Do as I say, not as I do

I came across a post on one of my favorite blogs about American made things, Made in the USA Challenge, about Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards.  It seems Martha and her minions have been holding a competition in each of the last three years to honor great American made manufacturers.  Americans like Heather Lins who makes really cool embroidery stuff.  I was blown away by Martha’s commitment to American consumer goods manufacturing.  I felt that I should pay Martha back for her support of American manufacturing by purchasing some of the American made products she markets under her Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s.

I went to the Macy’s website and began to peruse the 411 items in Martha’s collection.  My cast iron casserole cookware has seen better days, so I thought I might buy one of Martha’s casserole pans.  Made in China.  Ok, well how about some non-stick bakeware?  Imported. Food storage containers?  Imported.  Color coded cutlery?  Imported.  Martha Stewart Collection Stainless Steel 10 Piece Cookware Set?  Imported.  3-Piece Cutting Board Set?  Imported.  Wow, most of Martha’s kitchen goods aren’t made by members of our extended American family.

Well, no one’s perfect I figured, so I looked at other items in the Martha Stewart Collection.  How about Martha’s Sweaterknit Throw?  Made in China.  Martha’s Martha Luxury Flannel Sheet Sets?  Imported.  Martha’s Quick Dry Robe?  Imported.  Martha’s Flannel Christmas novelty sheets?  Imported.  Martha Stewart Collection Flannel Dot Full/Queen Duvet Cover?  Imported.  Martha’s Colette Shower Curtain?  Imported.  You get the picture.  Apparently Martha wants to tell you and I about all these firms making products that are made by members of our extended American family, but it appears that she isn’t very interested in hiring very many Americans to make many of the products in her Collection.  I’m perplexed.

Well this is America.  Martha is free to make the products in her Collection wherever on the globe she wants to make them, and we are free to tell Martha to go pound sand and take a pass on all her imported products.  If you want to buy products from people who actually make things in America, just punch in the American made product you are looking for in the search function on my blog page, and it is likely you will find what you are looking for.  If not, just enter “American Made products” in Google and you will be given lots of places you can go to buy American products.

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6 Responses to Do as I say, not as I do

  1. She is supporting American products, however, none of the products that sell under her name is made in America. I have never heard her talk about this. -Jack A

  2. citizennp says:

    Unfortunate. She has the brand and the business to make a difference. Why not have those contests result in winners walking away with contracts with her line? Now that’s what we’d call “Support”

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