Thursday, February 16, 2012

Buy Local, made in Joyce Oroz

The Dragonfly Gallery event last Sunday was a big success. Thank you, Kathryn. Goods were sold locally, made in the USA. For the sake of our economy we need to buy American products and support American workers. I recently came across an article on the subject and want to share it with you.

I DIDN'T KNOW HALLMARK CARDS WERE MADE IN CHINA! I don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore. They are made in China and are more expensive! I buy them at Dollar Tree - 50 cents each and made in USA. Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department and they had some at $2.50 made in USA. They are just as good. Same as a kitchen rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA - what a concept! - and they were $3.00 cheaper. We are being brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so. I was in Lowe's the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked at the hose attachments. They were all made in China. The next day I was in Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA. Start looking, people . . ...In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - most often, their job. My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is now marked "made in Mexico." I don't buy it anymore. My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is made in Mexico... I switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything. This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed 60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle, and right next to the GE brand I normally buy -- was an off-brand labeled, "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared them: they were the same except for the price . . .the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was that that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - you guessed it - the USA at a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So, on to the next aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets... yep, you guessed it, Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada. The Everyday Value brand cost less, and was MADE IN THE USA! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years, at almost half the price.
Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay on the outside and they are made in the U.S.A. Unfortunately our politicians and top CEO's have pushed for trade to China and Mexico for years so Americans are now out of work. Did you know that there are no electric coffee makers made in the US? I have been looking at blenders available on the Internet. Kitchen Aid is MADE IN the US. Top of my list already. My challenge to you is to start reading labels when you shop for everyday items and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbor's! The people at the Dragonfly Gallery understand this concept.

Please tell us what you find and give us the good news!

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