Switch Plates And Outlet Covers Made From Old Tin Cans

| Fort Myers, Florida

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Announcement    Discounts and custom orders available on my website only. Making unique switch plates from advertising tins and baking pans since 2003. Selling on Etsy since 2014. Adding new items daily, please keep checking back!


Last updated on Oct 30, 2021

Discounts and custom orders available on my website only. Making unique switch plates from advertising tins and baking pans since 2003. Selling on Etsy since 2014. Adding new items daily, please keep checking back!



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About tincansally

Sales 6,856
On Etsy since 2007

About Tin Can Sally Switch Plates Made From Old Tin Cans

My journey in art began as soon as I could doodle. My media was crayons and my canvas was my bedroom wall. My first masterpiece was my last, but once I discovered paper, I traded my crayons for a pencil and began cartooning.

I studied art in high school, commercial art at Endicott College and studio art at Manhattanville College. While at Manhattanville, I became interested in 3-dimensional design and sculpture, which landed me a job, after graduation, as a production artist for pop art master Charles Fazzino.

I quickly became Fazzino's top performing artist, which led to working exclusively on his original paintings, making them three-dimensional masterpieces. Although I had great pride in my creations, I became increasingly frustrated I was creating art that wasn't mine. I wanted my own creations.

After 12 years, I decided to make a change in both my career and my surroundings. I left New York and headed for the Southern Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire area. Inspired by the architecture and rich history in the area and in the midst of a metalworking course, I stumbled upon old tins in my garage. I cut them up and, after a little research and product development, I created Tin Can Sally in 2003.

I created and grew my business in New England and in the summer of 2020, I moved myself and the business to Southwest Florida, where I continue to grow and be inspired.

I believe my experiences in my journey as an artist is reflected in my work, including my early days as a cartoonist. Every switch plate is carefully arranged graphically and if I can find humor in it, I will!

Tin Can Sally is a registered trademark with the US Patent & Trademark Office.

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  • Sarah Kilvert, Tin Can Sally

    Owner, Maker

Shop policies

Last updated on January 9, 2022
Welcome to Tin Can Sally Switch Plates on Etsy! All of my switch plates are made by hand (by me) from advertising tins and baking pans. Most are one of a kind! Special requests for unique and unusual configuration switch plates are now only available on my website. Please view my shop and let me know if you have any questions. I am often able to respond to your messages promptly during business hours (9:30 am to 6 pm eastern time) 7 days a week.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 7 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: If, within 14 days, you decide you are not satisfied with your purchase, you may return your item in its original condition and we will refund your purchase price - less shipping. Please contact us and we will respond within 24 hours.


1) Returned items must be received in original condition. If it comes back scratched, we will not be able to resell it at full price. Therefore, the refund will be 50% of the purchase price. Scratches and condition are easily verified since we have photos of the item.

Exchanges must be arranged, approved and processed separate from any orders placed on Etsy.

2) Tin pieces can be returned but ONLY in the original, sealed package. We cannot verify all pieces are returned (actual counts sent), therefore only sealed packages will be accepted.

3) Returns received well beyond the return period (with or without approval) will be charged a $10.00 restocking fee per item. This includes exchanges. Please respect this and send your item back promptly. We reserve the right to refuse your package and mark it "return to sender."

4) Item is damaged from shipping: Let us know! We will need to file a USPS claim and, depending on the extent of the damage, we might be able to repair it or send replacements. Please contact us within 3 business days and provide photos of the damaged package and products. Do not dispose of the package. We will need this information to file a claim. We will send a pre-paid shipping label for you to return those that were damaged only after you supply photos.

CUSTOM ORDERS ARE FINAL, NO RETURNS: unless there is an issue with installation. We do guarantee the fit of all our switch plates.
I accept all Credit Cards and PayPal through Etsy as well as Etsy Gift Cards.

If the shipping address is in the State of Florida, sales tax will be added to your invoice.
Shipping in the USA for the light switch plates is $10.99 flat rate, sent priority mail with each additional item FREE. You must use the ADD TO CART option in order to receive free shipping if you are purchasing more than one in the same cart. We no longer refund for excess shipping paid if purchased in multiple carts. Arrangements can be made if you contact us immediately with those items you want to add BEFORE making another purchase. We ship USPS ONLY and our rates are NOT negotiable.

Packages ship the following Tuesday or Friday after your order is received. Once shipped, USPS estimates 1-3 business days delivery time (based on your location in the USA). But allow a few extra days and watch your tracking since USPS has been very slow due to Covid 19.

**All packages containing our switch plates include insurance upgrade for free!**

Optional Shipping Upgrades: Priority Mail $10.99 with Signature Confirmation + $3.00**. I no longer ship Priority Express on Etsy due to additional fees charged by Etsy. Shipping via Express can be arranged when purchasing from my website.

Shipping for the tin pieces is now included in the price.

Old tin cans are shipped priority mail, for the flat rate of $10.99. Other small vintage items ship first class mail - prices differ but can be viewed in each listing.

I no longer ship to Canada on Etsy, this is due to their 5% shipping fee which makes selling to you here cost prohibitive. Please visit my website to purchase my products.

**If you have had issues with your local US Postal Service, we strongly advise purchasing Signature Confirmation.

I only accept cancellations or changes prior to postage label purchases. Contact me immediately if you want to cancel your order. Cancellations will be accepted ONLY if your shipping label HAS NOT been prepared.

I will only ship to USPS verified or confirmed addresses. If your address shows it is not verified, I try to verify via google. If I cannot locate your address, I will contact you to confirm it is correct. If you do not respond, your order will be canceled and refunded in full. Please make sure your address is correct prior to placing your order.

I cannot be responsible for packages sent to addresses provided by buyers that are not correct. Please make sure your information is up-to-date. If USPS returns your package to us, you have 3 options: a refund less the original ship cost, the purchase of a new shipping label, or the holding of your item if you plan on ordering from us again in the near future.

I cannot be responsible for packages that are delivered to the wrong mailbox. If the USPS tracking says "delivered" but you did not receive it, you will need to contact your local post office.
Additional policies and FAQs


1) ALL CUSTOM ORDERS must be placed separate from purchases made from our shop unless you contact us PRIOR TO YOUR PURCHASE. I cannot accept or reply to custom orders through a note within an open order. I do not accept changes to purchased switch plates in an open order. Changes are CUSTOM ORDERS! If you buy a switch plate as seen, you will receive that switch plate as seen.

2) CUSTOM ORDERS CANNOT BE CHANGED AFTER THE ITEM HAS BEEN MADE: Note we provide photos of tins and pans we will use to create your switch plate prior to making it for your approval. We simply do not have unlimited material to allow for changes after your custom switch plate has been made. Once you approve the material, it cannot be changed and you will be obligated to follow through with your order.

3) CUSTOMER PROVIDED MATERIAL: We hold all tins and pans you send us for 21 days pending your final order. We provide photos of layouts for your approval by email. If you do not respond to finalize your order, we will claim ownership of the material on the 22nd day. When your order is complete, we ask for payment. If you do not pay or respond to our email reminders, we will claim ownership of the finished switch plate(s) on the 22nd day after the day the invoice was generated.

4) CUSTOM ORDERS USING MATERIAL FROM OUR INVENTORY: We email you when your custom order is ready for purchase. We expect payment within 4 days. On the 5th day, if payment or communication has not been received, the custom order goes into our inventory and is offered for sale on all of our websites.

CUSTOMER PROVIDED PHOTOS: We might use your photos showing the switch plates in your home or business on this and other websites, for advertising or in the media. We assume permission when you share your photos, but will gladly keep your photos private if you contact us by email.


Since tins are very hard to find, my prices are not negotiable. Discounts are only available on my website, prices there reflect instant savings. We also cannot offer these wholesale to stores. Please realize these are highly collectible and most unique.

Please do not purchase a switch plate and then ask me to change it! Most of my products are one-of-a-kind and they cannot be changed WITHOUT prior approval. Sometimes we do have another tin to work with, often we do not. If you buy and request the switch plate be changed (example you buy a double but want it as a single) we will we will send you the item you purchased. Please understand our switch plates are unique and are often not available except as pictured. Special requests for custom switch plates are only available on my website. Please contact me there!

MESSAGES: If you message me through Etsy, I reply through Etsy. I cannot contact you if you provide an email to reply to within a message through Etsy. Please make sure to check your messages on Etsy. I do reply promptly.

GIFT SHIPMENTS: Due to the unethical practice of drop shipping without permission, we no longer send shipments without an itemized receipt that shows the price you paid.

We no longer hold items due to strict performance standards on Etsy. If you cannot accept a shipment based on our processing times, we suggest you wait until you are available to receive packages.

SCREWS ARE NOT INCLUDED. Switches and plugs not included (yes, people actually ask).

All edges are filed smooth by hand.

Most blank switch plates (for those switches your electrician removed from your house) and push button switch plates are available on my website.

Unusual configurations are our specialty! We work closely with you to find the perfect tin for your wacky switches and outlets. Please contact me by visiting my website for more information.

DISCLAIMER: Tin Can Sally® claims NO affiliation to any company, brand, trademark or logo found on our products. The tins used to make our products were previously purchased from the companies who manufactured them and then resold to me in used condition. The images are utilized through appropriation art. Appropriation artists want the viewers to recognize the images. Andy Warhol is an example of an appropriation artist. To read more about appropriation art, please google it :)

Please like us on Facebook for updates, previews and discussion: https://www.facebook.com/tincansallys/

For more detailed Terms & Conditions, please visit my website: https://tincansally.com/pages/terms-conditions

Tin Can Sally is a registered trademark by Sarah Kilvert.

All questions are answered within 24 hours and in the order they are received.

Our website https://tincansally.com/
Tin Can Sally is committed to protecting your privacy.

We will not sell or disclose any information that identifies you to a third party without your prior approval. We may periodically notify you about new services or special offers we think you might find valuable.

If you would rather not receive this information, you may send an email to tincansally [!at] hotmail.com with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

Tin Can Sally does not sell, trade or rent your personal information to others. We value your privacy on every level.

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Last updated on Oct 30, 2021
Frequently asked questions
Do you offer discounts if I purchase several switch plates?

Unfortunately, I do not discount on Etsy. Please visit my website tincansally.com for instant discounted prices.

Will you accept a custom order with an order I just placed?

ALL CUSTOM ORDERS must be placed through my website. Orders processed on Etsy cannot be combined to ship with orders placed on my website. Orders processed on my website cannot be combined with orders processed on Etsy. This is for buyer and seller protection if a claim needs to be made.

Will you hold my order after it was placed?

No. Etsy requires I ship within the time frame quoted in the listing. Delaying shipments will drastically reduce our hard earned Etsy Star Seller rating.

I just purchased a single switch plate that I want as an outlet cover, will you change it for me?

Please do not purchase a switch plate and then ask me to change it! Most of my products are one-of-a-kind and they cannot be changed WITHOUT prior approval. Sometimes we do have another tin to work with, often we do not. If you buy and request the switch plate be changed (example you buy a double but want it as a single) we will we will send you the item you purchased. Doing this is, in effect, jumping ahead of those who are on my wait list for custom orders. I do not accept custom orders on Etsy.

Will you combine shipping on the 2 orders I just placed?

No. However, if you make a purchase and decide, within a few minutes, you forgot or want to add another item, simply CONTACT ME prior to making another purchase. I will gladly setup a private listing so you do not pay shipping twice. You will need to be available to purchase the additional item after the private listing is created and emailed to you. This needs to be fully completed within 24 hours from the time the first purchase was made. I do not refund shipping overages if you do not follow this procedure. I am happy to work with you in a timely manner!

Wholesale availability

Due to the nature of my products and limited material available, I do not wholesale to stores.

Gift wrapping and packaging

We do not offer a gift wrap service, sorry.

Will you ship my order first class mail in a padded envelope and reduce your rate?

I only ship the switch plates via priority mail in a box to protect from damage. All packages are insured for free. If shipped first class mail, I am restricted to weight limits and insurance would not be included for free. Please understand this is for your protection and mine.

Can you tell me how you make these so I can start making them too?

Please don't waste my time with such a silly question. I spent months developing my process and years perfecting it. I am not sure why I am asked this question! Seriously! I will never share my secret until I am ready to sell it. If you want to send offers in the 7 figure range, I might be interested! :)

How long will it take for me to receive my package after it is shipped?

Priority Mail is taking longer than it used to due to issues with USPS. Usually the transit time is 1-3 days, but please allow a few extra days transit time. First Class Mail packages are now moving slower thanks to a USPS cost saving decision, so please allow up to 10 days transit time. Contact me if your package is taking much longer to get to you.