Remember back in 2007 when the US recalled pet foods that were made in China? The food was tainted with melamine (a chemical used to make plastic). Some US companies were importing rice that had been laced with this chemical to increase the appearance of protein levels. After that eye-opener I decided to buy American made products. I had no idea how difficult, ok nearly impossible, that would be. Every product label I read said "Made in Somewhere Else!". The dollar spot at Tar-jay? Forget it. Every single thing is "Made in Somewhere Else". Food?! You guessed it. "Not Made Here!" . I'm not going to get into the huge political fight right now that this seems to create. I grew up in the Central Valley of California where 90% of American produce was grown. Not any longer....remember the housing boom? Farmland was turned into houses.....now they are vacant houses.............so sad. When you have a choice buy US produce. (the farmers will rejoice)
Rambling? Perhaps? So what does this have to do with thrifting and Buying American? Oh I am so glad that you asked. Each item donated to thrift stores that help communities, churches, food banks, charitable organizations...creates American dollars. Those dollars are put back into your community. (Be careful when you donate...some thrift store chains are "for profit".) "Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential". I know that other thrift stores help with other specific needs in your community. Shop where your dollars count.
I'm so thankful for individuals and families that donate their previously loved items to "charity". I can't imagine someone throwing out clothing or household items can you? Our great grandparents would have been shocked at what we throw away or deem "unusable". Keep donating, bring you children to drop off items so that they learn the importance of giving back.
Just a little something to think about! Do you feel like your hands are tied right about now with the political fighting? Do what you can, donate and Buy American, buy thrift!