I’m compiling a list of stores, whether brick-and-mortar or online, where fair trade goods or goods made (or mostly made) in the US can be found. After visiting stores, one immediately after the other, like Home Depot, Pier 1 Imports, Eddie Bauer, JCrew, The Loft, The Gap, Coldwater Creek, etc., and seeing “Made in China” on everything (literally everything), I sought refuge in Ten Thousand Villages, where the items in the store are made by artisans around the world and bought for a fair price.
I’m not opposed to imported goods, nor am I opposed to enjoying the talents and skills of people from other countries who create things for which there is a demand. What I am opposed to is American companies that outsource for cheap labor. In this list of US businesses compiled by CNN and categorized alphabetically, there are no fewer than 78 companies listed under “A” alone outsourcing jobs.
SUBMIT A STORE (OR STORES)
I’d like to help support businesses that practice fair trade and/or demonstrate an interest in utilizing the skills and talents that exist within our own country. If you would like to add a store to the list – NO ETSY STORES, PLEASE (there are just too many, and I’ve included a general link below under “Crafts/Knickknacks”) – please send me the name of the store, the link if there is one, the physical address(es) if there are between one and three locations, and tell me under which category it falls (clothing, household, decorative, etc.). Thank you!
The Orange Owl