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.
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.
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.
Fortunately we weren’t in the market for large items because getting a cart inside proved to be a challenge.
It was sobering to see shelves once brimming with merchandise nearly empty.
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.
Walking around the outside of the building, we found a symbol that perfectly represents the end of this wonderful era.
May the pots be with you!