I haven’t written here for a couple of weeks…I’ve been busy buying my first home! It’s a great 105-year old bungalow in Arlington, VA.

I’m blogging about our efforts to buy appliances, products, fixtures, etc. for the house that are manufactured in the U.S. over at ManufactureThis. I’ll be cross-posting here as well. Please add your recommendations for relevant products made in the U.S. in comments on either site.

Our American-made home

My husband and I just bought our first home! It?s new to us, but was built in 1904. Despite being in great shape for being more than 100 years old, there are a lot of improvements we need to make.

So, why am I blogging here?

Well, we are going to do our best to practice what we preach and buy American-made products for our new home. We need all kinds of things: appliances, insulation, fixtures, etc. How many of these items are still made in the U.S.? We?re about to find out.

We made our first trip to Home Depot this weekend. We needed new door locks. Made in America? Not at Home Depot. We had three options: two made in Mexico and one in Taiwan. We went with Mexico ? we figured buying something from North America was the best we could do. If anyone knows of door locks made here, please note it in comments.

We also needed a couple of tools. We were able to find American-made pliers after picking up and replacing lots of tools made in Taiwan and Mexico. The measuring tape we bought was partially made in the U.S.

And the new air filter has components made here, but it was assembled in Mexico.

If any ManufactureThis readers have some good resources for finding products that are made in the U.S., please note them in comments. We have lots of work to do (and products to buy) over the coming months! Thanks!

P.S. Some things that are still made in the U.S.: cardboard boxes and packing tape.

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  • Shalom Amber,

    The only real manufacturing industry left in the United States is the Arms and Ordinance industry.

    Would you like an M1 Abrams for your backyard?



  • LisaCD

    Whirlpool makes dishwashers, etc, some right here in Ohio.
    Oh, you’ll need replacement windows if your old house doesn’t have them already. http://www.andersenwindows.com/ are a good choice

    I wrestled with this last month. we traded in the mini-van for something smaller and ended up w/ a Honda hybrid. The only way I could justify was that it was used and the hybrid engine will save the environment.

    Good luck w/ the old house. Watch out for the lead paint.

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  • seditious


    It's noble what you are trying to do but consumer boycotts and buycotts never work. We need a national Industrial policy for the U.S. to start making things again. Meaning we need to protect our manufacturing sector by raising tariffs. That was American policy for the first 200 years of America and it worked. Reagan, the Bushes and Clinto blew up our National Manufacturing policy and it's wrecked our economy.

    I would gladly pay 20% more for products if it meant wages went up 40% higher because things were made in America again with American labor.

    Blaming the problem on our choices as consumers is in a way blaming the victim. Most Americans oppose NAFTA, GATT, and WTO. It's just that Republicans and Democrats alike have been forcing free trade on us.

  • Shalom Seditious,

    That's true, you're absolutely correct.

    I'm about to commit sacrilege here, but this has to be said, as Ralph Nader has pointed out over and over and over, our two-party system is dominated by corporate interests that know no allegiance other than that to their shareholders: the profit must flow.

    Until we change that basic premise and recognize, that corporations can't, by their very nature, act in the best interest of anything other than themselves, we must act to force them to act against their own, and in our (the citizens of the United States) best interests.

    That's much easier said than done.



  • Amber
  • seditious

    Corporations are soul-less sociopathic entities that can currently live forever.

    Watch out for the Citizen's United Supreme Court decision soon. We'll likely have full frontal fascism.


    Published on Monday, July 6, 2009 by CommonDreams.org
    Fascism Coming to a Court Near You
    Corporate Personhood and the Roberts' Court
    by Thom Hartmann

    As the 1983 American Heritage Dictionary noted, fascism is: “A system of government that exercises a dictatorship of the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leadership, together with belligerent nationalism.”

    Get ready.

    Last year a right-wing group put together a 90-minute hit-job on Hillary Clinton, and wanted to run it on TV stations in strategic states. The Federal Election Commission ruled that the “documentary” was actually a “campaign ad” and thus fell under the restrictions on campaign spending of McCain-Feingold, and thus stopped it from airing. (Corporate contributions to campaigns have been banned repeatedly and in various ways since 1907 when Teddy Roosevelt pushed through the Tillman Act.)

    Citizens United, the right-wing group, sued the Supreme Court, with right-wing hit man and former Reagan solicitor general Ted Olson as their lead lawyer.

    This new case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, presents the best opportunity for the Roberts Court to use its five vote majority to totally re-write the face of politics in America, rolling us back to the pre-1907 era of the Robber Barons.

    As Jeffrey Toobin wrote in The New Yorker (“No More Mr. Nice Guy”): “In every major case since he became the nation's seventeenth Chief Justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and the corporate defendant over the individual plaintiff. Even more than Scalia, who has embodied judicial conservatism during a generation of service on the Supreme Court, Roberts has served the interests, and reflected the values, of the contemporary Republican Party.”……………..

    click above for rest of the story

  • seditious

    Yeah, it's just too bad that people like Robert Borosage of Campaign for America's Future don't have an office in the White House.

    Sorry to say that Obama is following the Clinton path and catering to the trans-national corporations rather than the people.

  • mvirenicus

    the latest final straw of many is obama's mountaintop removal permitting. this thing is so odious i actually think obama might reverse himself on the issue, but it'll be too little too late. he's hopeless. i couldn't care less what he does anymore.

  • Shalom Seditious,

    The only hope I have here is that the court might recognize that the only rights in our Constitution are the rights of individuals and not of groups or corporations.

    It is, indeed, a scary prospect: the world of John Houseman's Rollerball realized.



  • Amber

    Thanks! We definitely have to replace all the windows this year. And, I'll make a note of Whirlpool!

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