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ABC News: More Made in America

Posted on: March 3, 2011

Watching last evening’s ABC News broadcast, the “Made in America” segment showed viewers — as well as the Usrys, the Dallas couple who allowed the ABC Team to denude their home of goods not made in the USA — to see some of the furnishings found to be American-made.

Of course, working in the blinds/shades/window treatment industry, I was paying particular attention to what (if anything!) was covering the Usrys’ windows! Here’s what I saw:

Must admit this photo does the drapes even less justice! They don’t hang correctly, being rather “bunched up” instead of crisply pleated… But aside from the drapes (which ABC proudly announced cost only $40 and were from JC Penney), look at the bamboo-looking window shade! A Cellular Window Shade would have kept that Dallas family from frying in the summer Texas heat and would significantly lower their cooling costs.

However, while the drapes were “news,” the window shade didn’t even get an honorable mention — so I have very little (so far?) to tell you about what was chosen. Will keep you posted if I find out more!

By the way, ABC News is challenging viewers to look around their own homes and search out where products come from. My dining room set was made in America: at the Tomlinson Chair Manufacturing Company in High Point, North Carolina. So it generated some jobs, about a 100 years ago… It was made just after World War I!

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