Primitive Designs

Primitive Designs, Port Hope: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Primitive Designs Reviews: 5/5

Primitive Designs
5
Speciality & Gift Shops • Speciality Museums • Monuments & Statues
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Primitive Designs is a retail store in Port Hope, Ontario that sells exotic and unique arts and crafts from around the world! Everything is imported and handpicked in over 7 different countries by owners Ron Dacey, Rhonda Cook, and Maximus Dacey. Celebrating their 19th season, Primitive Designs has been nominated for a provincial tourism award, has won Excellence in Local Economic Impact, People's Choice Online, Best Gift Store, and is home to the Big Robots, including a recent addition of a flying pterodactyl! A main attraction in Northumberland County, and Ontario! People come from miles around to browse and purchase Primitive Designs' beautiful handcrafted pieces, and there's something for everybody! We carry everything from Bamboo bars, carvings, masks, drums, and instruments to outdoor decor, pottery, jewelry, and clothing. The warehouse definitely must be seen to be believed.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Stormtrooper
Port Hope, Canada6 contributions
Just no.
Jul 2020 • Friends
Pretentious. The perfect word to describe the owners of this business. I’ve been here because I was told it had some exotic things. Exotic yes, expensive YES. Overpriced YES. My mother bought me something from here for christmas one year and I kid you not I wouldn’t accept it.
Written March 28, 2021
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Hello! I'm sorry your experience was not what you were expecting, usually we get 5 star reviews so this is very disappointing for us to hear that you were unhappy. Our items are handmade by family run businesses, we pay fair market value for all of items that we sell in the store. We very much pride ourselves in representing the different cultures with respect and being a family run business in a small community that we support. We hope you will give us another chance when the world is in better standing, stay safe & healthy!
Written April 3, 2021
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betty l
Brampton, Canada9,930 contributions
Unique Store
Sep 2020
This must be the coolest store in Canada that I have shopped in. But mind you, we went here because of two Robots, meet Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee at the drive way of Primitive Design in Port Hope Ontario.
You not only meet these two Robots, you also get to pose with Dinosaurs, Crocodiles, and even Spiderman. In addition you can pretend you are seated in the Game of Thrones shooting location.There are other Robots inside the store and you will be so surprised at the items that you would only see and buy here.
Written October 1, 2020
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We are glad you enjoyed your visit! We have more robots coming in the new year. Always adding to our collection so make sure to come back :) Thank you for taking the time to leave this review, we really appreciate it.
Written November 5, 2020
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Sharon H
Frankford, Canada115 contributions
Just out for a drive
Sep 2020 • Couples
Wow.. really lucky we stumbled onto this place.. really had fun exploring the whole place. We spent nearly 2 hours there.. thinking of going back already 😅.. this big guy decided to come home with us
Written September 1, 2020
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Glad you stumbled upon us! Come on back, we have had new stuff arrive since you have come and have more stuff coming. Plus our Christmas sale is starting.
Written November 5, 2020
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IYamwhatiyam2014
Toronto, Canada353 contributions
Very unique!
Aug 2020 • Couples
Very unique store! It felt as if I were walking through a museum! The prices were a bit out of my range but I enjoyed exploring all the unique items made from a variety of materials such as wooden carvings and old car parts. During Covid, they limit the number of people in at one time so be prepared to wait a little (it wasn’t too long though) or you can call ahead and make an appointment to bypass the line.
Written August 14, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! Sorry, we are a little behind. Glad you were able to enjoy your visit with us and that we were able to fit you in! Hope you come back out. Lots of new stuff always arriving.
Written November 5, 2020
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betty cro
Orono, Canada25 contributions
great for finding unusual gifts
Jul 2020
this place has got some really cool stuff. If you are looking for unusual gifts for people or for yourself this is the place to go to and I discovered their clothing section which is really unique. Highly recommend driving out to have a visit and the huge exhibits of their animatronics is fabulous
Written August 2, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave this review! We are happy you enjoyed our clothing section. We keep adding new pieces and it's always growing, so make sure to come back out :) New robots arrive every year!
Written November 5, 2020
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EJC
7 contributions
Coolest place ever!!
Jul 2020
I was skeptical, I thought it would be a lot of expensive crap - but it was neither crap nor expensive. We bought many unique pieces for our house at very reasonable prices.
Written August 1, 2020
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Glad we didn't disappoint you!! We always have lots of new stuff arriving, so make sure to come back :)
Written November 5, 2020
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Ladybuggy
Whitby, Canada47 contributions
Interesting place to find unique things
Jun 2020
We visit here regularly and are never disappointed with the unique things to see... usually end up buying something.
Written June 25, 2020
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We are a little behind with the thank you, but we really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review and for coming back! Make sure to come back out, Christmas sales are starting!
Written November 5, 2020
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RogueTrippers
Guelph, Canada4,536 contributions
Unique Shop and great attraction
Dec 2019
Date of Visit: Dec 22nd, 2019

Giant robots, dinosaurs, dragons, Transformers, and other creatures made out of recycled auto parts.
In addition to the large collections of giant robots and creatures, this place also has a massive collection of crafts and gifts from around the world.
You will find small trinkets, to very large home decor. You will find hand-knitted / woven yak scarves and slippers, blankets, lamps, and so much more. There are many clothing items as well. There are garden sculptures and all kinds of items for your house home, the garden that you never knew you needed --- but you do.

This is a very large place - great prices on many items.

The service here is excellent - everyone is very friendly, and helpful.

The artist who created the giant sculptures asks that you make a donation when you take photos of the sculptures. So, Have some change with you when you go.
Written January 3, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely in-depth review of our place. We really appreciate it. Hope to have you back out to see all the new stuff that is arriving now that we have reopened!
Written March 11, 2020
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BonDarJac
Toronto, Canada6 contributions
A very cool place to visit
Nov 2019
We came here after visiting a nearby attraction. So glad we did! The place is so cool and has really great stuff to buy as well as amazing works of art to buy and/or photograph. I would def. recommend this place. Worth the drive!
Written December 16, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to leave this positive review. We really appreciate it. Glad you stopped in! Hopefully, we will see you again in the future. Lots of new and exciting things happening this spring.
Written December 19, 2019
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radar643
Minden, Canada1,069 contributions
Unique Gift Shop....
Nov 2019
We had personal business in a nearby town so stayed at a local hotel off of Hwy 401. On taking the back roads going North, we passed by this unique venue with metal robots and metal dinosaurs greeting us in the side yard. All are for sale...There were plenty of interesting and one of a kind gifts from all over the world in this unique building both upstairs and down.
Written November 28, 2019
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Thank you for stopping by through your travels! We're thrilled you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again!
Written December 12, 2019
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