Buying American

I made a commitment to myself to try my best to only spend my money on goods that are made in America. This may be one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do. I may have to readjust and commit myself to only spending our money on good NOT made in China for some items. This is a sad reality to face.

I have already taken to buying things from our small local family owned stores, farmer’s markets, local meat processors, etc. I don’t buy Monsanto seeds. I encourage the girls not to throw their money away one things that could be deemed ‘junk’. We do our best to support the local economy.

Recently I found I needed to replace some baking pans that looked beyond shabby as they had lost their outer coating thanks to a brillo pad and the inner metal showing decided to rust between washings and I was using enough aluminum foil on them to keep Reynolds in business for a long long time. So, out with the old and in with the new.

Right?

Wrong.

I have no need and no inclination to go out and pay ridiculous amounts of money for baking pans. I refuse to buy something ‘designer’ but I don’t want some fly by night flimsy pans that will get me right back where I was in half the amount of time. I cruised all of the local places (Bed, Bath and Beyond, Several kitchen specialty stores, Costco, several large high-end department stores, Target, Walmart, Kmart etc. etc. etc.) and really didn’t find anything that suited me. However, I did come across a few things that made me a bit angry.

First, it is no secret I am no fan of Martha Stewart and Paula Deen has been loosing favor in my eyes for a while now. Every store seems to have something these two endorse. And if they endorse it they are making a nice fat profit on having their face on the labels. But at what cost is their profit being earned?

Not one item being pushed is made in America. I was a taken aback, a little shocked then it just pissed me off and I started reading the printed labels on the pans. Some of them you have to unstick from the pans and turn over to find the “Made In” tag.

These nice and heavy bread pans by Oneida are in the “commercial” baking pan catagory. The half sheet pan underneath is made by Nordic Ware and is not commerical. Each pan is priced at $10.

Oneida label words hidden on the back out of view – “Made in China”.

Nordic label in plain view and bolder lettering “Made in the U.S.A.”

I purchased several pieces of Nordic Ware.

I also have been hunting for some wooden ware pieces – larger and not cheaply turned wooden spoons, rolling pin, etc.

Guess what?

Made where??

Made by who??

In fact, this entire wall of Deen endorsed items are NOT made in the U.S.A. Her endorsed cast iron? ‘Made in China’. Stewart’s endorse stainless steel? “Made in China.” As is all of the cookware I saw on display in Kmart with Stewart’s name on the labels.

I won’t buy them. I won’t send our dollars overseas. I won’t put more money into a rich woman’s pocket. Not that I have anything against being rich but sometimes you know you just get a dirty taste in your mouth and have to move on and gargle repeatedly to cleanse yourself.

Unless someone out there is turning out food safe wooden rolling pins, bread boards and wooden dippers and spoons I’ll have to do without. (Is anyone out there wood workers? Are you making anything useful at a fair market value?) I don’t want to not have these items. Sometimes I even have a bit of an inner struggle with myself over an item I need but so far the other me has won and there are no made in China products being purchased here. There may be some from the past but in the last year I have become more and more tough about my purchasing power and the items we use.

As we approach July the 4th and the celebration of American Independence I urge you to stand up for America, put your money where you live and commit to only purchasing goods Made in the U.S.A.

Urge isn’t good enough. I challenge you to support our nation and “Buy American”.

**I have not linked to any of the stores, products or personalities in the thread on purpose. I don’t want to send any traffic to their websites.

I encourage you to browse the Nordic Ware website for American Made bake ware and other items.

17 Responses to “Buying American”

  • susan says:

    Thank you! Well, said! I will do without before I purchase something from another foreign country.

    Glad to know about Nordic being American made. I’m now into asking our pharmacist where our medicines are coming from. I’m found by asking that alot of my generic medications were not made in the USA.

  • Angie says:

    Pharmaceutical companies are another huge love hate issue with me. Sometimes our insurance will only pay for certain generics. With Gracie’s asthma and her need of medications on hand at all times it is insanity to pay $300 a pop out of pocket when with the insurance I only have to pay $10. Sometimes I do have to give in order to be able to take somewhere else. Catch 22 all the way around.

  • Lisa says:

    For the best bakeware, try Doughmakers made in Terre Haute, Indiana. The textured pattern makes cleanup a breeze. If you know someone in the area they can get you pans half off at the factory sale. They are well worth the money AND made in the USA.

  • Hope says:

    I live close to Vallejo and didn’t think they made anything there. After products killed dogs and children from China you would think the stuff would be banned. Shame on Paula, but I guess Martha’s stuff doesn’t surprise me.

  • Miz S says:

    Good on ya, Angie. And don’t forget that thrift stores and flea markets are a great place to pick up things you need. Way more likely to be American-made because they are older.

  • liz says:

    Here’s a good site: http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/kitchen.html

    And here’s one for wooden castle blocks that my son loves:
    http://www.thevillageblocksmith.com/

  • the bee says:

    I too will not support a business that out sources the work to other countries. We need jobs here

  • Lisa says:

    You could try looking for spoons, etc., that are made by the Amish. You could also buy those things at a flea market and put them to new use.

  • kenju says:

    I’ve been trying that for a long time, Angie, but there’s not much left that’s made here and what is made here is often so expensive I can’t consider it.

  • Angie says:

    @Lisa, look around the internet. There is no way I can pay $38 for a wooden spoon. A complete set, yes. One? No. I’ll have to do without for now. Such as the Holland Mill Bowl company – $250+ for a wooden salad bowl set. Average America cannot afford that. $50 for a maple bowl made in Vietnam is what is drawing the American money looking to buy a nice wooden bowl.

    @Judy, exactly. Somehow America has to be competitive, make a profit and not expect the average Joe with 2.5 kids, a mortgage and a car payment bringing in $40K or less to budget for a $250 salad bowl. It is unrealistic. The ‘you get what you pay for’ has a place but not everything ‘handmade’ is worth a small fortune. For a single mother waiting tables $250 is indeed a fortune and I am sure her salad is most likely served on a paper plate or cheap salad bowl.

  • keljonma says:

    Well said! We have been doing this for years and every year it seems to get harder to find anything Made in USA. My second choice would be Made in Canada. For bakeware, I have some Ovenex pieces my mother purchased in the late 40’s or early 50’s. So I have been looking for more Ovenex pieces at thrift stores. They were made in the USA.

    I’ve noticed that when I do purchase something at a store, there is usually a line on the receipt that says “tell us your comments at our website”. So I go to the link and complain about the lack of USA made products. I haven’t ever gotten any responses, but at least I let my view be known.

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