Here you’ll find answers to questions I’ve heard over the years about the Made-in-USA products I purchase and use.
No! Every product I write about I’ve purchased and used. If I purchase something and don’t like it, I don’t write about it.
No again. If a company did offer, I would decline. I like finding my own treasures.
That’s a good question and very easy to answer. I learned early on that buying USA-made products immediately put a stop to “retail therapy.” Stores such as Target or TJ Maxx carry few Made-in-USA products.
In order to buy USA, I had to plan in advance and do lots of research first.
I do sometimes have to make a choice based on budget. For example, I have two USA machine-made rugs. In my bedroom, however, I have a lovely wool rug handcrafted in India. A comparable USA-made rug would have been triple the cost (the made-in-India one was already pricey).
I buy my rugs from a small, family-owned shop near where I live. The owner works with specific vendors in the US and India and can vouch for how all the lines he carries are made.
Although some things do cost more, overall, I’ve spent less money. An added benefit is my house is also full of things I love rather than a lot of junk and clutter.
Simply read the labels on everything before you buy.
You have to make choices. For example, many electronic items are no longer made state-side. That’s a simple fact. I use a MacBook and iPhone. I have a Visio TV.
I do have some things that were made in Canada, Mexico, or Europe.
I’ve also had good luck finding vintage items on eBay — such as a 1960s made-in-USA bathroom scale. Still works and looks great, too!
For several reasons. I want to bring jobs back to the US. I want to support American manufacturing, which provides stable jobs and decent wages to workers. It’s also my way of giving back to the United States and my own community.