Valerie Leachman has always loved consignment.
She loves the hunt and the joy that comes with finding that perfect piece to add to her wardrobe at a great price. With this lifelong love affair with clothing and fashion in mind, Valerie dreamed for years of opening her own consignment store. Then, in June of 2012, she decided – that time had come. Only two months later, her store was open for business!
Val wanted to create a shop that provided a unique and fun shopping experience, where finding something that makes you feel beautiful is a breeze. She wanted it to feel like a treasure hunt – an adventure through beautiful items.
She chose the name The Way We Were, both a nod to the glamourous days of the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the voice of the beautiful pieces she sells, asking to be loved again, given new life, and re-made into the way they were.
After her first year in business, Valerie and her store were awarded the Halton Hills Entrepreneur of the Year award and has since been a consistent recipient of the local business awards for Best Consignment and Best Women’s Fashion. Her store has grown, from one to now two levels, and five employees.
The Way We Were is Valerie’s passion, and she looks forward to continuing to help women of all shapes, sizes, and ages to look and feel their best.