|The Drive: Newell, West Virginia
Shhh!: To find out the exact dates for Homer Laughlin China Co.’s Thursday through Saturday sale, kept secret until September, call 1-800-452-4462 or visit www.homerlaughlin.com.
annual warehouse sale at the Homer Laughlin China Co., creators of the most iconic brand of American dishes: Fiestaware.
The retail outlet is stocked with newly manufactured, lead-free dinnerware, not collectibles. If you’re not shy about elbowing your way through Fiestaware fanatics and stacks of merchandise, you just might snag a sunflower yellow sauceboat and a cobalt blue platter for prices so low ($13.50 total, as opposed to the regular $43 ticket price) you feel positively righteous about also picking up a set of chili bowls, a covered casserole and an irresistible little persimmon-colored relish tray.
Sturgis House Bed & Breakfast in nearby East Liverpool, Ohio, is 15 minutes away via toll bridge and has six rooms with private baths. One has a small kitchen, and a third-floor suite sleeps four. The restored Victorian mansion was once a funeral parlor; the body of Pretty Boy Floyd, Public Enemy No. 1, was brought here for embalming after the gangster was killed in 1934. www.sturgishouse.com