This is the first weekend of the Made in the USA Challenge. Wow, the first day of the challenge was rough. I went in search of highlighters at my local Staples and spent at least twenty minutes or more trying to locate ones made in America. Luckily, I found Bic highlighters, all made here.
Interesting thing about this challenge is finding the Country of Origin on each item and some of it can be misleading, imho. Such as “Made in USA with US and globally sourced materials” or “This part Made in NOT AMERICA with this part Made in the US”. For me, that means, it ain’t made here. On the bright side, most candies I found were made in America!
I did change my original intent when it came to going to thrift stores. Since the money is being used to support local charities, I won’t carry over the USA only requirement of the challenge. I did find myself a bit depressed while going through my local thrift place this weekend. I found a frame and a table-cloth with no country of origin but every single piece of clothing I picked out either came from Taiwan, Vietnam, China, India or Brazil. These were top brands like Hollister and Ann Taylor…not one item I picked was made here. So, I didn’t buy any clothes. So depressing!
After a quick internet search, I found All American Clothing Co and Overstock.com‘s Made in the USA listings. Modcloth has a very unique vintage section for clothing and decor while offering Made in USA products as well. It’s out there folks, just have to look for it.