UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Gifts from the Christmas Round of the Avatar Fair

EDITORIAL NOTE: Yes, I know, I know—I have been blogging non-stop about Second Life lately! Please bear with me; I will return to writing more about the broader metaverse soon, I swear!!! This is just a phase I’m going through… 😉

Now that Hallowe’en is over, Second Life begins to get ready for the Christmas season! The Avatar Fair shopping event has many free gifts for female avatars, many of which are complete outfit fatpacks, including shoes or boots! All you have to do is join the Avatar Fair group for free to pick up all these early Christmas presents.

Look for the Avatar Fair booth with the orange backdrop (here’s the exact SLURL, but because the Avatar Fair has a central spawn point in front of the Sugar Dolls store, you need to save the SLURL to your inventory, right click on it and select “Show on Map”, then follow the red arrow to find the right booth).

Click on the Avatar Fair sign to join the group, and pick up five free gifts! One of these is a winter coat, hat and boots fatpack called Rose, from Ewa Boutique, which comes with a HUD to select from 10 coat and hat colours, and 6 different colours for the boots!

Another Christmas present from Ewa Boutique is this Noelly coat and boots outfit, which also comes with a HUD to choose 18 different colours for the coat, and 4 for the boots! Between these two gifts, you’re all set for any winter worlds you visit!

Another one of the five presents you can get at this booth is the Mysterious Bento AO, which is a carry-over gift from the Halloween round of the Avatar Fair (I wrote about it here; scroll to the Oct. 9th, 2021 update at the end). This is the perfect animation override to use with dresses, skirts, and full-skirted coats like Rose and Noelly!

Now, head over to the huge Christmas tree located right in the middle of the Avatar Fair, where there are another eight free gifts under the tree!

Here my avatar is modeling a few of these gifts. This is the fishnet-accented Agness dress by Ewa Boutique, which comes in a complete fatpack of colours (ultra-high platform shoes are included, not shown here). This outfit comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy; Belleza Freya and Isis; and Slink Physique and Hourglass mesh bodies.

This is the Tzuyu top and skirt, two separate pieces you can mix and match with other items in your wardrobe (sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; Belleza Freya and Isis; Slink Hourglass and Petite; INTHIUM Kupra; and a standard fitted size).

From Sugar Dolls comes this cute Amanda minidress fatpack (Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Physique and Hourglass sizes):

Unleash your inner punk rocker with the Alex ripped dress and sneakers outfit, another gift from Sugar Dolls. The HUD allows you to select one of six textures for both the dress and the platform sneakers. This outfit comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; and Slink Physique and Hourglass mesh bodies.

This Katia outfit by Ewa Boutique has four colours each for the top and the miniskirt (there’s also a bag and some platform shoes, not shown here). The outfit comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; and Slink Hourglass and Physique.

You’re all set for your next Christmas party with this eye-catching Donna dress in black, with an optional white or black fur trim along the hemline (it comes in Maitreya, Legacy and Slink Hourglass sizes):

The Clara crop top with tie and miniskirt with straps lets your avatar embrace a retro Avril Lavigne look for free! You get 8 texture options for the top and the skirt, plus a mini tote bag and some ultra-high platform shoes (not shown here). Sizes: Maitreya Lara, Meshbody Legacy, and Slink Hourglass.

Happy freebie shopping!

UPDATE Nov. 16th, 2021: I just checked, and the Avatar Fair has gone and swapped out many of the old gifts that were under the Christmas tree, and added many new ones! I’m not sure if they are going to be swapping gifts in and out during the event at regular intervals, so you might want to revisit the Avatar Fair event every so often!

So here another one of my small army of Second Life alts is modeling a selection of these new gifts (mostly from Ewa Boutique). This is the sexy black Naomi minidress and shoes (there’s also a black purse with a hold pose):

This daring Margareth bodysuit and skirt are labelled as a “fatpack”, but there’s no sign of the HUD in the folder! So you just have the black colour shown, which is still nice…

However, there is a HUD included to change the colour of both the sweater and skirt parts of this more modest Isa outfit:

The Anneliz party dress, featuring a transparent overskirt) comes in eight different colours (and the shoes are included):

This Giselle outfit comes in ten different colours, and includes both the collar and the awesome boots!

The Lyly fur-trimmed coat from Sugar Dolls is extremely similar to the Noelly coat I mentioned up top, only you can change the colours of the coat and the fur trim individually on this version for 56 different combinations in total!

Finally, we have the aptly-named Claus minidress and Santa hat! HO HO HO!!!

Happy freebie shopping!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Gifts from the Belle Epoque Sixth Anniversary Hunt!

Well-known Second Life womenswear retailer Belle Epoque (store SLURL) is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a free hunt! You are searching for birthday cakes hidden in various places around the store, containing 30 free items from Belle Epoque, as well as free items from a number of other retailers.

Here are my picks for the best of the hunt prizes! I hope that you don’t mind that I used a pose stand to show off these prizes—it’s just so much quicker to work this way, and I wanted to share my finds with you as quickly as possible! There are many lovely dresses and gowns from Belle Epoque as hunt prizes, all unique and one-of-a-kind designs, but they come in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara and Meshbody Legacy bodies only! All accessories such as headbands and hats are unrigged and resizable.

First up is a pair of hunt gifts, the oversize pink Maite rose headband (hunt prize #14) and the form-fitting Nailah ballgown (prize #9):

Candace dress (prize #2):

Circe asymmetrical tailored dress (#5):

Tyra dress (#6):

Gia dress (#7):

Christine dress (#10):

Natalia dress (#12):

Rose shirt dress (#13):

Jennifer top and skirt (one piece; #15):

Monica dress (#16):

Allegra gown (#30):

L’Amour Curtois historical straw bonnet with hair (#29):

The Free Spirit headpiece (#24):

Knit top dress (the hunt prize from c*C*c):

Tania minidress (the hunt prize from UNA):

The Belle Epoque 6th Anniversary Hunt ends November 30th, 2021, so hurry on down to the in-world store and snap up some fabulous free fashion for your avatar!

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Some Prizes from the Creepy Russian Village Hunt

You might be surprised to learn that there is a large and active Russian-language community in Second Life! Second Life – FREE is a little-known-about Russian-language group on Vkontakte, the Russian version of Facebook. It’s the largest VK community dedicated to free and inexpensive things in Second Life. (Use the Russian-to-English translator in your Chrome browser to read the posts in this Russian-language community. You do not need to set up an account on VKontakte; just click on the “Not Now!” link whenever a pop-up appears asking you to log in.)

This group is hosting the Creepy Russian Village Hunt in Second Life for Halloween, with prizes from a variety of vendors, ranging in price from free to L$25 each. The hunt object is the traditional Russian nesting doll!

I was particularly taken by the Russian/Slavic design elements of the womenswear prizes, so today Vanity Fair is modeling a few of my favourite prizes from this hunt. I won’t be telling you where to find these elusive dolls, but I will share with you my top six tips for successful hunting in Second Life.

Please note that in order to take clearer pictures of the hunt prizes, I changed the default sky settings of the sim to Nam’s Optimal Skin 1. You might want to leave the lighting at the default setting to really appreciate the atmosphere of the creepy village! (The pictures I took of the sim are stills from a promotional video for the hunt.)

This lovely Mavka peasant dress, the prize from Silk Road, costs only L$25 and comes in both white and black versions. The Mavka dress comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy and Legacy Perky; INTHIUM Kupra; eBody Reborn; and Kalhene Erika mesh bodies.

Here Vanity is showing you two different hunt prizes from ERSCH, the very Russian Laerta head ribbon (which comes in three pieces; you can detach the right and left bows), and the Alice dress, which comes in bloody and non-bloody versions (there’s also another hunt prize consisting of the same dress, but in black instead of white). The ERSCH prizes are only L$15 each. The Alice dress comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Belleza Freya; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; INTHIUM Kupra and Kups; and eBody Reborn.

This beautifully embroidered red, white, and black Adela gown is one of the hunt prizes from ANTAYA (Maitreya Lara size only; L$25):

Another prize from ANTAYA is the Hilda gown (Legacy and Maitreya sizes; L$25). I found the Maitreya Lara version of this garment includes an auto-hide which automatically alphas out your hands and feet, so you will need to reset that using your Maitreya alpha HUD (it’s a small bug, but one I’d have thought the creator would have caught while testing).

There are many other prizes in the hunt; you can see them all here. (Don’t forget to turn on the automatic translation in your Chrome web browser!)

You can teleport to the Creepy Russian Village hunt sim here. Good luck!

UPDATE Oct. 26th, 2021: A few more hunt prizes have been added to the Creepy Russian Village Hunt! This white dress with the embroidered hemline and the red bead necklace are two separate, free prizes from Dreamcatcher (sizes: Maitreya, Legacy and Kupra):

Наслаждайтесь охотой! (Enjoy the hunt!)

Second LIFE Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Gifts from the October Round of the SWANK Event

Have you joined the RyanSchultz.com Steals, Deals & Freebies group yet? I will be posting EVEN MORE news and tips on finding fabulous freebies and bargains in Second Life than I post here on the blog! More information on this brand new SL group here.

The October round of the SWANK shopping event is upon us, and there are literally hundreds of gifts for you to pick up! You’ll need to join the SWANK group for free to get all the gifts.

Here’s what you are looking for (it might be larger or smaller, and “hidden” as part of other Halloween decorations, depending on the vendor booth):

The SWANK shopping event is one of the big ones, sprawling across an entire sim! Here’s the promo video for the October round (they call it a pumpkin “hunt”, but the pumpkins are in plain sight in almost all cases—it’s hardly a hunt in my books!).

Once again, I am trotting out Second Life supermodel Vanity Fair to model some of the gifts which I particularly liked. (My main male alt, Heath Homewood, will do the honours for the menswear gifts.) Because it’s such a large event, I have included exact SLURLs for all the gifts I mention in this blogpost, to save you time.

This starry black Wicca dress is a gift from Zoom (SLURL); the top and skirt are two separate pieces, so you can mix and match! This comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass, and Belleza Freya mesh bodies.

From the Firelight booth comes this curly Natalie hairstyle, which comes with a 3-colour mini-HUD as shown:

GGVG’s present is this simple, elegant black Bella ballgown, which comes with the ruby brooch and earrings shown. This gown comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Slink Physique and Hourglass; and Belleza Freya, Isis and Venus bodies.

This cute cropped sweater from COSMOS comes in two colours, red and grey, and in a multitude of sizes: Maitreya Lara; Altamura; Belleza Freya, Venus, and Isis; Slink Physique and Hourglass; and the Meshbody Classic/TMP and Legacy.

The gift from the Park Place Casuals booth is this sassy Attitude T-shirt, which comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Venus and Freya; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Tonic Curvy and Fine; Voluptuous; Ocacin; three fitmesh sizes (S, M, L); and three classic sizes (S, M, L; an alpha is included).

One of three gifts from Hawker’s House is this Mia top and matching skirt in caramel. This outfit comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya and Venus; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Tonic Fine and Curvy; Ocacin; Voluptuous; three fitmesh sizes (S, M, L); and three classic sizes (S, M, L).

You can snap up two different colours of this sequined Shelly party dress for free at two different locations at the SWANK shopping event: seafoam blue (as shown below), or purple. Sizes include Maitreya, Belleza (Freya, Isis, Venus), and Slink (Hourglass and Physique). These dresses are courtesy of the WILD store.

There are three men’s gifts available from the Hawker’s House booth! The first gift consists of two separate pieces, this olive overshirt/T-shirt combo and the blue jeans, which come in Belleza Jake, Signature Gianni, Slink, and fitmesh/classic sizes:

Heath is wearing both the second and third Hawker’s House menswear gifts in the following picture: the Barton sweater and jeans (the outfit is all in one piece, in sizes to fit Belleza Jake, Slink, and Meshbody Classic/TMP bodies, plus fitmesh and classic sizes), paired with the Trailblazer boots (which come in one unrigged size; you’ll need to alpha out your feet to wear these).

And the men’s gift from 69 Park Avenue is a generous fatpack of these casual shirts, which come in eight different colours and patterns as shown:

The SWANK shopping event ends on October 31st, 2021, so hurry down before it ends…happy freebie shopping!