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    Quote Originally Posted by nsh View Post
    Furniture and Household: Room and Board
    nsh! I'm not sure how I forgot Room and Board, given that a good third of the furniture in my house comes from there. I love that most of their case and upholstered pieces are made in the US or Canada, especially pieces in steel. The customer service is fantastic, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    nsh! I'm not sure how I forgot Room and Board, given that a good third of the furniture in my house comes from there. I love that most of their case and upholstered pieces are made in the US or Canada, especially pieces in steel. The customer service is fantastic, too.
    I flew up to Chicago one morning, picked out all the furniture for my recording studio (offices, lounge, kitchen, reception), had a good meal, and was back in Nashville that night. The staff at R&B was fantastic, and the furniture has held up well.
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    I never thought I was much of a brand person, but now that I'm older, I guess I have my favorites. When I find something I like, I stick with it, and will gladly have less of other stuff in order to have a bit of what I really like.

    Shoes: Keens all year round, just discovered Dansko for when I have to walk and be professional, Saloman Uma boots all winter
    Clothes: Athleta, Eileen Fisher (outlet conveniently located near me), stuff I can get from Sierra Trading Post and REI like SmartWool, Patagonia, Columbia, Mountain Hardwear
    House stuff: Linoto Linens (I always need to save up for them, but totally worth it), Crate and Barrel, All Clad, Williams Sonoma Gold Nonstick for baking pans, Klean Kanteen thermal bottles
    Knitting: Dyakcraft Needles
    Tech stuff: Apple (first computer was an Apple II Plus!)
    Recipes: Anything from Cooks Illustrated
    Bags to organize and carry it all: Tom Bihn!
    Satisfied owner of: Azalea Swift & LS, Blk/Plum Swift, Cork LS, Blk/UV LS, Synapse 19 & Co-Pilot, Steel/UV Pilot, Fst/Stl Tri-Star, Fst/Blk/UV SA, UV PCSB, Plum SE, FJN, & SCB, Aubergine WF, LS & Kit, Trvl Trays, Passport Pouches, and Shop Bags in all colors , Multiplying OPs

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    There's some interesting stuff in this thread. Might have to check some of these out.
    Most of mine are of the skin and hair care variety.

    Hair: Curl Junkie, Darcy's Botanicals and Lapretentieuse
    Skincare: AmazonDrops and A&P Soaps

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    Using brands should offer consistency in quality, price, sizing, styling, compatibility etc. So I tend towards the following:

    TB obviously - I think that ticks all five boxes above, unfortunately prices can end up a bit steep by the time you add carriage, import duty and value added tax, but I wouldn't sacrifice any of the other 'boxes' to satisfy that issue!
    Orvis for clothes - again this ticks all the boxes and, as they always have sales on, I doubt I've ever actually paid full price for anything!
    Apple for electronics - I feel I'm going to repeat myself, but the big thing here is compatibility... when I buy a new Apple product, I open the box, switch it on and it not only works, but it also works with all my other Apple products seamlessly.
    Hotter shoes - an English shoe maker who make the most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I tried other makes including Ecco, but I have very delicate little tootsies as a result of my affliction, and they gave me blisters... no such trouble from Hotter.
    Can-Am for quad bikes - I used to ride Buell motorcycles until my disability, but that's no longer possible, so my bikes now have four wheels and you just cannot beat Can-Am.
    Cannondale bicycle - before I was injured I rode mountain bikes at every opportunity, and of all my bikes Cannondales were the best. I still have one-an old, proper, made in the USA CAAD2 with a head-shock and bespoke fittings of XTR or better. I know I'll never ride it again, but I still look after it and won't sell it if I can help it!
    MontBlanc pens - I've had a set of pen, pencil and ball-point for over 25 years and love them to bits. I lost the fountain pen 8 years ago and had to replace it. It's the same model, with the same double broad nib, but I'd still like the old one back.
    Dualit - A final one, and a quirky one at that! I recently bought a Dualit toaster. It cost me 200 ($320) which could have bought 10 lesser toasters, but I'm confident that this will be the last toaster I will ever have to buy, and that it will still be making perfect toast for my great-grandchildren.

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    Whenever possible I'll buy products made in their native country or region vs far east - unless nothing comparable exists. I also appreciate 'cottage' manufacturers over global brands. My other passion is backpacking, so most of the brands listed below are for outdoors activities.

    Tents - Hilleberg (Sweden), TarpTent (USA)
    Sleeping Bags - Western Mountaineering (USA)
    Sleeping Pads - Exped (Swiss design, made in China grrr)
    Backpacks - Ultralight Adventure Equipment (USA)
    Stoves - MSR (USA)
    Snowshoes - Northern Lites (USA), MSR (USA)
    Trekking Poles - Pacerpole (England)
    Waterproof or Insulated Clothing - Rab (British design, made in China grrr), Montane (likewise), Black Rock Gear (USA), Mountain Laurel Designs (USA)
    Cameras - Leica (Germany), Panasonic (Japan)
    Camera Bags - Billingham (England)
    Wax Cotton Jackets - Barbour (England - Classic collection still made locally)
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    Clothes: Mountain Khakis, Patagonia and Diamond Gusset jeans
    Boots: Blundstones
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    writing instruments: pentel. they're nothin' fancy, but i have been heavily using the same .05mm Sharp mechanical pencil every single day since my sophomore year of college (over a decade!!) and it's still clickclickclickin' away, which is none too shabby. also the retractable energel pens are so nice.
    journals/notebooks: moleskine (for calendar-type things), leuchtturm1917 & rhodia/clairefontaine for journaling or note-taking. i like buying these kinds of things from goulet pens, as they give incredible, TB-esque service, decent enough prices, and purchasing from them supports a small family-owned/operated business (ps field notes lovers, they also carry these!).
    clothing: smartwool socks, icebreaker tees/dresses, arc'teryx outerwear (making me hate iowa winters 70% less since 2006!), for work, it's madewell/jcrew/clarks for office-appropriate shoes and red wing safety shoes. american apparel tees/sweatshirts and 7 for all mankind jeans + the occasional uniqlo piece for casual times. my favorite shoes ever were simple brand, which sadly no longer exists, and birkenstocks are also pretty alright.
    other rando stuff: hydro flask for water bottles, mywalit wallets (which i heard about here!), tb bags (obviously!), ws badger lip balms + sunblock, le creuset cookware ($$$ but so helpful for keeping even cooking temps while not scratching our glass-top stove; also, who doesn't like cooking with a rainbow?)

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    I love many of the brands already listed above. Smartwool, Keen Shoes, Apple, Kleen Kanteen...

    Also,

    Prana clothing

    Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. I bought it for camp cooking, but it pushed out my super expensive All Clad, and has become my everyday cookware. I love it!

    Coastal Classic Creations cosmetics

    I do a lot of my shopping on Etsy, so many of my "brands" are quite small. I'm excited to look up some of the new to me brands that others have listed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toblerhaus View Post
    Lodge Cast Iron Cookware. I bought it for camp cooking, but it pushed out my super expensive All Clad, and has become my everyday cookware. I love it!
    Oh, this is a winner! Still made in South Pittsburg, TN. If you're driving from Atlanta into TN, stop at the TN Welcome Center and look for their flyer/card. They usually have a coupon for their outlet store in South Pittsburg. Last time I was there, I think it was $5 for a factory second 10" skillet with the purchase of any other item, regardless of price. The seconds have superficial flaws only. Any with a flaw that could result in failure is recycled at the factory. I dare someone to come to my house and figure out where the flaw is in the skillet. But, I do prefer the 12" skillet for most of my uses. I'm especially fond of the flavor it seers into pork chops after I have cooked down an onion and a couple apples to top the chops.

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    I didn't exactly know where to put this, and I hope its OK, but Soft Star Shoes, an USA made barefoot/moccasin style shoe company is having their annual clearance sale.
    It just started at noon PST and I already snagged a pair of Merry Janes and a pair of Moccasins. Right now the sale is 25% off. As time goes on, the discount increases, but as styles sell, obviously selection diminishes. If you were curious about Soft Star, or craving a pair of hand made shoes, this may be your opportunity to try them for a discount.

    eta Darcy, if this is not welcome or inappropriate, please delete my post, many apologies.
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    @dorayme,

    Thanks for the heads up on the Soft Star Shoes sale! I went to the website and now I'm a little obsessed. I've been wearing Kigo minimalist shoes, but they're not made in the USA and it's way too cold to wear them outdoors in the winter. Have you found the fit to be true to size? I tend to be a 38ish in European sizes, which puts me roughly in American size 7.5 or 8, and it looks like Soft Star Shoes go by whole sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    @dorayme,

    Thanks for the heads up on the Soft Star Shoes sale! I went to the website and now I'm a little obsessed. I've been wearing Kigo minimalist shoes, but they're not made in the USA and it's way too cold to wear them outdoors in the winter. Have you found the fit to be true to size? I tend to be a 38ish in European sizes, which puts me roughly in American size 7.5 or 8, and it looks like Soft Star Shoes go by whole sizes.
    I'd probably go with the larger size, since (as you know) minimalist shoes invite toe splay, and then you can also wear socks if you want. Soft Stars tend to fit a tiny bit snug (not uncomfortably so) at the beginning, but mold to your foot with wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    I'd probably go with the larger size, since (as you know) minimalist shoes invite toe splay, and then you can also wear socks if you want. Soft Stars tend to fit a tiny bit snug (not uncomfortably so) at the beginning, but mold to your foot with wear.
    Thanks, Badger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    @dorayme,

    Thanks for the heads up on the Soft Star Shoes sale! I went to the website and now I'm a little obsessed. I've been wearing Kigo minimalist shoes, but they're not made in the USA and it's way too cold to wear them outdoors in the winter. Have you found the fit to be true to size? I tend to be a 38ish in European sizes, which puts me roughly in American size 7.5 or 8, and it looks like Soft Star Shoes go by whole sizes.
    You're welcome! I hope you found some goodies you love. I too was a bit obsessed, and I too wear size 38. My width is a true medium. I traced my larger foot, then measured it, then called customer service to verify. They recommended I select a size 7U. I ordered a pair a LONG time ago in 8 (their sizing has changed since then) and I remember them being too large, so I returned them.

    I got a pair of Platinum Merry Janes and Black front Purple Back smooth leather moccisans. What goodies did you end up finding?
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    my bags: S, LS, KP, mg'11, S, LS, COW, MCB, LS, COW, LSB, SE, LSB, TT, SB, SE, TSS4, PCSB, PCBP-A, SC, LS, BB, SCB, FJN, BB, FoJ, RS, F.O.T., LSB, S25, PCSB K, LS, I w/AS, A, PP, RiPad, FJN, SE, 3-DC, MCB, PCBP-T/WF, PCSB, CQPC, S19, LSB, SB, TT, SE, S, P, WF, UT, LSB, CQPC, PCBP-T/WF, RiPad, SB, LSB

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