Trouble the Dog – A Made in USA Success Story

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I am frequently contacted by people and companies that have a great business idea for a product, but are struggling to have their product manufactured in the USA. Getting children’s products made in America seem to be one of the most common challenges for businesses. In particular I have heard from several different companies lamenting […]

Crowd Funding: Help Make it in America with KickStarter

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Kickstarter campaigns have created a revolutionary new way to connect entrepreneurs with people passionate about their vision through crowd funding. This is particularly true for companies seeking to manufacture their product in America, which poses often insurmountable financial challenges. A few great companies I have worked with are the result of successful Kickstarter campaigns, including Bound Custom Journals, Tablet […]

American Toy Boutique Educational Toys Made in USA

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American Toy Boutique is an online shop offering a line of eco-friendly, educational toys exclusively made in USA. Created by a grandmother of 16 concerned about the safety of the toys available, American Toy Boutique offers a large collection of American made toys, games and children’s furniture. Featuring gift ideas for children of all ages, […]

Made in USA Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids and Toddlers

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    Shopping for the kids on your list is usually one of the most enjoyable parts of Holiday shopping. Whether you are playing Santa or picking out gifts for children in your life, checking out the goodies in toy shops is always fun. Unfortunately, toys and other playthings for kids can also be among […]

Pure Play Kids Opens New US Toy Making Factory

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Pure Play Kids offers creative wooden and cloth toys sustainably made in the USA. They specialize in battery-free, kid-powered toys that sparks children’s imaginations. A long-time supporter of American manufacturing, Pure Play kids recently opened their own toy making factory in Tennessee to expand their line of in-house wooden toys made in America. Pure Play […]

Wikki Stix Creativity Toys Made in USA

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Few toys on the market offer as much versatility as Wikki Stix. The original waxed yarn creativity toy, Wikki Stix are an award-winning product with many uses. Wikki Stix are created with hand knitting yarn and food-grade, non-toxic wax that is tested and certified lead-free. The options for fun with Wikki Stix are limited only […]

Classic Little Tikes Toys Still Made in USA

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When I first embarked on my challenge to find products made in USA after the birth of my son in 2010, one of the first discoveries I made was Little Tikes Toys.  Product safety was one of the major issues that spurred my interest in American made products, particularly those I buy for my toddler. […]

Choosing Quality Toys Made in America at the Big Toy Book

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Laurie Schacht, The Toy Insider Mom, recently appeared on The Today Show, sharing her top picks for toys made in America. I was thrilled to see many of my favorites mentioned, including K’Nex and Crayola, made here in Pennsylvania. When Laurie later approached me about doing a guest post on The Big Toy Book Blog […]

American Made Gifts for Spring and Easter

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Spring has sprung and Easter’s on its way. Whether you are looking for treats for Peter Cottontail to leave in baskets or simply a way to celebrate Springtime, there are plenty of American made gift options. Welcome the season and celebrate rebirth, regrowth and renewal with these cheery gifts! Spring Birds Dress. Made in USA […]

Ten Made in USA Green Products

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March has arrived. Spring is in the air and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are just around the corner. In recognition of this decidedly green month, I present you with a collection of my top ten made in USA products featuring the hue. I’ve added details about how each is eco-conscious. It really can be easy […]

Tuscany Creative Handmade Gifts

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I’ve been a big fan of Tuscanycreative since I discovered them for my Holiday Gift Guide. A teacher turned stay-at-home-Mom, Katie Bordignon’s creations originated as handmade toys she crafted for her two children and nieces. The gifts were a huge hit, and Tuscanycreative was founded as a way to share her creations as an Etsy shop. […]

The Disney Store: Where is the Magic Really Made?

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My friends said I was crazy. Venturing into the favorite shop of all children the week before Christmas. Mountains of adorable stuffed animals and shiny plastic figurines bombard you. Familiar tunes fill the air and burrow their incessant refrains into your temporal lobe. A large screen projects classic moments from your favorite childhood movies.  Some call it […]

Five Below

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Confession time: I’m a recovering dollar store enthusiast. I love the cheap thrill of wandering the aisles of stuff knowing I can afford every item I see. A princess wand glow stick? Yes, please! A plastic inflatable dinosaur? Don’t mind if I do! The catch is that most of the items I certainly do not need, and […]