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1968’s Hot Sneakers Back on the Shelves: Made in USA

If you were a kid back in the late 1960s, chances were high that you owned at least one pair these sneakers. Now you can buy them again – and they’re made in the USA!

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!PF Flyers Windjammers in canvas and suede for men and women are the latest designs to be called back from the company vault.  First released back in 1968, they are  now part of the new Made in USA collection.  Proudly made  in Boston, MA.


A Campfire in a Can? It’s Made in America

After three  Nor’Easters in less than 10 days here in New Jersey, anything to do with warmth sounds pretty good to me. A campfire in a can? Sold!

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!When I saw this portable campfire by Radiate it made me think back to the days when we used to fill a wheel barrow with dirt and build a fire in it (sort of a poor man’s fire pit). This has the advantage of being easier and WAY more portable.The Radiate  contains non-toxic, recycled soy wax mixed with recycled paper pulp. It doesn’t create soot or a have smokey smell. There are no embers to worry about and it is waterproof.  A typical can will have a  3-5 hours burn time.The Radiate also comes in a version with an all natural Eucalyptus bug repellent. The only downside: you can’t roast marshmallows over that version.



Big Savings on Filson’s Scout Watch

Product designs come and go and sometimes you can pick-up impressive deals on discontinued models.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post: Please do!Today’s tip : Head over to Sierra Trading Post to see Filson’s Scout watch, which originally retailed for more than $800, but is now on clearance for $299! Inspired by classic pilot watches, This design has  dual-time displays, illuminated hands, a date window and a stainless steel case.  It is hand-assembled in Detroit using parts from various countries.




Beer Can Boards: Skateboards Made in America with Recycled Materials

When I was a kid I had a skateboard;  probably the first mode of wheeled transportation I actually owned. Made from pressed wood with a sandpaper surface so your feet wouldn’t slip, it featured the worlds most unforgiving, rock-solid wheels that never seemed to miss a pebble.

Skateboards and longboards have come a long way since those days, both in design and materials. For a company called Beercan Boards the secret to success is using recycled plastic and aluminum cans and making the boards here in America. This small company out of Douglas, GA is trying, in their own words to “take over the world, one skateboarder at a time and we have just gotten started.”

Owner Joel Rawlins was a once-promising skateboarder who, at the age of 15, had a run-in with a car that made him rethink his direction in life.As an adult,  he got into the automotive aftermarket and had success supplying components for classic cars, some of them showing-up in movies like The Fast and Furious. In 2012, the idea struck him that he could use the recyclable aluminum and plastics from his business to fabricate skateboards, and suddenly, he was sharing an old pastime with his kids. There was a lot of work required to design, prototype and refine the boards while trying to maintain his  Made-in-America goal, but the end result was definitely worth it.The great thing about these boards ( besides the cool graphics and the company’s goal to be eco-friendly) is that you can recycle your old board and get a new one for a reasonable fee. If you want a different look, the deck of the board can be swapped out and you have the option to purchase bearings for life.

I wish I was a teenager again!



Beautiful Brooklyn-Made Jewelry by C.H. MacKellar

I recently saw a display of C.H. MacKellar’s jewelry and was amazed by the beauty of her creations. Stunning necklaces, bracelets and earrings are created from sterling silver and 18K gold. Patterns are impressed upon the metal with a rolling mill, hammers and engraving tools.

Beautiful materials go only so far, though. It takes a special artist with an incredible design sense to elevate jewelry to this level. And it all takes place in a studio in Brooklyn.

One-of-a-kind custom designs, like the gorgeous pendant necklace above, are also available.

Regards, Kathy