeds from cork sales are donated to charity.
Thanks for your support!

DONATIONS TO-DATE:
2016: $450 (to Sunnybrook Hospital's Odette Cancer Centre; Fort McMurray Humane Society & Red Cross Relief Efforts)
2015: $125 (to World Wildlife Fund)
2014: $245 (to Feed the Need in Durham)

Most cork packages are shipped using Expedited Parcel (domestic - within Canada), and to the USA using Small Packet Air and Expedited Parcel, since these are most cost-effective. We charge only actual shipping rates, and refund overcharges of $1+ in whole dollar increments. Please see our Policies or send us a note for more info about shipping.

A quick note about packaging: 100 corks weighs about 495g, so the packaging has to be about as no-frills as it gets to avoid adding an extra $5 to the shipping costs if it goes over 500g. We do our best to make sure that the packaging will survive shipment, but PLEASE let us know if anything is worse-for-wear when it arrives. We ship using repurposed and recycled materials wherever possible, both to minimize costs (and thus increase proceeds for charity) and because it's more eco-friendly. Reduce, reuse, recycle! ♥

Thanks for stopping by!

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Old is New Again

Thanks to customers of our brew-on-premise wine store, Wine Kitz Pickering, we are kept in a steady supply of used corks. At first, we were recycling them through various local recycling centres, but when many of those stopped collecting, we wanted to find a creative - and eco-friendly - way to reuse the corks so as to prevent them from ending up in landfills. Our shop, petit chateau (French for little castle), was thus born.

Here you'll find all of the corks we currently have available for purchase. All of the proceeds from sales of our corks are donated to charitable organizations, and all of the time and resources needed to run the shop (including printing and shipping supplies) are donated. We ship using 100% reused packaging because it's eco-friendly and low-impact, and also to save money (which means that we can donate more money to charity). Please view our Shop Policies page to learn more.

----- Our Packaging -----

Our corks are packaged in red plastic bags used to deliver newspapers and flyers // They are then wrapped in recycled paper or paper packaging (usually shopping bags) // Shipping labels are printed onto reused (single-sided) paper and then placed inside a plastic sleeve made from a reused mailing sleeve (for commercial flyers) to affix to the parcel. When possible, we include a tiny 'thank you' notebook made from repurposed materials (available in our sister shop - www.thepixie.etsy.com ).

----- Charitable Donations -----

All proceeds from cork sales are donated to charitable organizations and/or used to fund community art projects and random acts of cheer. Learn more on my blog at www.anatomyofasummer.com (under the section "Past Projects")

TOTAL DONATIONS SO FAR: over $360

Thanks for your generous support :)

----- Full Disclosure -----

+ The sale of 100 corks nets approx. $4.52 after fees and expenses (including $0.25 per order to cover ink and tape for packaging); the amount is slightly less for orders of 200+ corks, simply because the fees are higher.

+ Proceeds from photographic prints are roughly as follows: $2.50 for 4x6 // $8.45 for 5x7 // $16.75 for 8x10

+ I ship packages using recycled materials, to avoid incurring additional expenses, and because it is more eco-friendly. That helps me donate more money to charity.

+ I donate the time required to count, package and ship corks, and to maintain this shop and customer relations. I provide myself with no monetary compensation related to cork sales.

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Last updated on October 3, 2015
Welcome to petitchateau - my little castle of corks! If you're looking for wine corks for craft or decor, you've found the right place. At any given time I have thousands of corks at my disposal. There are perks to knowing a lot of oenophiles (besides the obvious, of course)!

Stock offerings vary from time to time, depending on what I have to offer, so check back regularly or convo me if you're looking for something specific.

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100% of all proceeds from cork sales are donated to charitable organizations.

TOTAL DONATIONS so far in 2015: $310.00
Thanks for your generous support :)

FULL DISCLOSURE:
+ The sale of 100 corks nets approx. $4.52 after fees and expenses; the amount is slightly less for orders of 200+ corks, simply because the fees are higher.
+ I ship packages using recycled materials, to avoid incurring additional expenses, and because it is more eco-friendly. That helps me donate more money to charity.

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
Paypal is my preferred form of payment, although other arrangements may also be possible. Send me a message if another form of payment is more convenient for you. I'm sure we'll be able to work something out (:
Shipping
I charge only for actual shipping costs (postage + packing supplies) and can offer a variety of shipping options, upon request. I use re-purposed packaging materials wherever possible, both to be eco-friendly and to keep costs low. Most packages are sent within 2 business days of receiving payment. Insurance and delivery confirmation are optional, and may be subject to additional charges for buyers outside of Canada. International customs charges and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer. Prices below are approximate - please see product listings for more accurate shipping costs. For domestic purchases (in Canada), the cost of shipping may be lower than the price indicated, so please contact me with the ship-to address before paying.

--- CANADA ---

- REGULAR or EXPEDITED PARCEL (default, depending on which is cheapest): 1-3 or 7-10 bus. days, least expensive, incl. delivery confirmation ($8-$12 for 100 corks)
- XPRESSPOST: guaranteed 2 bus. days, incl. delivery confirmation

Local pickup is available in Markham, Ontario.

--- USA ---

- AIR (default): 4-10 business days ($11 for 100 corks)
- EXPEDITED PARCEL (default for larger orders): 6-10 business days, slightly more expensive, delivery confirmation included (usually $12-$15 for 200 - 300 corks; $20-$25 for 300 - 1000 corks)

International shipping and local pickup are also available, by request. Please contact me prior to purchasing an item to arrange local pickup or to inquire about international shipping rates. Please also contact me for a shipping quote on orders larger than 300 corks or for special requests.

--- INTERNATIONAL ---

Due to the high cost of international shipping, I encourage you to contact me before purchasing to review options. By default, I ship via Small Packet Surface ($11 for 100 corks), for which the delivery standard is 4-6 weeks (not including any delays at your country's customs). Buyers are responsible for any additional fees or duties charged by customs.
Refunds and Exchanges
Purchases are considered final sale, unless otherwise noted, simply because of the nature of the items. I do want you to be happy with your purchase, however, so if for any reason you are unsatisfied please contact me right away and I will do my best to work something out.
Additional policies and FAQs
I get a lot of questions about the different kinds of corks that I offer, so here's a quick overview!

The kind(s) of corks you choose is, of course, a matter of personal preference and dependent on the type of project that you have in mind, but in most cases any of the three types of corks will work just as well as the others. If you have any questions about which type would be most suitable for your particular project, please convo me and I'll do what I can to help you find the most suitable cork for your needs :)

--- TYPES OF CORKS ---

AGGLOMERATED: Most commonly used in commercial wines, these corks are composite of natural cork and a food-safe adhesive. They are denser than non-agglomerated corks, and so are well suited for use in making cork boards, trivets, etc.

NON-AGGLOMERATED: Less commonly used, partly because they're more expensive to produce, these are non-composite pieces of natural corks - just as it would come from the tree. They are lighter and less dense than agglomerated and synthetic corks, so they are well suited for craft uses where other corks may be too heavy to be practical. They also look gorgeous as décor! (These are my personal favourite for displaying)

SYNTHETIC: These are made of plastic or polymers to replicate natural cork, but are designed to provide a superior seal in bottles (the extent to which that is the case is debated amongst oenophiles, however...). They are fairly dense, and so are suitable for making message boards, etc. I've never tried using them for trivets, however, so I can't speak to their heat-resistance or suitability for such projects. The big pro with these ones is that they'll never rot, so they can be used for projects where they'll likely get or stay wet (I've seen people make bath mats out of them!)

--- ECO-INFO ---

People often assume that synthetic corks are more eco-friendly than natural cork, but that's simply not the case. For one, natural cork is a renewable resource (from cork trees), and currently there is enough natural cork in the Mediterranean alone to satisfy our present cork needs for 100+ years even if no new trees were grown. Furthermore, synthetic corks take much more energy to produce and ship (since they're heavier). They're also made from non-renewable plastic, and they're not biodegradable like natural cork. So, whatever synthetic corks we produce, we're stuck with. This makes crafting the best and just about only way to make good use of them, since the only other option is to throw them in the garbage. Hopefully, together, we can prevent that from being the case :)

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