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Made in Michigan

Updated on March 2, 2015

Keep your money in this state

Let's face it. Michigan can really benefit from a few less dollars heading overseas. We as individuals may not be able to control our jobs leaving our state, but at least we can try to keep as much of the money we spend from leaving too.

Selestial Soap
Selestial Soap

Selestial Soap

Saving the Planet Within Your Budget

Here is a Michigan based company that is making an Eco-friendly line of laundry products. We use the unscented soap for our family's laundry and the Outdoor Extreme for my husbands Army ACUs (They can get pretty rank, and this stuff works wonderfully).

View my Selestial Soap lens!

Pure Michigan - Buy Local

Outdoor gear.

My favorite place for all of my outdoor gear is Moosejaw. If you want a good laugh just reading their catalogue is enough to get me chuckling. Their rewards program is awesome, and they always are having cool sales.

Fernand Shoes

Hand Made in Northern Michigan

Here are some really sharp looking shoes manufactured here in Michigan. They will custom make you a pair to a tracing of your foot. Thay have a nice variety of shoes and sandals from which to choose.

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At the grocery store

One easy way to buy more Michigan goods, is to start at the grocery store. In many produce sections, I have been seeing signs telling customers which products are locally grown. Buying local produce usually means fresher food, since it doesn't have to travel as far, but that also means it has a smaller carbon footprint as an added bonus for the environment. Personally I thing Michigan peaches and apples taste so much better than their out of state counterparts.

Michigan sugar is an item I always buy, and Pioneer brand makes it easy to spot with the state of Michigan outline on the front of the packaging.

When I have a taste for sunflower seeds I always pick up a few packages of Pic-A-Nut brand seeds. This company is based in Warren, Michigan. When my family has Italian for dinner, we almost always serve Cole's garlic bread. I also love Romano's brand pasta sauce. They come in mason jars that you can reuse when emptied.

For when we have friends over I like to have Better Made chips and Faygo pop on hand. And once you've tried Vernor's regular ginger ale will pale in comparison!

Sunday morning pancakes are delicious when made with Jiffy baking miix.

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On the road

Next time your out driving and you need to stop for coffee, stop at Biggby's to fill your caffeine need. Hungry for a sub? Tubby's was always my uncle's first stop when he visited from California.

Sweet Spot

If you've got a sweet tooth Michigan makes plenty to fill it!

There are so many great sweets made in Michigan. You may have heard we as a state have a bit of a weight problem, but can you blame us with treats like these. Morley Candy makes wonderful chocolates. It wouldn't be Easter at our house without Morley's in our baskets. Hudsonville Ice cream is a real treat. We top it with Saunder's Hot fudge. If you've ever been to Mackinac Island than you should know about Mackinac Island fudge. My husband's favorite is Murdick's Fudge. I'm not as picky - I like them all. Hudsonville even makes a Mackinac Island Fudge ice cream!

Mackinac Island Fudge - Now you can satisfy your fudge craving without leaving home.

The Mackinac Fudge Shop - Chocolate Lover's Sampler
The Mackinac Fudge Shop - Chocolate Lover's Sampler

The chocolate varieties are my personal favorite.

 

Toys

American Plastic Toys makes some cool toys for kids. They make tricycles, play kitchens, beach toys and snow toys to name a few. For my daughter's Beach Themed Birthday party we used their sand pails as favor buckets, and the kids loved them. I can often find their products at Kroger's when I do my shopping. An impulse buy is guilt free when it supports your state!

Yellow Slider Case for iPod Touch 4G
Yellow Slider Case for iPod Touch 4G

For your iPod

Riot Outfitters has you covered!

Riot Outfitters has some awesome iPod cases. We bought my daughter the pink diamond gel case last year, and I just recently picked up The yellow powder coated slider case for my new iPod Touch. They sell them on their website and at Bestbuy.

Riot Outfitters Slider Shell Case for 4th-Generation Apple iPod touch - Pop Yellow The cases look cool and keep our iPods working great even with an occasional fumble. They come with a screen protector too, which is great - especially for my four year old daughter!

Duel

Do you buy Michigan products?

Yes, Michigan products are the best!

Yes, Michigan products are the best!

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    • GRB851230 4 years ago

      I'm a lifelong Michigan resident, so yes, I buy Michigan products every chance I get.

    • June Nash 5 years ago

      I try to! I am from Michigan and I believe you need to buy from home if it is available.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      We are the Best!!! Michigan all the way...

    • kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Yes, absolutely!

    • Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      If I lived in Michigan, I would buy Michigan products. It's important to support our local businesses and growers, and I try very hard to do that here in Nevada. Thanks for sharing all these great Michigan products, and for writing this lens.

    • blujeanmomma 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      We don't usually see much Made in Michigan stuff here, but whenever I can I do buy what made in the USA. I'm not sure if it is still there, but there was a Made in Michigan store at the airport & when I had passed through and had a several hour flight delay we did buy many souvenirs in the Made in Michigan airport gift shop,

    • June Parker 6 years ago from New York

      I did when I lived there.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I try! Mostly I look for the USA label!

      I will try harder to recognize those items made in Michigan and buy them if they are equal to other brands. Michigan is an awesome state!

    • Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      Great to see someone promoting 'buy local' - it's so important!

    • Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I would if I lived there. It's important to buy local when we can and support jobs for local people rather than see them outsourced overseas.

    • Jeff Wendland 6 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      I like to by local produce and meat. We have a very nice farmers market in Kalamazoo and a few places that make an effort to care Michigan made products.

    • Paula Morgan 6 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I am not from Michigan but I totally agree that we should all support our local communities and shop as close to the source as we can.

    • Jackie Block 6 years ago from SE Michigan

      Yea Michigan!

    No, but I will look for some in the future.

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      • madeinamericasc1 4 years ago

        I buy American Products, and will promote Michigan products as much as any USA Products. I have a list that includes 37 MI Companies, and that is not the big Auto companies. So your poll below makes no sense to me, since you consider the rest of the USA equal to China...

      • anonymous 6 years ago

        Michigan sucks - Go Bucks!

      If you know of a Michigan Product that is not listed tell us about it here. - I'd love to feature all great Michigan Products and Companies!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @JuneNash: What's the name of the company?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          JONAH PEAKE I like soda and toys I'am alomst 10 years old right now I'am 9 years old my bro is 7 years old and I have a3 mo old baby sitter .

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          grannysage 5 years ago

          I think it is wonderful that you are actively supporting Michigan businesses. My parents were both artists and made handmade jewelry and copper items. They had a rock shop in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I would recommend adding the Jampot products made by the monks at Jacob's Falls in the Upper Peninsula. They make jams and bakery. You can find them at http://www.societystjohn.com/store/

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          June Nash 5 years ago

          I just bought some spray bottles made in Detroit Michigan. One bottle had Detroit stamped on the bottom. The other bottle, same company but different style of bottle, didn't have a stamp, but said it was from Livonia on the label. Since Livonia is a suburb of Detroit, I would say they are both made in Detroit Michigan.

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          Paula7928 5 years ago

          HI, I live in Michigan and grow beautiful peony flowers that I ship all over the USA for wedding flowers in June each year. Would love it if you featured my michigan peonies on your lens. Please see my lens http://www.squidoo.com/Fresh_Cut_Peonies

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          "I Am Capable of Buying American" T-shirts Made in American, Printed in Michigan http://www.Iamcapable.com

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Its a pleasure to meet a fellow Michigander!!

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          WeatherWoman1285 6 years ago

          Vernors....it's the best and I wish I could get it. I moved out of state though for work and am trying to get back.

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          kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

          Saunders fudge, Traverse Bay blueberries, dried cherries, and Stormy Kromer hats