Friday, December 9, 2011

Wanted: Designer Handbags!

Are you a serial shopper?  Have too many handbags for your own good?  Le Thrift is looking to consign your designer handbags and purses!  Examples of bags that we are looking for include ChanelGucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Burberry, Fendi, Hermes, Versace, Balenciaga, Cole Haan, and Coach.  

In addition to receiving 40% of the sale price from the consigned handbag, if you consign 2 or more bags you will receive a $25 Le Thrift gift card!  Refer your friends and receive a $10 gift card!

Stop by Saturday 12/10 from 10-7 to drop off your handbags.  Or to schedule complimentary pickup within the Chicagoland area, please email

Out of town consignors, ship your bags to Le Thrift:

Le Thrift 
1754 West Division
Chicago, IL 60622

(Reimbursement of shipping costs will be given once bags are proven authentic.)
-Lauren Berger

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Outfit Ideas

Looking for the perfect look for that upcoming holiday event?  Around the holidays, sometimes the last person you think to spend money on is yourself.  At Le Thrift, you can find glamorous pieces for the holidays that won't break the bank.  We've got you covered for every holiday occasion...

The Glitzy Holiday Party- We love this little black dress that has just a touch of bling.  The beaded neckline saves you money because you don't need to buy a necklace!  Add some great leather pumps, and a pop of red jewelry and you're sure to be the center of attention in this classic holiday look.

Meeting the Parents-  Ladies, we all dread meeting the boyfriend's parents!  You stand in front of your closet for hours trying to find something appropriate, that also fits your personality!  Try a pastel colored sweater, with a tailored pair of trousers.  Accompany this look with a great vintage bag, and a pair of shoes that show off your personality.  We LOVE these leopard pumps that are both sophisticated and fun, without being too wild!

Shopping for Gifts with Girlfriends- One of our favorite December pastimes is shopping for gifts!  While shopping, you want to be both comfortable and trendy.  Try a light (not too bulky!) sweater, like this collared Tory Burch piece.  Add a pair of skinny jeans and flat boots.  Don't forget a wristlet- you don't want to carry a heavy shoulder bag in addition to shopping bags!

Tea at the Four Seasons-  Invited to a sophisticated event, such as the Afternoon Tea at the Four Seasons?  You don't have to spend a fortune on designer duds to fit in with the elite.  This Blumarine suit is perfect for the holidays, trimmed in a red, white, and green plaid.  Paired with a stunning Versace necklace, and Chanel pumps, everyone will think you dropped thousands of dollars on Michigan Ave.  Your bargains can be our little secret!
Purchase Now at Gold Versace NecklaceBlumarine Suit Size 4Chanel Black Pumps Size 9.5

-Lauren Berger
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Introducing Bon Vivant - Interviews with Fashion Officianados

Le Thrift is always looking for clothing that provides the best deals for fashionistas on a budget. We thought we should also be inspired and learn from those who work in or around the fashion industry.
That is when we came up with the idea of interviewing these fashion experts and how they look fashionably chic, where they save money, how they have seen the economy change their business and many other fun tidbits of information they can share about their jobs.

Introducing Bon Vivant - Interviews with Fashion Industry Professionals. Our first interview is with Editor in Chief Melissa Maynard of Factio Magazine, Chicago's top Fashion Magazine.

We hope you enjoy the page and share it among your friends and family.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Fabulously Thrifty Events

Mark your calendars, Le Thriftonistas- December is full of fun, holiday events at Le Thrift.  Below you will find a list of events coming up in December that we wanted our fans to be the first to know about!  Le Thrift is a great place to shop for the fashionista on your list... With a large selection of both vintage and local designer pieces, we're sure to have a unique gift for the woman who has everything.
  • November 25: Black Friday Sale- Save on all your favorite brands at 30% off! Buy three items or more and receive a fashion scarf.  Sale ends Sunday, November 27. Don't live in Chicago? Don't worry, we will be offering our online customers a 30% discount. Use online promotion code LTBlack11 when checking out your order.
  • December 3rd: Do Division Holiday Sale- Stop by Le Thrift to mingle with models showcasing hot holiday looks, shop for vintage and locally made gifts, and have a cocktail on us! Enjoy 20% off.
  • December 10th: Le Thrift's Designer Handbag Drive Consign your designer handbags with us and we'll give you a $25 gift card as a thank you!  Can't make it to the event?  Know someone who is looking to consign their handbags? Le Thrift will give you a $15 gift card for the referral. We will be offering complimentary pickup throughout the day.  Handbags we are looking for include Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior and other top coveted designers.
  • December 14th: Magic Holiday Fashion Show and Market- This event will take place at Frontier in Wicker Park (1072 N. Milwaukee).  Come out to view the latest contemporary and vintage winter fashions by local Wicker Park Boutiques (TBA) including M.GO Fashion Company and of course Le Thrift! Do a little holiday shopping while enjoying complimentary appetizers. Cover is $10. Bring a non-perishable food for the local pantry. Receive two $5 coupons towards any purchase that evening.
  • December 23rd: Last Minute Holiday Shopping Event- Join us for some last minute shopping along with cocktails and appetizers.  Get yourself beautified for holiday parties- M.GO Fashion Salon will be offering $20 manicures provided by M.Go Fashion Company.  Pick up any last minute gifts (or something for yourself!); the entire store will be 15% off! 
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Friday, November 11, 2011

$10 Sale: This Weekend Only!

Looking for some super thirfty deals?  Or just want to add some fun pieces to your wardrobe?  Stop by Le Thrift this weekend for our $10 sale!  We have a large selection of clothing, shoes, and handbags on sale for only $10.  That's right- designer pieces for only 10 bucks!  Just because it's freezing outside, doesn't mean you can't look HOT on a budget.  Hurry up to our Wicker Park location (1754 West Division) because these items will only be deeply discounted this weekend.

-Lauren Berger
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Friday, October 28, 2011

Le Thrift Falls for Fashion

Looking for the perfect fall look?  Le Thrift has plenty to offer your fall wardrobe including designer boots, comfy sweaters, perfect jackets, and accessories galore.  I styled this look using a mix of modern and vintage pieces to create a versatile ensemble.  Pair this look with tights and it's suitable for work.  Or swap the sweater for a black sleeveless top for a night out.  Tired of wearing the same old necklaces?  A helpful styling tip: wrap a sequined scarf around your neck and secure it with an interesting brooch (we're digging our vintage gold owl!).  
-Lauren Berger
(Cole Haan Leather Booties, $84.99)

Photography by Teen Vini.
Model is Lindsey Gonzalez.
Look Styled By Lauren Berger.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

And the Winner is... Soo Jin Clark!

Congratulations to the September-October winner of the Le Thrift Dress Smart Contest, Soo Jin Clark.  Her rocker-chic look is the perfect combination of thrifty and trendy.  Soo Jin will be awarded with a $50 Le Thrift gift card, and will qualify to win a grand prize of $200 cash.  Do you want the chance to win?  Then enter the October-November Dress Smart Contest!  Upload a picture of yourself wearing a super-thrifty, super-fashionable look onto our Facebook page.  Make sure to let us know how little you spent on your look.  If you win, you will be in the runnings along with Soo Jin to win the grand prize and be featured as our Look of the Year.  For more information on the Dress Smart Contest, please visit our website.
-Lauren Berger
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Le Thrift Dress Smart - Look of the Month Contest Finalists

These our the Le Thrift Dress Smart - Look of the Month Contest Finalists Sept/Oct.

These fashionably thrifty ladies know how to put together a look. And judging by the number of Facebook likes, others found their frocks to be stylish as well.

Tenetia  is wearing
Necklace: Unique Thrift Store $5
Shirt: Unique Thrift Store $2
Shorts: Unique Thrift Store $3
Shoes: From my bestfriend Dr. Marten, Thrift Store $30

SooJin is wearing
Sweater: Ralph Lauren men's Italian wool sweater  $15
T shirt: Hollywood T $5
Necklace: Amrita Singh necklace $20
Bracelet: Rhinestone rabbit head clasp bracelet $25
Jeans: Free People $50
Clutch: A&G Rock skull $25
Shoes: Nine West blue patent leather  $8

Adrienne is wearing
Sunglasses: YSL Vintage snakeskin sunglasses:  $75
Earrings: Vintage YSL zipper pulls as earrings: Price Unknown
Dress: Holiday '09 Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress: $60
Booties: Jeffrey Campbell lace-up: $18.50
Handbag: Summer '10 Tulah Ray: $4

Tomorrow we will be announcing the final winner to this month's contest. The winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate and a chance to win the Le Thrift Dress Smart - Look of the Year Contest Grand Prize.

Round two of the Le Thrift Dress Smart - Look of the Month Contest will start Thursday, October 20th! Click here for Le Thrift Dress Smart - Look of the Month Contest.

Good luck ladies!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Le Thrift Street Style

We're excited to show you another street style look put together by the girls at Le Thrift.  We were inspired by this gorgeous vintage Mark Shale printed skirt.  Paired with a Louis Vuitton cardi, chunky necklace, Christian Dior sunglasses, a vintage bag, and a great pair of mary-janes, this is the perfect look for fall.  A helpful styling tip: accessorize with colors picked up from your favorite printed skirt like I did with the red necklace.                                                                     - Lauren Berger

Steal My Style:

Dior Sunglasses $94.99

Louis Vuitton Cardigan $89.99

Mark Shale skirt $45.99

Neil Perreira Necklace $84.99

Sigerson Morrison Heels $42.99

Vintage Purse $32.99

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Friday, October 7, 2011

The Perfect Handbag

Any fashionista could tell you that the perfect handbag is a key piece in every gal's wardrobe.  A great bag should be thought of as an investment in your style- a staple piece that will define your look for decades to come.  But what about us thriftonistas?  Most of us don't have hundreds of dollars handy to invest on amazing designer bags.  What we can do is spend a much smaller amount of our hard earned dollars on an equally amazing handbag from Le Thrift.  

Whether you are a label-lover, or a seeker of all things vintage, has an amazing collection of gently used bags.  Looking for Kate Spade, Coach, or Dooney & Bourke?  Le Thrift has tons of designer treasures.  It can be our little secret that you paid a fraction of the retail price.  It's okay to spoil yourself sometimes thriftonistas, you deserve it!

-Lauren Berger

Coach $104.99

Vintage Saks Fifth Avenue $22.50

Dooney and Bourke $89.99

Botkier $189.99

Vintage Fendi $89.99

Kate Spade $64.99

Coach $28.99

Coach $78.99

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Le Thrift Street Style

The girls at Le Thrift want to give you a glimpse at Chicago street style. Interns Camille, Teen, Ashley and myself styled the following looks to show an easy way to transform a fabulous day look into a style for night. For day, we love the pop of orange under a great leopard jacket. Paired with your favorite skinny jeans, black heels and vintage accessories, this is the perfect ensemble to wear to the office shopping or lunch with your girlfriends.

For the perfect night look, throw on a figure-flaterring little black dress, but keep the jacket for chilly fall nights! The same vintage accessories can transfer from day to night.

-Lauren Berger

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Click on the following items to purchase them at Le!
Emma And Frank Vintage Silk Orange Shirt
Diva Vintage Charm Bracelet

Hugo Buscati Little Black Dress
Banana Republic Faux Fur Leopard Coat
Calvin Klein Leather Booties
Vintage Patent Leather Handbag
Vintage Chanel Clip Ons
Henry and Belle Jeans
Colin Stuart Mary Jane Pumps

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Designer Spotlight: Peggy Davis Design

Le Thrift loves to support local Chicago designers.  One of our favorites is Peggy Davis.  Peggy Davis re-constructs well-loved vintage pieces to create fresh, funky, and modern new fashion.  We are going gaga over the new fall items that just arrived at Le Thrift.  You can find Peggy Davis Design at Le Thrift's Wicker Park boutique.  For more info, visit

Here are a few of our favorite new arrivals, get them before they're gone!

-Lauren Berger

Photos courtesy of
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