#ShutdownShopping Wishlists: Why Not Buy American?

Keeping with yesterday’s theme of products that are made in the U.S.A. (or here in Nebraska), we wanted to tell you today about a cool little movement to try to get people to buy more products that are made in America.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing is starting a movement on their blog and on their Twitter called Shutdown Shopping (or #ShutdownShopping) to help the economy rebound from the money it lost during the shutdown.

Politics aside, we like the idea of pushing people around the country to buy products that are made right here in our own country.

We really like the activity that AAM just did on their blog, and we wanted to take some time both to do it ourselves, and to encourage you to do it.

The principle is simple. We always want to encourage buying American, and Shutdown Shopping helps that along by making you come up with a wishlist. All you have to do is make a list of things you want that are made in America.

Here’s our American-made wishlist to inspire you to create your own:

  1. A guitarWe love music, and Gibson guitars are one of the several guitar makers with factories still open in the U.S.A. They’re pricy, sure, but they’re also great pieces of craftsmanship–and you won’t ever find us complaining about that.
  2. A hammockWho doesn’t love to kick back and relax? It’s getting a little too cold out to use a hammock outside, but we’re sure that we could find a use for one of them around the office.
  3. A nice pair of bootsWith winter fast approaching, we need a pair of boots to keep our feet dry from all the snow. There are a lot of American boot and shoe manufacturers out there, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them.
  4. A water bottleSimple, but effective. You can never have too much water, and why not drink it from an American-made water bottle?
  5. A Tesla SAlright, time to dream big: how about a new electric car to round out our Shutdown Shopping wishlist (it is a wishlist, after all)? Cars have been consistently made in the U.S.A. since the industrial revolution, and the new Tesla is just an awesome piece of auto technology.

AAM says it best when they say this: “When you spend extra money on something that’s Made in the U.S.A., not only are you guaranteeing the person is making a decent wage in safe conditions, you’re also investing in a product that will likely last a long time.”

Although we probably won’t get everything on our Shutdown Shopping wishlist, we’re definitely going to make a conscious effort to continue to buy products that are manufactured in the U.S.A. Doing so helps all of us, and the quality of American products really ought to speak for itself.

But by the way–if you want to send anything on our wishlist our way, you definitely won’t find us complaining!

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