Notes / News

Yard Art News and Information

Posted by Gary Pearson at 4:48pm, Wednesday 23rd October, 2019
Owners have retired - Business for sale -1st Aug
After much sole searching and procrastination over the last 7 months we have finally decided that it is time to turn the concrete mixer off and move on to other things.
We will continue to complete orders where we can and will work through those over the next month or so.  Our plan is to continue with some smaller items (including gnomes) as a hobby/interest and will advise how this will work at a later date.  Existing stock is available and can still be purchased.
This means that our business is for sale.  We would prefer to sell the whole thing all together, but may sell logical parts of the business off or the moulds individually if we cant find a suitable solution.  This is not a backyard enterprise so no tyre kickers please but if you are interested then please contact us on 06 367 6586.
Freight - 30th May.
Normally items over 25kg need to be sent on a pallet.  Due to an issue with our freight company not reimbursing us for several items they damaged or lost we are no longer going to use their service.  Prices received from another company were prohibitive for home delivery.  This means that we are now unable to despatch any thing over 25kg.  If an order totalling over 25kg is made up of a number of smaller items then these still may be able to be sent.
If you want to collect or arrange your own freight then please feel free to do so.
Anything under 25kg can still be shipped around the country as usual. 

Reopening April 2022 - 14th Mar.
We are reopening our yard/shop from April 2022.  Please refer to our Contacts  page for our new opening hours.  Note also that our product range has also been reduced.  Online ordering is still ONLY available for items currently in stock.  The website will advise if an item is available as per example below:
In Stock:
  • - Yes - Painted/Oxide
  • - Yes - White Cement
What is happening with Yard Art - 17th Jan.  Updated 30th Jan
Our yard/shop is temporarily closed so that we can catch up on the backlog of orders and give us a chance to restock.  We will be reopening in April.  Pickup of existing orders will continue as normal.  Online ordering is ONLY available for items currently in stock.  The website advises if an ornament is available.
Despite our website advising that if an item is not in stock then we are currently unable to make it, we are still getting a  number of orders coming through for items not available.  To avoid disappointment, please be aware of this situation when placing orders.  To reiterate, if an item is not in stock then we are currently unable to make this for you at this stage.
As at the 1st of April 2022, we are going to be (semi) retired and our product range will be reduced with some items no longer available.  Yard Art is NOT closing, just downsizing.

Retirement - 3rd Nov.  Updated 15 Dec
After nearly 18 years in business we have decided to retire (semi) and in fact have already started that process.
This means that as from today (3rd Nov), if an item is NOT in stock then we are unable to take an order to make it until further notice. We have a backlog of orders and are working hard on completing these but cannot take on any new orders if an item is not in stock.  We hope to have things back to normal later in January 
Any existing stock is still availabe for sale and can be ordered as usual.  The website now shows if an item is available.  
Note that we are not closing down and will be open for normal business next year albeit in a reduced capacity.  We are still open for walk in customers.
We would like to thank all of our customers over the years and apologies for any inconcenience caused while we work through this.
This business or parts of, may be for sale in late January. 
Please continue to monitor this website for further information.

Credit Card Payment - 26th Oct 21
Credit Card transaction now incur a small surcharge (2 - 3% of purchase price).  Direct Credit payments do not.

Order Suspension - 14th Sep 21
As from today and until further notice we are no longer accepting online orders.  The reason for this is two fold.
Firstly, we have a large backlog of orders and we need to get these completed asap otherwise we will continue to get further and further behind, particularly with Christmas fast approaching.  The waiting list is becoming unacceptable and we do not want customers waiting months (in some instances) for orders to be completed. 
Secondly, we are making some major changes to our business and during this time we need to suspend the online ordering process as we review what we are doing.
This is a temporary situation and we hope this shouldn't be longer than about a month.  We anticapate being able to accept orders well before Christmas.
We would appreciate your understanding and look forward to your business in a few weeks.

White Cement - 4th Aug 21
As with a lot of things being brought into the country, the cost of freight from overseas keeps going up and up and this includes our white cement.  Accordingly, we have had to add a small margin to anything we make with white cement to help recoup our costs and this is effective immediately (4/08/21).
Moulds International - 7th Mar 21
We are unfortunately no longer making moulds for sale, either internationally or locally.  Refer to reasons documented elsewhere on the website.  We are still making our concrete ornaments.

Unfortunately due to the unprecedented demand for our products, our stock levels are not at what they should be.  Goods are going out the door quicker than we can make them.  This means that if an item is NOT in stock or in the required finish, then we will need to make this for you.  Please order as usual and we will advise if the item is available. 
There is a lead time of 4 - 5 weeks currently to get an item made.
Note that credit card transactions will not be processed until the order is ready for despatch.  We can supply Gift Vouchers as an alternative either for the item itself (no monetry value shows) or a dollar amount.

Moulds International
The cost of sending goods internationally has sky rocketed and it has become uneconomical to send our moulds overseas (except Australia).  We can still send but suggest you ask for a freight estimate first.  Smaller items and 2 or 3 items only may still be OK.  

Orders in General
We are getting an increased number of both online orders and orders from customers coming into the yard.  This is putting pressure on our stock levels and our ability to supply goods immediately. For example, we may have an item in plain grey concrete but a customer wants it in white cement.  This means we have to make the white one and this is therefore taking us a bit longer to process. 
Given the number of orders we are receiving there is currently a lead time of around 4 - 5 weeks for us to make items not in stock. 

All prices are in New Zealand dollars.  Click on NZD beside the amount for a currency converter.

Freight cost for our concrete garden ornaments is calculated by the system for item/s up to 25kg and for NZ only.  This is done when products are placed in the shopping cart.  For items over 25kg we will need to manually calculate this for you.
If the delivery address is a Rural Delivery then as we are charged extra for that, we reserve the right to on charge that cost.
Sending concrete products around the world is extremely expensive given the weight of concrete.  For example sending an 18kg Kiwi to Australia costs over NZD$200.00, so before placing an order, ask for a freight cost first if you think you really want an item.
Freight costs for Moulds International are based on a percentage of purchase price depending on what part of the world you are in.  Please click the Mould Shipping Cost button of your geographic region.

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