Purple Cow Toys

★★★☆☆
  • 1380 Commercial St

    Astoria, OR 97103

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  • 503-325-2996

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This shop drew our eyes from the start because it seemed to have a good selection of unconventional, quality toys. What caught me completely off guard was the kind of service we would receive. We are an international family: my wife is Japanese, and my 3-year-old daughter is of mixed ethnicity. Though I just assumed the older woman working at the store was simply unfriendly, since she had been ignoring us from the start, my image would change once I noticed her greeting, and talking with all of the other customers enthusiastically. Later, she would say one thing to my wife in a curt and condescending voice about how she didn't need to walk around a display rack because the rack itself turned, and quickly walked away. Still giving the sales woman the benefit of the doubt, I approached her amoment later at the counter to ask about a couple of products and she noticeably looked away and ignored me. Though we intended to purchase a number of products there; needless to say, the store didn't get our business. Though, I honestly don't want to assume the worst, compared to other small, specialized stores, the service was certainly sub-standard.

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★☆☆☆☆

This shop drew our eyes from the start because it seemed to have a good selection of unconventional, quality toys. What caught me completely off guard was the kind of service we would receive. We are an international family: my wife is Japanese, and my 3-year-old daughter is of mixed ethnicity. Though I just assumed the older woman working at the store was simply unfriendly, since she had been ignoring us from the start, my image would change once I noticed her greeting, and talking with all of the other customers enthusiastically. Later, she would say one thing to my wife in a curt and condescending voice about how she didn't need to walk around a display rack because the rack itself turned, and quickly walked away. Still giving the sales woman the benefit of the doubt, I approached her amoment later at the counter to ask about a couple of products and she noticeably looked away and ignored me. Though we intended to purchase a number of products there; needless to say, the store didn't get our business. Though, I honestly don't want to assume the worst, compared to other small, specialized stores, the service was certainly sub-standard.

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So many things to discover in this shop. It is the perfect place to stop and get a treat for the kids left at home, while mom and dad fly off to the coast for time alone. I had fun perusing the many items not made in China

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★★★★☆

So many things to discover in this shop. It is the perfect place to stop and get a treat for the kids left at home, while mom and dad fly off to the coast for time alone. I had fun perusing the many items not made in China

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Offers a great variety of toys for all ages. If you are looking for something to bring home to your kids after a weekend away in Astoria, this is the place. If you you included your kids in your trip to Astoria or somewhere nearby and need something to keep them busy during a rainy spell at the beach, this the place to look.

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★★★★☆

Offers a great variety of toys for all ages. If you are looking for something to bring home to your kids after a weekend away in Astoria, this is the place. If you you included your kids in your trip to Astoria or somewhere nearby and need something to keep them busy during a rainy spell at the beach, this the place to look.

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Wooden things trains, blocks, building sets.... They have all these different toys that you just don't find easily. I found toys from my childhood here (1970s) and I loved that.
The owners take well care of their small shop and it shows. They are located in a wonderful part of downtown Astoria, and they are easy to find. Thanks to the purple store front.
I enjoy this store personally because it is personal. The toys that come out of this place are just neater than stuff from bigger stores. The owners and employees are all very nice to do business with and I always enjoy my shopping trip when I go there.
The only downside that I can find is that they are a bit spendy. Not terribly high priced but a bit spendy.

PROS: Large variety of different and unusual toys, nice location, friendly staff.
CONS: Slightly high priced, very small shop, a bit crowded

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★★★★☆

Wooden things trains, blocks, building sets.... They have all these different toys that you just don't find easily. I found toys from my childhood here (1970s) and I loved that.
The owners take well care of their small shop and it shows. They are located in a wonderful part of downtown Astoria, and they are easy to find. Thanks to the purple store front.
I enjoy this store personally because it is personal. The toys that come out of this place are just neater than stuff from bigger stores. The owners and employees are all very nice to do business with and I always enjoy my shopping trip when I go there.
The only downside that I can find is that they are a bit spendy. Not terribly high priced but a bit spendy.

PROS: Large variety of different and unusual toys, nice location, friendly staff.
CONS: Slightly high priced, very small shop, a bit crowded

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