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I’m hooked on these utility hooks!

Just in time before the weather turns drop dead hot and all the mosquitos south of Maine come to spend their summer (dining) in Houston, we had a chance to tidy up a bit in the yard. Among other things, we hung our ladder, a bike and a few cords in the shed.

How did we do it? The Elfa system! Mostly made in Europe, this is a great option to the made in China selections at Lowes and Home Depot, which for me is a no-can-do.

You may have already noticed that Elfa has completely taken over the smart storage section of the Container Store. Well, it is actually owned by said American chain since 1999, but headquarters are still in Sweden. I will admit that the Container Store people always attack us when we browse, trying to sell us all the smart and awesome Elfa stuff. It’s so tempting! Good thing is, as long as you don’t need (or fall for) the full walk in closet re-model, it’s just as affordable as the next well-made utility hangers and hooks.

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The hooks we bought ($14.99) are made in Poland and the quality, size and functionality is superb! They were very easy to mount and came with the needed screws. (The ladder is an extension ladder by Verner, made in our backyard, Mexico.)

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I’m super excited about the not made in China tidiness. Not so much about the mosquitos to come.

A place of trash, a place of treasure

The Homegoods store is a place of treasures and I’ll admit, sometimes trash. But I always look around when I pass by for inspiration.

I was happy to discover that right now they have quite a selection of wall art made in USA. My husband and I picked up some ocean themed art, finally (!), for the master bath. I’m not sure what the brand is but they were all American made and perfect for our color scheme in the master. We also found some gorgeous, rustic frames, made in Mexico.

PTM images, maker of said frames, apparently manufactures most of their wall art and frames in Mexico at their own manufacturing facility. It’s quite unusual to find frames ‘not made in China’ nowadays, so I was definitely excited to find them and read that! They also have a statement on their web-site about creating jobs in USA, which they are doing by growing their business and keeping a good relationship with our neighbor Mexico. Designed in USA, made in Mexico – I can live with that! They also recycle production materials (wop wop) into new products. PTM’s headquarters are in California.

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All this knowledge gathered, from a simple shopping spree at Homegoods and then Google. This is why I am doing this challenge, to find new products and companies that do things just a little bit differently.

Home Depot online, and K-mart Online has this brand, I’m sure you can run into it other places as well.