COSTA MESA — In the eyes of Kim Farthing, a penny spent locally is a penny earned in the pocket of a friend or neighbor.
For this reason, Farthing has adopted a mission to learn how to buy as much as possible — from food to bedding to underwear — from Orange County and American manufacturers. She hopes that spending on things made here will, in a small way, help lift the sagging American economy.
"I have to accept the fact that I may pay more," said Farthing, 55, of Costa Mesa. "But, it's really the right thing to do for the country. By being willing to pay more, we're creating jobs here."
However, the task is easier said than done, Farthing said.
After about a year of scouring both small markets and major shopping centers, Farthing's list of retailers that specialize in American-made goods remains relatively short.
Among the retailers she found include Tustin-based leather goods B.B. Simon, Three Dogs Bakery in Newport Beach, and Debra's Cottage, Dacor Kitchen Appliances and the Seed People's Market — all of which are in Costa Mesa.