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Every Time You Spend Money…

Anna Lappe was talking about sustainable food practices when she said these words, but the quote works just as well for every purchase we make. If we value quality and craftsmanship – and are willing to spend the time and money to find and buy it – then there will be more quality and craftsmanship in the world.


What a Tool! Move Over Swiss Army

OK, I have to confess I have a fascination with the whole Zombie Apocalypse thing. That said, I think it’s our responsibility to be prepared for whatever comes along, and what better way than to have a Leatherman multi-tool attached to a belt loop or as a part of my EDC (Every Day Carry).

Leatherman tools are made in Portland, Oregon and there really is a tool for everyone. Whether you are the outdoorsy type, an athlete, practicing a trade or, like me, preparing for the ZA, they have a multi-tool for you. 

The tool above is the Juice C2, featuring 12 unique tools: needlenose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, regular wire cutters, a 420HC knife, can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew w/ assist, phillips screwdriver, medium/large screwdriver, small screwdriver and extra-small screwdriver.

My personal favorite is the Freestyle shown below. It features needlenose pliers, regular pliers, hard-wire cutters, regular wire cutters and a 420HC Knife.

If you are ever in Portland you can stop by and take a tour of the factory.


A Sign of the Times

Jack and Friends in Galesburg, IL offers a cool selection of retro-style metal signs at very reasonable prices. Owner Barabara Wangelid started the company as a part-time business selling locally and on ebay. Today, it’s a  full time family business manufacturing in the USA.

Like the designs? Right now there’s a 25% off coupon on the main page – for custom signs only. All you have to do is like Jack and Friends on Facebook, follow on Pinterest or sign up for their newsletter. Expires February 23, 2014.

Give American a Try: Trench Coats

Coat by Burberry (left) $2,395. Coat by American Trench $725.

I became aware of American Trench when we visited the American Made Matters event in Boston last September. While I wasn’t in the market for a trench coat at the time, I did check out the samples on display and thought the workmanship and style were great. BTW, they make a really great pair of socks and a good-looking scarf too.