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Dec 24, 2009 10:01 AM

Where to buy corks for S&P shakers in Texas?

Not Williams-Sonoma, Central Market, or World Market.

I'm hearing rumors that Hobby Lobby has corks. There's a Michael's next door I believe that I could check. I think I got my last batch at Tom Thumb, but it's been years.

Thought I'd check with you guys ...

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  1. they come for free with many bottles of wine and are easy to whittle to shapre/fit with a razor blade, at least that was my solution (also in Texas)

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    1. re: tim irvine

      I am doing well simply to shave with a razor blade ;) However I don't have any real ones ... razor blades, that is, have plenty of wine corks.

      I finally realized the correct answer to this question was, Call Mom. She did indeed have them in the right size ... and I had the 'right' salt & pepper on the Christmas Eve table :)

    2. a pack of single edged blades, available at a hardware store, is very useful. I use them to slash bread loaves. The cork trimming was a discovery out of necessity. I cut it in thirds and then trimmed them to a taper (on a cutting board). Glad mom had 'em!

      1. My local hardware store has an entire room full of bins with nuts, bolts, screws, washers, and all manner of actual "hardware." They have several trays full of corks of all sizes, from very tiny to the pretty large ones that fit old-style thermos bottles. Great place to find corks for all the odd antique and vintage bottles I've gotten over the years that I use in the kitchen.
        This is not like Home Depot or Lowe's. You can buy one locking washer for 3 cents.
        I love this store.

        Find a real hardware store. Ace. True Value. Usually in older neighborhoods. Cherish them.

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        1. re: MakingSense

          Agree about real hardware stores.

          You can also try scientific supply companies. For example:

          1. re: MakingSense

            Ah, good idea. We do have a hardware store like that, but it's not close to me. Their slogan is '160,000+ items' and they are truly charming. They have expert staff in each department. I once needed to replace some metric screws, and they had them when no one else did.

            1. re: foiegras

              These hardware stores are too few and far between. We're really lucky to have one in our neighborhood. Lots of the local kids get their very first part-time jobs there, and they still have house charge accounts kept by your name. It's a riot that they are now on twitter and let us know the minute that they put things like Christmas decorations or perennials on clearance so we can rush over and scoop up the bargains.

              They stock cast iron skillets and will special order any sizes they don't stock. Lots of canning supplies, even in the middle of the city. A great garden center with vegetable plants and seeds. Great for foodies and tinkerers.

              Make a field trip to your closest store like this. It's like stepping back in time. Ours makes my life better on a regular basis.

          2. I'm curious. Why do you need corks for the salt and pepper shakers. If it's to take them somewhere I just take off the top put wax paper on the shaker and replace the top. If you use a cork then you might misplace the top.

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            1. re: mexivilla

              These are vintage salt and pepper shakers. The holes in the bottom where you fill them are traditionally closed with corks.