This all started with a throw! As an interior designer (Violetta Interior Design) and someone who appreciates quality I was really annoyed when both the seemingly lovely throw and four accent pillows I purchased at large retail stores, began to fray, fall apart, and shed fringe, after just a few months of normal use. When checking these pieces closely to see if they could be repaired I noticed that none of these items were made in America. OK, now I had wasted my time shopping, my money, and I had given my business to another continent! Not long after I had thrown away the “not worth repairing” accessories I came upon a really stunning, soft throw with a Made in USA tag. It was more expensive than the “throw away” one I had wasted my money on but to me it was well worth the price. This was my light bulb moment. I need to go out of my way to purchase products that are Made in the USA. If I am going to take a chance on a product why not take it with a USA made product! I have read numerous times that economists say if we spent 1% more on American goods we could create 200,000 more jobs for USA! Something else that really caught my attention was this ABC News Video that visited a normal American family to see how many items in their home were Made in the USA.
With a little effort on our part I believe we can have a WIN-WIN situation: stylish, quality, products and Made in the USA! The more we buy American the more encouragement and demand there will be for American made! So let’s work together and…”From California, to New York Island, From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters”*….let’s discover all those wonderful, stylish, USA made products and do our part to keep American strong!
*portion of lyrics from This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie.