"Highs and Lows"

Today my husband and I made a three and a half hour round trip to pick up my first cases of sandals manufactured here in Georgia.  I asked to pick them up because I am trying to save on shipping.  Actually, I’m trying to cut costs everywhere I can.  After arriving home with excitement to list my new found Made in the U.S.A. shoes, I decided to do a little more sourcing.  I found some fun summery tops a week or so ago that I thought would be great for my boutique.  I pulled the trigger and made the purchase.  With all of my purchases, I send a note to the wholesaler that reads “I only purchase clothing that us made in the U.S.A.  Each item I have ordered is advertised as “Made in the USA”.  If for any reason an item I have purchased is NOT labeled “Made in the USA”, please do not ship my order.  Please contact me.  Thank you so much”.  I had to start making notes on all orders, as I have received several orders that are made in other countries that were advertised as made in the United States.  It is very frustrating!  After settling in to completely ridiculous movie with my husband, I received a text from the company.  They wanted to let me know that none of the items I ordered are currently being manufactured in the U.S.A.  She went on the tell me over text that three manufacturers in the U.S. that they had been working with recently shut down.  Another day, another adventure, another moment realizing that more American jobs were lost at those manufacturing facilities.  For me, it’s motivation.  Here’s the kicker; one of the tops in the order (that I cancelled) was an American Flag Stars and Stripe summer tank top.  Sometimes it feels lonely caring about things like this.  Do people really care where their clothes are made?  At the end of the day, I did get my U.S.A. manufactured sandals.  Yay!

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