Nonetheless, I have been working hard to buy Made in USA. It is hard. Here is what I've found, in no particular order.
Where and how to find merchandise online:
I've had good luck with this site; I've ordered several baby items and been pleased with them. The Founder, Todd Lipscomb, is quite dedicated to supporting Made in USA products and he's doing a lot to bring new products to the site every month.
- Still Made in the USA. I've had good luck with this site, too. I've found several companies that I've actually ordered from, from this site.
- MadeinUSA.org and MadeinUSA.com. I haven't had much luck with either of these sites, but they do exist, and I'm sure that someone will find them useful.
- Whole Foods actually has a small section of clothes and baby items, many of which are Made in USA. They also try to buy a lot of local produce, which is of course great.
- Crate & Barrel actually has a decent amount of Made in USA items; you can do a site search for "USA" and find them
- I was at Babies-R-Us today and was actually able to find several Made in USA items. Some bubbles, some socks (Miniwear brand, made by Gerber for Babies-R-Us, $4.99 for a 6-pack), and some bibs (Bumkins brand, $5.99 for a single bib).
Some of my favorite USA vendors:
- Smith's Rosebud Salve. Family-owned company (my family, actually). Made in USA for over a hundred years. One tin lasts forever.
- GreatBags and Maple Leather. Amazing Custom-made bags. AMAZING. They are so well-made, and have so many pockets. I LOVE my fabric GreatBags backpack.
- Bumkins baby bibs. Nice bibs. And sold many places.
- Green Babies: Organic baby clothes made in USA
- North States baby gates made in USA
My next big dilemma will be buying a new car.
My 1994 Nissan Sentra won't last forever. I have been very happy with it, but I'd like to buy a car from a United States manufacturer. But when I track down all the features I want, it always seems to be a foreign car. Also, I keep hearing things like "It's better to buy a Honda. They are made in US plants, now." and "Saturns are actually using Honda engines, now." I am hoping that by the time my car dies, I will have had sufficient time to research what exactly is going on in this industry, and that a US car will up to spec.