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American owned small business Products | Cottage Based Factories | Amish Products | America Seeks American Made

Updated on August 29, 2012

Believe it or not, small shops and factories are still producing the quality products that became the backbone of America.

Before large corporations and factories, America products were made in small shops. Products were handcrafted with pride from the talents and traditions handed down from generations.

The village blacksmith made many of the tools, farm equipment and even kitchen knifes and utensils. A copper-smith made the tea kettles, and platters, while a glass blower made the drinking glasses.

Clothing was made in the home and small shops, from bulk rolls of fabric and thread purchased at a local dry good or general store. Furniture and cabinets were built by a local cabinet builder and pottery was handmade on a potter’s wheel and fired in a small home kiln.

Many small businesses were operated by second and third generation families making the products that also lasted for generations. Today many of these small shops and factories are gone, because they were unable to compete with the mass production and products being imported.

Some of these small business still do exists but because they are so small they don’t have the marketing and advertising budgets to let consumers know there are still quality American made options available. Many of these are considered cottage based businesses, which also confuses the consumer in thinking they only do arts and crafts items.

The fact is cottage based business still thrive in making tools, home goods, furniture, foods and other everyday products used in homes for generations.

Because these are mostly family ran businesses they don’t have to pass on to the consumer, the high corporate overheads and marketing cost of larger corporations. In some cases they do cost more, but relative to products that are made from cheaper components, these products may outlast their cheaper made clones two to three times. Furniture made of premium solid hardwoods, will become family heirlooms, whereas furniture made from practical board and paper thin laminates will become landfill dilemmas for generations to come.

The owners of one small family owned business have spent years traveling the back roads looking for small hometown businesses still making quality American products the old fashioned way. With a long standing dream of being able to provide a market place to promote the rebirth of the small American made products, Cottage Craft Works was born.

Cottage Craft Works now features over 5000 products with over 95% of them made in small hometown shops and cottage based businesses. These are shops where the owner(s) still touch each product made.

The timing couldn’t be better; Americans are becoming disenchanted with corporate greed, the loss of jobs, and imported products. There is a strong push to buy American as well as to get back-to-basics to become more self-sufficient and live a simpler sustainable life without as much dependence on debt, imported oil, and the costly taxed infrastructures.

With the food chain being threatened by cancer causing agents, and contaminated with bacteria, more and more people are turning to back yard gardens or small family owned organic farmers.

Look for small businesses and the old time back-to-basic products to play an important role again as America sorts through the resurgence of what made this country so great. The America small businesses are back and need your support to become stronger than ever.

To see the Cottage Craft Works Back-To-Basics-General-Store, just log on to it’s not an arts and crafts store, but a store filled with highly functional products for the back-to-basics, self-sufficient and sustainable living seekers. These are products made in small cottage based businesses and shops with the quality and pride that made America so wonderful for the small independent entrepreneur.



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      6 years ago from Wisconsin

      I feel like I'm in good company with the thought to buy American whenever it is possible to do so, and have long held that the ultimate cost to cheaper, foreign made goods, is greater than the sum of the savings on them. People need work, and not only that, but people need choice. That's how the free market system is SUPPOSED to work. If all that's on the shelf is something made in China or Mexico, or some other place, there IS no choice, and therefore, no real free market exists.

      Still, this is driven by people like you and I who actively pursue products made here. Companies are in business to make a profit, and I won't fault them for doing what they feel is business-wise to acheive that goal. They will respond to market demand, and IF that market demands American made, then it's a no-brainer for these companies to have products made here. On the other hand, if people don't pay close attention, and don't make the CHOICE to send the message that they WANT American made options, then the companies will continually do what they do, and that is produce the products in countries that offer the lowest labor costs and the highest profitability.

      I've said it a hundred times that every dollar we spend casts a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. If we want to live in a world where all of our jobs are sent overseas, then we should continue to buy cheaper, foreign made goods, and we should continue to not pay attention to where things are made. On the other hand if we want jobs, better wages, and more choice in the marketplace, then we must be clear about the message we send to the corporations and other producers who put those goods into the market.

      Great thoughts here.


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