Since it didn't make financial sense to move all of our mediocre furniture with us, we left everything behind except the bed and bought new furniture at IKEA.
Nothing at IKEA is made in the USA, but I have always been pleased with the quality of their products. You do have to weed out some cheaper pieces, but we've disassembled and reassembled our IKEA bed frame twice now and it is no worse for the wear.
The lessons I learned from my challenge were:
- If you stop and think about the quality of what you're buying and how it was made you end up buying a lot less stuff. This was extremely useful and I will continue with this mindset.
- There are some items for which a USA made alternative is impossible to find (most electronics and plastics).
- Locally made does not always equal better quality.
- It is fun to map where items come from.
And with that, I put this blog to rest.