So what is a primitive? It isn’t easy to answer that question running a primitive shop in Colorado. For a couple Appalachians like us, primitives are everywhere. It’s on our walls, in our cupboards and cabinets, on our tables, and on our beds. Invariably, when we get that question in the shop, we use adjectives like “early-American,” “colonial” and “handmade,” but even we have found ourselves going beyond those traditional descriptions.

For us, primitives have become anything that represents ingenuity and creativity that was once a necessity for survival by our ancestors. In an age of industry, mass-production and cheap foreign labor that quickens the pace of life and makes us a nation of consumers, we long for simpler times when we wasted less, made what we needed and repurposed what we used. At Frog on a limb Primitives, we seek out the local artisans and established U.S. small business who share our philosophy to provide quality, handmade in the U.S. primitive crafts at ego-free prices.

As the word gets around, we add more products to our shop, but generally our primitives include Colorado-made furniture from whole-log to distressed lumber, other locally made wood crafts and utensils; raku baskets and other pottery made right her on the front range, Colorado teas, coffees and gourmet foods; candles, soaps, lotions and other bath and body products locally made; other local arts and crafts; candles from West Virginia, tin ware from Pennsylvania Dutch Country, treenware from North Carolina, and many other handmade in the USA products.

Finally, the best way to discover primitives is to taste it, touch it or smell it firsthand. Everything in our shop is open for inspection so guests can feel the craftsmanship for themselves, and we usually have tasty treats from our artisans available to try as well.

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