According to the Made In America Company, only 2% of the clothing sold in the United States today is actually made in the United States.
Buying American made goods and services is important to the health of our economy, we all know that. Why does it seem so hard to buy American made goods? Some people would say that it's because they aren't available, or that they are too expensive.
I'll admit, finding things that are made in the USA can be a bit like going on a scavenger hunt sometimes (which can be fun if you aren't on a strict timeline). On the bright side, being more conscious of where products are made has transformed me into a smarter shopper. I've been able to cut down on buying things I don't actually need by choosing not to buy anything made in China.
Finding American made products online has become a lot easier with the help of directories listing companies who manufacture here in the United States.
Here are some of our favorite directories. You can view our entire list of directories here.
Created in Colorado is an excellent resource for finding goods created right here in our home state of Colorado. C-in-CO also encourages you to check out your local farmers market and is active in fundraising for local causes.
Americanologist is one couple's search for a Made-in-USA lifestyle. They provide great product reviews (that aren't sponsored) and also have megalists of American made products to help you find just what you are looking for.
Americans Working is a comprehensive list of products made in the USA. Whatever it is that you are searching for, if it's made in America, you'll find it here!
is the best source for American made fashion and gifts. As we always say, stars and stripes match with anything!
If you're like many, you prefer to buy in person. Sometimes shopping online isn't the same as shopping on Main Street. Here's a tip, ask your local retailers to carry the American made brands that you love!
What's your secret weapon for finding products made in America? Are there any stores or websites that you think should be added to our directory? Let us know in the comments.