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The End Of An Era

Haeger Potteries is one of the oldest and largest production potteries in the world, making bakeware, lamps, vases and other decorative items. After 145 years, they are shutting their doors.

A Chicago institution

A Chicago institution

Haeger happens to have an outlet store located adjacent to the factory which we’ve frequented for years. Now that they’re closing their doors for good, we decided to make one final trip.

The outlet store entrance

The outlet store entrance

Arriving around 10:15 a.m., we found 15 people waiting in line to get in the store which didn’t open for another 45 minutes. After running a few errands, we opted to return agreeing that if the place was packed, we wouldn’t stop. There were only a handful of cars in the parking lot causing us to wonder why anyone would wait at least 45 minutes to be the first to enter a nearly empty store.

The main parking lot only had a few cars and the over flow lot was empty.

The main parking lot only had a few cars and the over flow lot was empty.

Fortunately we weren’t in the market for large items because getting a cart inside proved to be a challenge.

Design flaw

Design flaw

It was sobering to see shelves once brimming with merchandise nearly empty.

Empty shelves highlight the old structure

Empty shelves highlight the old structure

We made our purchases and took one last look into the production area. Although it was empty, you could feel the energy that had once filled the space.

Production floor

The production floor is 156,000 square feet

Walking around the outside of the building, we found a symbol that perfectly represents the end of this wonderful era.

A symbol of the end

A symbol of the end

May the pots be with you!

Your IFF,

Pam

Comments on: "The End Of An Era" (10)

  1. You mean I don’t have to feel sad for them?

  2. It really is sad when that kind of thing happens. The older I get the more I see things that I thought would be forever just disappearing. Just another joy of getting older!

  3. I remember when mom took us there. I still have the blue vase she bought there.

  4. But the name will go on.
    but yes sad to see it go.

  5. This is so sad. Hang on to your old pieces – they are now collectables and antiques

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