Ok, here's one for the ladies! I've received some really positive feedback from past articles and on the footwear in particular, but some loyal readers have been asking "where's the footwear for us females?"
At www.onesole.com you can accessorize your American-made shoes with a nearly endless array of fashionable women's shoes with interchangeable tops. With OneSole, you won't be stuck with just one design per pair of shoes, because you can change your style with a snap!
Your choices of tops include solid, silk screened (with or without crystals), monogrammed, duet, and picture Tops. I especially like the holiday/other section where you can find patriotic tops related to the 4th of July. You can also choose from different strappies, clog tops and even collegiate tops.
Your choice of soles includes the elegance soft-step, leisure, casual, traveler/clog, kitten and sport, so you can easily combine comfort with style. You can even customize your own design or fabric at www.onesole.com. You can even brose their list of retailers in your area that carry OneSole products. I think there are nearly 100 in my home state of Florida alone.
At the Union Shop (www.theunionshop.org) you can find union-made, American-made clothing of all kinds for men, women, kids, and even pets. You'll also find American-made accessories like aprons, tote bags, fleece blankets and more. You can also browse their impressive collection of custom carved glass.
Have you found it difficult to shop American made and union made for your kids, including toddlers and infants? The Union Shop probably has what you've been looking for but couldn't find.
You can also choose from over 400 custom designed logos including military and patriotic. Everything done by the union members at The Union Shop is done right here n America, whether it's embroidery, screen printing, graphic design or sales and marketing.
The selection of apparel at www.theunionshop.org includes all the traditional shirts, sweater, pants, shorts and jackets you would expect, but they also carry specific kinds of work clothing, fire fighter's apparel and tall sizes. For the women, you'll find intimates and sleepwear choices.
At Byers' Choice Ltd. (www.byerschoice.com) you'll find carolers and decorative figures made in the USA. I ordered two of their Christmas caroler figures around Christmas-time last year and I'm glad I did. But you don't have to wait until Christmas to find a caroler or figurine to add to the warmth of your home.
Easter is coming soon, and then there is the 4th of July for patriotic figures. You'll also find figurines for Halloween. And then there's Thanksgiving. You can even find figures representing our founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. If you don't see exactly what you want, you can even custom design your own caroler.
You can also browse the Byers' Choice website for stores near you that carry their fine collections. And you can browse the website at www.byerschoice.com to see just how these finely crafter carolers are created in Pennsylvania. The fact that each caroler is hand-crafted means that even if someone else orders the same type of caroler, no two pieces are exactly alike.
As always, if you decide to patronize any of these fine American companies now or in the future - or even if you're just contacting them to encourage them to keeping it made in the USA - kindly tell them how you found out about them by mentioning the howtobuyamerican.com website and the "Buy American Mention of the Week." American-made companies always find it encouraging knowing that they aren't alone and that there are other like-minded patriotic Americans willing to spread the word and stand up for the Buy American cause. Thank you for contributing to that very cause!
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 and has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications.