When Christmas had past and we sat amidst a pile of new toys, clothes, and household items, we began to notice something a little disturbing… every single thing that we’d received was made in… you guessed it… CHINA. Everything!!
What? You noticed it too?
I don’t know about you, but we were pretty troubled by this. Do Americans make anything anymore? Then we were quickly reminded that this is one of the major problems in this country… everything is outsourced! Our jobs are being shipped oversees because you and I want more things… cheaper.
So, one of our resolutions this year was to begin seeking out American made products, and slowly weeding out all of the “Made In China” junk. Who wants to worry about lead in the kid’s toys anyways?!
If we all begin buying as much American made as we can find, and vehemently boycotting outsourced products (Walmart!!), manufacturers will be forced to bring jobs back to our own people again.
And believe it or not, there are still some American made products out there. You just have to look.
One thing that we’ve recently bought were some toys from a company in Wisconsin which specializes in handcrafted wooden play things. It’s called Chickory Wood Products Inc. For our son Titus’ 3rd birthday we bought him a beautiful wooden airplane, and his grandparents bought him an awesome wooden toy shotgun. When the toys arrived I was so impressed with the beauty and quality of each item! I know these toys will last for a very long time, that they are made from safe materials, and best of all, Ty LOVES them!
I was proud to present these toys to our son. And it felt good to know that my dollars went directly to another hard working American. I’d encourage all of you to begin buying more deliberately. Don’t just impulsively buy the first cheap thing that catches your eye. Think about where that product came from. Think about the third world workers who were paid pennies to make it. Think about all of the jobless Americans who could have used the work. And then rethink your purchase.
If there is something you are looking to buy, whether it’s a toy, or clothing, shoes or a household item, I urge you to do a search for U.S. companies who make that product. The more money that stays in our country, the better off we’ll all be!
Do you have a favorite U.S. company? Or a favorite American made product? I’d love to hear what you are doing to keep our dollars, and jobs here!