October 19, 2002
It is located off the beaten track in LaAnna, Pennsylvania, and there is nothing sleek about it. It is an original factory outlet located at the factory. If you can visit Monday through Friday, you will be as lucky as we were last week to get to have a tour. It is a small tour--nothing like the one we took 5 years ago at the Royal Worcester Factory in England--but it offers the same insight into how pottery is produced.
We were taken through the process from the pouring of the slag into the molds,
through the glazing and firing of the pottery, and we got to glimpse the inside of the kilns. We learned a lot and enjoyed ourselves doing it. We learned the difference between china and pottery and how to be sure we purchase quality china. One of the artists,
who is over 80 years old, was busy in another room adding the decoration to the individual pieces.
What brings me back here time and time again are the prices. They are wholesale. You pay the same for their pottery as any distributor would. This will save you up to 70% off retail. I come here to buy Fiestaware.
No, it's not perfect--you have through look through every piece to see if it has a flaw that you can live with, but for $1.99 per plate and $6.99 for a gravy boat, I find that there are many imperfections I can tolerate.
My daughter bought a full set of dishes (not Fiesta), and she was taken into the back room to pick the pieces of her set: 40 pieces for under $60! It is beautiful china at a phenomenal price.
You can also find an enormous choice of Fenton Art glass (all first-quality), Precious Moments, cranberry glass, their own Holley Ross items, and lots of seasonal and gift ideas. The selection and variety here is outstanding. I can't wait to do some of my Christmas shopping here.
The store is open daily from May to mid-December. The tours are held at 11am Monday to Friday. Hours are Monday to Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm and Sunday 1pm to 5:30pm. The Tours are FREE!
From journal Our Summer in the Poconos