A few months back I began my quest to only buy American made goods with a review series. Lets just say that it has virtually been impossible. Though I have found an interesting site I buy all of my work clothes through: All American Clothing
All American Clothing is a company dedicated to providing the highest quality clothing for the discriminating worker and casual wearer, ME. Up until recently they carried my preferred brand of work pants the Carhartt work dungarees. You can still purchase them of the discount rack for 50% off. Which is where I found UnionLine carpenter jeans which I will be using to replace my Carhartt jeans as they will eventually wear out. Carhartt has decided to discontinue their Made in USA line for their imported lines. Though they are not closing the North American Plants they are taking away the ability from the distributors to only order Made in USA Carhartt. In turn they will be alienating retailers like All American Clothing and in turn taking my business else wear.
If you ask me send a message to Carhartt by not buying from them until they bring back the Made in USA line.
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This post has long been overdue. This is part of my Made in the USA series.
As you may know that I have joined back up in the construction trades. I am a union electrician and spend lots of time out in the sun and in holes full of filth. So comfort, durability, and moisture transport is a must. When you are climbing around machines in the basement of a power plant you want to make it as comfortable as possible. And your base layer is what makes you the most comfortable. For my base layer I like WICKERS.COM
This may be a bit personal… I wear their boxer briefs. They are comfortable offer a nice elastic waist band and keep me dry and smell free! I have been wearing them exclusively for the past few months in all types of conditions and can say they get my nod for best boxer brief. They are more comfortable and stand up to the abuse of hard work. The bad thing about them is they are a bit pricey. If you shop in their store on Wednesday they will have promotional products up to 40% off. CLICK HERE for great American base layer undergarments.
For the past few months you have inevitably heard the phrase “Buy American”. This isn’t a new phrase by any means, especially if you have been around me. It is almost a humorous statement usually followed by a smirk from most people. It is no mystery to anyone that has been around me long enough to know I get on my soap box when confronted with the question “how do you plan to solve it”. I’m not totally sure how to end it, in fact I don’t want to end it. Globalization at its finest created the US – sailors hitting the shores of North America searching for riches. What I do want to end is the displacement of American’s for manufacturing jobs overseas. In other words I don’t want an American to be out of work so that a product can be produced in another country.
This post isn’t about history or so much about social awareness of my fellow American’s as it is an introduction to a series of post I am writing about American Made goods I have bought and used over the past few months.
I plan to do a post about each of the products. I have no time-line for completion or number of post. As a disclaimer I have not been paid or even requested to do reviews of these products. So far I plan to do a review of:
- Work Boots
You know the basic guy stuff. My inspiration comes from a fellow blogger Stephanie at On My Mind. Stephanie runs a website,dedicated to goods “Still Made in the USA.” Stephanie’s Why Care page states it well the reasons I care and what my intention of the post to come are about:
According to consumer polls, most Americans don’t know or care where products are made, and if asked will say only that they would buy American-made products if the cost were the same or nearly the same as the imported versions.
With our single-minded pursuit of low prices, we have attained unprecedented levels of material possessions, but what have we given up? The answers are all around us if we would but look. The more I read and listen, the more reasons I find to pay attention to where things are made.
The purpose of StillMadeinUSA.com [in my case the corresponding post] is not to stridently criticize, but to gently persuade. The decision to be an informed consumer must come from within. Below I suggest some reasons why consumers should care about looking for products that are made in the U.S.
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