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Toys Made in America
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
January 6, 2009

Have you been looking for toys made in America? Then why not visit www.toysmadeinAmerica.com, where you'll see literally dozens of links to all kinds of toys, games, puzzles, books and sports accessories?

At www.toysmadeinAmerica.com, you'll not only find the types of toys you would normally see in a toy store that happen to be made in USA from companies like Little Tikes, but you'll also find many, many toys from smaller companies that are Internet based and don't have the corporate horsepower to get into a big box store like Toys"R"Us, for example.

Also provided is a link to the latest toy recalls from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), but you probably won't have to worry about one of your toys being linked on this page if you stick with the American-made variety. I quickly browsed the top ten links on the recall page and didn't even make it out of November 2008. That tells me that even if the toy recalls from China aren't making it on the front page like they used to, it doesn't mean it's not still a real, dangerous and ongoing problem that all too often the innocent American consumer unfortunately has to deal with.

Okay, let's get back to all the great American-made toys and other domestically-produced products waiting to pleasantly surprise you at www.toysmadeinAmerica.com. There are bath boats, swing sets, hobby horses, alphabet blocks and other wooden toys, wood airplanes, board games, baseball bats, art easels, foosball tables, doll houses, doll clothing, teddy bears (not just from Vermont Teddy Bear), stuffed animals, dartboards, log cabin building sets, jigsaw puzzles, children's books (like Dr. Seuss), western toys, wiffle balls, whistles, puppets, play dough (not the classic but now-imported Play-Doh brand), playhouses, marbles, juggling sticks, organic lollipops and other hard candies, and non-toxic, medical-grade baby teethers and bathtub duckies. There's even a link for American-made dog toys.

Then there are toys that your child might like that some grownups can get into as well. There are toy and model trains, die cast farm tractors, banjos, guitars, metal detectors, hand-crafted musical instruments, trading cards, and playing cards.

Not necessarily in the mood for toys, games, hobbies or other entertainment? How about American-made linens and American-made flags? The choices of American flags aren't just limited to the good ole red, white and blue, but you'll also discover some really neat patriotic banners that until a few days ago I didn't think were available from domestic sources.

A few months ago, one of the visitors to my website mailed me a ?Made in American Bear" garden banner just to show me the hypocrisy of such a banner being made in China. The banner displays a patriotic bear wrapped in patriotic colors holding up a torch similar to the Statue of Liberty with ?Made in America" spelled out along the bottom. But now I can order my own American-made patriotic banners by visiting www.toysmadeinAmerica.com and choosing from the Made in USA bear, the Patriotic bear, the God & Country bear or the Liberty bear banners.

So next time you have more than just few minutes to do some American-made web surfing (it will take you a while to browse through all the links to all the products), I would suggest giving www.toysmadeinAmerica.com a visit. Even if you don't plan to make any purchases, you'll likely come away with a sense of pride knowing that in more cases than you probably suspected, we still do make a lot of things in the USA. Awareness is the key, and this website goes a long way to exposing the awareness that will help make America a more independent and prosperous country.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website www.howtobuyamerican.com and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.


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