Friday, September 25, 2009

Le Thrift - The Story -

The LeThrift Story

Women! How many times have you said, "I have nothing to wear?"

In the past this sad lament might have been more complaint that actuality. In 2009 in the midst of recession many style conscious women face an increasingly difficult challenge of trying to look good without extending beyond their budgets.

Christine Sanderson, co-founder of LeThrift was no exception. She was a single mom who represented some of the best known fashion design names. Her job demanded she had to look chic when she called on her trendy boutique customers. She also had to cloth a rapidly growing daughter. Yet, because Christine is a single mom her budget was stretched to the limit. Some months there wasn't enough to pay the bills, let alone add to her ward robe.

"What's a girl to do," she lamented as she tried to find a solution to her challenge. She turned her background in fashion and design into survival of the chicest. She took her meager pocket book and her eye for fashion and searched thrift stores and consignment shops in order to find in style, but not-so-expensive wardrobe items and accessories.

One day she received a phone call from a friend and business colleague and asked Christine if she could help her out at a $2,000 a ticket charity event. After Christine said yes, she realized she really had NOTHING TO WEAR. She knew from experience that the females at the upscale event would be dressed in the newest, trendiest, clothes. To make a long story short Christine arrived on the scene looking magnificent. She received compliments' on her ensemble. When she was asked where she shopped, she winked and responded by smiling and saying, "Oh I just find these things at some little shops I discovered..."

It was a short time after that event it occurred to Christine that there were countless working women in her situation.

Christine asked herself, "Why not do the shopping for these women and put the items online?" This would this be a great way help women on a budget to look like a million dollars. It also was it was a way to help the environment by purchasing gently used items and make it a lifestyle choice.

The result is the concept behind LeThrift. Christine used her skills as a professional artist, designer and fashion representative to help build an idea that can help make women on a budget still find accessories and apparel for them and their children that make a statement of style.

The idea was tested through professional contacts and friends. All of them thought this was a unique online business. In fact Kim Cameron, co-founder of LeThrift and a friend of Christine's since childhood saw the merit in the concept from first-hand experience.

Prior to 2009 Kim had been riding the wave of economic boom. She had been making a great living working at the Chicago Board of Trade. When the economic boom turned to bust, Kim like many others found that the days of living on Chicago's Gold Coast and shopping the "Mag Mile", were gone. Instead of giving up she figured she could still shop designer and name brands for herself and find wonderful deals for friends and colleagues.

From her own recent experience Kim thought Christine's idea was a winner. She joined Christine and both women believe that the economic downturn has taught many of their peers to put more of a premium on value, while still looking for style. This is accomplished by the dedicated and talented team of buyers who hunt for the very best of designer, name brand and trendy clothing and accessories that are gently-loved, but every bit as wonderful as the merchandise you find in retail stores.

Join the women who are finding a way for them and their families to look great without breaking the bank; shop LeThrift, find values and handy hints on fashion, style, and how to accessorize.

Our online store is designed to provide you with a safe and secure environment to browse our product catalog.

If you would like to consign your goods with LeThrift please contact Christine at and we will send you information on how to consign your items.


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