As it is the season of personal spending I thought I would delve into the notion of buying American or the jingoistic notion of “Made in the USA”. This year I made a New Year’s resolution to start buying more American made goods. This has become a difficult task and caused me re-examine my thinking, especially when it comes to clothing.
As most of you are no doubt aware, the vast majority of clothing you can buy in a brick-and-mortar store is NOT made in the USA, rather it is made in Mexico or some other Latin American country or it is made in Asia. My resolution to “buy American” did not actually cause me to purchase any more American made clothing items, rather it ended up just preventing me from buying clothing items in general (not that I am complaining, it is good to be frugal). I re-examined my thinking after taking some trips to the outlet mall and the local mall. I realized that if my resolution was adopted by a much larger cohort it would have a significant impact on most clothing stores and their employees.