SecondSkinWilmington

Second Skin Vintage Clothing and Accessories

Wilmington, North Carolina · 419 Sales

SecondSkinWilmington

Second Skin Vintage Clothing and Accessories

Wilmington, North Carolina 419 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   Ladies and gents, welcome to Second Skin Vintage, located at 615 Castle Street in downtown Wilmington. Curated vintage style for women and men, specializing in pieces from the 1950s, '60s, and '70--along with iconic vintage from all decades reflecting current fashion trends.

We're open Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm. Stop by and visit in person, or message us and we'll get back to you during regular store hours. Thanks for visiting!

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 20, 2016

Ladies and gents, welcome to Second Skin Vintage, located at 615 Castle Street in downtown Wilmington. Curated vintage style for women and men, specializing in pieces from the 1950s, '60s, and '70--along with iconic vintage from all decades reflecting current fashion trends.

We're open Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm. Stop by and visit in person, or message us and we'll get back to you during regular store hours. Thanks for visiting!

Karyn Oetting

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Karyn Oetting

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Window display with some of our favorite pretty things....
Photoshoot with fashion muse Kirin, bringing our love of 60s swimsuits-as-bodysuits to life!
New Year, new window display! Beige + coral with a pop of dusty rose. A welcome relief from Holiday Sensory Overload!
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About

Welcome to Second Skin Vintage in Wilmington, NC, located at 615 Castle Street.

We are a men's and women's vintage clothing store, located in downtown Wilmington. Our vintage collection comes from sources around the country, and is carefully curated to represent both current fashion trends and iconic styles from from the past 100 years, with a focus on pieces from the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.

The store is a labor of love for Shop Owner, Karyn, who has been selling and styling vintage professionally for over 12 years. She is also the host of Wilmington's "I Love Vintage!" Social Club, a unique monthly meet up for vintage enthusiasts. The group meets at the store on the first Tuesday of each month to socialize and learn about different vintage topics. Please visit our Facebook page for more information about these meetings.

Our staff is dedicated to providing body-positive customer service and a unique approach to fashion and styling. If you think "I can't pull off vintage," try a visit to our store! We have something for every body and every style. We also enthusiastically cater to Wilmington's philanthropic dress-up crowd, providing civic-minded citizens with era-appropriate attire for the city’s many themed fundraising events.

All items sold by SSV are carefully researched for authenticity, lovingly laundered (when possible), and carefully examined for damage. When necessary, items are professionally restored by our Shop Seamstress, with every effort made to restore garments to their original beauty using era-appropriate techniques. Additionally, in our shop "Polices" section, we have provided a guide for how to launder your vintage garment.

Our Etsy site is only a very small sampling of our inventory, so please contact us if you're looking for something specific. We may have similar items in another size or color. Our inventory is restocked daily--faster than we could possibly post on Etsy. Stay on top of new arrivals by following the shop on Instagram @secondskinvintage. You can purchase from our IG feed safely and securely online.

Stop by and see us! We're located in downtown Wilmington's Castle Street Arts and Antiques district. Store hours are 11am-6pm, Monday through Saturday.

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Shop members

  • Karyn Oetting

    Owner, Boss Lady

    Karyn has been evaluating, pricing, and selling vintage clothing professionally in Wilmington for over 12 years. In addition to owning Second Skin Vintage, she's the host of Wilmington's "I Love Vintage!" Social Club.

  • Waverly

    Store Assistant, Online Media

    Waverly is shop gal extraordinaire and responsible for listing new items on the Etsy site. She is also a talented photographer, producing beautiful themed photo shoots for Second Skin Vintage and other clothing boutiques in Wilmington, NC.

  • Katie Allen

    Seamstress, Milliner

    Katie is also the owner, designer and milliner at Lifted: Vintage Inspired Millinery, a line of hand sewn hats carried at the store. She is also a seamstress specializing in historic restoration, responsible for maintaining the inventory at SSV.

  • Henry

    Store Assistant, Window Displayer/Merchandiser

    Henry is responsible for our creative, ever changing window displays. His killer sense of style and infectious wit make him a fan favorite.

  • Jane

    Shop Assistant

    Jane takes care of Second Skin Vintage when the boss lady is away. She's an artist and vintage soul.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017
Frequently asked questions

About Clothing Measurements

The following are measured across the garment while flat, and are DOUBLED:
Bust/Chest: taken across widest part of chest, usually directly under the arms.
Waist: the smallest part
Hips: the widest part

The following are measured while the garment is flat and are NOT DOUBLED:
Shoulder: measured across, from shoulder seam to shoulder seam
Inseam: Along the inside seam of pants/shorts
Rise: On shorts or pants, this is the length from the "crotch seam" to the waist band.

The following are measured while the garment is hanging and are NOT DOUBLED:
Length: taken from collar seam to bottom hem
Sleeve: taken from center of neck to cuff hem
Torso Length: from collar seam to "crotch" seam (in rompers/bathing suits) or natural waist (in dresses)

Sizing details

Each listing provides an estimate of modern sizing (small, medium, large, etc). This information is meant to help narrow your search. Please use the measurements provided in each listing to ensure best fit.

Women's numeric dress sizing has changed many sizes over the past 60+ years, and continues to vary among contemporary brands. Your contemporary dress size is of little use when shopping for vintage.

When we provide a Vintage Label Size, it is a resource for individuals who know their vintage size, which has changed dramatically over the years (sometimes as much as 6 sizes). Please refer to your own measurements when shopping vintage, not an arbitrary dress size.

Care instructions

All Second Skin Vintage garments are lovingly hand washed (when possible) before going out for sale.

How To Care For Your Vintage Garment
Believe it or not, your vintage garment is actually pretty sturdy.
1) Almost all fabrics can get wet and therefore can be washed
(Some exceptions, like 1920s/30s rayon)
2) Use Delicate/Handwash cycle and cold water
2) Hang or lay flat to dry. Do not use dryer. (Laying flat is best for heavier garments or sweaters).
3) Colorful cotton garments from '60s and 70s: prevent color bleed by washing separately by hand with a tablespoon of vinegar and detergent
4) We use regular laundry detergent
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions, we want to help preserve sartorial history!

Vintage Condition Guidelines

Second Skin Vintage uses the following guidelines, based on standards set by the Vintage Fashion Guild:

Mint: An item is as perfect and pristine as when it was originally made and shows no sign of wear (mint condition is rare for vintage clothing).

Near mint: An item shows only the slightest signs of wear.

Excellent: An item shows typical signs of wear due to occasional use.

Very good: An item is considered wearable but has some surface flaws (staining or soiling, for example).

Good: An item is wearable but cannot be returned to excellent condition even if repairs are made.

Shipping Info

All items ship within 1-3 business days. Expect to receive your package within 5-7 days, if not sooner.

Expedited shipping usually available for all items. Please message shop BEFORE purchase so we can change the shipping cost for you.
If we haven't confirmed this request before purchase, you request cannot be honored.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: send us a message and we will change the shipping option for you.

Returns and Refunds

Second Skin Vintage gladly accepts returns of items in same condition as sold, with attached tags, within 30 days of purchase.

Refund does not include any shipping costs.

Buyer responsible for return shipping.

Please message the shop before returning item.

Second Skin Vintage must receive the item and ascertain its condition before issuing a refund. Signs of wear beyond fitting will be grounds for refusal of refund.