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Make Your Holiday Shopping Red, White and Blue. Start Today. #AAMDay.

So, I’m at the skincare counter of a local department store the other day chatting with Alice, my favorite makeup / make-over miracle-worker, and she says: “Hey, what’s happening with the blog?” Seriously? She remembers it? After hibernating in my converted garage office for days, weeks, months, surrounded by newspaper clippings and books and filesContinue Reading “Make Your Holiday Shopping Red, White and Blue. Start Today. #AAMDay.”

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in American-Made Jeans

This blog began on December 31, 2010, with a silly-sounding name: China Ate My Jeans. The idea for the name came from my days as an elementary school teacher. Kids would come up with the most outrageous excuses for not turning in their homework. And yes, on more than one occasion, the family dog was named asContinue Reading “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in American-Made Jeans”

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Christmas Treats, California Style

Arguably the most intriguing business story of the last month has been taking place back in San Francisco, where a group of US developers is planning the biggest real estate expansion there since the 1906 earthquake. The group–which includes Lennar Corp., Ross Perot and others–isn’t getting financing from an American bank or pension fund. No,Continue Reading “Christmas Treats, California Style”

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Hey Santa, Here’s One Word for American-Made Toys: Plastics.

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Benjamin: Yes, sir. Mr. McGuire: Are you listening? Benjamin: Yes, I am. Mr. McGuire: Plastics. –“The Graduate,” 1967 If you need to buy Christmas gifts for the little kids in your life, take a cue from “The Graduate.” Think plastics. 1960s audiences probablyContinue Reading “Hey Santa, Here’s One Word for American-Made Toys: Plastics.”

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We Need a Little Christmas: These American-Made Products Can Help

Haul out the holly; Put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas Right this very minute, Candles in the window, Carols at the spinet. —We Need a Little Christmas by Jerry Herman  Continue Reading “We Need a Little Christmas: These American-Made Products Can Help”

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What’s the Value of American-Made Gifts? Priceless.

More than 500 people have died in Bangladesh factory fires since 2006, according to estimates by labor groups…Authorities have begun to review the nation’s 5,000 registered garment factories… As foreign retailers slash prices to attract shoppers, Bangladeshi factories have to produce for less… Labor groups said factory owners, a number of whom sit in Parliament,Continue Reading “What’s the Value of American-Made Gifts? Priceless.”