Tuesday, December 13, 2011


My choice for nightly news is ABC and I love the fact that they’ve taken up the cause of “Buying in America”. I even had the perfect chance to do so recently. My son asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told him “a set of bath towels to match my newly painted bathroom”.

Right after I’d told him that it occurred to me that I hadn’t designated the “made in America” type. I rushed to the internet and googled what I wanted and it gave me quite a few choices. I chose the 1888 Mills brand that I picture above. The “yellow chiffon” color will be perfect and I emailed the info to my son post haste.

One of the many stories that ABC related was about a college student who decided (after watching their series) to decorate her new dorm room with only articles made in America. She turned first to the catalog that her college put out promoting everything from furniture to linens to books, and she found that none of them were made here. When the ABC team pointed this out to the powers that be at the college they were stunned, as were the curators at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington when it was proved that none of the items in their gift shop were made in America !

Our young student stuck to her guns and, with the help of her friends and her parents, she was able to decorate her entire room with “Made in America” items. So often you hear the excuse that it costs much more to do so; but they compared her bill to what she would have paid for comparable items and found a difference of just a few dollars and most of her things were of a better quality.

The other fact that thrilled me was that jobs are being created because so many people are jumping on the bandwagon and companies are expanding. So, now I’m a believer. How about you?

(PS: The Smithsonian now has a gift shop with ONLY made in America objects !)


Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

I think it's great to bring awareness to institutions -- and to bring jobs back to this country.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

I love that series and am glad that you have done your part. It really is simple. Just a few things MIA will make a difference.

4:27 AM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Cool, but as for buying Canadian, I think I'm pretty well out of luck. :)

6:05 AM  
Anonymous schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

I absolutely believe in MIA. That's one way to reduce energy use too.

I just bought oranges from a company in Florida (grown in its groves in FL and TX) and they are the best.

Love your new towels. You have given me an idea. I need towels too. Thanks, Dianne

6:47 AM  
Blogger Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Ginnie,

True, patriotism will bring many good benefits to America.Hence the slogan - MADE IN AMERICA is very apt and should be followed by Americans.

In India we have a slogan - BE INDIAN,BUY INDIAN. I wonder if it really works because we are crazy about foreign goods. But our country survives by exporting many things to other countries.We had too much protectionism in the past and as a result the goods made in India were expensive and shoddy.But since we are facing severe competition from manufacturers of other countries our own producers have improved their quality and the prices have become very competitive.The Indian consumers have benefited a lot.

I enjoyed reading your post and the lovely photo of towels.

Wish you all the best,

8:27 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

I try to buy "Made in America" as well. One thing I will NOT do...I WILL NOT buy anything made in China!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Ginnie, your towels are lovely and bravo for buying "made in America." We check labels and try to buy USA-made products as much as possible. All our bath towels are USA-made with most being more years old than I can recall. It's true that quality-made does last!

5:47 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I agree with you (about made in America and ABC), but it is hard.

7:39 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

I hope that we can get back on track and have more things made in America. I don't want to buy Chinese stuff. I don't go to Walmart. It has done a lot to dismantle this country economically.

6:28 PM  

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