We Had a Great Time at I LOVE Vintage: Hostess with the Mostess
Wilmington's favorite vintage clothing store, Second Skin Vintage, hosts a monthly I Love Vintage social/meeting. The topic varies each month but is always vintage themed. Karyn, the owner, is delightful to be around and encourages EVERYONE to attend the free social gathering. You don't have to be vintage-obsessed to attend, there is no dress code, and light finger foods are often served [*tip it wouldn't hurt to bring a plate if you come, though not required].
If this sounds like something you might enjoy, here are all the details:
- WHEN: 1st Tuesday Each Month
- WHERE: Second Skin Vintage, 615 Castle St., Wilmington, NC 28451
- TIME: 5PM-7PM
What You Missed
December's theme was Holiday Cocktail Parties-Entertaining and to our delight, RetroReclaimations.com was invited to attend. We took along some vintage barware items including cocktail shakers, a variety of swizzle sticks, barware ranging in size from 2 oz. shotglasses to 13 oz. Tom Collin's tumblers, and a few pieces of Pyrex and Fire-King. You can see the entire set up in the pictures.
All guests were able to enjoy two vintage cocktails, mixed by a knowledgeable bartender (Trey) from Wilmington's own RX Restaurant and Bar.
Vintage cocktails available:
I sampled the Gimlet and can attest only to the smooth taste that left my ears feeling warm after only 2 sips!! Typically a beer drinker, I was amazed by how much I enjoyed the cocktail. I was most delighted by the attire (think old school bartender with suspenders) and knowledge of the bartender as he whipped up my cocktail (ALL fresh, local ingredients) and shared the history of the Gimlet:
Pirates found that the acidic properties of citrus fruits helped fight off the scurvy they were ordinarily plagued by. Since gin was easily attainable and always available, they mixed it with citrus to "soften" the taste of the drink.
Nice excuse to share a cocktail with a pirate if a say so myself!
If you have never had the opportunity to sample a vintage cocktail, mixed as they once were, then I have to say you are missing out. The taste, the atmosphere, the feeling of nostalgia, all come together as the first sip passes across your taste buds. You are instantly transported to another place and time.
Vintage Christmas Music
Gravity Records provided a nostalgic mix of Christmas music and in the true spirit of vintage played tunes from LP's. It is hard to recall the last time I heard music from a record and forgot the unique quality of sound. I was taken aback by the return of long forgotten memories of childhood Christmases. The same music, from the same artists, is readily available on CD today. Somehow the sound, though unexplainable, coming from the LP's brought true Christmas Joy to my heart. I recommend trying this yourself...I promise you will be delighted by the outcome!
RetroReclaimations.com was not the only vendor with vintage barware! Mavis Martini, a longtime fan and collector of vintage barware was on the scene offering pieces from her collection for the very first time! Her collection was a sight to behold! True vintage beauty from non other than Culver. It was a pleasure to meet a fellow vintage barware collector and a wonderful surprise to learn that, along with her husband, she provides props for locally filmed movies and TV shows. Who knows maybe you will see RetroReclaimations.com collection on a screen near you in the future, Lol!
Why Support Local?
The real question is why not!? When you shop local the money spent is kept right where it should be: in YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. As with all things, there is a cycle of production, a hierarchy of sorts.
You ↔ Small Business ↔ Larger Community
When your dollar is spent locally you allow that business to spend and re-invest the money into the local economy. It is a win-win for everyone!!
So, if you do not shop local or shop small, you should try it. It is a great feeling to know you are helping others in your community. Your neighbors, friends, and larger community ALL benefit.
The following links provide additional information on previous topics.
- I Love Vintage Meetings
- Gravity Records
- RX Restaurant
- Second Skin Vintage RetroReclaimations.com Vintage Barware Collection
Vintage Cocktail Ingredients
I wish I had paid more attention to the recipes or taken pictures from the available recipe cards but I am pretty certain the following ingredients are what each vintage cocktail consist of:
- Cognac or Rye Whiskey
- Sugar cube
- FRESH lime juice
- Simple Syrup
- Lime Ribbons
- Jennifer Benson