UPDATED AS OF NOVEMBER 26th, 2021: Your 2021 Guide to Finding All the Black Friday Sales in Second Life

See also: What Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas Calendars I’ll Be Hitting This December (2021 Edition)

Second Life male and female Bento head retailer LeLutka is having a 50%-off sale on all their heads from Nov. 26th to Nov. 30th.

Black Friday is coming up soon and, as in real life, there are bargains and sales aplenty in the virtual world of Second Life! I will be updating this blogpost with information on where you can find listings of Black Friday sales across the grid.

Courtesy of YouTuber NovataSecondLife, here are two Flickr collections of Black Friday sales in Second Life:

One thing that I do find irritating about these collections of pictures on Flickr is that you often have to hunt around in the image to find the store name or logo, while “50% OFF” is often in HUGE letters on the pic!

Perhaps the best and most comprehensive listing of Black Friday sales to date is the one on the Fabulously Free in SL website. Note that some of these sales have already started! For example, Belle Epoque’s 50%-off sale has its final day today, November 22nd, 2021. So please check the start and end dates of each store’s Black Friday sale!

I will be updating this blogpost throughout the week as I hear of especially good deals, and new lists of sales. Stay tuned!

UPDATE Nov. 23rd, 2021: TeleportHub.com has a list of stores participating in the Black Friday Weekend Sale 2021, running from Nov. 26th to Nov. 29th, 2021 (some stores may have different start and end dates, however; please check the list carefully).

UPDATE Nov. 23rd, 2021 8:29 p.m.: Kalhene is having a 50%-off sale on both their Maitreya-Lara-compatible Analexa mesh body (available here; now just L$999), and their new, curvier Erika mesh body (available here; now just L$1,295). The sale starts today, Nov. 23rd, and runs until Nov. 28th, 2021.

Here is my review of both bodies, which include heads, hair, and a nice starter wardrobe. They were a real bargain before, and they are an even better deal now!

The Kalhene Analexa mesh body is compatible with almost all clothing and footwear designed for Maitreya Lara, and includes a head, a selection of Bakes on Mesh skins, hair, and a starter wardrobe!
The Kalhene Erika body comes with three different heads, a selection of Bakes on Mesh skins, hair, and a generous starter wardrobe with ten outfits (the feet are compatible with footwear designed for Maitreya Lara).

Also, While Seraphim has yet to publish its Black Friday sales listing, it did post the following image to Flickr, with a teaser:

Get Those Wallets Ready, Friends! There Are Over 425 Sales On The List And There Are Still 3 Days Until Black Friday!

So, when Seraphim does publish its list, I will be sure to update this blogpost with a link to it! If they do indeed have over 425 entries, then it will be by far the biggest list of Black Friday sales in Second Life! (UPDATE Nov. 25th: Seraphim has now published its Black Friday list! Have at it!!!)

UPDATE Nov. 24th, 2021: Pink Cream Pie is having a 50%-off sale, but the Pink Cream Pie store group will also be FREE to join from Nov. 26th to 29th, 2021! (The group normally costs L$314 to join.)

With your group tag active, you can pick up dozens and dozens of free group gifts on the second floor of the store, including all the group gifts from 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020! So be sure to join the Pink Cream Pie group when it is free to join.

The bountiful group gift wall at Pink Cream Pie

UPDATE Nov. 25th: In addition to a 50%-off sale starting today and running until Monday, November 29th, 2021, Blueberry is giving all members of its Blueberry Store VIP group L$250 in free store credit! Please check the group messages for the HUD to attach and click on to get the credit. The Blueberry Store VIP group costs only L$20 to join, so it’s worth it! Note that the free store credit will expire if not used within two weeks.

UPDATE Nov. 25th, 2021: The Meshbody is having a 50%-off sale on all male and female Legacy mesh bodies, which is an especially good deal! (The regular retail price for Legacy bodies is L$5,000, so that works out to L$2,500 with the 50% Black Friday discount.) The sale runs from Friday, Nov. 26th to Monday, Nov. 29th, 2021. (UPDATE Nov. 26th: Meshbody has increased the discount on Legacy mesh bodies from 40% to 50%, so I have updated this paragraph.)

Also, a reminder: if you are shopping for a new mesh body, that while it is technically not a Good Friday sale, Belleza still has their 50%-off sale on all male and female Belleza mesh bodies (more details here). The male Belleza Jake Bento mesh body is for sale for L$1,500, and the female Belleza Freya, Venus, and Isis bodies are only L$1,250 each, or you can pick up the three-pack for L$2,250! And both the Jake and Freya bodies have excellent support among Second Life fashion designers.

UPDATE Nov. 26th, 2021: I have checked and I can confirm that Maitreya is having a 50%-off sale on the Maitreya Lara mesh body! It is just L$1,375. The petite breast add-on option is L$299, and the flat chest option is L$249.

There’s no notice of this sale in the Maitreya V.I.P. store group, so the news just seems to be spreading via word of mouth. Expect the sim to be very crowded once word gets out on this bargain! (Maitreya had a sale like this last year, too, so I was expecting this.)

Happy shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: End-of-Year Freebies for Male Avatars

Well, Advent calendar season is almost over, and I have spent most of it focused on fabulous freebies for female avatars, but I wanted to blog about some men’s freebies that you can pick up today.

First, please meet Silver Quick, my handsome male alt who will be modeling today’s finds:

Silver Quick is wearing:

  • Head, Eyes and Eyebrows: the recent group gift of the Alain Bento, Bakes on Mesh head from LeLutka
  • Body: Romeo by Altamura (a Valentine’s Day group gift a couple of years ago; to use Bakes on Mesh skin on this body, you must first purchase an Omega system kit for Altamura for L$99 at this exact SLURL, and obtain the free Bakes on Mesh kit from Altamura (at this exact SLURL in their in-world store)
  • Bakes on Mesh Skin: Delphinus by Altamura (included with the Bakes on Mesh kit mentioned above)
  • Hair: Jamie by Firelight, a free gift available here
  • Shorts: Alejandro shorts from the starter avatars in the Library folder of your SL inventory
  • Animation Override: Tuty’s Daily sLIFE Free Bento AO (free from the Tuty animations store)
The Altamura Bakes on Mesh kit includes a BoM Omega relay and the Delphinus skin

Our first stop today is NERO N7 menswear store, where (if you join their store group for free), you can pick up a free L$500 gift card, good for anything in the store:

Next, we hit a couple of Advent calendars that are still up!

Donni’s Dollies has an Advent calendar where the odd-numbered dates (plus Dec. 12th and Dec. 24th) have gifts of menswear as well as womenswear (no group is needed). Here is the black and gold tuxedo from December 24th:

No Shot still has their 12 Days of Christmas calendar up, too. Here is one of the 12 menswear gifts you can pick up, a camouflage outfit with boots:

Here’s another nice outfit from the No Shot calendar, which also includes the shoes:

And here’s a business suit outfit from the same calendar, with shoes:

The ACCESS shopping event has many lovely gifts for both men and women (you have to join the ACCESS group for free to pick up these gifts).

Here’s a pro tip to help you quickly find the gifts you want at this and at other events: if you are using the Firestorm viewer, select Area Search under the World menu, then enter a keyword you are searching for (e.g. “varsity”). Then, from the list of search results, right-click the one you are interested in, and select Zoom from the pop-up menu as shown here:

Your camera will then zoom in on the specific giftbox you have selected! All you have to do is click on it and it’s yours! This tip can save you a lot of wandering around at crowded sales events where there are dozens and dozens of vendor booths.

Do a keyword search for “GRAILED” to get this Zion hoodie fatpack by GRAILED, which includes a HUD with 30 different colours and patterns:

And do a keyword search for “Varsity” to pick up this Randon jacket and long sweater combo from Varsity, with two HUDs to change the colour of both the jacket and sweater. You’ll need to alpha out your arms and hands for this hands-in-pockets look!

Our final stop is the Shop and Hop event, where there are a few men’s freebies to pick up. The gift from Etham is this shirt-and-hoodie combo, which comes with a HUD to change the colour of both the shirt and the hoodie individually:

The gift from Mossu is this cheerful Christmas cardigan:

The present from Lapointe and Bastchild’s SWEAR store at the Winter Shop and Hop are these wonderfully-detailed tundra patrol boots, in a camouflage snowflake pattern:

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Skin and Eyes for the LeLutka Lilly Head

My annual Advent calendar odyssey in Second Life is now winding down, and (with a few exceptions), I plan to take a bit of a break from blogging until the new year. This year, so many SL storeowners have been extremely generous with their gifts! I have spent many an enjoyable hour over the past three weeks, ransacking the various Advent calendars and 12 Days of Christmas calendars across the grid, and my small army of alts now have many fabulous and fashionable freebies sitting in their inventories!

Yesterday, I spent an entertaining couple of hours trying out the dozens and dozens of facial animations and static facial poses included in the HUD of what I think was the best Christmas gift I picked up this year, the LeLutka Lilly Bento mesh head! The animations and poses on this head truly put the competition to shame with their variety.

The skin used in these pictures is a new, free group gift from Amara Beauty, the beautiful Holly Bakes on Mesh skin, which comes in three skin tones and is specifically designed for LeLutka Evolution heads:

In fact, the only complaint I have had about the Lilly head is that the included, rigged mesh eyes looked a little bit cross-eyed to me, so I swapped them out with a free group gift from ARTE, this set of lovely deep brown eyes in three shades and three sizes (which includes both Catwa and Omega appliers, Bakes on Mesh/system eyes, and a pair of mesh eyes which can be adjusted and textured using a handy HUD).

Both the ARTE and Amara Beauty groups are free to join, so if you picked up the LeLutka Lilly head this season, be sure to pick up these fabulous freebies as well!

Happy freebie shopping!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Male and Female Bento Mesh Heads from LeLutka, Only Available from December 8th to 26th, 2020!

IMPORTANT UPDATE, Dec. 11th, 2020: The Alain and Lilly gift heads are NO LONGER AVAILABLE from the LeLutka in-world store! Please go to one of the following locations instead to pick them up:

Lelutka Sim 1
Lelutka Sim 2
Lelutka Sim 3

News flash! LeLutka is offering two free Bento mesh heads, one for males and one for females, but only from December 8th to December 26th, 2020. All you have to do is join the LeLutka group, and pay L$1 for each head (your Linden dollar will be automatically refunded).

According to a notecard sent out via the LeLutka group (which is free to join):

Hello, LeLU’s,

So we ask, what’s better than a price drop, Black Friday sale, and 6 Christmas trees to end this year?

Free heads!!! One for the girls and one for the boys. You read right, we want to spoil you with these two little gifts. This is just another way of showing you how much we love you and to thank you for giving us support this year!

Please help us welcome Lilly and Alain to our Evolution line, and we truly hope you will love them like we do.

These heads will be set to L$1, but you will get refunded. The only reason you will need to pay the vendor is to record your purchase, which will ensure you get all future updates and redelivers. We wanted to be sure our group members felt special; therefore, Lilly and Alain will be available to group members ONLY and set to a regular price (L$3990) on December 26th.

These heads come with all of the features you have come to love. With all addons and skins, we left nothing out. So with that said, enjoy and thank you for being with us yet another year.

May 2021 be an amazing one for us all…

With utmost gratitude,

The Alain and Lilly gift heads from LeLutka (source)

Of course, the LeLutka sim is absolutely jampacked and laggy as hell at the moment, but you’ve got from now until Boxing Day to come in-world and pick these heads up, so you might want to bide your time until the sim is somewhat less crowded. It’s important to note that LeLutka is telling shoppers that they CANNOT cam shop from the neighbouring sims for this special deal; you will therefore have to fight your way into the LeLutka sim to pick these heads up.

UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: After spending most of this morning trying to get in with the handy Teleporter Hammer tool (which you can buy for free here from the SL Marketplace), I was finally able to get in!

Here’s what the vendor panels look like in the LeLutka store. You need to click, not on the poster, but on the red panel directly underneath the poster (please see the green arrows in the picture below):

Click the red panels underneath the Alain and Lilly posters in the LeLutka store

Just pay the panels L$1, et voilà! The Alain or Lilly head that you desire is now yours!

Here’s what in the Lilly head package when you unpack it:

The LeLutka BoM Add-Ons folder contains things such as Bakes on Mesh freckles, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick, plus a few things you wouldn’t expect: smile lines, mature wrinkles, and even some vampire blood! The LeLutka BoM Hairbases folder contains dozens of Bakes on Mesh hairbases, in just about every shade imaginable.

The base skin is a full-head Bakes on Mesh tattoo layer, which comes in four skin tones. Likewise, the eyebrows are Bakes on Mesh, and come in blonde, red, light brown, and dark brown (and I am not a fan of these particular BoM eyebrows, which to my eye look very unnatural and overly manicured, as seems to be the style nowadays).

Here is what the Lilly head looks like, straight out of the box and using the default head, body, and eyebrows shapes included, with zero adjustments to the sliders. For this picture I chose the lightest of the four included face skins, and the dark brown eyebrows:

This is the first freebie Bento head gift that I can remember that includes several options for aging your appearance. Here’s what the Lilly head looks like when you select Mature instead of Young from the HUD, and add the included mature skin tone and the smile lines from the unpacked BoM Add-Ons folder:

You do get eight different types of eyelashes, with the option to change just the upper lashes, the lower lashes, or both:

The Lilly head does include mesh eyes, and the HUD gives you twelve different colours to choose from, plus quite a few other options:

The HUD includes high-definition (HD) options for eyeshadow, lipstick, and eyebrows (if you choose not to use the Bakes on Mesh eyebrows included in the package).

There is also an extensive animations HUD, with no less than 64 facial animation settings to reflect many different moods! The HUD also includes 64 separate facial expressions for pictures and the like…check out this lovely, bright smile!

Unfortunately, it does appear that, unlike other, previous freebie mesh head group gifts from other vendors, you will have to purchase LeLutka skin appliers in order to match the four included head skins with whatever mesh body you choose to pair with this head.

So I decided to try out a couple of skins designed specifically for LeLutka heads, just to see how they look. Here’s the free group gift of the Mandi skin from Lara Hurley Skin:

And here is what the free group gift from Essences, the Waleria face applier for LeLutka heads, looks like on the Lilly head (more details here):

The Alain male Bento mesh head looks like this, right out of the box:

It comes with a high-definition beard and a HUD to give you one of five facial hair options, in any of five different colours:

Like Lilly, the Alain head comes with four shades of skin tattoos, but in the case of Alain, the tattoos seem to apply to both the head and the Bakes on Mesh-compatible body (in this case, the Meshbody Classic body), which was not the case with the Lilly head when I tested it (unless I screwed up the settings on the Maitreya Lara mesh body I used for the Lilly photos, but I don’t think I did, since the other Bakes on Mesh skins I tried did work with it). Strange!

UPDATE 5:47 p.m.: In frustration, I finally went and upgraded my Maitreya Lara mesh body to version 5.3, turned on Bakes on Mesh for it, and tried it again, and I can now confirm that the skin tattoos that come with both the Lilly and Alain head tattoos include an extended neck fade, but they do NOT extend to the entire body itself! (The reason I had originally thought that the Alain skin tattoos covered the entire body was that I had tested it with a system skin that was close enough in skin tone to match!)

Here is what the Lilly head looks like in the darkest skin tone of the four included, and you can clearly see where the tattoo fades out. At least, I don’t have a visible neck seam this time! Honestly, switching back and forth between skin appliers and Bakes on Mesh can be such a pain in the ass sometimes…anyway, just to make it crystal clear: You will definitely need to purchase skins (either Bakes on Mesh skins, or skin appliers for your preferred mesh body in the LeLutka skin tones) to match the head skin tattoos included with both the Alain and Lilly gift heads.

One interesting thing I noted is that there were no darker or Black skin tones that came with either the Lilly or Alain heads—Caucasian only! Again, you’ll have to purchase those Bakes on Mesh skins or LeLetuka head and body appliers separately.

All in all, these are both really high-quality products, and well worth picking up!

UPDATE Dec. 12th, 2020: Clef de Peau is offering up a free group gift of a male head and body skin called Jamie (the Clef de Peau group is free to join). Here is what Jamie looks like on the Alain head; the package includes a suggested body shape and eyebrow shaper for the Alain head. which I had to tweak slightly in the upper body and neck areas to get this picture. Looking fabulous!

There is also a free gift at the POUT! store, of a shape created specifically for the LeLutka Lilly head. It’s located in the centre of the store, and you don’t need to join any group; just slap the vendor panel and it’s yours!

Thank you to both Linda Haber and Kieran Stephens for the heads up!