Photography by Becca Sabot
On Pietras: California Concepts dress from the 1960s, found in Chicago; Trotters 1980s slip-ons
On O’Neill: Floral ’80s-style shirt, Ralph Lauren jeans, and Fedi high-tops. His bolo tie can be traced back to Montana in the 1970s, but was found through a vintage buyer in Italy.
They met seven years ago in a graphic design class at the University of Minnesota and started dating four years later. While some couples go to the movies, Yana Pietras and Ian O’Neill go thrifting—from estate sales to vintage stores. At first, it satisfied their desire for funky, unique clothes and décor, and fit their student budgets. Two years ago, they decided to turn their hobby into a business and launched the website Moth Oddities, featuring a curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories for women and men. “Kind of like Urban Outfitters,” is how Pietras describes it, “but all recycled. This is our response to fast fashion.” The couple recently returned from a four-month working road trip. They thrifted their way through 35 states, from Palm Springs, California, to Austin, Texas, to Portland, Maine, to Hudson, Wisconsin, and back home to the Twin Cities. Their finds are now available online, with occasional guest appearances on their own backs. That’s the beauty of selling used—says Pietras. “Our wardrobe is constantly turning over!” mothoddities.com