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An American Jewelry Sale for Independence Day

If you like to dazzle in diamonds or shine in pearls, you probably already know that these items are not mined or harvested in the USA.  The same is true of many gems. However, the stone is just the beginning of a piece of jewelry, and you CAN buy dazzling items that are handcrafted by jewelers in the USA.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!

Allurez, a jewelry-maker that manufactures in New York, is having a Fourth of July sale on American-made items. Check out some of the beautiful pieces you can buy for a loved one or -why not – yourself! The sale runs through July 5.

Regards, Kathy



Spending Time With Dad: Made in the USA

Happy Fathers’ Day to everyone who has the privilege of being a dad.

I was driving to work this morning listening to the radio when I heard a very touching story about two men who are foster parents. They talked about the joy and the sorrow of having children to raise and then having to give them up. This struck a chord with me and I thought about how blessed I am to be a father and hope that my dad felt the same way about me.

So I started thinking about some of my best memories of “Dad Time” and, even though, here at the Americanologists’ Blog, we’re all about buying American gifts, sometimes it’s just as good – maybe better – to share an American experience. You’ll still be supporting American jobs and you’ll have wonderful memories, as. I do, of time spent with my dad and daughter.Here’s one example: My dad and I both built model airplanes as kids, and he served in WWII in the Army Air Corp, so we shared a love for  everything aviation. One time, I arranged a trip for just the two of us to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. It was a great day watching WWI planes fly off a grass field and sharing our passion for aviation, My Dad even treated me to a flight in an old barnstormer! It is truly something I’ll never forget.  

We also both played tennis and I remember sharing a birthday outing to the US open at Forest Hills (I am really dating myself) and we sat together court-side watching some of the greatest players of the day and just hanging out together.

With my daughter, I remember a day at a rock-climbing wall. She was only a little bit of a girl at the time, but she yelled, “Show me whachoo got!” (We’re from New Jersey, what can I say?) as she raced ahead of me up the wall. We laughed and taunted each other (again – Jersey) as we battled our way to the top. I was incredibly touched when a bystander commented that she’d love to see her husband and daughter having fun like that.

What’s  great about this country is that not only can you purchase some amazing goods, but there is a limitless range of wonderful experiences available to us. If you are lucky you might get to share them with your dad or child.Finally, never underestimate the power of that simple game of catch  between father and child. I shared those moments with both my Dad and my daughter. It didn’t cost us a cent, just a little bit of time and some shared thoughts.  Perfection.

Happy Fathers Day.


The Good Acre Collection by Taylor Stitch: Made in USA

Quite a few companies are grouping their menswear into “lifestyle collections” and one of my favorites is Taylor Stitch. I love the fact that you can buy a complete outfit that has a story behind it; even better if that story fits your own narrative. Take the Good Acre Collection, which is currently in the funding phase. The collection is geared more toward those that work with their hands rather than those sitting behind a desk but, truth be told, it works for both.The Chore Pant is better looking than the worn jeans I tend to wear to work everyday. It features a double knee and is made from 100% cotton Duck Canvas.The Utility Shirt is a slightly heavy fabric, so I see it as a Fall garment or as a light summer jacket worn over a colorful tee. The Cone Mills fabric alternates between twill and plain weave to achieve the “corded” affect.
The collection features two different jackets: The Project jacket, above, is constructed from a 10-oz Beeswaxed Army Duck Canvas, so it is water repellent.The second design is the Chore Jacket, which is on my short list to replace a foreign-made coat I’ve worn for years. The combination of a cotton, dry-wax canvas shell and a 100% cotton blanket stripe lining will be perfect for chores during the New England Fall when the leaves start to change.The shirt that Taylor Stitch chose for ths collection is made in Portugal, so I took the liberty of selecting my own, American-made replacement, the Moss Mechanic Shirt.Finally, there is the all-important footwear. There is only one choice here and that is the Mark Boot, made for Taylor Stitch by Rancourt of Maine.

Taylor Stitch is a crowd-funded site, so you need to act when items are offered. However,  there are plenty of items in their Essentials Collection that are kept in stock. It’s a very well-curated collection.



Historic Waukesha Engine Co. Jobs Go to Canada Courtesy of GE

We usually focus on the “Buy American” message, filling our posts with interesting products in hope of showing Americans that, yes, they can actually find a large number of the goods they need right in their own backyards.

Every once in a while, though, it’s good to focus on the hard realities that drive our mission. Namely, the suffering of ordinary Americans whose middle-class jobs are disappearing out from under them.

CNN has posted an eye-opening video on the relocation of a GE factory (formerly the Waukesha Engine Co.) to Canada. The sight of grown men, barely holding back tears as they face the loss of a company that has employed family members for generations, is truly sobering.  Check out the video here and please buy American-Made.

We Visit Grommet Headquarters for Fathers’ Day Gift Ideas… and You Get 20% Off ‘Til Tomorrow

We recently travelled to Somerville, Ma, a suburb of Boston, to visit the Headquarters of The Grommet. This innovative business has helped to shepherd thousands of unusual products to market, including hundreds Made in the United States.Our tour guide for the visit was Nick Sozio, who walked us through the Grommet’s playful and beautiful spaces: a colorful, curved meeting room, a stylish industrial kitchen, an entryway with an antique sewing machine on display. The decor captured perfectly the combination of cool, whimsy and utility that characterizes their product line.

With Nick’s help, we have assembled a selection of American-made gifts for Father’s Day that will surely give your Dad a smile. Even better, you can get 20% off your purchase on June 5-6 by using promo code DAD17.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links above: Please do!Whether he’s towing it behind his canoe or floating it in the pool, Dad will love grabbing cold drinks and food from the CreekKooler.Does Dad have a special place in his heart for a certain waterside location? The lake house he played in as a child, the site of the bayside cafe where he proposed to your mom, the harbor where his family arrived in the USA? Now you can get a customized topographical artwork that beautifully maps these special bodies of water. We saw one of these in person and it is even more beautiful than it appears in pictures.If Dad appreciates his beer, The Cap Trap line of products will let him show it off. These laser-cut wooden maps of the USA, individual states and a variety of other fun shapes, are designed to be filled with the bottle caps of local brews. They are made in Tampa from Baltic birch plywood.These fish-inspired knives and corkscrews and perfect for the outdoorsy dad.If Dad rides a motorcycle, he’ll love these little Guardian Bells, since they are considered good luck charms among riders.The New York Times Commemorative Book is always a fun gift, since it compiles the items that were in the news on Dad’s day if birth.Dad may not know it yet, but he needs this Maine-made Brahm’s Mount herringbone blanket. He can gather the grandkids under it to read a book, snuggle with mom and have it around long enough to pass to the next generation.And finally, Cutting boards from Brooklyn Butcher Block will make dad’s cooking and grilling even more enjoyable.
Regards, Kathy