Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Twelve Days of Christmas Calendars Are Starting Soon! Here’s A List of Eight Stores You Should Not Miss

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Hopefully, you have already established a sort of regular rhythm with your Advent Calendar freebie shopping at your favourite Second Life stores. Teleport in, grab that day’s freebie, teleport to the next advent calendar, repeat.

To add to that routine, the 12 Days of Christmas calendars are starting up soon! Note that some store calendars start on Dec. 12th, while others start on Dec. 13th, and still others still on Dec. 14th! In fact, one calendar (the eBento event) has already started on Dec. 10th! So pay attention or you’ll miss out on some free items.

Here are eight Second Life stores which consistently offer really great 12 Days of Christmas gifts:

  • The eBento Event started on Dec. 10th and runs until the 25th, with free gifts each day, usually things like makeup and beard appliers, etc. You can find the calendar dates running along the roof of the event pavilion.
  • The Baby Monkey calendar runs from Dec. 13th-24th and is free each day, and L$10 each if you missed a day. As in previous years, each gift comes with a 3 colour HUD, and the all the gifts together form a complete capsule wardrobe as shown here:
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  • Dark Water Designs/Dark Knight Decor begins Dec. 13th, with free daily items for both men and women. They often have some lovely clothes!
  • Altamura has a 12 Days of Christmas calendar starting Dec. 12th, with a gift every day (this calendar requires you to join the Altamura group for L$50). Apparently, Altamura will be offering both male and female Bento mesh heads as gifts on Dec. 24th, so join up now and grab all the goodies!
  • Chop Zuey jewelry store starts its 12 Days of Christmas event on Dec. 12th (you do need to join the Chop Zuey group for L$350 to take part).
  • Essenz shoe store has a 12 Days of Christmas event (if you missed their free join period, it will now cost you L$350 to join their group in order to take part).
  • JUMO will be giving away gifts from Dec. 12th-Dec. 24th, as well as on New Year’s Eve.
  • Zuri Jewelry’s 12 Days of Christmas calendar runs from Dec. 13th-Dec. 24th (you need to join the group for L$299 to take part in this event).
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Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Nine Blogs You Must Follow!

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Back in June, I posted about 4 blogs and 4 Flickr groups you should follow for news and pictures of Second Life freebies. The four blogs I originally recommended were:

The first three I check daily; the fourth one I check about once a week, just to see what’s new. I often find some treasure that I have unaccountably overlooked in my travels across the grid! The third one is good because it is an aggregator; it gathers together blogposts from various blogs such as FabFree (but note that not all of the posts in SL Freebies Cheapies Dollarbies Lucky Chairs Hunts are about free items; there’s a mix of free items and deals).

Well, I have found another 5 blogs which are also worth checking out regularly if you are serious about hunting for steals, deals, and freebies in Second Life! Let’s look at them, one by one:

SL Freebie Addiction

SL Freebie Addiction is a blog written by Genna since 2011, entirely devoted to freebies. She very clearly indicates what items are and aren’t free in her detailed styling notes under each picture, and she also indicates whether items are group gifts or hunt gifts.

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0L$ Fashion in Second Life 2

This is a Japanese blogger who posts every day about the freebies she has found all over the grid. Right now she is putting up one post every day showing the advent gifts she was able to pick up on that day. All items pictured include a SLURL to help you find it in-world. Here’s a link to the blog.

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Midnight Magpie

Midnight Magpie is another blog which is really covering all the advent calendar goodies right now! Every picture includes full style notes with SLURLs to the stores.

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Pure Eggs & Spam

Faithless Babii is a relentless freebie hunter, often churning out two or even three blogposts a day! She covers freebies from all over the grid. Pure Eggs & Spam also covers sale events such as L$35 Saturdays. She seems to have a knack for finding things that other bloggers overlook.

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Dancing in the Square

But I saved the very best for last: this blogger, Cherie, is an absolute inspiration to all freebie fashionistas! Cherie pulls together impressive fashion displays, only using freebies and group gifts! She’s fearless, too; she’s not afraid to try a men’s jacket or a men’s pair of shoes on a female avatar if it fits the look she is trying to create. Browse through her blog and you’ll get all kinds of tips on where to find great group gifts and freebies, and how to put them together in true style!

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Here are just a few pictures from Dancing in the Square (I really like how she includes a bag of some sort in almost every outfit):

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So now you have nine blogs to follow. Spend a few minutes every day to visit them, and you’re certain to find out about the latest and greatest steals, deals, and freebies! Most of these blogs update daily, if not more often.

Oh, and don’t forget to join and follow these six SL groups for even more news about freebies and deals:

  1. Fabulously Free in SL: their group is free to join; here is a list of the gifts you can pick up with that group tag active
  2. Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News: their group is free to join; follow their blog to find out what gifts you can get with this group
  3. Mesh Avatar Appearance Maniacs (MAAM): it costs L$50 to join the MAAM group; here is a list of freebies you can pick up with that group tag active
  4. SL Frees & Offers: their group is free to join; here’s their blog
  5. TeleportHub.com: it costs L$10 to join their group; here is a list of gifts you can get
  6. THIRD LIFE [Frees, Gifts & Hunts]: L$10 to join group; here is their blog

Do you know of a great freebie fashion blog that I have missed? Please leave me a comment if you do, with the name of the blog and the URL, thank you!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Peace on Earth Hunt

Every December, more than one hundred stores participate in one of Second Life’s longest-running and most popular hunts, the Peace on Earth hunt. The hunt runs from December 1st to 31st, and, as every year, there are wonderful free gifts to be had! I have selected six hunt prizes to show you.

First up is this truly glorious red Diversity ballgown by Ellnique (formerly know as Shoenique Designs):

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This gown comes with the shawl. You should be aware that, if you wear all the flexiprims that come with this gown, it will send your Avatar Rendering Complexity soaring through the roof! But appearing as a jelly doll to everyone around you is sometimes the price you have to pay for fashion 😉

Next is another red ballgown by ML Fashion, called Evita, which includes the shoes and the fur scarf:

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The Unicorn ballgown by PurpleMoon is perfect for your next holiday party!

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The gift from Ghee is this lovely red ballgown with a subtle pattern:

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The gift from Glitterati is a bit of a surprise for a winter hunt (maybe I found the wrong globe?): a flowery summer dress with a matching floppy sunhat!

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More in line with the holiday spirit is this blue sweater dress with a jolly snowman, the hunt prize from Sweet E’s:

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Here’s the complete list of hunt hints. Happy hunting!

UPDATE Dec. 3rd: I was sent a message from Fauve, who said:

The hunt dress from Glitterati features a Hellebore flower, aka “Christmas Rose”.

Thank you for letting me know, Fauve! 🙂

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Three Lists of Stores with Advent Calendars and Events, Plus My Top Ten Advent Calendars!

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

It’s December 1st, and if you are an avid Second Life freebie fashionista like me, you know what that means: advent calendars! There are dozens of stores who have put up advent calendars. All you have to do is show up each day, click on the correct day on the calendar, et voilà! Free gifts!

This year there are not one, not two, but three different lists of Second Life advent calendars. There’s a fair bit of overlap among the three lists, but each has some unique listings which the other two missed, so do be sure to check them all!

FabFree

The longest-running, biggest, and most organized list is by the Fabulous Free in SL blog:

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This list is broken down into four parts:

  • 24 and 25-day advent calendars (no group required, or the group is free to join)
  • 24 and 25-day calendars (with a group fee to join, or a certain cost per gift)
  • 12 Days of Christmas calendars (no group required, or the group is free to join)
  • 12 Days of Christmas calendars (with a group fee to join, or a certain cost per gift)

TeleportHub.com

The TeleportHub.com blog also has a list of advent calendars:

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There are two separate lists, one for advent calendars, and another for Twelve Days of Christmas calendars.

NessMarket

Finally, we have a detailed list of advent calendars, sales and events compiled by NessMarket:

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This list differs from the previous two in that it includes a few advent hunts.

The sheer number of advent calendars to be found across the grid can be overwhelming! I have visited the advent calendars of the various stores for many years now, and here (in no particular order) is my personal Top Ten list (with SLURLs to take you or point you to the calendar) of what I consider to be the consistently best advent calendars, year after year:

  • 7 Deadly s[K]ins has an advent tree in the back of the first floor of their store, with generous gifts every day from Dec. 1st through to the 31st! You do have to join the group for L$1,000 if you are not already a member.
  • Appliqué Chic always has lovely clothing gifts for women. No group is required.
  • Virtue is another calendar with beautiful clothing gifts for women. The emphasis here is on classic, modest, non-slutty fashion. You do need to join the Virtue group for free.
  • The Annex (women’s clothing; a free group join is required).
  • Emerald Couture has two calendars: one requires you to join their group for free, and the other is for anyone.
  • Firelight (20 female hairstyles, 3 unisex hairstyles and 1 male hairstyle; a free group join is required).
  • Sweet E’s (women’s clothing; a free group join is required).
  • Amazing Creations has 3 advent calendars at the back of their store: one for women, one for men, and one for unisex gifts! You do need to join their group for free to pick up all the gifts every day.
  • Entice has numbered gifts under a Christmas tree instead of a traditional advent calendar. They also have a very handy sign nearby which shows you what the gifts look like! You do have to join the group for free to pick up these advent gifts.
  • Finally, ALB has a long-running advent calendar with fun and funky haute couture for male and female avatars!

Have fun!

UPDATE Dec. 8th: It turns out that you do not have to join the ALB group to participate in their advent calendar, and if you should miss a day, you can pick all of the previous days’ gifts, too! I love it when stores do that 🙂