Aug 30

I was just curious. Has anybody noticed that some of the original dieters and their profiles/posts are missing? I was trying to find somebody to catch up and couldn’t find them on the authors list…

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Aug 02

I just got married a few months ago and my apparel diet practically disappeared with wedding planning! First of all, I went shopping for wedding clothes! That was essential so I let it slide but then I went shopping for honeymoon clothes, new PJs, new work clothes….once you start shopping again it is like the snowball effect. You buy one thing and you begin to justify buying more. Did I really need the sarong, the extra bathing suit or the new flats? probably not but I made myself believe that I did.

Now that my wedding is over and I am almost recovered from my post wedding blues, I want to pause and reset the diet. 8/2/2012 will be the NEW first day of my apparel diet! Let’s see how long I last =)

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Jun 29
Sally Bjornsen

talk to me

Hey girls, for any of you who participated in TGAAD we want to hear from you.  I am considering writing a white paper about what we learned, how we coped and what we experienced while curbing our spending.  Please take a look at the questions below.  Answer as many of the that you would like.  Please be thorough, give us your heartfelt thoughts, opinions, ideas and struggles.  Write soon.


Dear Great American Apparel Diet Graduates, By  now you have had some time to reflect on your experience while on TGAAD.  I would love to check back in with you to find out how things have or haven’t changed for you since that experience.  Please see the questions below.  If you are up for it please respond and let us know your current mindset on the following issues that we touched upon while on the diet. Please let me know if you are not interested in participating and I will take you off my list.  In the meantime, please take your time to reflect on the questions and get back to me when you get the change. All the best! Sally Bjornsen Post TGAAD Questions

1) When you reflect on TGAAD can you remember the reasons that motivated you to give up shopping for a year?  What were they?

2) When you reflect on your year of participating in TGAAD do you think it changed the way you behave long term?  If so how?

3) Did you learn anything new about yourself in the process?  If so, can you explain in more detail?

4) Think about “value.”  Did the diet change the way you assess the “value” of an item?

5) Have you ever been on a “food” diet?  If so, how was TGAAD and the food diet similar? Different?

6) Are you currently in a different “economic” space than when you embarked on TGAAD?  If so how is it different?

7) When you reflect back to being on the diet,  can you remember the hardest part about it?  Describe it.

8) What revelations did you have while on TGAAD, if any?

9) Are there things you learned about your shopping motivations and attitudes that you think would be helpful to apparel companies?

10) Are there certain brands that you no longer buy because of TGAAD?

11) When you look back on TGAAD, what did you find most helpful about being a part of a group abstaining from shopping?

12) Would you do it again?  Is so, what would make you want to do it again?

13) Do you spend more or less money on apparel post-TGAAD?

14) Demographics: Age: Occupation: City of Residence:

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Dec 14
Debbie Y

I am still here and still on the diet.  My one year of dieting ends at the end of this month:  Dec 31, 2011.  So far I only messed up once when I bought a vintage black dressed.  I also bought a couple of tops but I used a gift card for that.  I bought underwear but I think that was allowed right?  I did not buy any shoes except for my tennis shoes.    I have been “shopping” at clothing stores but haven’t bought anything else.  Instead, I am making a list of what I need to round out my wardrobe.

I am looking forward to the diet ending in a few weeks.  I have some money saved for a small shopping spree but need to be careful to only buy items I love and can coordinate with other pieces. It will be nice to finally get something new to wear.

Good luck to those of you who are still on the diet!

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Dec 03
Allison T

When I joined TGAAD I was motivated by a number of factors that I mentioned in my little introductory post, including wanting to save a bit of money and spend less wastefully.  What I didn’t mention was that we were actually trying to conceive as well and I didn’t want to buy too many things in case I wouldn’t be fitting into them within the next year or so.  Since finishing TGAAD in the summer I’ve been careful only to buy clothes that I could still wear throughout pregnancy such as cardigans, flowy tops and a button up dress.

I’m so glad now that I went through TGAAD because I’m now 4 months along in my pregnancy (not showing too much yet), and still have some relatively new things to wear.  I had to buy a pair each of maternity pants and jeans this past week as well as a stretchy pencil skirt but that’s about all for now.  I also bought a belly band so I can wear my pre-maternity jeans, pants and skirts for as long they will allow me to wear them.  The belly band is such a great investment as I’ve read that a lot of women end up buying two rounds of maternity clothes, some for 2nd trimester and some more the 3rd trimester.  We were planning to take trip out to Hawaii in January so hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a few flowy summer dresses that will take me to the end of the pregnancy in the spring as well as post pregnancy.

Looking back, I guess I’ve been pretty lucky since I haven’t put on too much weight since I finished university nearly 10 years ago.  As a result, I haven’t had to buy new clothes due to fluctuations in my weight until recently and have a nice collection of investment pieces that I hope to fit into again someday.  Hopefully after going through TGAAD this past year, I’ve developed the willpower to buy only what I need for the rest of my pregnancy with an eye out for items I could still wear post pregnancy as well.

UPDATE (Dec. 11):  I think I’m going to have to impose TGAAD rules until I get closer to my 3rd trimester at least.  I didn’t realize that I’d grow out of my clothes so quickly (first time mom’s mistake!).  I’m already beginning to outgrow a pair of pants I bought few weeks ago.  It’s not so much that I’m gaining that much weight yet but my pelvic bone structure seems to be changing.  And I believed them when they told me to just buy maternity pants in my normal size!  Good thing I still have the tags on and haven’t washed them yet.

I think I should be able to wear most of the tops and dresses I’ve got both through and post maternity though and I have to admit, I’ve been indulging…  And the stretchy jeans and skirt I bought will be staples in my wardrobe.  Here’s to hoping I can get through the winter with only one or two minor additions to the closet and can pick up some billowy summer dresses in Hawaii that will take me through my third trimester.

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Nov 10

being good so far.. a lot of the time I hardly think about it.. but party season is upon us and it’s is getting harder.. so having to dig deep into being creative.

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Oct 25

Well hello there. Why yes, thanks for asking, I am most definitely still on this diet, and I’m most definitely still going strong :)

It seems that for most of you, your diet was up September 1st. Congrats to all the successful dieters! And congrats to the not so successful dieters, just by signing up for the challenge makes you a champ in my books!

Im actually a little bit surprised that there aren’t many post from the remaining dieters (perhaps im the only one left?)

I just want to say that I feel quite empowered by this diet. It has given me the willpower I never thought I had against all things clothing, shoes and accessories. I feel very much in control of my consumeristic (is that even a word??) behavior. I am much more aware of spending and tracking my money. I’ve already been able to save the same amount that I spent on clothing last year. I’m not even sure how I’m going to react when I’m actually ‘allowed’ to shop. Pherhaps I’ll just try to go as long as possible.

How has this diet left YOU feeling?

PS :: Sally: Thank you for this experiment and also to your team/collective of people that got this challenge off the ground and at our fingertips, you’re a champ ::

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Sep 07

Once I’d gotten out of the habit of buying clothes, it was easier than I expected to maintain. I gave myself permission to buy a new bathing suit after I moved to a building with a pool. Now that the diet is over, I’m replacing bras and underwear that I’d kept wearing, but don’t particularly like. I thought about shopping for an outfit or two, but I honestly don’t want anything!

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Aug 29

I had TWO slip ups this year, I will admit.

I bought, on two separate trips, two skirts, and a pair of jeans. I bought these while shopping with friends/family.

But, I acquired a sewing machine this year, and was able to play with my wardrobe in ways I never would have pushed myself to do if I hadn’t joined the Diet.

BUT this year I think I spent more liberally on “stuff” to make up for not spending on clothes (mostly accessories for the apartment, but also several more pairs of shoes than I usually would have gotten in a year).  I don’t know if this was my subconscious “self-correcting” my total shopping urges, or what.

The end of this Diet for me will be the beginning of a new type of year altogether, actually. My fiance and I will spend a year apart for work, and will see (and marry) each other only once a season.

I will probably start buying clothes again in Sept, but will put myself on a stricter “stuff” diet. Maybe I’ll start a wish-fund, where I keep track of and put the dollar amount of things I want to buy into a savings account instead, as a nest egg for upcoming married life… I unsubscribed from all of the groupon-type sites I had been addicted to after I noticed that had spent more than $150 in one month on them, so I am hoping that will help me save more.

Good luck to everyone re-entering the shopping world in two days, renewing their diet-vows, or just reexamining their spending/fashion/green habits at the end of this year!!!

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Aug 23
Sally Bjornsen

Love this article.  Lifted from a blog out of Arkansas.

Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2011, on the Town Crier Blog

Three little words (made somewhere else)

I found a bargain the other day.

I was so proud. It was a nice pantsuit. The original price was $79 but, of course, I didn’t pay that.

It had been marked down twice and I was prepared to pay the markdown price of $20.

Then as I walked toward the checkout, a lady heading for the door handed me a 30 percent off coupon good for that shopping day only.

“Thanks,” I said, pleased.

My final price was $14.71 including tax.

The saleslady gave me the nice hangers and wrapped plastic covering over the suit.

When I got home, I decided to try the outfit on once again to make sure it fit properly.

Then I noticed the tag inside the collar. Made in Vietnam.

Here we go again, I thought. Everything we Americans purchase seems to be made in a foreign country.

It’s hard to find anything Made in America.

If you don’t believe me, just take a look around your house. You’ll find those decorative vases and statues weren’t made in the USA, and that goes for a lot of furniture, housewares, cookware, footware, purses, shoes and lingerie. Also hand lotions, creams, soaps. And multitudes of other items.

My Mikasa crystal table clock was Made in Austria.

The same day I bought the pantsuit, I also bought a pair of Dr. Sholl’s “Are you gellin’?” shoes. Those are the shoes with the gel-pac insoles.

As I read the enclosed description about the soft cushioning foam and shock absorbing features, I also read that the shoes were manufactured for Brown Shoe Company. Then the last three little words said, “Made in China.”

Who would have thought that Dr. Scholl’s shoes would be Made in China?

I started looking around my house and in my closet.

A brown leather suede vest was Made in India.

A Sag Harbor two-piece capris set was Made in Indonesia. So were several other Worthington blouses.

My favorite Gloria Vanderbilt jeans were Made in Egypt.

The pajamas I wore to bed last night were Made in Cambodia.

Some Vassarette lingerie was Made in China.

My JC Penney wash clothes were Made in Pakistan.

I don’t know where my Dell computer was manufactured, but the Dell ink cartridges come from Mexico or the Phillippines.

My beautiful bird calendar was printed in Korea.

My land phones and answering machine were Made in China.

My porcelain on steel skillet was Made in Spain.

A red, white and blue Beanie Baby elephant sports a tag that reads handmade in China. The tag notes that others in the collection are made in Canada, Europe and Japan.

Eureka! A Stuart Hall TECH subject notebook displayed a tiny American flag on the back cardboard cover. Made in the USA was written so small that I almost overlooked it. Stuart Hall Inc, is located in Kansas City, Mo., USA.

My plastic pencil box was also Made in the USA in Madison, Wis.

The other day I bought two small 4×6 inch American flags stapled to two round flag pole dowels. Cost was $1 for the two flags. They were Made in the USA.

My AVON body lotion is Made in the USA.

Dial soap for men was Made in the USA, also.

Energizer lithium batteries I recently purchased are Made in the U.S.A. in St. Louis, Mo.

My scented jar candle was made in Mayfield, Ky., USA.

My point in all this?

Just this: About 25 years ago I listened to a man rant when a factory in his hometown closed down. The manufacturers gave numerous reasons why the shutdown was necessary. Many locals lost their jobs when the company closed its doors. The ranting man was adamant that the real reason for the closing was that the plant would be moved overseas to take advantage of cheap labor.

That’s exactly what happened and that business continues to operate from overseas locations today.

Numerous manufacturers have followed suit by outsourcing their products overseas.

Now here in America we are in an unemployment crisis. All around us we see able bodied men and women who cannot find work. They are filing bankruptcy and losing their homes all over America. And savings, pension funds and stocks have plummeted.

I can’t pretend to know the reason why or what could stimulate a turnaround.

But it stands to reason that more jobs would be available if businesses created more jobs within our borders.

Or if Americans bought more Made in the USA products.

The first step is to read the labels.

It might be an eye-opener.

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