Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Fitch’s Freebies for Men

I’m still in a very foul mood from yesterday’s Facebook announcement, so I decided to distract myself by escaping into Second Life for a little while today, which tends to be my preferred way of dealing (or, perhaps more accurately, not dealing) with messy, painful, dumpster-fire reality these days.

I was once again enjoying the blues at Bray’s Place (my new favourite hangout in Second Life), when an avatar beside me rezzed out a wearable lawn chair (complete with a big bowl of popcorn!) and sat down to catch the next set, munching merrily away.

Of course, that was my cue to do a quick right-click/inspect to find out where I could get this wonderful wearable chair, which led me down the SL rabbit hole to Fitch’s, a spot with literally dozens of freebies, which I had never been to before! (Even after 14 years, I am still amazed at the places I find that I never knew existed on the grid.)

Now, I do know that a great many men (and particularly, straight men) seem to really hate going shopping, both in real life and in Second Life, and appear to be quite content with a very limited avatar wardrobe. Fitch’s is a dream come true for these men: one place where you can pick up all your basic clothing needs in one stop, and best of all, it’s all free! This place is a hidden gem.

Fitch’s offers freebies for both classic, system male avatars as well as for newer mesh avatars, and most of the mesh clothing includes HUDs with an extensive variety of colours and patterns to choose from. If you hate going shopping, well, this is the place for you, guys! Ten minutes and you’re done, tops! (Although I would still recommend visits to a few other freebie stores to augment your look.)

But first, that lawn chair. Among the many freebies available at Fitch’s is this Drama Watching Chair, which you wear as an attachment. Simply turn off your avatar’s AO and you’re sitting back, scarfing down popcorn from a huge bowl, intently watching whatever Second Life drama is going down! It’s the absolutely perfect accessory! Of course, this chair works for female as well as male avatars. Fitch’s is worth a visit just to pick up this wonderful freebie, alone.

The Drama Watching Chair (popcorn included!)

But there’s so much more! If you are rocking a classic, system avatar, you will find a full selection of complete (nude) male starter avatars, each complete with hair, eyes, skin, shape—even a penis! You can mix and match them to your heart’s content, to create your own unique look!

And tucked away in one corner of Fitch’s Freebies, there are many free men’s outfits! On the left are panels, each with a basic capsule wardrobe to fit eleven different brands of men’s mesh bodies. Among these bodies is Altamura, which is a real find because it can be hard to find high-quality, free men’s clothing to fit male Altamura mesh bodies (this clothing will work with both the free and paid-for versions). There are also similar capsule wardrobe packages specifically designed for Slink, Signature Gianni and Geralt, Belleza, TMP/Classic, Aesthetic, EXMACHINA*, Adam, Mado, and NX-Nardcotix male mesh bodies. Something for everyone!

The Fitch Altamura capsule wardrobe jeans and sweater (shown here on the freebie Altamura Robert mesh body; the sandals are a free group gift from VERSOV, a free-to-join group)

To the right are even more men’s mesh outfits, just click the big orange button! Most of these come in standard sizing, but a few items also have mesh body fits as well. Be sure to unpack all twelve mesh outfits to check them out (there’s even a handy rezz spot nearby, just for unpacking boxes).

Lots of menswear freebies!

All of the clothing at Fitch’s appears to be original items, created by Fitch himself, which you won’t find at other freebie stores in Second Life.

The Jason jeans and Andrew shirt come in a truly mind-boggling fatpack of colours and patterns—and you can even tint various parts of the shirt and pants separately! (I am also wearing the same Jason jeans and Andrew shirt, but in much more subdued colours, in the first and third pictures in this blogpost.)

A look at the extensive HUDs for the Jason jeans and Andrew shirt

Here’s another look, an unzipped hoodie and the Chicago jeans, both of which come in a fatpack of colours and patterns. You can tint five different parts of the jeans separately using the included, interactive HUD:

The HUDs for the unzipped hoodie and the Chicago jeans: lots of options

Below are three more looks from the bounty at Fitch’s. First up are the Boston cargo shorts, paired with the Bryan T-shirt (again, both come with a HUD with a wide variety of colours, patterns, and slogans to choose from):

The Bryan T-shirt and Boston cargo shorts come in full fatpacks

Need a formal tuxedo for that special evening out? Fitch has you covered there, too! The black dress shoes are included in this outfit. Looking sharp for zero Lindens!

Fitch’s free men’s tuxedo

Finally, my favourite outfit is the Blues Brother suit, with comes complete with shoes, fedora, and sunglasses!

“We’re on a mission from God”

Here’s your taxi to Fitch’s Freebies! Happy freebie shopping! (Please note that this is an adult-rated, gay sim. No child avatars are allowed.)

*I have tested the EXMACHINA clothing on the new EXMACHINA Evolve mesh body, and it does not fit. The clothing should work with older EXMACHINA bodies, though.

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: the Jackalope Pride Hunt (Plus Free Pridewear for Men and Women from 28LA, and Free Gifts from the SL Pride Festival!)

To celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride, Jackalope is throwing a 50% off sale, and they are also holding a Pride Hunt. The hunt items are free and you do not need to join the Jackalope store group to get the individual hunt items, which all together make up a complete rainbow outfit!

Everything Vanity Fair is wearing in the pictures below—the fishnet crop top, skirt, badges, earrings, bracelet, the wonderful combat boots with rainbow socks, even the Bento pose and the backdrop!—is a hunt prize from the Jackalope Pride Hunt.

One of the free hunt prizes is this wonderful, colourful backdrop! The collection of balloons to the left and right are separate items and you could easily reuse them for other celebrations such as birthday parties:

Now, I should caution you that many of the hunt prizes are rather fiendishly hidden all around the store (including the ceiling!). If you get frustrated, here’s a pro hunt tip from Auntie Ryan 😉 …in the Firestorm viewer, if you press Ctrl-Shift-R, it will turn on wireframe mode (which is essentially X-ray vision). Press Ctrl-Shift-R again to toggle it back off. (If this feels like cheating to you, then don’t use this tip.)

Here’s your taxi to the Jackalope store. The Pride Hunt ends on July 5th, 2020. Happy hunting!

Vanity Fair is also wearing:


This next Pridewear freebie is from a store called 28LA, and it is a doozy! Teleport to the store, and click on the rack of clothing outside, and you will receive a Pride collection of apparel, with designs for for both male and female avatars! The male clothing comes in sizes to fit Belleza Jake and Signature Gianni mesh bodies, and the female clothing is designed to fit the Belleza Freya, Slink Hourglass, and Maitreya Lara mesh bodies.

The Free Pridewear Collection from 28LA

Finally, we have the Pride Festival in Second Life, which runs from June 24th to 28th. Most of the vendor booths at this event have free gifts (you will have to join the free Pride Festival group to get them). Here’s a look at three of the many gifts:

  • this colourful eye makeup from ALMA (system/Bakes on Mesh, plus Catwa, LeLutka and Omega appliers);
  • the Proud Lips by Dotty’s Secret (system/Bakes on Mesh, plus Catwa, Genus and Omega appliers);
  • and the rainbow Dora dress by Le Fil Cassé!

Happy Pride month!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: The Menstuff Hunt

It can sometimes be difficult to find free and inexpensive clothing for male avatars in Second Life, given the overwhelming number of stores, shopping events, and hunts that cater to female avatars, and have mostly women’s apparel, footwear, and accessories as gifts or prizes.

Today, we take a look at a hunt devoted exclusively to men’s fashion, the Menstuff Hunt. You are looking for a blue T-shirt, and each hunt prize is either free or L$1. You do not need to join any group to participate in this hunt.

Because I personally hate doing hunts without knowing what the prize looks like, I am including some pictures of the items that I have found. Here’s the list of participating stores and hunt hints from the Menstuff website. Good luck!

The ‘stuff Groups Shopping Plaza

At the starting point of the hunt, a fountain in the ‘stuff Groups Shopping Plaza, you can pick up this free, casual Dalmatian Dashiki tunic, which comes in standard sizes and a variety of fits for various male mesh bodies:

Hawker’s House

The free hunt prize from Hawker’s House consists of blue sandals, bell-bottom jeans, and an ombre tank top as shown. The tank had both tucked and untucked versions, and all the clothing prizes come in standard sizes as well as sixes to fit a wide variety of male mesh bodies.

UnderDogs

The free haul from UnderDogs Clothing is ten different items, a entire mini-wardrobe! Here I am showing you the BadBoy jeans (which come in three colours) and Saso’s Aviator Jacket, which you can wear with or without the shirt:

And here are the Corbin shorts and the Insane T-shirt from UnderDogs, both of which come in fifteen different colours and patterns each!

Please note that all the UnderDog clothing prizes come in standard sizes only (but you should still be able to make them fit most male mesh bodies using the alpha sections on your HUD).

Munereia

The free Menstuff Hunt gift from Munereia is the Mio outfit, consisting of the shirt, pants, and suspenders (the HUD allows you to change to the colours to a variety of lighter tones for the shirt, and a variety of blue tones for the pants; you can also pick a couple of colours for the suspenders, or turn off the suspenders and the shirt separately as you wish):

If you like this style, be sure to pick up the free Stay at Home gift for men in the Munereia store; the Stahd outfit is the same shirt, pants, and suspenders outfit, but in brighter, jewel tones for the shirt and a wider variety of darker colours for the pants!

Amazing Creations

For your L$1, one of Amazing Creations two gifts in the Menstuff Hunt is this men’s wardrobe staple, a men’s white dress shirt which comes with a HUD to all you to tint it any colour you desire:

The shirt comes in tucked and untucked version, and each version can be either a tighter or a looser fit, for four different versions overall. There are sizes to fit EMACHINA Davide, Signature Geralt and Gianni, Belleza Jake, David, and Slink male mesh bodies. Here is what the tucked version of the shirt looks like:

There’s also a free men’s Winter Coat which comes in 19 different fabric textures and a HUD to tint it any colour you want.

Design 9 Men’s Clothiers

There are a trio of free hunt prizes as your reward for diligent hunting for this hard-to-find Menstuff T-shirt: the Gabe tank top, the Gabe boxers shorts, and the Kaleb brown leather sandals! All come in either Belleza Jake or Signature Gianni sizes.

boyberry

The free hunt gift from boyberry is this fun, colourful summer shirt in sizes to fit Aesthetic, Belleza, Signature, and Slink mesh bodies:

Swank

From Swank, the L$1 gift is this Madras Collection set called Montego bay, consisting of this T-shirt and shorts. Again, this gift comes in standard sizes, plus sizes to fit most popular male mesh bodies.

OneKingdom

The L$1 hunt prize from OneKingdom is this pair of formal pants, which come in sizes to fit most male mesh bodies (including Adam, Altamura, Belleza, EXMACHINA, Signature and Slink), and a HUD to apply any of 30 different textures:

D2T Designs

The dollarbie hunt prize from D2T Designs are these good-looking illustrated blue jeans, which come with a leather belt as shown. They come in standard sizes, plus sizes to fit Adam, Aesthatic, Belleza, Classic/TMP, Signature and Slink male mesh bodies.

There’s a much more complete list of the Menstuff Hunt prize pictures, compiled by the Second Life – FREE group (a group on Vkontakte, the Russian version of Facebook), which you can find here. (I always find it good to know exactly what I am hunting for, before I go through all the trouble of finding it!)

The Menstuff hunt runs until June 30th, 2020. Happy hunting!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: More Gifts from the Stay at Home Club

I thought it was time to give an update on the many new gifts that are available from The Stay at Home Club website. In almost two months, so many stores have decided to participate in the project that the website is simply groaning with high-quality freebies! I showed you some gifts already, but it’s high time to show you some more!

The website now breaks down all the dozens and dozens of free gifts into seven broad categories:

I think the spirit of this whole enterprise can best be summed up by Pink Pearl (SLURL), who placed the following heart-warming sign in her store:

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The gift from Pink Pearl is this cute pink workout set, which includes the top, matching shorts, and sneakers which you can wear with or without socks. The socks come in short and long lengths. On this Altamura Juliet avatar, I am wearing the Maitreya top and the Slink shorts, socks, and sneakers (Altamura bodies have Slink-compatible feet):

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You’re all set for your next virtual treadmill!

Some stores, such as Versaci (SLURL), have been extremely generous with their Stay at Home Club gifts!

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Here is the Beckie hair, a gift from Versaci (which comes in a fatpack of colours), paired with the Stay at Home gift from 7 Deadly S[k]ins, the beautiful Akyla skin, which comes in both Bakes on Mesh and as an Omega skin applier:

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Another store that is generous with Stay at Home gifts is AlaFolie (which has moved, here’s the new SLURL), which now has four different Stay at Home Club gifts in their store!

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Here’s the lovely Manon dress by AlaFolie, which comes in two patterns as shown, and even includes matching Omega applier panties!

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This fun yellow-and-aqua-blue Pineapple dress, another Stay at Home Club gift from AlaFolie, is also a keeper!

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There are quite a few gifts for male avatars, too! Here is the raglan V-neck T-shirt by ikr! (SLURL), which comes in a variety of sizes to fit most male mesh bodies (including the EX MAXCHINA Davide body shown here), in four different coffee-themed patterns:

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In fact, I am so impressed by all the freebies available via The Stay at Home Club website, that I have now added it to Ryan’s All-In-One Guide to Freebies in Second Life, where I condense all the freebie fashionista advice I dispense on this blog into a single handy blogpost with my top tips to style your Second Life avatar while spending as few Linden dollars as possible!

Happy freebie shopping!