One place which is often overlooked by Second Life users looking for freebies is their default inventory. You don’t have to try to force your way into crowded stores or slap any lucky boards to get it; you already have it!
Linden Lab has recently released eight new starter avatars (you can preview them by selecting Choose an Avatar from the Avatar drop-down menu in the upper left hand corner of your Firestorm viewer):
Now, these starter avatars are classic system (non-mesh body) avatars, but the clothing is all modern mesh clothing. Here are a few pictures of the new outfits which are available, shown on mesh avatars:
One strange quirk of the starter avatars is that you do need to load them first in order to get the items into your inventory; then you can pick and choose what you want to use, or even mix and match between them.
So check out the Second Life starter avatars if you haven’t already done so. Load each of them up and take a good look at pieces of their wardrobe that you can reuse. Looking good doesn’t have to cost a fortune!
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:
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).
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!
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!
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 🙂