Beechwood Cards, Notebooks and More: Made in USA

A company called Night Owl Paper Goods has an unusual collection of stationary items made of thin beechwood. This includes greeting cards, invitations, bookmarks, notebooks, place cards and more. All of the wood items are Made in America; other products like notebooks are assembled in the USA, and a few things, like woodblock stamps and enamel pins, are imported. Check out some of their designs:

Kitchen Linens in Denim: Made in America

I recently spotted a product line I thought was totally cool: denim napkins, placemats and more. I love denim and, between my jeans and jacket, I’m usually wearing it 7 days a week. So I was surprised, but really intrigued to see the look and color of denim in such an unexpected place as the dining room table. I don’t know if these items fade with use, but if they do, all the better.

The name of the company responsible for these appealing designs is Small Gunns, founded by sisters Diana and Michelle Stock. They make a variety of items: coasters, placements, table runners, aprons and more, using denim and other fabrics.
Above are the denim and  indigo broad striped napkins.

Buffalo Plaid pillows in Red, White and Blue feature a gold zipper with denim binding.The indigo and hickory stripe apron above features three pockets, and a towel loop and is made in San Francisco.I would definitely like to have a table runner made from denim, especially since it would go so well with our glass table and white dishes. (For a limited time, table runners are half price.)

Regards,

Paul

 

Hundreds of USA-Made Products On-Sale for Presidents’ Day

Save 25% off when you buy three of these Polo Button-downs.
Get $50 off some of Allen Edmonds‘ most iconic shoe designs.Save an Extra 25% Off Sale Items at ThreeDots.com with code PRESIDENTS173D Throughout President’s Day Weekend!As usual, Nordstrom has come through with many American-Made sale items, including menswear…women’s clothingmen’s accessoriesjewelry and women’s accessories

Orvis is offering an additional 20% off items that are already on sale. Through 2/20 . This includes pet enclosures and gates, a classic wool throw, creel hearth baskets and Ultimate Suede Totes.Sundry brand clothing is 25% off at Lou & Gray. Through 2/20.
Assembled -in-USA luggage is also available on eBags.

Take an additional 60% off these Made-in-USA sale items at Rodale’s
Shop the Presidents Day Sitewide sale at Carolyn Pollack and save 20% OFF everything – All orders ship free!

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Made-in-USA Labeling: If You See Something, Say Something

If you’re trying to buy American-made products and you notice any labeling that doesn’t look quite right, please take the time to say something to the seller. It takes vigilance on the part of consumers to keep shady businesses honest and honest businesses from making mistakes.

Here’s my latest story, which involves Uncommon Goods, one of the good-guys when it comes to labeling products with country of origin.I was checking out one of their newest products, the Couch Bowl, a nifty item for those who like to eat while lounging on the sofa (guilty).  It has a thumb notch on the rim and a concave space on the bottom for your fingers.

I loved it immediately. I loved it even more when I realized it was from the same maker responsible for the brilliant, American-Made Ooma bowl, a hand-held personal chip and dip container. ‘Perfect for a post,” I thought, and started writing a story with the Headline “Couch Dining Perfected.”

Midway through it, though, I spotted something odd. Even though the Couch Bowl page said “Made in USA” and had Uncommon Goods‘ American Flag icon next to it, and even though it contained an image of New York State and specified that it was “Made in New York,” the very bottom of the text column said “Handmade in Mexico.”

I decided to get to the bottom of this. Of course it would be nice if one could just pick up the phone and call the top executive of a company, but that almost never works. I usually start at the bottom and work my way up, taking note of whether everyone has the same story.

So step one was an online chat with Tom, who quickly confessed that he did not have the answer to my question, but would look into it right away.

About an hour later I started to get impatient (my problem not Tom’s) and decided to call the company’s customer service line. The woman I spoke to, whose name I did not get, told me that the bowl was Made in Mexico but that it was marked “Made in USA” because the designer, Thomas Both, designed it in California. “But ‘designed in the USA’ is not the same as ‘Made in the USA’ I said, ‘And why does it also say “Made in New York?” Her reply: “Because it’s made exclusively for us and we’re located in New York.” I was beginning to get a headache.

I told her that I suspected she was wrong because Uncommon Goods does not usually do things that way, but in any case, it was misleading and should be changed. She agreed to bring it to the attention of the proper people.

A short time later, I got an email from Tom letting me know that the information on the product had been corrected. I checked and it was.

Only problem is, I won’t be buying the Couch Bowl now. Still, the Ooma is pretty awesome, as are the many other American-made products at Uncommon Goods.

 

New Colors for Allen Edmonds’ Made-in-America Shoe Line

When I feel like adding a little extra color to my wardrobe, I typically go with a colorful pair of socks. Allen Edmonds has gone a step further (pardon the pun) and added new colors to some of its classic shoe styles. While these might not be for everyone, they will surely add some flair to whatever you wear.The Strand now comes in 7 colors. Grey Calfskin Leather is shown above.The Cornwallis is shown above in Red Leather.The St. John’s Double Monk Strap in shown in Blue Calfskin Leather.

Regards,

Paul

One couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle