Ottessa Moshfegh is on Depop, just like you
Here’s a fun hypothesis for you: what if your favorite novelist sold vintage clothes at the Brooklyn Flea? What if she now had a Depop account where you could see vintage outfits from the 60s and vintage Coach bags? This hypothetical is a reality for fans of Ottessa Moshfegh, author of surreal and disturbing novels like My year of rest and relaxation and Eileen, who started a Depop under her own name during the pandemic, selling her own clothes she wore to photo shoots and readings, as well as gems she found while searching through thrift stores.
The account has just over a thousand followers right now, a small enough number of followers that it sounds like something to those in the know. It also comes at a time when people are obsessed with the Depop lives of celebrities. People can’t get enough of seeing Bella wearing low-rise Von Dutch jeans she bought on the app (and trying to figure out what her account is in the app). treat). This writer can’t get enough of Ottessa sale the dress she wore to accept the PEN/Hemingway Award for Eileen. But make no mistake, Moshfegh throwing a Depop is more than a pandemic hobby, it’s something she’s been doing for years. In fact, more than a decade ago, before writing any bestsellers, she was a graduate student at Brown University and came to Brooklyn on weekends to run a booth.
Moshfegh fell in love with vintage like many of us: she had a cool older sister. His sister Starvi, Moshfegh says on Zoom, was the original maverick in his life who took Moshfegh on a trip to his local vintage store, The Garment District, just outside of Boston. The two would rummage for hours through a pile of big dollar-a-pound clothes. Moshfegh got some of his first big plays there. She also developed an obsession with hunting. “I was totally addicted,” she laughs. From then on, she always had her eyes open, often going to estate sales, relishing in the excitement of discovery. “From a very young age, I was rummaging through people’s clothes,” she says, “As a person who loves stories, I would feel like a detective walking through their house, rummaging through someone’s closet and trying on her evening coats and shoes.”
In her twenties, she took her obsession with finding clothes for herself and turned it into a source of income. It was out of necessity. Moshfegh fell ill with cat-scratch fever and was too sick to stand all day at a standard job. She opened an Etsy shop called No Makeup, and started figuring out what was selling quickly, then continued buying trips to meet that demand. She realized that people loved vintage Coach jumpsuits and bags, so she started buying all the vintage Coach jumpsuits and bags she could find. As she had more business, she hooked up with a friend with a booth at the Brooklyn Flea. Her friend offered to share the booth, and Moshfegh began selling her clothes to women in Brooklyn. “Every weekend I would pack up my shitty Volvo with all my wares and go to Brooklyn and sell it to you know, cool girls in Fort Greene,” she says. She was selling everything and kept buying trips to replenish her stock. Like many sequined evening wear she bought at an auction in Providence. She once bought a vintage wedding dress and sold it to a bride-to-be. “It was this spontaneous wedding dress shopping experience. Her girlfriends were there and they were like, ‘Oh my god.’ I had the feeling that he was destined to find her.