How We Define American Made

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According to a 2012 consumer study, more than 80 percent of U.S. consumers are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in USA” than for those labeled “Made in China.” (“Made in America, Again,” Boston Consulting Group, 2012) But figuring out which products are actually American-made and which are imported is harder than it seems. Many products are not clearly labeled with country of origin, or worse, are deceptively styled as American made but are, in fact, manufactured abroad. For more than 30 years, retailers have trusted American Made Show (formerly the Buyers Market of American Craft) as their definitive source for authentic, American-made home décor, jewelry, accessories, giftware and more.

Artist Vetting Process

Applicants are required to submit the following information, which are thoroughly reviewed by show management:

  • Company history
  • Number of employees
  • Annual sales volume
  • References from retail accounts
  • Suppliers and contractors
  • Detailed description of production process
  • Wholesale and retail show experience

The Artist’s Pledge of Authenticity

Finally, applicants must sign a pledge attesting to the accuracy of information provided and stating that all designs submitted are “made under my direct supervision in named country, with domestic labor and materials (where applicable).” Artists must be residents of the United States or Canada.
To be considered, applicants must be the principal of their own companies, and produce the work they design in the United States or Canada. All are required to exhibit in person.
All products displayed at American Made Show must be designed and produced by the artist/exhibitor or under the direct supervision of the artist/exhibitor in the United States or Canada, with domestic labor and materials (where applicable). Exhibitors may not contract for product designs outside his/her studio or employ a designer. Unless otherwise approved, the American Made Show also prohibits the sale and display of items that incorporate imported or finished items as part of the central design element.

Protecting the Artist and their Creative Property

To ensure artists’ creative property is protected, show policies include restricted photography or filming on the show floor as well as barring entrance to manufacturers, licensing agents and sales representatives. Read more about our thorough credentialing process for all attendees.

The Retailers Original Source For Authentic American Made