Starling Travel

May 3, 2007

Bought in Yellowstone – Made In China

Filed under: Places To Visit,Shopping — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Laura Moncur in her new green “cowboy” hatLook at me in my new green cowboy hat! I bought it in West Yellowstone on Tuesday. We took a break from Yellowstone Park and went shopping. Shopping is one of the joys of travel because I can find so many things that I wouldn’t be able to find at home. We looked at chainsaw bears, smelly candles and homemade soap. I finally decided on this lime green hat.

This hat just might be my new token. I’ll be the girl in the green cowboy hat. If I have to live in Utah, I might as well look a little like a cowboy, right?

One thing I noticed about my new cowboy hat, though…

My cowboy hat was made in China.

It was made in China…

Whenever you shop in little shops, make sure you check where the products were made. A lot of times, the leather key chain that looks so western was actually made in China, India, or Korea. What’s the point of buying a souvenir that looks exactly like the souvenir from your hometown? I was checking, so my cowboy hat from China wasn’t a surprise. Neither was my lip balm from Vermont and my Native American Style flute from Utah. I drove all the way to West Yellowstone, Montana to buy a flute from Utah.

At least the huckleberries are from Montana… right?


  1. These are cheap trinkets, not local artifacts. Why do a racist post on China in a travel blog?

    Comment by lonniebhodge — May 3, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

  2. Lonnie Hodge,

    I don’t have anything against China or Chinese products, actually. When you’re buying a souvenir of the area, you probably want a souvenir of the area. Not an artifact, mind you, just a souvenir that has more to do with the place you’re visiting than a name printed on it.

    It’s not a racist post. It’s a post reminding people to buy local, even when they’re not local.

    Laura Moncur

    Comment by Laura Moncur — May 3, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

  3. Ha! The post was HARDLY “racist” – A perfectly valid point was made, an alleged indigenous artifact that was cheaply made in a sweatshop in China is not exactly representative of the American West. I simply avoid, to the best of my abilities, anything made it China. If it were say, SWEDEN or CANADA and not CHINA, would anyone cry Racism? No.

    I remember going to a hardware store and while waiting in line picked up a plastic little “Support Our Troop” US flag and looked underneath it to see MADE IN CHINA. I thought that was absurdly hilarious!

    Comment by eric cooley — September 9, 2008 @ 11:33 am

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