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Stephanie Sanzone, founder of StillMadeinUSA.com, an information directory of American-made products, says there are actually quite a few American-made products available online — they’re just not appearing in our local retail stores.

Textile products and automobiles are the only two product categories required to print their country of manufacture on the label.

“I realized that most shoppers might say they would buy an American product, but they would not spend the insane number of hours that I did to find them,” she says. “I started my site to share with others the great products that I was finding. At this point, the site gets about 25,000 visitors each month, and I get quite a bit of e-mail, so I know I am not alone.”

“That’s what our whole store is about. We really try to do everything American-made,” says Terri Pereson, owner of Blue Moon Gallery, a shop in Grapevine, Texas, that emphasizes American artists and handcrafted artisanal merchandise made domestically. Pereson says about one percent of the store’s inventory is foreign-made, but the goal is to have American-made or handcrafted items.

“I just think people are losing touch with the American artist,” she says. “They go to these chain stores and everything is so mass-produced, where our stuff we really try to keep unique and one of a kind.”

Rely On Your Vendors
Some retail outposts, such as the Patrick & Co. showroom at the Dallas Market Center, rely on vendor partnerships to offer quality American-made goods to their consumers. Judy Havelka Enterprises Ltd., a company that manufactures handmade botanical blends and fragrance products in the United States, is one such

Going Green

The “buy American” movement has piggybacked on the “go green” movement sweeping the United States. As consumers strive to reduce their carbon footprint, buying locally made goods — whether made in the United States or even made in the same city — cuts out the carbon emissions typically associated with overseas transport. Going green is as cool today as going hippie was in the 1960s. The cost may be more for locally made goods, but hey, the cost is more for organic foods as well — and look what that industry has done in the last five years.

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