Being on a Not Made in China Challenge isn’t always easy. Maybe you have noticed that “everything” is Made in China? or Vietnam, Or India. Probably you have, if you’ve ever been to Target.
On this page, I started – back in 2014 – to write down all the products that made their way into my home despite being made in China. This list stayed short for many years, and I can’t deny how well I shopped and how much it made a difference. I inspired many people around me to shop local and to stay away from made in China.
Then Trump and the trade war happened and more items started being made in Vietnam. And I had two babies and all of a sudden was a biiiiit more tired and overworked. So, in 2018 and 2019, I haven’t been able to keep track. BUT I still buy local and second hand as much as I can. You should too :)
Year of 2014: 5+
- MSR Hubba Hubba Footprint for a tent. $39.
- Ceiling Fan for the porch from Lowes. $89.
- Two Nantucket ceiling lights for the porch. Online purchase. $100 each.
- Apple computer and accessories. Too expensive to mention.
Year of 2015: 4
- 2 x Ray-Ban & Oakley frames for prescription glasses. $159
- 2 x Merrell Men’s barefoot/low cushion running shoes. Online purchase. $95
Year of 2016: 1
- A Stokke stroller bag to protect a baby stroller in transit. $141
Year of 2017: 7
- Britax car seat rain and sun cover. $30
- Bamboo scale. $39
- High Chair from IKEA. $14.99
- Samsung robot vacuum. $800’ish
- Back splash glass tile. $300’ish
- Baby-Zen Yo-Yo pack and go stroller. $579 (This stroller is amazing, y’all!!)
- Ninja coffee maker. $179
Year of 2018: Oh Gosh.
Year of 2019: Oh Gosh part 2.