Today I read a cautionary Consumer Reports article. Though I keep a keen eye out for misleading labeling, I think it bears warning again, that many "American" looking items are not American. Like the labels above, just because there's a picture of a flag, or a label reading "genuine American", or "Designed in USA", does not mean it's made here. However, if something (like a computer) is made of many different foreign components, but is greatly transformed here, then it's "Made in USA". In my experience though, I've seen many clothes that say "Made in USA of foreign material. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2013/02/made-in-america/index.htm
Anwyho, here's some good examples of Made in USA projectiles that Amber found:
Dearest Blog Readers,
Tomorrow and Saturday I will be camping with little or no internet access. You know, removed. Quality bonding with my significant other. Anywho, I'll take my daily pix, and take note of anything American made I see. I'll post them when I get back. If you see any Made in USA goodness, send me a memo!!!
2 DAY LATER...
First Time at Yosemite!
Yesterday I resigned from my job. In 2 weeks, I'll be off to the next (unknown) adventure. I feel like the little girl in the "KinderMat" packaging. She looks like the whole world is full of possibilities. That's how I feel. Except she doesn't look scared, but I feel scared.
But, I have to believe that when your gut is telling you to do something, you really have to do it. So, we shall see what happens.
Thanks to Amber for finding this child's resting mat in the school supplies section at Target!!!
Today, I found a site called Hometown USA. It's a really cute name, right? Well, they have all number of things totally organized by category. It's great! They have everything from $232 boots to at $9.95 hop scotch set. Fun!
On a different post note, I'm having trouble returning those "Made in USA", but actually Made in China shoes. I got them from shoebuy.com, and it's not quite as straight forward as zappos.com. They're supposed to send me a pre-paid stamp, but I haven't gotten it yet....oh well. Small potatoes!
Today at lunch I thought I'd kill some time wandering through Sally's Beauty in our local strip mall. Well, lo and behold, my "killing time" turned out to be a time investment! I saw a nice Made in USA comb, and some of those drapey poncho thingies that the hair stylists put over you to keep the hair off. The photographed one above is a seersucker fabric. I guess it's fancy. I also saw that they had Made in USA hair razors, but I couldn't get a picture because I had to zip back to work!
Last Friday I went to the LA gift show, and while I couldn't take any photos, I did see quite a few vendors selling Made in USA goods. I snagged some cards sleathly (though I can't see why they would object to me spreading the word of their product)! Anywho, the "Mama's Little Babies" is really cool!!! All types of jewelry and accessories made out of Shrinky Dinks. Check it out!!!http://www.etsy.com/shop/mamaslittlebabies
PS. There was also a seasoning being sold at the gift show called "Super Shit". Seriously. Gross!!! Maybe it tasted awesome, but I don't wanna try super shit.
Hmmm... a Made in USA (sort of) BB Gun and a shopping bag (from Little Tokyo!). I think the BB gun counts as more exciting.
Amber saw this "Built in America" BB gun at Wal-Mart, which is cool! It's not 100% Made in USA, because the holster is Made in China and the gun has foreign components, but I'm still glad that the majority of elements are made here. As long as it's used safely! Good find!
Oh, and for the record, my laundry basket was brimming with dirty clothes, and today I did laundry. Took 3 loads including towels. A lot, but not as much as my pre-USA project
Hello! I'm a 30 year old gal with a liking for doing year long projects. I've done a year without any form of chocolate, a year without coffee shops, and 5 years without gum (and I LOVE chocolate, coffee shops, and gum)! A year wearing only American Made should be the hardest yet, though*.
*As the project is now over, I can say it wasn't the hardest, but it was the most rewarding (if time-consuming)!