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We're Proud To Support Our Country

Dear Friends:
help keep our country strong (and gainfully employed) - buy American MadeJust curious...where does your neighbor work? Not that I really need to know - just trying to stimulate a bit of thought. Does she/he travel daily to China or Taiwan? Perhaps they hop on a taxi in Paraguay?

Likely not. They're probably like yourself: a good tax-payin' citizen of the US of A...helping support your community, and local schools. Contributing to our quality of life and pursuit of happiness. This concept - supporting our local economy is one of the many reasons I'm so very proud of the variety and volume of merchandise that we carry at JJ Cardinal's that is made domestically. I know that each purchase of wooden bird feeders made in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan helps those American companies maintain a payroll for workers who share our American roots. The durable, steel hardware sold in our shoppe is made largely in Chicago. Our most popular tubular style feeders are manufactured in Connecticut and Rhode Island. JJ's quality birdseed mostly comes from Holland (say yes to Michigan), and Eaton Rapids. Our familiar brown paper seed bags: Highland, MI. Hand-blown glass from Ohio and Massachusetts. The later would be America's oldest glassworks - since 1837 - Pairpoint Glass. Handmade greeting cards from New Hampshire. Garden art made in OH, NC, MI, CA and more!

Petoskey stones from Northern Michigan, handmade glass-decorated chimes from Sault Ste. Marie. Popular copper and glass hummingbird feeders: Oklahoma!   Safflower suet cakes from Arkansas.  The ever popular Harmony Hollow bells hail from Ann Arbor, soothing Burt's Bees from North Carolina. Those amazing little wooden boxes are created in Illinois; our bees wax candles from GA. Wooden butterfly houses from Mississippi, creative copper ornaments from Washington state. Do we sell any imported stuff?   Sure...but less and less each year as we continue to discover great products made right here in the Greater United States.

Louise Dawson  

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