Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Stay at Home Club Will Close on Sept. 25th, 2020

The popular Second Life program called The Stay at Home Club, created to help those SL users stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic by offering high-quality apparel, home decor, and many other fabulous freebies, will be closing its doors on its six-month anniversary, September 25th, 2020.

According to the official announcement posted to The Stay at Home Club website:

We have decided to close the Club for multiple reasons and we want to be open about this difficult decision. Firstly, we have dealt with over 1,000 incredible, generous, and outgoing designers. Many of which have gone above and beyond to help and provide gifts, some of which regularly updated and added more to help support us all. As of today, the in-world group has hit nearly 16,000 people, the Discord has over 900 members, the Facebook page has 2,600 likes, and the website has well over 2 million page views! With this comes a lot of maintenance, the team has sunk much of their personal time and money into the Club to keep things running smoothly and up to date. Although we have worked with many incredible people, we have also experienced negativity.

We have sadly had to deal with abusive designers and residents, copyright infringement, hate speech, and even personal attacks in-world, on Discord, and on Facebook. This was not what the Club stands for, we wanted to bring a bit of light to a dark time by helping to provide gifts, support, and a place for people to not worry about ongoing real life situations. That being said, it was the minority causing those issues, but they did greatly affect us as we were also going through the same real life issues that many of you were also facing. We feel at this stage, the Club has served its purpose and has been an incredible experience for many of us involved, but now is the right time for us to say goodbye. Thank everyone involved and wish you all the best for the future. Times may be difficult, but stay strong, we will get through it!

While I am saddened at how the bad behaviour of a few SL residents has spoiled something wonderful, I am also not surprised. And I am also well aware at how something like The Stay at Home Club can grow beyond anybody’s initial expectations, and take up time, money, and energy that the organizers might want to invest somewhere else. Every project (yes, even this blog) reaches points where difficult decisions need to be made: what to keep doing, what to stop doing, and when to call it quits.

I do want to thank Freya (Childofpreservex Resident), Zac Remex, and Alex (AstaraBonnibelle Resident), the owners and organizers of The Stay at Home Club, for all their hard and sometimes thankless work in setting up and running the club.

And as a freebie fashionista, I would very strongly urge you to take advantage of all the fabulous free items that so many stores have donated to support The Stay at Home Club, before they shut down their website, in-world group and headquarters, and Discord server on September 25th.

Another Fifteen-Minute Second Life Avatar Makeover: A Complete Head-to-Toe Mermaid Makeover for Only One Linden Dollar!

Photo by Annette Batista Day on Unsplash

Mermaid and merman role-play in Second Life is perennially popular (sometimes combined with pirate role-play). I have had a mermaid avatar in Second Life for as long as I can remember, although I must confess that I do not pull her out that often nowadays.

Here is what my mermaid avatar looked like before her makeover, a system-layers-and-flexiprims look cobbled together from various freebie mermaid outfits I picked up over the years (the lovely mesh tail was a recent free hunt gift from Solas NaGealai of BlueMoon Enterprise):

Mermaid: Before Look

Well, I decided to give my mermaid one of my patented fifteen-minute avatar makeovers today, to move from a classic, system avatar to 100% mesh!

Here is what she looks like now:

Mermaid: After Look

This avatar is wearing:

Mesh Head: the Freya Bento mesh head from Catwa (free group gift; the Catwa group is free to join; more information here). TODAY IS THE LAST DAY YOU CAN PICK UP THIS FABULOUS FREEBIE!

Lipstick: HD Lipstick (part of the Freya package, this comes in a wide variety of colours).

Hair: this absolutely perfect mermaid hair is called Spring Briar Fae Hair, which I picked up for free at a Crazy Hair Hunt many years ago now. I combined it with a hairbase from the Catwa Master HUD, tinting both it and the eyebrows on the Freya head to match.

Mesh Body: Classic mesh body by Meshbody (L$1 group gift; The Shops! group is free to join; more information here).

Choker: This beautiful golden Nefert choker is a free group gift from Poison Rouge at the current round of the Très Chic shopping event (you can join the Très Chic group for free). It hides the slight mismatch between the skin tones on the Freya head and Classic body perfectly!

Mermaid Bra and Tail: This is a freebie, too! Just join the Arata Shouten group for free, and check the group notices for this lovely gift (which was my impetus for making this blogpost). You’ll need to alpha out your legs, of course, using the included Classic Meshbody HUD.

Mermaid Animation Override: I picked up this mermaid AO as part of a free hunt gift at FallnAngel Creations many years ago. (If you hunt around at the various mermaid role-play areas in SL, you might find a freebie mermaid/merman AO.)

TOTAL COST FOR THIS AVATAR LOOK: ONLY L$1! (for the Classic mesh body from Meshbody). Everything else was free!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: FaMESHed Eighth Anniversary Round Gifts

One of Ryan’s top tips for freebie shopping is:

Check out the yearly anniversaries of regular shopping events; quite often there will be freebies at all or most of the participating vendor booths. For example, both FaMESHed and the eBENTO event have their anniversaries in May, and the popular Uber event celebrates its anniversary every July with many freebies.

Well, it just so happened that the hard-working people who run the FaMESHed event just sent around the following announcement:

Happy Birthday to FaMESHed!

We started in a tent, and here we are 8 years later… We have a special setup for this round.

SPOTLIGHTS BY: Di’Cor | Lapointe & BastChild | {le fil cassé} | Rise Design

Please note: This is a bigger round than usual, so please try to make sure you are not overloaded on scripts, and think of others around you. There is a lot of gifts this round.

Open: NOW until May 27th, 2020, at 11.59 p.m. SLT/’Pacific Time
Main Venue
Cam Shopping Sim
Update Group Sim

You do have to join the FaMESHed Update Group for free to pick up all the gifts, one gift box at most of the vendor displays. The first few days of FaMESHed are always busy, and it is even more so on their anniversary events every May! In fact, the event is currently so jam-packed with fashionistas on its opening weekend, that I had to use a tool like the handy free Teleport Hammer —and I was already a Premium member with priority access to crowded sims! It’s a sign of just how massively popular the FaMESHed event has become over eight years. If you want a preview of items available for sale at the event, you can check them all out here.

Through dint of sheer persistence, Vanity finally forced her way into one of the cam shopping sims located next door to the venue, and she expertly worked her camera around and scooped up all the gift boxes! (Here’s my handy guide to cam shopping if you are new to this useful skill.) Then Vanity teleported home and unpacked everything to try it all on.

This is your preview of the many lovely gifts available from the participating stores at this eighth anniversary round of FaMESHed!

Scandalize

The Scandalize Joanna dress (which sort of reminds me of Daisy Mae from Dogpatch in the old Li’l Abner comic strip) comes with a truly dizzying array of HUDS, to change the colour and pattern of every single part of this dress and its belt!

{le fil cassé} — Garbaggio

Here is the summery Francine dress in seafoam by le fils cassé, paired with the Cheryl sandals in mint by Garbaggio, one of my favourite shoe stores on the grid!

GIZ SEORN — Valentina E.

This daring duo consists of the Demi dress in green by Valentina E., paired with a group gift of some laced-up sandals, courtesy of GIZ SEORN:

Vanilla Bae —MICHAN — Essenz

This Yves dress by Vanilla Bae comes in three ombre tones: green, blue, and red. The green tone matches the Mesa shoe in green, another quality footwear creation by Essenz. The delicate Amy winged heart choker from MICHAN completes the look.

[Provocation] — Pixicat — Mangula

This last look is a bit of a hodge-podge, I must admit: the Tony cardigan and top by Pixicat, paired with the Kiara shorts in deep pink by [Provocation], and the Lucia boots and socks fatpack by Mangula. I have included the HUD for the Mangula gift so you can see all the colour options for various parts of the boots and the socks!

You’re all set to go on a fashionable hike! (Maybe swap out the Kiara shorts for some lederhosen?)

These are just a very small sampling of the dozens of gifts available, including many wonderful items for your home or garden that I have not shown here. As I said earlier, it’s best to wait until the crowds die down a little bit before venturing onto the sim.

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Stay at Home Club

If you’re in the market for high-quality freebies, have I got a website for you!

It’s new, it’s called The Stay at Home Club, and the club’s founders state:

First of all, we would like to take this chance to thank everyone for all of their time and effort, it is very much appreciated! Let’s spread the love! ♥

We are a group of designers based on the City of Neon Dreams at the HILTED region. During one of the harder times in everyone’s real lives, we came up with the idea to gather a set of gifts to offer to people for free. Together we stay strong and in times like these we need each other.

Originally the City of Neon Dreams team wanted to create a collection of gifts to offer to people, but we decided that it would be a good idea to involve other designers. The more the merrier! We started talking to a few friends and shared our ideas with them, that resulted in so many positive vibes and reactions that we decided to start The Stay at Home Club.

We are open for designers to sign up to share gifts and share the love even more, free gifts for all in those difficult times might distract people for a bit and give them something to enjoy during those hard moments.

And more and more Second Life content creators are joining by the day! The Stay at Home Club organizes its freebies into four categories:

  • Animations and Poses
  • Apparel
  • Avatar Accessories
  • Home and Garden

I’ve already blogged about a free female Bento mesh head available from the Club, but today I wanted to show you a selection of other gifts for both men and women. (You can obtain the SLURLs to visit these stores from the Apparel page on the website, just click on the picture to pull up the Second Life map location.)

First up is the M.CO Paul turtleneck, which comes in a fatpack of colours:

This sexy blue tank top is the Stay at Home gift from the TwoSided store:

Next, let’s look at some gifts of women’s clothing. Look at this lovely white long-sleeved Fae minidress from Salt! (It comes in a Maitreya Lara size only.)

Entice has two Stay at Home gifts, including this beautiful, daringly low-cut purple blouse, called Never Surrender (the other gift is a bra and panties set),

Finally, Poème offers La Rose Blouse, perfect for casual wear with jeans, perhaps puttering around in your garden:

So please stay home during the pandemic, flatten the curve, and pay a virtual visit to the Stay at Home Club! There are literally dozens of outstanding, well-crafted freebies for you to claim, with more being added every day!

Happy freebie shopping! Here’s the website.