I won’t go ‘partisan’ on you. But let’s be a part of the solution. Support Americans. This year, instead of buying cheap stuff or expensive stuff in department stores for holiday gifts, give American made quality fine craft and fine art items. Support America by recognizing quality in your own country. Don’t go out and buy cheap Wally Market stuff, actually spend a little extra, pay cash, so you aren’t sinking yourself deeper in debt, and buy a fine American made quilt, or afghan, or handwoven throw. Buy pots from the local potter, prints from the local photographer, and scarves from the local felter. Don’t look for cheap, junk. That supports poor craftsmanship. Actually spend what you can, and be a part of the solution by keeping your money local.
Be aware that wool, alpaca, and other local fiber producing animals are not harmed in the harvest of their fiber, and it is a renewable resource. Buy items made from easily, readily and locally re-newable resources.
When I was at one of the ‘gourmet’ grocery stores the other day, my kids and I were tastin gelato, and the attendant giving us samples kept saying,” This is locally produce from Maryland, from Pennsylvania, from Georgia…..” We are in Richmond, Virginia, so our ‘locally grown produce is from Richmond, and the surrounding counties. If it took more than 5 gallons of gas to get it to me, it’s not local. Thanks.
If you agree with this, cut and paste the above message on your blog, in your e-mails, and at your workspace. We need to be a part of American as a sustainable economy. Again, buy locally. Buy nationally. Buy Quality.