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The toys under your tree should be China-free
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
December 11, 2009

What does "Made in USA" mean to you? It should mean exactly what it says, right? American-made products with no imported pieces and no foreign assembly. That's what you'll see when you browse the best online selection of American-made toys at

The laws of this country allow a product to be labeled 'Made in USA' if "all or virtually all" of it is made here, but that's not good enough for! In spite of these laws, owner and founder Melissa Jennings feels it's her duty and responsibility to reflect the true American spirit of American manufacturing by offering high-quality USA products made by American hands.

At you can browse nearly 500 different American-made toys, so you're sure to find something that will delight your infant, toddler, or child regardless of age. Each product shown in their online store even displays the actual state your toy is manufactured in, so you'll also know if your toy happens to be made close to home, and if you're stimulating the economy locally as well as nationally.

Toys of USA offers all kids of cars, trucks, busses and trolleys, plenty of trains to keep your kids captivated and motivated for hours, Mary's Softdough made in Oregon (not the Play-Doh you see in stores that is now made in China), play furniture including dollhouses (complete with dolls too!) and castle and cottage playhouses.

You'll also find classic American-printed Dr. Seuss books, American-made computer software for infants, toddlers, pre-school and up, blocks and block sets including K'NEX blocks and Braille alphabet blocks, as well as classic American favorites like Marbles, jacks, jump rope, hopscotch, and sand toys for your child's favorite sandbox.

There's over a half-dozen American-made teddy bears to choose from (I have to admit the "Patriot Bear" would be my favorite, of course!), rattles and teethers for babies, Kitchen play sets and accessories, green and eco-friendly toys, lots of games and puzzles, and indoor plants and gardening kits. You'll even find bath ducks that are manufactured from FDA compliant, medical grade materials that hospitals and dentists trust.

The folks at know every kid likes to play outside, and there's plenty to keep them both active and safe including soft foam soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, and volleyballs. They also have the classic Wiffle bat and ball sets I used to play with when I was a kid!

There are even outdoor toys for kids that grown-ups wouldn't mind like croquet, snow sleds, and flying discs. What are flying discs, you ask? Remember the classic Frisbee? Well it's now made in China, and the Wham-O company that makes the Frisbee is now even Chinese-owned! So you can see what happens to American companies that get gobbled up by foreign investors. The Frisbee was made in America for many years, but no more!

Toys of USA is very thorough in their research of the toys they offer to make sure they are 100 percent made in USA. In fact, they guarantee it. If you find any indication of an imported part on your toy, they will promptly refund your purchase and any shipping charges, or send a replacement absolutely free. The product will be pulled from the online store immediately, too.

And shipping is even free for orders over $75. Orders placed with a total of less than $75 are shipped at a very-reasonable $6.95. Toys of USA is a woman-owned, family-run business that was started out of the concern for the safety of their children and children everywhere.

Owner and founder Melissa Jennings left the corporate world behind to stay home with her children when her first was born. Back in 2007 when all of the Chinese recalls happened, she found herself looking through toys at home (her children were 9 months and 2 at that time) and removing the Chinese ones. A few days later on the Today Show, they were talking about how difficult it was to find toys made in America. That's when she got the idea to start her own business that would allow her to still take care of her kids with her husband.

A great story Melissa loves to share is when she and her husband attended the Toy Fair in New York last year, which is the largest and most attended toy show. It was great to see a few people who really care about their products and the kids who receive them.  It was also sad that in many cases when they asked, "Do you make your toys in the USA?" that they were almost laughed at, with many of these "Americans" saying things like, "Good luck with that" in a very mocking fashion. It's amazing how many American companies that manufacture in China seem to almost frown upon American manufacturing.

That's why Melissa is so motivated to offer you safety and quality you can trust with the toys offered at The manufacturers they have chosen are honest, hard-working Americans who believe in true American products as well, and it's great to know their chosen manufacturers make products that truly stand up to their label.

So there's no reason this Christmas you can't put safe, high-quality and loveable toys under your family's Christmas tree this year and keep our economy moving at the same time. I've always said it's best to support the smaller companies that operate businesses in and produce in the United States out of the pure, patriotic belief that it's the American thing to do. The people at definitely fit that description and deserve your patriotic support.

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 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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