ReGioNal ShOppIng

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‘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.


MaDe In THe USA!

source: google image


August has two challenges for me!! First is re-designing the patio and outdoor storage area. With the haboobs and monsoons this summer, the patio is looking pretty dingy. Not to mention, over run with spiders {this is where I am going to test out the pin I found getting rid the earth octopuses!} Plus, I hastily stored items from my anachronistic days and they need to be stored correctly with cedar blocks and such. Don’t want to lose such beautiful clothes to nasty ass bugs!

Have you heard about the Made In America Series on ABC World News?? {Click here} It shows us how it is possible to purchase items made here in our country! Showcasing companies and individuals who supply everything to clothing and furniture. ABC’s link also shows an interactive map of where to purchase many items used in our homes. So, I am pledging to purchase only items made in the USA this month – August 1st to September 1st –

Rules are simple and apply to new purchases (i.e. food, clothing) and thrift shop finds. I will post pictures at the end of the challenge to show you what I found.

Hope you join me in supporting our country and our economy by purchasing items made only in USA!
bye bye

8/5/2012 – I decided that since the object of thrift shops is to benefit local charities, the rule of buying foreign does not apply. But strongly encouraged – lyssa