It came to my attention recently that I have spent a little too much time talking about the importance of buying American and not enough about how to actually do it. Well, let me rectify that. Here’s how I find and buy the things I need American-made.
The first thing you need is a website that you can use to find American-made versions of the things you will be buying. The website I use for this purpose is: www.AmericansWorking.com.
I really can’t express how useful this website has been to me. It has hundreds of products all organized by product category. In my experience, I have been able to find the vast majority of things I have been looking to buy through this website. I recommend saving it as a favorite location in your web browser, and going there whenever you are considering making a purchase. A link to this website is also featured on the Buy American Challenge homepage, so you can find a link to this website by coming to this blog.
Once you know you are looking to buy a certain item (a pair of jeans for example), you go to www.AmericansWorking.com and find what you are looking for on the product directory located on the main page. Under a link called “Apparel Made in the USA,” you can select from specific categories of American-made clothing including: women’s clothes, men’s clothes, children’s clothes, jackets, jeans, leather wear, motorcycle clothes, and work wear and uniforms. Select one of these, and you will be led to a list of American-made brands and online vendors that sell American-made brands of clothes. You can either use the online vendors to buy what you are looking for right then, or you can make a note of the brands that are made in the U.S.A. and look for those products at stores in your area or elsewhere online.
I think you will find that buying American is actually very easy, and it actually doesn’t cost more than it would to go to your local mall or department store. In fact, I have saved money since I started buying American because I always find good deals and I rarely make wasteful impulse purchases anymore.
To continue my example of buying a pair of blue jeans, once I selected “Apparel Made in the USA,” I selected “Men’s Clothes Made in USA.” I then chose a vendor called All USA Clothing. This company is based in West Bloomfield, Michigan and has been in business since 1970 and they specialize in clothing made in the U.S.A. I was able to find a really nice pair of jeans for $34.99. Shipping at this website is free. That’s a pretty good deal.
This is the way I make a lot of my purchases, especially for items that I know will be difficult to find made in the U.S.A.
I have chronicled a lot of my American-made purchases on this blog over the last several months, but the following are just a sample of the things I have bought this year which are made in the U.S.A.: Clothes, shoes, ties, a baseball cap, winter accessories, furniture, all my groceries (with a few exceptions for things simply not grown in the U.S.A., like bananas), GNC supplements, coffee beans (Kona coffee), beer, wine, cigars (rolled in Miami), home goods, bottled water, a shower-head, razor, tools, flashlight, batteries, office supplies, candles, etc. The list goes on and on. All of it has been American-made.
I hope this little explanation of how I buy American will be useful to you. Please let me know if you have any difficulty locating American-made versions of the products you are looking for. I’ll be happy to help you locate them.
Until next time, here’s to doing what we can to support our country by buying American.
P.S. If you are looking for a great American made clothing brand, check out Made in USA Threads!