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Wear the American Flag On Your Tag

By Christina Stein
Opinion | July 3, 2011

flag-house.jpgGREAT BEND, Kan. - How do you celebrate the 4th of July? Is being proud of your country an every day occurrence, or is it one day of waving a Chinese-made American flag?

Many of us can "talk the talk" when it comes to patriotism, but how many can "walk the walk"?

If you do walk, you will need comfortable American-made shoes to do it in.

I am getting ready for vacation to Yellowstone and need to purchase various items for the trip. I searched for only American-made items.

It was much easier than I thought to find great deals. Some American made items are much more expensive than the Chinese version. Some aren't. The items I found were more than affordably priced. I thought I would publish my findings for others to read.

My first Internet stop was, of course, shoes. I need a good pair of shoes for hiking. Asics have many affordable, American-made shoes. I paid 28.99 for mine. Plus, they are very comfortable.

Next, I need a bathing suit. Many websites offer American-made items, Surfside Bikini as well as the 1015 company.

On our drive out to Yellowstone we plan to stop in Colorado. On the way back, the Corn Palace. The Corn Palace is, well, a palace of corn. What kind of woman would I be if I were not to dress up for corn royalty? Several sites offer many low cost options, Ameri Clubware, Mod Cloth, Venus, Dr. Jays, even Ebay has several stores that house American-made clothing.

Shorts, shirts, socks, undergarments? Easy. Type "Made in USA" into the search engine on Google, then the item you are looking for, such as "Made in USA" t-shirt. Many options will come up. I bought a new, American Apparel t-shirt from Ebay for $5.00. I was able to buy shorts at the 1015 store, and Levi still has items made in America.

Buying all these goodies for myself, I felt a little guilty. I had to get the husband something.

Googling "Made in USA" boxers, I found that Hanes offers a selection of American-made items at Kmart.

Jeans? Buddy's Jean's offers a great selection, starting at $29.99.

Work out clothing? I bought a pair of shorts for $9.99 at Swami Sportswear.

Red Wing's shoes offer many different shoe/boot options for him.

made-in-america.jpgFinding men's clothing was a bit more difficult. Women just seem to have more options. Several great sites I found were Dr. Jay's, American Apparel and All American Clothing. If you find nothing you like there, try typing, "Made in USA" into the search engine of Amazon or Overstock. It will bring up many options, such as clothing and accessories, appliances, electronics or lawn and garden.

Perhaps I just had too much time on my hands for the three day weekend, but I also sent a message to the company, telling them the reason I purchased the item was because it was made in America. I thanked them.

Now, when trekking the great outdoors, I may not be waving my American flag, but if I were, Union Label has affordable American flags.

Many complain about leaders not taking steps to change our economy.

The secret is that we are the economy. We just need to start thinking before we spend that $4 on a Wal-Mart shirt made in China.

Create jobs, buy American. Happy 4th!


3 Comments

I completely agree with your overall point. It does take the American public to run the economy. Buying American is great when possible. I would take it one step further and try to buy small. I mean small business. While it is not always possible, it's still better than buying from a corporation. For an example, I'm an employee of GEAR for Sports. GEAR was until recently a privately owned company that basically produced any college sportswear that you buy if it was a Champion brand garment. We also produced a large amount of the Under Armour garments you would find in this country. GEAR's production is almost entirely in the US. They have one plant in Mexico. Last October GEAR was bought out by HanesBrands Inc. Hanes owns something like 15 major garment brands. While they may make some stuff it the US they make a ton overseas. So while you are supporting American jobs by buying American, you also supporting a company that deals mostly in other places. I think we need to try and buy everything from smaller businesses. Like I said, it's not always possible, but it's a thought. As always, great post.


I find it interesting that in baseball, which once was America's game, it's irtually impossible to find baseball equipment made in the USA. Even worse you go to buy an American flag, and its says "Made in China".

Thanks for the article.


Thanks. I have found it somewhat easy to purchase American products. My husband and I just purchased a bedroom set. It was, of course, Made in America.

The price was comparable to items shipped in. The quality however, is far superior.


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