Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My New Blog

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Well, here's the new blog I've been talking about. My goal here is to show people that they can buy products that are Made in the USA and to encourage people to do so. It seems so easy to walk into a Wal-Mart or even an upscale Department store and pick out something you like only to find the tag says Made in China. You know the quality is inferior but everything else on the racks and shelves are Made in China too. It is quite frustrating because you know if you buy that inferior quality coat, skirt or shirt that's Made in China you're putting fellow Americans out of work. In most cases you aren't saving that much anyway and sometimes you're not saving anything at all and still getting an inferior product.

I will try and feature as many products as I can and keeps links to places where you can find American made products. Don't get me wrong though. You aren't going to be able to buy everything that you may want and need with a tag that says Made in the USA, that has never been possible. I am trying to increase the percentage of things you buy that's Made in the USA. If you buy products that are made in China you're putting yourself and family at risk because the Chinese have no intention of making safe products or using any kind of standards because they don't care one wit about their own people why would they care about you or your family? Lead paint, formaldehyde, insecticides and a whole host of other nasties that were banned years ago in American made products. The Chinese were even nice enough to send us some of their poisonous toothpaste and dog food. These are just a few of the reasons why products that bear the Made in the USA tag or label are far superior to those that say Made in China or one of the other slave labor communist countries like Vietnam. When is the last time you saw a pair of shoes or jeans that had a one of those hanging tags with their country's flag on it that says "proudly made in China? Never!

There are other countries that do make products that are high quality and pay their employees a good wage and have high standards. I will point them out too as I go along. My main objective though is try and do my part to help people to find alternatives to buying cheaply made and dangerous products that are currently being dumped on our docks and stocked in our stores.

I will also point out that it's OK for people to belong to unions and fight for fair pay and safe working conditions. Americans have always agreed with those principles. Union members have to let their leadership know they have to be responsible about negotiating and consider all things while sitting at the negotiating table. Many companies want to keep jobs in the US but unions and environmentalists can become very extreme and unbending and force companies to close or move their operations elsewhere. We are all Americans and it's in our best interest to keep our jobs here and make products that are both safe and affordable.

I will be posting links as I go along but if you have any questions or can't find something feel free to ask me and we'll work on it together. I hope this endeavor will be educational and helpful for everyone. God Bless America.


Mike's America said...

Years ago I invested in two very expensive pots and pans made by All Clad in Canonsburg, PA:

Since then, I've thrown out three sets of the cheap pots who wear out after the first couple of years (probably made in China) but the All Clad pots remain solid and strong and I reach for them first.

Gayle said...

I bought my boots at Cavenders in Temple, TX, Jennifer. I didn't see anything made in China in there but I really wasn't checking out everything. I was simply looking for a good pair of American Made boots. Their website link is
They sell many brands of boots and all types of Western Wear.

My pots and pans are made by Tramontina. Expensive, but worth it. They last forever! They were made in Brazil.

This is a great idea, Jennifer. I'll link your new blog up. :)

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

*Breaks open the champagne bottle*

Of course....I don't drink. But congratulations on opening a new blog, anyway.

I used to wear a t-shirt when I was a kid that said "Made in America".

J_G said...

With a big smile on my face I say thanks for showing up guys. This is just what I was looking for. I'll check out the link to the all-clad pots Mike. Seems there a lot of smaller manufacturers still in Pennsylvania.

I've seen Cavenders online Gayle. They carry a lot of western wear. Justin Boots are still made in the USA but they have a line that's made in China and that's exactly what I'll be writing about. Some manufacturers are trying to fool us by using their well known names while closing down their American plants putting Americans out of jobs and reducing quality while charging the same price. I've caught Red Wings Shoes and Justin Boots at it. Double H boots that have been made here in Pennsylvania for almost a century has started a new line made in China.

Names like Pendleton and Woolrich have almost completely sold out and only put their names on products made by foreign contractors except for some wool products that are still made here in the USA. Levis jeans sold out years ago and they wonder why they can't compete. Their designer jeans stink and their traditonal jeans are foreign made keeping people like me from even thinking about buying Levis. They really are junk nowadays. Nothing like the Levis we all grew up with. I saw the CEO on the TV the other day and he is clueless and not American, sounded like he's British.

I'll have a blog post on Jeans first because I have done alot of research into it lately.

You're the all American kind of guy that this country needs as far as I'm concerned Word. Really, thanks coming by. I'm going to knock the squiggly line verificator as soon as get done writing this. It'll take e some time to get all the packaging creases smoothed out here.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Well this looks pretty good to me GF!

I try my hardest to buy Made in the USA so this sight will be very helpful for me :-)

heidianne jackson said...

what an awesome idea for a site, jennifer. thanks for taking this on. i'll be linking to you from my site shortly.

btw, i use calphalon - made in ohio since 1963 and well worth the expense (

how should we send you information on other items made in the usa?

heidianne jackson

J_G said...

Gosh, I hope I can keep up with the inflow of information.

Marie, I know you try to buy American made. The stores don't make it easy for us. They try and hide where their products are made because they are embarrassed, as well they should be that they have sold out and then someone comes along and calls them on it. Some of the local stores around here that sell boots and hats won't even let me into their stores anymore because I ask them why don't they carry American products.

I tried to buy a hat to match my raincoat and the Hat and Boot store in town only carried Chinese made Australian Outback hats. When I finally found a nice wax cotton hat to match my Australian coat the hat was made in St.Louis Missouri by Henchel Hats. It was much nicer than the Chinese garbage that store was selling. It had a proper liner inside and was well made. The Henchel cost me exactly the same price they were asking for the Chinese made junk, $39.95!

One store that sells leather coats in town completely banned me because I bought a leather vest and brought it back the next day and said this junk was made in Pakistan. The store owner cut the made in Pakistan label off of the vest.I found where it was made by researching it on the internet.

I'll do my best to keep everyone informed and up to date on how to buy American made products and how to convince your local stores not carry foreign made junk instead of quality American goods.

Thanks for the link Heidianne, I'll put that in the cookware folder I have along with Mike's link and I'll do a post specifically on American made cookware and post all the links on my sidebar in categories. You can leave me links here in the comment box even if it doesn't pertain to the subject of the post or you can email it to me through my Yahoo email link. I'll check to make sure my email link is displayed because I haven't worked out all the kinks yet in my setup of this new blog.

I'll keep links in folders and get them posted in the proper categories as I go along but feel free to recommend something to all here at anytime.

I think the bottom line is when you are shopping and you ask someone (in the small stores) where the products come from they should be able to say "these shoes, jeans...etc are proudly made in the USA" or "These products are not made in China because we care about our customers and their families" Thanks for stopping by Heidianne

I don't have a problem with people buying things made in other countries that are our allies and friends like England, Germany, Australia, Italy or yes, even France. Most of the things you buy from them are special purchases and you should treat yourself once in awhile. Those countries make some very fine things and they buy products from us because they like America and our products despite what you hear from the "Johnny one note" press.

BB-Idaho said...

Weighing in on the subject of shoes: One of my college jobs in the early 60s was in a wholesale
shoe warehouse. Everything was US made. My second year there, they
found cheap overshoes (china). Next
year tennis shoes from the orient
started showing up. Shortly after
I left the place closed, the foreigners were selling direct; and as we know, shoe factories in the US went the way of fabrics and electronics. Good News: since I buy for comfort and not fashion, I started buying New Balance tennyrunners, liked 'em, they
fit and wore well. AND, I recently found out - they are made here in this country. RE: (which shows that somehow American workers can make a living competing against the 50 cents a day folk that work for Nike
over in Bangladesh. [of course,
NB doesn't spend millions on Micheal Jordan, etc]

J_G said...

BB-Idaho, thanks for stopping by. If you go to the New Balance website and go to the shop online page you will see a Link on the left under "Collections" that says Made in USA. There are so many products still made in the USA that those words that got this whole blog started "nothing is made in America anymore" is just plain untrue. You just have to go around the the regular sellers like Wal-Mart, K-Mart and the mall stores to get products that are well made in the USA. I will put a post up soon on how to find the good stuff. It's not that hard you just have to use a little search time for the best deals. I just bought a pair of Chippewa boots made in Texas for 112 bucks from a shoe store that buys up discontinued models or discounted lots in Philadelphia. Beautifully made too! They weren't factory seconds either.

Thanks for your input. I'm getting my links up now and feel free to leave any links at anytime. There are still some very high quality shoes that are Made in the USA.

Now I'm having fun!

J_G said...

Heidianne, after looking through the Calphalon cookware line I was able to establish that only part of their cookware line is made in the USA. The original anodized non stick, the Contemporary non stick and the copper appear to be Made in the USA.

The Stainless and enamel coated are definitely products not made in the USA. It's hard sometimes and you have to do research to be certain. That took me about 30 minutes to determine those findings and I believe many of their other products are non USA made. They are now owned by Newell Rubbermaid so you know they are importing some Chinese made products.

The original non stick cookware looks very nice though and it plainly states it is Made in the USA at a couple of the online stores I checked. The whole thing in a nutshell is; if it's Made in the USA it will say it in the specifications at the online vendor. If it is made in China or some other country, it will say "imported" or it won't specify where it's made at all. Gosh, I hate it when they do that. At least they should tell you where it's made if they sure enough of their product to want to sell it to you.

repsac3 said...

Excellent blog topic.

Full support from this "moonbat."

Look forward to as many links & pointers as you're able to find & offer. Putting your money where your ideals are is essential, and when it comes to investing in American business & American workers, we're on the same page.

I've had great experiences with Union Line jeans. (Pointers were OK, but not as heavyweight as my old Levis, and I wore through 'em pretty quickly. The Union Made stuff did the trick, and they've been my favorite casual apparel company ever since. Note: I bought the Pointers several years ago... There's every possibility that they may be made with heavier weight cotton these days, so there's no reason not to check them out, as well.)

J_G said...

Repsac3, I wear Pointer Brand jeans and have a Pointer Brand Jean Jacket. It is my favorite jean jacket of all time. All of their jeans except the carpenter jeans are 14.5 oz denim. That is pretty much a standard for American made jeans. I want the Schaefer jeans now. They have the higher waist and longer inseam that flatter my tall figure. I used to buy Pendleton jeans but then they moved operations to Canada and the kanuks used a different material and changed the design. Now they are made in China. So much for Pendleton. I have yet to see the Union jeans in Gray Bear Patriot Made or All American clothing list the length I need. Mens' jeans have the longer legnth how 'bout tall
girlz. I work on them.

Thanks for stopping by.

repsac3 said...

Like I said, I purchased my last pair of Pointers a few years ago, at least. (& I think they were carpenters, taboot.)

Perhaps I'll give 'em another try next time I need a pair... I liked how they fit 'n' all, but I wore holes in that particular pair very quickly... More quickly than I ever had with any pair of Levis. It is possible that the problem wasn't the company, but my not reading carefully enough at purchase, and buying a lighterweight material than I needed... Wouldn't be the first time...

My praise of Union Made still stands, though... I've owned several pairs, and have no complaints.

Thanks for the info...

heidianne jackson said...

interesting on calphalon - as i've only ever purchased the orignal hard anodized via williams-sonoma (whish shows them as being made in the usa) i never looked any further on it - the fact that each box and tag on the cookware itself also proclaims it to be made in the usa helped, too.

i haven't bought any other type of cookware from them and so wasn't aware of the lines that are NOT made here. sorry for any confusion.

heidianne jackson

Anonymous said...

I have run a hardware store for 4 years in Arlington, Ohio. I have weeded through product to see what is or is not USA made, since my main vendor seems to be eliminating USA made items and selling more China made items, I have surfed for hours looking for USA made products.
Here are some of what I have found:
bully tools, made in Ohio,
midwest snips, usa made,
everhard, usa made,
eklind tool, usa made,
enderes tool, usa made,
american carbide, usa made,
arrowhead brass, usa made,
phoenix locks, usa made,
wilson bohannan, ohio made,
rugg manufacturing, usa made, rugg,com
thorlos socks, usa made,
wickers, usa made,
I have more, but am still trying to find USA made drywall and deck screws and machine screws and hinges.
My email is if anyone wants to send info or discuss usa made products.

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Jeep2000 said...

We're on our third or fourth year of making a concerted effort to buy things made in the USA. It's been getting harder to find things, but sites like this are always refreshing to find.