Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A Night Out at Frank’s

I still get an incredible amount of personal satisfaction from styling a really good-looking Second Life avatar for as few Linden dollars a possible. (Hey, don’t judge! We all have our little hobbies!)

My litmus test for how successfully I can pull together a female avatar look in Second Life is to take her to Frank’s Place Jazz Club and plunk her down at the bar next to the dancefloor. If I get random male avatars hitting on me within minutes, I know I have succeeded! 😉

So, today I present to you a look that, from the top of her head to the tips of her feet, is all freebies or cheapies, including the mesh body and the Omega skin applier! I was able to do all this for only L$150.

This avatar is wearing:

  • Mesh Head and Body: Juliet by Altamura (Valentine’s Day group gift; Omega compatible with the L$99 Omega System Kit; the Altamura group is L$50 to join)
  • Skin Applier: Mitsu by !OS! (L$1 gift from their Easter Egg hunt)
  • Hair: Amy in mink by Firelight Hair (from The Free Dove freebies store; the Free Dove group is free to join)
  • Mesh Eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (from the men’s section of the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil; no group required)
  • Dress: Stretch Tube Dress in berry red (free group gift from COCO Designs; group is free to join)
  • Jewelry: Valentina Special Edition necklace, earrings and bracelet by Lazuri (from The Free Dove freebies store; the Free Dove group is free to join)
  • Shoes: Jai classic pumps by Rowne (comes with a HUD with 15 colour choices; free group gift; group is free to join)
  • Animation Override: Chubby Girl AO by [ImpEle] (free from the SL Marketplace)

TOTAL COST OF THIS AVATAR: Only L$150!

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UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Pick Up 823 Freebies in Just Seven Stops for Only L$51!

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Time to take another alt from zero to hero(ine)! And time to update this popular blogpost on freebie shopping from last May. And this time, I beat my old record of 789 freebies in 10 stops! Yes, it can be done!!

This weekend, I wanted to see just how many high-quality freebies I could vacuum up in as few stops as possible, for a newbie (unisex) Second Life avatar. My only rule was to ignore any older system (non-mesh) clothing, any applier-based clothing, tattoos, classic avatar skins, shapes, and poses. My total budget was L$51, which was spent on full-body mesh avatars. Everything else was free!

My starting point was Altamura, where I picked up the free group gifts of the Juliet and Romeo mesh bodies, for only the L$50 group join fee for the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars group! (More information here. You have to pay the vendors L$1 after you join the group, and your Linden dollar is automatically refunded.)

UPDATE Feb. 25th: It would appear that there was a miscommunication from Altamura about when this promotion would end. I was told Feb. 27th and I originally wrote that in this blogpost. However, today I learned from the Altamura Design/Mesh Avatars discussion group that it actually ended at the end of the day yesterday, February 24th. Sorry if you missed this fabulous offer!

However, you still have many free and inexpensive options for mesh heads and bodies for male avatars and for female avatars (follow these links for more details).

SECOND UPDATE Feb. 25th: Due to the number of unhappy customers who believed they had until Feb. 27th and still wanted to pick up the Romeo and Juliet group gifts, Altamura has posted the following notice to their group late this afternoon:

Due to a miscommunication, Romeo & Juliet gift was removed. It WILL be back tomorrow until the 27th as was originally expected. So make SURE to bring yourself and friends along before they’re gone!!

After I visited Altamura, I hit only six more locations in Second Life:

  • Virtue (group is free to join): 46 group gifts (beautiful, modestly-designed women’s dresses, blouses and T-shirts)
  • Coco Designs (group is free to join): 47 group gifts (women’s clothing and shoes; note there are two separate Group Gift walls in the store)
  • !Soul (group is free to join): 114 group gifts (women’s hair, clothing and shoes)
  • Hilly Haalan (group is free to join): 68 group gifts (women’s clothing and shoes)
  • The Free Dove (group is free to join): 198 group gifts (men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry)
  • The freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil (no group needed): a whopping 350 gifts (men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry)

Female Avatar Looks

Here is look number 1 for my female avatar: everything my avatar is wearing, from top to bottom, except the mesh avatar itself, came from the excellent freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil.

  • Mesh avatar body: Juliet by Altamura
  • Hair: Leslie by Firelight (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Eyes: Bitsy eyes (from the new SL starter avatars)
  • Earrings: Brincos Coraçao earrings (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Dress: Irena by Prism (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Pumps: Classic nude pumps by Marquesse (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)

Look number 2 is very Audrey Hepburn:

  • Mesh avatar body, lipstick and nails: Juliet by Altamura
  • Shoes: Classic black pumps by Marquesse (3rd floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Rest of outfit: René black and white outfit by Giulia Design (1st floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)

Here’s look number 3. all set for a night on the town! Everything is from The Free Dove except the avatar itself:

  • Mesh avatar body, lipstick and nails: Juliet by Altamura
  • Hair: Naomi braids by Firelight (from The Free Dove)
  • Dress: Donna dress by Stars (from The Free Dove)
  • Shoes: Animal Attraction Zebra shoes from Shoe-Ddiction (from The Free Dove)

Male Avatar Looks

Here is the first male avatar look, a casual sporty appearance:

  • Mesh avatar body (including beard applier): Romeo by Altamura
  • Mesh eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier (comes with a HUD with 6 different eye colours; this fabulous unisex freebie I found tucked away on the 4th floor of the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil, at the Dossier display along with some sandals and boots)
  • Hair: Monty hair (from the new SL starter avatars)
  • Shirt: Necklace Mao T-shirt by Kingbal Stores (from The Free Dove)
  • Sweatpants: Grey jogger pants by Gild (4th floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)
  • Sneakers: Ray shoes by First Choice (4th floor, Ajuda SL Brasil freebie store)

The second male avatar look is dressier and straight out of The Bachelor!

  • Mesh avatar body: Romeo by Altamura
  • Mesh eyes: Realistic eyes by Dossier
  • Hair: Apollo hair by SassyAF (from The Free Dove)
  • Suit: Dryden II suit by Artizana (from The Free Dove)
  • Shoes: Leonard shoes (from the new SL starter avatars)
  • Rose: Leonard rose (from the new SL starter avatars)

When I started, the size of my inventory for this newbie avatar was 3,924 elements. When I finished, it had grown to 8,856 elements!

So, now you see how easy it is to fill your inventory with high-quality Second Life freebies without a lot of running around, or a lot of money! Happy shopping!!

UPDATE Feb. 26th: Scandalize has another one of their periodic free group join periods! You can join their group for free from Feb. 25th to Feb. 28th. If you join their group, you can pick up no less than 88 wonderful group gifts for female avatars:

So, take advantage of this opportunity to add even more high-quality women’s clothing, shoes and jewelry to your inventory!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Get 789 High Quality Outfits, Jewelry, Shoes and Hair for Only L$101!

This is an update to my surprisingly popular blogpost about visiting four stores in Second Life and getting 218 items for only L$100.

So, I decided to grab a spare avatar and take it to the extreme, visiting the following six stores, each of which offers a large number of group gifts, and picking up every single one:

  • Legendaire (68 group gifts; group is free to join)
  • Scandalize (86 group gifts; group costs L$100 to join)
  • Shoenique Designs (29 group gifts; group is free to join)
  • Virtue (28 group gifts; group is free to join)
  • Coco Designs (35 group gifts; group is free to join)
  • Hilly Haalan (63 group gifts; group is free to join)

And then I hopped over to the following four freebie stores which I covered in my earlier blogpost about the best freebie stores in Second Life:

  • The Free Dove (where I picked up 152 items; you need to join the Free Dove group for free to pick up the freebies)
  • Ajuda SL Brasil (where I picked up a whopping 165 items, not counting obviously older system layer/flexiprim clothing styles)
  • Free*Style Store (12 items)
  • Sexy Shoppers Freebie Warehouse (63 items; you need to join the Sexy Shoppers group for L$1 to get the freebies here)

What did I get for visiting these 10 locations?

GRAND TOTAL: 701 items of clothing, shoes, hair and jewelry for only L$101 (L$100 for the Scandalize group join fee, and L$1 for the Sexy Shoppers group join fee)!

So, let’s take a look at some of the items we picked up in our shopping binge, shall we? (Please click on each picture to see it in a larger size.)


Look #1:

Mesh Head: Giselle Bento head by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was an Altamura gift from last Christmas at the eBENTO event, and you had to join the Altamura group for L$50 to get it)

Mesh Body: Jenny Bento body by Altamura (no longer available for free; this was a gift last Christmas from the Women Only Hunt)

Blouse: cream embroidered peasant blouse by Petite Mort (free from Ajuda SL Brasil)

Jeans: Thalia jeans from the Baby Monkey capsule wardrobe (free from the Free*Style Store )

Shoes: Classic black pumps by Marquesse (free at the freebie store at Ajuda SL Brasil; this shoe comes in four colours; note that the Altamura Jenny mesh avatar body has Slink-compatible feet)

Hair: Portia hair by Firelight (free from Ajuda SL Brasil)


Look #2:

Mesh Head: same as in Look #1

Mesh Body: same as in Look #1

Dress: Artsy dress by Luxe Paris (free from The Free Dove)

Hair: Rima hair by Fabia (free from Ajuda SL Brasil)

Shoes: same as in Look #1


Look #3:

Mesh Head: same as in Look #1

Mesh Body: same as in Look #1

Dress: Virtue Free Dove dress (group gift from Virtue; no longer available at the Free Dove)

Hair: Amy hair by Fabia (free from The Free Dove)

Shoes (not shown): same as in Look #1, but in the white version


Look #4:

Mesh Head: same as in Look #1

Mesh Body: same as in Look #1

Blouse: FDH 8 blouse (group gift from Virtue)

Skirt: white pencil skirt from Marquesse (free from The Free Dove)

Hair: Rachel hair by CHARME (free from The Free Dove)

Shoes: same as in Look #1, but in the white version


Look #5:

Mesh Head: same as in Look #1

Mesh Body: same as in Look #1

Top and Skirt: Velure set from Scandalize (free group gift; group costs L$100 to join)

Hair: Leslie hair by Firelight (free from Ajuda SL Brasil)

Shoes (not shown): same as in Look #1


And there you have it! Now go shopping 😉 …

UPDATE 11:44 a.m.: A commenter on a cross-post of this blogpost to the Your Second Life group on Facebook told me about another store where you join the group for free, with oodles of freebies! The store is called !Soul, and here is the SLURL.

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Thank you for the tip, Susan Giroso! There are 88 group gifts here at this location!

That brings the new grand total to SEVEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-NINE items for only L$101! 

Here’s a look at one of the outfits from !Soul, the Delicate Satin Mesh Dress in a floral pattern, with matching boots (there are seven different patterns available for this outfit).