Six dollars. That’s how much more an American consumer would have to pay for the typical T-shirt made in the U.S. rather than in a potentially unsafe factory in a poor, faraway country. Read more in the Huffington Post Business article here.
Finding work-appropriate skirts hasn’t been too bad. I’ve found plenty of options, but unfortunately the stores haven’t carried my size when I’m there.
Slacks, on the other hand….. I haven’t found any office-appropriate pants (slacks, khakis, etc) in stores. I can find plenty of USA-made jeans…
Pants are hard to find cheaply because of the amount of sewing involved. But I’m sure with some sales hunting you’ll find them. I mostly buy pants when there is a sale or groupon for a local boutique.
Spiritex of Asheville NC has some wide leg pants that may be passable.
American Apparel is my usual go to when I need something basic.
You can also search Modcloth for “made in usa”
Tianello - is a resort wear brand, and aimed at older women, but has some work appropriate stuff.
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Sven Clogs now featured on Fab.
Minnesota-based shoe-sational brand Sven Clogs has been handcrafting highly coveted, wood-soled footwear with the utmost attention to quality, comfort, and style since 1974. This vibrantly colored collection features three heel heights, soars with chunky ’70s charm, and is crazy-comfortable to boot!
I needed to buy new laces for my moccasins. And I figured that this one be one of those sub $5 buys that will be imported. But I browsed the rack, and found one variety of Kiwi Laces that were made in USA! A few minutes of searching payed off.
As I go into the third month of this challenge, I’ve run into what’s probably going to be my biggest obstacle: shoes.
I’m extremely picky when it comes to shoes, so that’s not helping my shoe buying process. I prefer to buy my shoes in “brick and mortar” stores because I really feel I have to…
Shoes are difficult.
My tennis shoes are New Balance. I ended up having to buy mens because the arch support on the women’s were in a weird spot for me.
My daily shoes are Softmoc Moccasins, they’re made in Canada though.
I’m currently looking for dress shoes and found the uku2 on etsy. Which has pretty custom shoes starting at $75
I’m also considering these ballet flats from Oka B, made in Atlanta but I’m not sure about rubber shoes.
Mohop sandals made in Chicago
LL Bean boots are made in Maine. Maybe they have a pair that meets your fuzzy lined and waterproof requirement?
I would have put links, but the tumblr is being dumb about it. You can also search Made in USA on Zappos, but sometimes Zappos is wrong, so I usually double check on the manufacturer’s website.
There’s no doubt 2013 will be an exciting year. The Charlotte Roller Girls (CLTRG) will be tearing up their uptown track at The Grady Cole Center for their sixth consecutive home season, running March through October, with their All-Stars season opener taking place on March 23.
Spectators that are new to the sport will find a hard-hitting race, with offense and defense played simultaneously. Jammers (racers) try to pass opposing players to score points. And the blockers do everything (legally) possible to help their jammer through the pack and stop the other jammer from getting through. Seasoned fans will be excited to see that new rules are in place this season: Jammers will take off the same time blockers do, creating an even faster, fiercer start to the bout.
Home Bout Schedule:
- Saturday 3/23 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Cape Fear (Wilmington, NC)
- Saturday 4/6 - CLTRG B-Dazzlers vs. Five 40 (Fredericksburg, VA)
- Saturday 5/18 Double Header - CLTRG All-Stars / B-Dazzlers vs. Charlottesville Derby Dames
- Sunday 6/23 Double Header - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Soul City (Augusta, GA) / B-Dazzlers vs. Kannapolis
- Sunday 7/21 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Chemical Valley (Charleston, WV)
- Saturday 8/24 Double Header - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Gate City (Greensboro) / B-Dazzlers vs. Classic City (Athens, GA)
- Saturday 9/28 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Appalachian (Boone)
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for Saturday bouts or 3:30 p.m. for Sunday bouts.
The team travels around the country in between home bouts, from Louisiana, to New Jersey to Hawaii!
Away Bout Schedule:
- Saturday 3/2 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Gate City Roller Girls in Greensboro, NC
- Saturday 4/20 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Big Easy Roller Girls in New Orleans, LA
- Saturday 4/27 - CLTRG B-Dazzlers vs. Palmetto State Roller Girls in Myrtle Beach, SC
- Saturday 5/11- CLTRG All-Stars vs. Garden State Roller Girls in Newark, NJ
- Saturday 6/8 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. New River Valley Roller Girls in Christiansburg, VA
- Saturday 8/10 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Pacific Roller Derby in Honolulu, HI
- Saturday 9/7 - CLTRG B-Dazzlers vs. Star City Roller Girls in Roanoke, VA
- Saturday 10/19 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Gainesville Roller Rebels in Gainesville, FL
- Sunday 10/20 - CLTRG All-Stars vs. Palm City Punishers in Lake City, FL
- Saturday 10/26 - CLTRG B-Dazzlers vs. Camel City Thrashers in Camel City, NC
From gas to groceries, a lot of things became more expensive in 2013… but not Charlotte roller derby! Bout tickets will remain the same as the 2012 season. Advanced ticket prices are $6 for children (age 6-12) and $10 for adults. Group rates are also available when purchasing 10 or more tickets at a time (10+ adults $8 each, 10+ children, $5 each). Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Day-of tickets prices are $8 for children and $14 for adults.
Tickets may be purchased:
- Common Market (South End and Plaza Midwood locations)
- Sleepy Poet Antique Mall (4450 South Blvd Charlotte, NC 28209)
- Or from your favorite Charlotte Roller Girl!
We can’t wait to see you at a bout this year!
Support local sports! Go Rollergirls!
I love these! All of this is so adorable. Shoes range between $100-$200. Which is totally reasonable for US made shoes. These are next on my wishlist.
Originally, I didn’t think I would count my socks and my underthings as part of the Closet Check, as I’m fairly sure mine are all imported. Plus, most of my socks I can’t remember where I got them or what brand they are - I just like to buy socks with cute designs and patterns. So I’m assuming all…
I would bet that none of the clothing I had before I started buying local was “made in usa,” maybe some hiking socks. For cute socks check out defeet.com I ordered their ‘grab bag’ awhile back and got some colorful designs.