Monday, March 28, 2011

Made in America

My Lucky Bag from Down Home Leather: Made in America!

Our Our Cuddle Circle Lounge by Lazar Industries: Made in America!

My Sugar Magnolia jigsaw by Liberty Puzzles: Made in America!

Erin O'Brien, go to bed!

Our giant couch from Huntington House: Made in America!

As indicated by the four exclamation points I've used in this post, you can tell I dig stuff made in in the good ol' USA, so drop on into the comment box and tell me about your favorite American made products.

And lastly a "Made in America" list of manufacturers courtesy of ABC News.

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Cleveland Bob said...

My favorite made in the USA product is my ever faithful Lodge Brand cast iron skillet from TN.

Anonymous said...

Is that John and Yoko in the second photo? Love it!

Erin O'Brien said...

Bob, I have a bunch of Lodge. I also have my great Gram's 15" cast skillet. It's probably a Lodge, but I don't know for sure. I'm thinking it's about 100 years old. I use it all the time.

Anon: we do sort of evoke that notorious press conference, don't we?

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Love the couch!

Vince said...

And the hot chick on the sofa, the product of various countries but assembled in the USA. ;-)

Bill said...

Please get rid of those pillows from China and repost. The look on that union guy's face is priceless.

Anonymous said...

Goddamn it, I bought a Lucky bag and the thing was a made in China. They do make good-quality shizzle. How long have you had that bag?

Anonymous said...

Hey, we make a lot of shit in New England. I thought everything was made in Ohio and that nothing was made around here. Another lie I swallowed from the GOP. I'm in a bad mood. Fuckers.

Erin O'Brien said...

Hi Bill. Hi Vince.

I'm not too happy with the righties these days, either Twinks.

I bought the bag a couple of months ago and love it. They make all their goods right at the shop. Very cool.

I'm going back to buy another bag soon. I love Down Home Leather!

Bill said...

Union Label Clothing in Wyoming MN. I clicked on the web site and there's no mention of union labor. I wonder how many of these "Made in America" companies are union shops. Sorry for beating a dead horse. (not really)

The Writer Currently Known as Rory said...

I was made in America, in Florida, and from what I can tell, no defective parts. ;)

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

"I'm not too happy with the righties these days, either Twinks."

Somehow, Erin, I think you're never happy with anyone on the right. Maybe it's just me, and I could be wrong ... ;-)

My favorite made in America things ....

Alembic Bass Guitars ( I own four of them, to include a custom Series II John Entwistle Replica. It took four years to make, and a good amount of it was done by hand.

Lodge Cast Iron.

Lamson Sharp cooking utensils (love their spatulas).

My Vita Mix 5000 blender. Made in Berea, OH, not too far from where I grew up and Erin lives.

My Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Musicman, Peavey, Sadowsky, Lakland, and Pedulla Bass Guitars. All Made in the USA.

DR Hi Beam Bass Strings, .40-.100. Made in NJ.

Edge Pro Professional Knife Sharpening system. Made in Oregon. It's awesome.

All Clad cookware (I have a lot of it). Made in Cannonsburg, PA.

The food I get at the Farmer's Market made (grown) in the USA.

My Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout 12 bass combo amp. Petaluma, CA.

My Alembic F1-X Pre Amp and SF-2 Superfilter. Santa Rosa, CA (I've been to their factory and watched these being wired by hand).

My Ampeg BXT series speaker cabinets, made before Loud Technologies took over Ampeg and shipped a lot of production to Vietnam.

My wife (born at the Oakland Naval Hospital in CA). Now that's American made! ;-)


alphadog said...

Sour mash whiskey. Most notably, bourbon.

alphadog said...

Also, my hounds.
And while they have no born in the USA paperwork (is that a problem?) there are eye witness accounts of the manufacturing process.

Anonymous said...

"Frankly, I think the chances of having a happy childhood while you're still a kid going through it are pretty slim."- Edith Ann (Lily Tomlin) Made in America (Detroit, Mich)
Who EOB on the couch reminds me of. Goat ever have to fish you outa there?


DogsDontPurr said...

I drive a BMW. German engineering, assembled in the Tennessee, I believe.

A few years back, I had to call their headquarters for some reason. They answered the phone in a gentle Southern accent: "B M Dubya of North America."

That was back when George Dubya was still president. It just seemed so wrong somehow. I wanted to scream through the phone: "It's Bee Em Double-you!!!! Not dubya!!! Thank yew very much!" Erf.

Bill said...

Dogs: Do you, by chance, work for NPR?

philbilly said...

John Entwistle +1

Saw The Who open(?) for Herman's Hermits in '67. They tore the place up, literally. I will never forget the sound and feel of Entwistle's bass shaking the walls of Public Auditorium. On the "My Generation" finale, the cops looked wild-eyed from the stage to the auduience and back, utterly at a loss as to who to arrest first. Finally they just left and came back with about a hunnert buddies and cleared us out of the hall into the fountains outside until we could behave. Pretty sure they liked Peter Noone's act better.

It was called Rock music, kids.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

@ Philbilly .....

Entwistle was well known for his amplification rigs (amongst other things). Basically, it was a "competition" between him and Pete Townshend to see who could be the loudest. Over the years, Entwistle built a rig so big it was known as "Little Manhattan." Roger Daltry would get pissed during tours because he literally couldn't hear himself over the loudness of Entwistle's rig.

As for my instrument, it is as close as one will get (without paying a hideous amount of money numbering in six figures) to the same instrument Entwistle used during the 70's and 80's. It is the only one of it's kind in the world (with the exception of the originals, all of which are now in private hands).

The Ox. Arguably the greatest rock bass player ever.


Erin O'Brien said...

You people give good comment.

Al, I like plenty of righties, although I disagree with them often. Sometimes I agree with them, particularly when they are very smart. I find the very smartest righties making the very smartest arguments on (ahem) NPR.

And I have a Vita Mix Maxi 4000. HELL YEAH!

Mrs. C said...

@Rory--I cannot TELL you how disconcerting it is to intersect with you both here, in Erin world, AND at NattheFatRat's 'blog. Is cyberworld truly only a tiny little neighborhood?!

Erin--I loved the ABC week of Made in America; it really would not take much to get some real, live jobs back here in the good ol'.

Anonymous said...

My fave Made in the USA product is the dream that you'll actually own something of your own. And that banks will help you get it. Ha!

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Here's to the Vita Mix! And the Righties! ;-)


PJ said...

long time reader, first time commenter:

my family works for vita mix, and yes, i own one too. thoroughly LOVE it. me brother makes the machines, mom works in engineering dept, and sister used to work in sales.

... and have family in EOB's neighborhood, for what it's worth. :-) keep up the good work, erin!!!!!!! we love ya!

danb said...

Being an audiophile nerd, I have found, without a doubt, the finest stereo gear in the world is made right here in the USA. The only component that I own made in China is my NAD cd player (Canadian company, if I remember correctly). The rest of my stuff is by Audio Research (Minnesota), Nordost (Massachusetts), Well Tempered Labs (MA as well), Zu Audio (Utah), Audioquest (California- bought my AQ cables when they were still making most of them here), and Apogee Acoustics (MA), although, sadly, they've been out of business for a few years. All that, plus two tape decks made by Nakamichi from Japan.

I dare you to look all that mess up. It'll melt your brain.


Bill said...

Favorite "made in America" product is Barack Hussein Obama. I think.

Bill said...

That's what I'm talking about!