According to the media the economy is recovering and the
recession is over. Are any of you seeing that where you live?
I just keep hearing about people I know losing their jobs and
foreclosures that are still happening all over the country. There
were 85,000 more jobs lost in December--they call that a
I know one of the things I can do as a consumer is to buy from
my own country whenever possible. What good does it do to
buy everything in Walmart, when something like 90% of their
goods are imported from another country? Does that help our
economy, or does that just help Walmart's multi-billion dollar
bottom line? I really don't know any other way to look at it.
I know last year when we were down south I bought my daughter
a long sleeved shirt in Walmart and the very first time I washed
it the stupid thing rolled up in a ball and came unraveled. I looked
at the tag--Made in China. HIGH quality, oh yeah. Glad I saved
$2.00 and gave the Walmart family billionaires more of my hard
earned money. Plus I had to go buy another one anyway--duh!
My older daughter received a nice T shirt as a Christmas present
last year from this company and after tons of washings it still
looks and wears like new.
It takes a little more effort and definitely a few more bucks,
but in the long run if you buy American you will have bought
a better product and helped keep your money where it belongs,
keeping Americans working.
I even found a place yesterday in Alaska that sells dried herbs
and teas that they grow themselves here in Alaska. You can bet
I will be buying from them from now on.
I did a quick search and came up with multiple websites that
sell American products--check it out:
Still Made in USA
22 products which are made in America:
- Toys: Crayola's Silly Putty (Easton, PA)
- Cosmetics: Burt's Bees (Durham, NC)
- Cosmetics: Merle Norman Cosmetics (Los Angeles, CA)
- Toys: Slinky Toys (Hollidaysburg, PA)
- Candles: Yankee Candles (South Deerfield, MA)
- Teddy Bears: Vermont Teddy Bear Company (Burlington, VT)
- Jeans: Union Jean Company (Arcanum, OH)
- Playing Cards: United States Playing Card Company (Cincinnati, OH)
- Outdoor Gear: Cabela's, Inc. (NYSE: CAB) (Sydney, Nebraska)
- Sound Systems: B&K Components (Buffalo, NY)
- Carbon Bicycles: Aegis Bicycles (Camden, ME)
- Boots: Red Wing Shoes (Red Wing, MN)
- House Tools: Stride Tool Inc. (Glenwillow, OH)
- Handbags: Unique Bag and Design (Akron. OH)
- Women's Baseball Caps: Madcapz (Chicago, IL)
- Plastic Boxes : Oppenheim Plastics Co. (Saddle River, NJ)
- Appliances: KitchenAid Appliances (Benton, MI) (manufactured in Ohio, Mississippi; Arkansas; Tennessee; and Indiana).
- Baskets: Longaberger Baskets (Dresden, OH)
- Kitchen cabinets: Merillat Industries (Adrian, MI) (manufactured in 11 U.S. plants)
- Paper supplies: Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company (Petaluma, CA)
- Louisville Slugger Baseball Bats: Hillerich & Bradsby Company (Louisville, KY)
- Clothing: Pendleton Woolen Mills (Portland, OR)