I just saved you $14 at Pottery Barn

corkbag This seen by our undercover operatives at Pottery Barn: a bag of 55 wine bottle corks for $14. Not a wine stain on any of them! Stumped by why they were being sold (home winemakers wandering through the store perhaps?), our agent then spotted a square vase filled with the display corks. A good look, but a little sterile since the corks were mere props.

Just think that 55 bottles of $10 wine is only $550 — pleasure, memories, and, yes, corks, included. Then you can apply the $14 saved toward the cool vase. I’m looking forward to the bag of 55 screwcaps, due out soon.

What do you do with your used corks?

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21 Responses to “I just saved you $14 at Pottery Barn”


  1. we keep them in a couple of big vases. if it’s a special bottle or a special occasion, we’ll write the date on it too.


  2. My wife Sue takes the used corks and makes festive holiday wreaths. She purchases a straw wreath form at the craft store, then puts a hole in each cork uses small nails. Toothpicks go into the corks, which are then inserted into the wreath form. The result is beautiful, memorable and low cost. I have seen commercial cork wreaths in stores and wine shops selling for $40 and more. I like Sue’s better both because of the lower cost and also because the corks have been used and this adds color and texture to the decoration.


  3. Sounds dorky, but I use old (real corks, not reconstituted or fake corks) corks to make hot pads for the kitchen. Just straighten out a metal coat hanger, work the corks on end-to-end. Keep corks from drying out by putting them in a zip-lock/similar air-tight container. It doesn’t take that many, so you can make enough to give out to family & friends.


  4. I’ve done a few things. For my wedding, we took corks from Melville,( the winery we were getting married at) and sawed a slit in them to make placecardholders. I also have kept sentimental ones at home put them in a serving tray end to end to make it more interesting. I’ll also admit to having a big pile of them that I’m still figuring out what to do with.. can’t seem to part with them. there should be a place to recycle these corks.


  5. We recondition them, fixing the hole from the corkscrew, bleaching out the wine stain, and sell them to the Pottery Barn.

    Okay, really we throw them in a small crystal bowl.


  6. Steve – Funny!

    Amy – you can! Check out this company in MO that turns them into cork flooring etc
    http://www.yemmhart.com/news+/winecorkrecycling.htm

    Marissa, Michael, and Alvin – creative!

    I personally recondition mine into a background for my web site.


  7. We’re boring and put them in a vase, but intend to do more creative things once we accumulate enough. We’re mere newlyweds, so we don’t have very many yet! However, we purchased a cork wreath for my parents a few years back and are hoping to make one ourselves. On a completely other note, we actually used wine bottles as the vases for our centerpieces at our wedding — only trouble was, we wanted a very particular bottle (Dauphin, Cotes du Rhone). Fortunately, it’s one of my parents’ favs, so they drank nothing but Dauphin every night the month before the wedding until we had the 30 bottles we needed. What great parents! :)


  8. We’re far more boring. We toss ours into a wicker trashcan next to our wine cabinet that we have affectionately nick-named “the cork-basket”. When it fills up, we’ll get a bigger one.


  9. This one is a no-brainer.

    Old corks go into the awesome Wire Chicken, ruler of the kitchen counter!!

    Wire Chicken can be viewed in all its glory here:
    http://1winedude.blogspot.com/2008/01/wbw-41-talkin-tocai.html

    Cheers!


  10. Pretty much what Luis said, except mine go into a 5 gallon PVC bucket. I have this silly faith that they will someday be useful for something so I keep them.

    While nebulous at present, I am sure that I can come up with something better than the “Wine Cork Trivet”:

    http://www.wineenthusiast.com/weimages/products/thumbnails/P217B.jpg

    A little more ambitious is the wine cork bulletin board:

    http://www.wineenthusiast.com/weimages/products/thumbnails/P140B.jpg

    or message board:

    http://www.winevine-imports.com/images/thumbs/t_660.jpg

    I kind of like that last one. I think Martha Stewart made one of those a few years ago.

    Or for the truly ambitious:

    http://www.stratsplace.com/graphics/corks/john_d_finished_cork_wall_1.jpg

    Note the window trim from sparkling wine corks.


  11. I used this idea:

    http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/look/cork-place-holder-002497

    but instead used them for a business card holder. I work in the wine industry, and it’s a nice kitchy accent on my desk.

    Also, this tasting room in Dry Creek Valley (name escapes me) had cork key chains with their used corks on them for free. You can screw off the cork and put on one of your own, so I change it every few weeks to whatever cork I’ve recently popped.


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  13. Tons of ideas here….I’m working toward doing the table top, but not before I move/relocate because I can’t imagine it will travel well!

    http://lovemyearth.blogspot.com/2007/05/crazy-for-corks.html


  14. I used them for placecard holders at my wedding a couple years ago.

    Then I built a corkboard.

    And now I think I will mass produce an army of cork reindeer.


  15. I save the special ones in a 23 litre carboy leftover from the days before I realized that boxed wine was crap. Looks great in the rec room. Every now and then I spot a gem and re-live a moment.


  16. You can also grind them up in your food processor. Then us the cork mulch as a natural water preserver to mix into potting soil.

    Take that, Martha!


  17. I am using them to make a cork dress–never know when you’ll need one of those for a swanky wine event. It’s Corkin Klein Couture.

    Ugh, selling corks-that’s as bad as pre-packaged beach glass.


  18. Typical of the garbage the Barn sells routinely.


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