Now, one of the tips I have shared with you is to watch carefully for periods when you can join store groups for free. If you joined the JUMO group for free over the Christmas holidays, it’s time to pick up some Easter goodies! The store is offering its group members a free L$300 gift card for its clothing store, and another free L$300 gift card for its hair store! (If you missed your chance to join for free, the group join fee is only L$350, so you still come out ahead if you join now.)
But that’s not all! There’s also an easter egg hunt throughout the JUMO stores, with some lovely prizes for only L$15 each! You don’t need to join the group to get the bargains, and the eggs are large and placed out in the open, so they are easy to find. Prizes include hairstyles, jewelry, and haute couture with the signature JUMO touch.
Here’s an example of an outfit I was able to put together:
Vanity Fair is wearing:
Gown: Colette ballgown by JUMO (from the Easter egg hunt; only L$15!)
Earrings: Sienna earrings by Lazuri (a gift from a shopping event last winter; for some reason I can’t find their store in-world)
Hair: Eva from JUMO Hair (using the L$300 gift card I picked up)
Fantasy Faire is back! The popular annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society runs from April 18th to May 5th this year. In addition to the shopping event, there is a literary festival, a quest, silent and live auctions, roleplay, arts and entertainment, and a masked ball. You can get all the information on these and many other events from the Fantasy Faire 2019 website.
The Faire has dozens and dozens of vendors participating, presenting exclusive products created just for this event. The talented Solas NaGealai and Bee Dumpling of Silvan Moon Designs have released the beautiful Aetheria gown in three colours: lapis, sand, and crimson, for only L$400 each, as an American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraiser:
There are various locations within Second Life where generous content creators have placed free Christmas gifts under the tree:
FaMESHed Event: You can join the FaMESH ed group for free to pick up the gifts under this Christmas tree. As a bonus, there’s also a wheeled cart off to the side where you can still pick up an assortment of gifts from a recent autumn round of FaMESHed!
The Dubai Event has an assortment of gifts under their Christmas tree (including a particularly nice blue and gold ballgown by Virtual Diva, for Maitreya Lara mesh bodies only).
The Free Dove has gifts under a large Christmas tree, located to the right as you enter the freebie store. You do need to join The Free Dove group for free.
The Swank Event has quite a few gifts under their tree outside, but also many more scattered around outside in the snow! So wander around and see what you can find. No group is required.
Epiphany has some lovely gifts under a Christmas tree in the centre of the event. No group is required.
At the Man Cave event, the “tree” is a stack of green beer bottles, and the “gifts” are beercans with red ribbons standing underneath it! There are over 30 gifts here, all for male avatars.
The Très Chic event has a pile of presents under the Christmas tree outside, plus gifts at some of the vendor booths inside. Join the Très Chic group for free to get these Christmas gifts.
As in past years, the Cosmopolitan event has gifts in over 30 Christmas stockings hung on the large Christmas tree at the entrance. You do have to join the Cosmopolitan group for free to get these gifts.
UPDATE Dec. 23rd: I just found out that all the gifts under the Christmas Tree at Sn@tch will be FREE on Christmas Day!
UPDATE Dec. 25th:Fallen Gods has a wonderful assortment of gifts under their Christmas tree! No group is required.
Most of the advent calendars and 12 Days of Christmas calendars operated by in-world stores in Second Life require you to show up each day to get the advent gift for that date. Sometimes, you may be able to purchase previous days’ gifts for a small fee. But there are a few calendars which allow you to pick up today’s gift, plus all the previous days’ gifts, for free or a small group join fee. Here’s a list of locations where I intend to visit sometime on Dec. 24th or 25th to pick up all the gifts at one time!
ALB Dream Fashion & ShuShu has an advent calendar where you can pick up most (not all) of the previous days’ gifts. No group is required.
At ML Fashion, you can not only get all the gifts at once on their Advent Calendar on Christmas Day, you can also pick up their Peace on Earth Hunt prize, which is tucked away at the very top of their Christmas-tree-shaped calendar! No group is required.
Both Emerald Couture (women’s wear) and Emerald Man (menswear by the same designer) have not one, but two Advent calendars: one requires you to join their respective groups (for free) and you can only pick up gifts on the appropriate date, but each store also has a second Advent calendar which does not require a group, and you can pick up all the previous days’ gifts for free! (Use the provided SLURLs to find the exact locations of the no-group-required Advent calendars; they are in a different location than the “regular” Advent calendars.)
JUMO has a 12 Days of Christmas calendar where you pick up all the gifts at once. Remember to come back on New Year’s Eve for a final gift! All gifts are free and do not require a group membership.
UPDATE Dec. 25th: Surprise! Firelight Hair has made all the previous days’ Advent gifts available for free (you do need to join the Firelight group for free).
So, there you have it! Play your cards right on Christmas Day, and in one series of teleports around the grid, you can pick up dozens and dozens of Christmas presents for free or next-to-nothing! Happy freebie shopping!