How to Buy Products Made in America

Are you interested in learning more helpful ways to buy Products Made in the USA?

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You’ve come to the right place.

I am going to share with you some secrets and tips on how to buy American made Products. I will also share with you a new great way to support Women Owned Businesses in the another Post in this series It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses. Keep reading and learn how to help do your share in supporting the United States Economy.

Most of us don’t know the impact our shopping habits are having on the United States and ourselves. We have a tendency to just go to the store and just throw stuff in a cart to get in and out of a store as fast as possible. We never even stop to look at where it was made or where it came from. It is easier than you think to make the choice to buy American Made Products, you just have to know the brands you are shopping for. That is why I am helping you, I have put together a couple of list of products and Brands to look for the next time you are shopping.

My next post in this Series goes into detail about why you should buy American Made products, I will share with you the consequences of our shopping routines in the United States, but today we will focus on how and where to buy the brands made in the America.

So you want to buy American but don’t know where to start.

According to Consumer Reports, “Few products except cars, textiles, furs, and woolens are required by law to reveal their American heritage. But when any manufacturer chooses to boast of an American connection, it must comply with federal rules designed to keep consumers from being misled.” You can tell if your purchase is not from The United States because, “One type of labeling law, enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with an assist from the Department of Agriculture, requires imported goods to bear a country-of-origin label when they enter the U.S. If an import combines materials or processing from more than one country, the agency considers the country of origin to be the last country in which a “substantial transformation” occurred—for example, the place where a computer was fabricated, not the country that supplied most parts.

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is responsible for administering and enforcing country-of-origin labeling of certain foods. Large retailers must use signs, labels, or stickers to identify the birthplace of covered commodities (most meat, fish, fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, and some nuts). That’s why some brands of salmon are labeled both “wild-caught Alaskan” and “Product of Thailand.” The fish was caught in U.S. waters but took a detour to Asia to be skinned and boned (to take advantage of cheaper labor) before making its return voyage. Under the law, that side trip must be noted.”

Enough of the technical stuff, let’s have some fun…

My new friend over at Organized 31 has compiled a very awesome and thorough list of products (with her reviews) that I am going to share with you. The links will take you to her page directly so you can see her greatness in action for yourself. Click the text links below to see her list of products (all links will open in a new tab).

Made in the USA

Reviews of American made products on Organized 31:

American Made Kitchen Products

Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

Itso Bins – Perfect for Storage

Organizing My Fridge with Binz

Kidecals – American Made Labels for Organizing Families

Organizing Hair Appliances & Accessories

My Favorite Bake-ware

Organize the Kitchen with Fresh Tape

Labeling Your Stuff for College

Re-purposed Office Organizing

Wall Decal Solution

Simple Pantry Organization

All-American Kitchen Organizing

As you can see she has put together quite a great list. Thank you Organized 31 for sharing with us.

Do you want to just see what Brands are American Made? Here is a list from Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports is my go-to when I am shopping for everything. I love using their Website for researching products before I buy them. I found this detailed list of Brands that are Made in the USA on their Website. I am truly grateful that there are companies around like this one that go through the hassle of testing and grading the items before I buy them.

Consumer Reports

 Product Companies
Apparel and accessories • Allen Edmonds shoes
• American Apparel
• Chippewa boots
• Filson apparel
• Kepner Scott children’s shoes
• Pendleton woolens (the Portland Collection and wool blankets and throws)
• Stetson hats
• True Religion and Texas jeans
• Wigwam socks
Housewares  • All-Clad, Lodge, and Nordic Ware cookware
• Bunn coffeemakers
• Dacor
• DCS
• Harden Furniture
• Kirby and Oreck vacuum cleaners
• Lasko (mostly fans)
• Pyrex glassware
• Sub-Zero refrigerators
• Viking and Wolf ranges
Tools and home equipment  • Briggs & Stratton mower and tractor engines
• Channellock and Moody hand tools
• Maglite flashlights
• Purdy paintbrushes and rollers
• Shop-Vac wet-and-dry vacuum cleaners
• Stihl gasoline-powered equipment
Others • Airstream trailers
• Annin flags
• Crayola crayons
• Gibson and Martin guitars
• Hillerich & Bradsby (Louisville Slugger wooden bats)
• Little Tikes and K’Nex toys
• Sharpie markers
• Steinway pianos
• Wilson sporting goods (NFL footballs)

*Note from Consumer Report- This is a sampling of companies that make or assemble at least some of their products in the U.S. Note that a company’s entire output isn’t necessarily American-made. And some primarily American companies may have manufacturing facilities in more than one country to meet demand overseas.

 According to ShopSmart Magazine™ (a sister company of Consumer Report) the brands you want to stick with are:

Clothing – American Apparel, Lands End and LL Bean

Large Appliances – Amana and Maytag

Small Appliances – Kitchen Aid and Vitamix blenders

Vacuums – Kirby and Oreck

Cookware – All Clad, Lodge, Nordic Ware and Pyrex

Kids – Crayola, Little Tikes and Tinkertoy

ShopSmart Magazine™ also recommends the Websites below for a more in depth list. If you are like me and prefer to shop online or would like a longer list and more information go to these websites that specialize in selling American Made Products only.

Made in USA – There goal is to make shopping fun and easy. From the practical to the premium, it’s all cool. Every item is 100% guaranteed to be produced in the USA. Quality, style, and Made in the USA — You have their promise.

Americans Working – The American Made Products Directory is sorted by categories of products that are Made in the USA. Many of the companies listed  in their directory feel American people come above profits at any cost as so many corporations practice today. Some say you pay more for American Made items and maybe you will, however in the long run you will almost certainly have a better made item made in a labor friendly fashion under environmental laws that protect us all. Most foreign factories operate in ways that would be illegal in the United States

Made in America Forever – They are the MadeInUSA! Product search Engine and Database. They have listings of websites with products sold on the Internet that are Made in America only. This Organization is dedicated to bringing the jobs and prosperity back to the United States of America.

You most definitely want to check out those Websites and do a little shopping from your computer. Remember, your choice is making a huge mark on our economy. Make the right choice now.

You can also read more information about Why to buy American Made Products in my next Post in this Series. Also look for my great article on It’s Easy To Support Women Owned Businesses.

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Do you look for the Made in the USA Logo when you shop? Are you going to try to be a better Citizen now that you know how easy it is? Tell me in the comments below.

45 thoughts on “How to Buy Products Made in America

  1. Andrea, you’ve hit out of the (American made) ball park with this post! Love the lists from Consumer Reports and ShopSmart. Now I’m aware of even more American Made products. Thanks for including my Made in the USA product reviews.

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    • Thank you for the great opportunity to share it. I appreciate it. I’m glad you enjoyed the Post. You are more than welcome to use any of it for your page. I have 2 more post coming up also, be sure to check them out.

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  2. Such good advice! My family and I have talked often about how important it is to buy American made. I’ve found that you have to be careful, businesses know we want American Made and sometimes the only thing made in America is the label that says “American Made”. That’s the loophole with “not all parts may be made in America”. I still try to do what I can, and I think we should all make more of an effort to support companies who keep jobs right here for the folks that need ’em!

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  3. Thanks for writing this important post about supporting American made products. Your list covers just about everything we need and use in our homes today, and you even threw in a little something for the dogs! Great job. Jw

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  5. What an awesome post! I have been rather diligent when it comes to purchasing Made in the USA products for several years now but some of the manufacturers/products I did not know about. I’m totally stuck on the Tinker Toys though… Long story short I searched for years for Tinker Toys when the kids were younger and wouldn’t you know it as soon as they outgrew them I was able to find them everywhere! Haha! That’s my luck for ya! 😉

    We’re so glad you were able to make it over to the #BigTopBlogParty this week! Hope to see you again at the next Party Under the Big Top too!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

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  7. Great post! Thanks so much for sharing this. This is very important. I hope the idea of made in the USA catches on like organic/eco friendly. I am working on buying made in the USA. It takes a bit of digging, but it is possible. I am trying to by fun and educational items for my kids that are made in the USA. It is fun discovering new things made here!

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  8. hi from #ThrowbackThursday 🙂 Your lists are awesome! My mom is all about making sure things are made in the USA. I don’t really look for it (I should), but I do get excited when I find out something I bought/am buying was made here 🙂

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  9. I have tried to get local owned stores to stop offering China made and other “junk” products and offer USA made items with NO results. Both my daughter and I printed up ‘flyers’ to give stores to nudge them into at least OFFERING USA made items, but also have not had great results, If everyone here and others we persuade, would give store managers notes like the following, and actually FOLLOW through with checking up on them, I believe we COULD make a change.

    Hello
    I have a suggestion for you as a retailer in these difficult times for all US citizens. I hope that you will take this seriously and consider adopting it for your stores.
    It has been brought to my attention lately, that more and more of our options for purchase come from outside the US. I am not advocating stopping all importing, but I am asking all retailers that I frequent on a regular basis to think more locally.
    We are all in this together and it seems almost immoral that our options do not at least include items that support every US citizen by way of producing, manufacturing, growing, marketing and selling products made right here. Jobs are at a minimum everywhere in our nation, and to offer products that are made here would revitalize our own economy, rather than outsourcing things from other countries where hygiene and toxic materials and “slave labor” have precedence.
    For starters, you might want to offer a few more local, (by local, I mean made in the USA, and even more specifically, items made or grown in the close by area or state of Oregon) items for sale. Some, if not all items made here in the US, are less expensive than their counterparts imported from outside our Nation.
    Place these items well labeled as “Made in the USA” right next to the same items in your store, or offer an aisle or two of all Made in the USA products. (Personally, I think that items placed next to their counterparts would be of more service when buying so that customers can see the item and compare to the imported ones.)
    I have decided that I am going to be very active in buying as much as I possibly can from local sources first, made in Oregon, and Made in the USA. Those stores that refuse and continue to provide mostly or only products from outside the US will be on my “blacklist”, and I will encourage others to follow these guidelines whenever possible.
    If retailers continue to purchase outside the US, our Nation will die a slow death from atrophy. Even now, there are probably some things not available here due to out of Country purchasing for so many years. I understand that not everything can be made in the US, but by offering as much as possible made right here, more businesses will ‘grow’ from the demand for things from here and there will be jobs available for those who need them.
    Again, I urge you to follow through on this suggestion, and will be monitoring your store for made in the US, made in Oregon products. If I don’t see improvement on a regular basis with regard to this, I will discontinue shopping here and suggest others to do the same.
    Thank you
    US citizen and proud of it!

    The following was written by my daughter, a US Marine who had just returned from Iraq. It was based on the link at the beginning about a military returnee who had lost everything due to losing his job to outside products.

    Please forward this link as quickly as possible before the news article moves the link. http://news.yahoo.com/s/as/20100222/ap on re us the1000 mile commute

    These are our fellow Americans, please pray for these people and the others who share their situation. Please forward to others so that they may add to a prayer list and be aware that if WE START LOOKING FOR MADE IN AMERICA on products we buy, we can possibly help these families and stop this from happening to another industry in our Country.
    No other Country will come to our aid as we have come to theirs in times of need. No other country has shown any interest in what happens to America. Do not dislike our neighbors around the world, but understand that if we have devastating events happen in our country, (9/11, hurricane Katrina, economic devastation) the only people who care are those of US who it affects. We cannot rely on support from outside countries and we MUST NOT RELY on products from those same countries who would just say that we did it to ourselves if we continue our destructive path.
    For those of us who still have our jobs, LOOK for those products that are made in America.
    For those of us who have lost our jobs, send this email on so that it reaches those who can buy American and I pray that you will soon be restored to a place where you will be able to buy American also.
    We care enough about mother earth to buy green, let us care about our fellow man, our neighbors, brothers, sisters to buy American where we can.
    Do you honestly think that a US Military member who left her child to fight for her Country while fellow Americans died around her, wants to see the Country she loves and fought for slide into decline because the members of that Country are too self-centered to look our for each other?
    I cannot change the world, nor can you, but if WE stand together and make small changes WE will change the circumstances that brought us to where we are today.
    Many Americans have fought for this country, we are not asking you to do as much, just look at the products you buy, big or small and take 10 seconds to think about who will lose their job because of the choice you made over fifty cents.
    May God bless each and everyone who receives this message.
    The following may be used to assist those who wish to support American made products:
    http://www.madeinusa.org/
    http://wwwamericansworking.com/
    http://wwwstillmadeinusa.com/

    SORRY THIS IS SO LONG!

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