As a teenager, shopping the designer section at Oakland Crossroads was my introduction to the world of fashion. As I got older and honed my personal style, I never stopped sourcing my clothes through resale platforms and vintage stores.

I could tell you that the reason I shop secondhand is because it’s more sustainable or that it saves money. But at the heart of it, I believe shopping secondhand trains the eye to recognize beauty in the mundane and develop a robust creative vision, in a way buying retail does not.

The Molehill is where I share thoughtful fashion reflections, product recs, creme de la creme secondhand listings, you get the gist. But you’ll also get to know me. And I hope I get to know you.

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Thoughtful fashion and culture writing for the secondhand designer enthusiast, from Viv Chen. If you identify as an eBay gremlin, this newsletter is for you.


Viv is a fashion writer and the founder of fashion newsletter The Molehill. Follow her work at @vivthemole.