Second Life Steals, Deals and Freebies: Paying A Return Visit to the Freebie Megastore in London City

I am becoming more depressed and anxious about the Ukraine Russia war, and its potential to turn into World War III. I have been spending a lot of time these past three weeks doomscrolling the news and social media (mostly Reddit and Twitter), but I do try step away for a day or two when I become overwhelmed by it all.

So, in addition to making financial donations to various war-related charities, I was out protesting against this senseless war in front of the Freebie Megastore in the popular London City sim in Second Life, standing right next to an effigy of 💩-tin in a garbage can…you know, as one does in SL (hey, it’s your Second Life; do what you want!).

By the way, the minidress in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag is a freebie from Princess Stuff (details here; scroll down to the bottom), and the No War sign is a freebie from the WENICE sim (details in this blogpost).

Anyways, while I was there, I freecammed into the Freebie Megastore, and I was pleased to discover that they have considerably enlarged their selection of free mesh clothing and footwear:

You can still pick up the free versions of the male Robert and female Jenny mesh bodies from Altamura, as well as a decent selection of free men’s and women’s clothing specifically designed to fit Altamura bodies. The menswear section has been significantly expanded from what I remember the last time I visited, too! (There is also a nice selection of men’s and women’s St. Patrick’s Day outfits, but you’d better hurry down to the Freebie Megastore to pick those up!)

Here’s a look at the mesh women’s clothing section; while the older items come in standard sizing, the newest additions are designed to fit a wide variety of women’s mesh body brands:

There’s also a women’s footwear section tucked into a corner of the Freebie Megastore, which includes some shoes and boots to fit Maitreya, Belleza, and Slink mesh feet!

So, if you haven’t been down to the Freebie Megastore in London City for a while, it might be time to pay a visit and pick up some fabulous freebies! Here’s your taxi.

UPDATED! How to Show Your Support for Ukraine in Second Life (Including the Latest in Free/L$1 Clothing for Your Avatar)

St. Andrew’s Orthodox Mission in Second Life (SLURL)

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want to support Ukrainian-owned businesses in Second Life, here is an up-to-date spreadsheet of 28 such businesses where you can spend your Linden dollars to support Ukrainian content creators.

In addition to shopping at Ukrainian-owned SL businesses, there are a number of fundraising events which are taking place across the grid, with some or all of the proceeds going to support various legitimate Ukrainian charities. One such event is Love to Ukraine, running from March 5th to 19th, 2022 with all proceeds going to NBU (the National Bank of the Ukraine), Voices of Children, and the Ukrainian Red Cross. Another is run by Two Moons Gardens, which is donating the proceeds of their Inspiration Garden event to the International Red Cross for use in their care of refugees and victims of acts of war. 

If you don’t have a lot of Linden dollars to spend, you can still show your support by picking up freebie and dollarbie outfits and accessories from various in-world stores, as well as on the Second Life Marketplace (I compiled a first list in this blogpost; this post is an update, with new items I have found since the first blogpost was published).

I decided to load up my main Second Life avatar, Vanity Fair, to model some of these fabulous fashion freebies. Let’s start off with this free cardigan, top, and long skirt set from Marvelous (it’s all one piece). Check out the daring slit on the skirt!

(There’s also a free women’s dress and a free men’s Chinese-style robe, both in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag.)

Croquis is offering a free black women’s T-shirt with two designs:

TW is selling this black men’s polo shirt and matching pants for only one Linden dollar on the SL Marketplace (Meshbody Legacy and INITHIUM Kario sizes only):

Among the Ukraine-themed freebies is the We Stand with Ukraine free female T-shirt by Redangel (which is also available via their in-world store, as well as a matching men’s shirt; just click on the vendor panels on either side of the entrance):

Here’s a free Support Ukraine women’s tank top by Angel Fae Boutique:

There’s also this tied Stand With Ukraine T-shirt from Twisted Princess (L$1):

Here Vanity Fair is modeling the Stand with Ukraine dress by a store called @#1 (only L$1):

Lost Virtues is also giving away a free Stand With Ukraine dress if you visit their in-world store and join their group, called Lost Virtues Off Script by Kylie, for free (it’s also for sale for L$1 on the SL Marketplace). The dress is sized for Maitreya Lara mesh bodies only.

TinRoof Fashion is also giving away free men’s and women’s T-shirts in support of Ukraine on the SL Marketplace (or you can pick them up at the in-world store; just pay the vendor L$1 and it will automatically be refunded):

And there’s much, much more! In fact, there are over 170 free items supporting Ukraine on the Second Life Marketplace; just click here to see them all.

Finally, if you teleport to WENICE Meadows and Beaches sim (SLURL), you will automatically receive a folder with some protest signs with Bento hand holding poses which should work well with your AO, as well as some small and large Ukrainian flags, plus a few other items:

UPDATE March 18th, 2022: Salt & Pepper has just released a new, free gift, this beautiful peace choker, which comes with a HUD to change the metal to one of 6 textures, and the three inlays of the peace sign to any combination of 10 different colours, By default, when you unpack it, the inlays are set with the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag:

You can pick up this free gift at the Salt & Pepper store in-world (exact SLURL; no group needed), or via the SL Marketplace.

UPDATE March 20th, 2022: I have another lovely free gift to share with you, this women’s top, decorated with a blue-and-yellow hearts and many sunflowers (Ukraine’s official flower). You can pick it up at the MOZ mainstore (exact SLURL):

Slava Ukraini!

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: 26 Free Group Gifts and a L$500 Gift Card at Brillancia!

A new womenswear store has opened in Second Life, called Brillancia (SLURL). The Brillancia group is free to join, and among the 27 group gifts you can pick up, there is a L$500 gift card!

The group gift wall at Brillancia

And you can put that gift card to immediate use on any of Brillancia’s ample stock of womenswear for your avatar! I chose this beautiful brocade Valery dress, which comes in eight different colours (black, white, pink, red, maroon, beige, chocolate, and blue). The Valery dress comes in sizes to fit the following mesh bodies: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; INITHIUM Kupra and Kups; and eBody Reborn. With your L$500 gift card activated, you can pick up two colours for free!

The dress even comes with an optional shimmer/sparkle attachment! Here’s a short video clip demonstrating it:

Another option is this Nataly party dress, which comes in eight different colours as shown in the image below (sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; INITHIUM Kupra and Kups; and Belleza Freya). At L$250 each, you can use your free gift card to snap up two different colours!

According to a notice posted to the Brillancia group:

Hello everyone, the gift card will be valid until March 8th. After March 8th, the group will become paid. And I will systematically organize sales and gift cards for the group members! Therefore, if you have friends who have not used the card yet, invite them to us. Also, a new group gift is waiting for you soon!

So, hurry on down to pick up your group gifts, plus the L$500 gift card, before it’s gone, and you have to pay to join the Brillancia group!

P.S. The Brillancia gift card is transferable, if you rez it on Second Life land where you have build rights, wait for it to initialize, then take it back into your inventory. Then you can give it to a friend (or an alt 😉 )…

UPDATED: Slava Ukraini! Ways to Show Your Support for Ukraine in Second Life (And in Real Life, Too!)

Photo by Max Kukurudziak on Unsplash

DID YOU KNOW? 14.5% of Manitobans are of Ukrainian ancestry, as well as 13.4% of Saskatchewan residents. In the last census of 2016, there were an estimated 1,359,655 persons of full or partial Ukrainian origin residing in Canada (the majority being Canadian-born citizens), making them Canada’s eleventh largest ethnic group and giving Canada the world’s third-largest Ukrainian population behind Ukraine itself and Russia. (source: Wikipedia)

DID YOU KNOW? You can donate to the Canadian Red Cross’ Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis Appeal, and the Canadian government will match individual Canadians’ donations up to $10 million? Money raised will enable the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to respond to humanitarian needs generated by almost eight years of conflict (since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014), as well as preparedness and response efforts due to heightened tensions in Ukraine. The support could include preparedness, immediate and ongoing relief efforts, long-term recovery, resiliency, and other critical humanitarian activities as needs arise, both in Ukraine and surrounding countries, including supporting populations displaced. Please donate today!

If you are not Canadian, please investigate what charities you can support from your country. Here’s a list of suggestions for Americans from NPR. Thank you!

You might be surprised to learn that current events in the real world are often quickly reflected in the virtual world! The war in Ukraine is no exception, and in almost no time at all, Second Life content creators have responded! This blogpost will showcase FREE clothing and home/yard decor to allow you to express your feelings about this unwanted, unnecessary, heartbreaking war.

For example, the Haus of De Vil is giving away both men’s and women’s long-sleeved T-shirts with the slogan Slava Ukraini (which means Glory to Ukraine, the Ukrainian national salute). Both men’s and women’s shirts come in wide variety of different sizes to fit just about every avatar, whether you have a classic/system or mesh body!

The creator says in his descriptions for these free items:

With the current deplorable situation I have taken a temporary side step from my usual way of clothing creation to bring a series of T shirts to vent my frustrations.

I am appalled by the vile behaviour of Putin and his cronies bringing war to Europe once again. We must stand strong with Ukraine and show our support unwaveringly in whatever ways we can. We must also remember at this time that many of the people of Russia are not in support of his behaviour and it is only with the government we need aim our disgust.

To those in the Ukraine, friends and families, I wish you the best.

Slava Ukraini (Glory for Ukraine)

Slava Ukraini shirt by Haus of De Vil

You can pick up the following protest sign for free from the Second Life Marketplace, courtesy of PYSCHO. It’s full-permissions, and comes with five different textures for the sign, plus five Bento sign-holding arm poses that will work with your animation override. Since it’s completely editable, you can even make up your own protest sign!

Protest sign from PSYCHO

Couture Chapeau is giving away a free, full permissions Ukrainian flag on a flagpole, as well as a (copy, modify, but no-transfer) We Stand with Ukraine banner for your virtual home or yard. Just visit the store and click on the blue-and-yellow box indicated by the red arrow below:

K-OH has this free women’s outfit (top and leggings) on the SL Marketplace (sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; INITHIUM Kupra; Belleza Freya; Slink Hourglass; Tonic Curvy, Fine, and Minimizer; and Altamura).

Teleport to the MKN store and click on the large box on the front counter to pick up another free women’s outfit to show your support for Ukraine:

The Pray for Ukraine outfit (T-shirt and sweat pants) comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy and Perky; Belleza Freya; Slink Hourglass; and INITHIUM Kupra mesh bodies. The Jumpov sneakers are a free fatpack group gift from VERSOV; the VERSOV group is free to join, and there are seven other free group gifts in their store.

Speaking of VERSOV, there are a number of Russian and Slavic content creators in Second Life, many of whom are shocked and appalled by this war. For the love of God, do NOT take your frustrations out on them! The small amount of money that people can earn from SL might be making all the difference between having no money or having some money to buy food, so please, don’t be an asshole, okay??

UPDATE 9:04 p.m.: A big thank-you to Daisy Haven, who found this wonderful list of Ukrainian-owned stores in Second Life! It is a constantly-updated Google Spreadsheet providing store names, plus mainstore SLURLs, SL Marketplace links, and Flickr accounts, compiled by the owner of one of the stores, Stephen Mossu (akirakiyoi Resident) of Mossu. The SeraphimSL blog had this to say:

In light of recent events, the owner of Mossu – Stephen Mossu (akirakiyoi) has put together a list of content creators that may benefit from your love of shopping, that could help support their real life situation during this unexpected and disruptive time.

The Second Life community has always shown solidarity in times of need and here at Seraphim, we would like to pass on this resource to you.
You can find the list ☞Here

Please note: Seraphim is not the creator of this list and we are in no way affiliated with any of the designers listed or the owner of the list. Any questions, comments or concerns should be directed to Stephen · Mossu (akirakiyoi)

Given the unprecedented situation in the Ukraine, I’m sure these businesses would appreciate your purchases even more than usual!

UPDATE March 4th, 2022: the Fabulously Free in Second Life blog reports:

If you wish to provide financial support, Two Moons Gardens is donating the proceeds of their Inspiration Garden (249L) to the International Red Cross for use in their care of refugees and victims of acts of war.  The garden, pictured above, is located on a special sim where there are freebies and 10L items to purchase to support the Red Cross’s efforts in addition to donation kiosks. 

There’s actually a huge sales area with discounted merchandise on sale from various vendors, from which the proceeds are going to the International Red Cross! For example, you can pick up a L$1,000 gift card for Alli&Ali Hair Designs for only L$700.

Two Moons Gardens Ukraine Appeal sim: all proceeds go to the International Red Cross

UPDATE March 6th, 2022: Another fundraising event in Second Life is Love to Ukraine, running from March 5th to 19th, with all proceeds going to NBU (the National Bank of the Ukraine), Voices of Children, and the Ukrainian Red Cross.

The Love to Ukraine event

Among the many items for sale at the Love to Ukraine event, I picked up this Peace Pack of knotted T-shirts by Miss Chelsea (L$199):

And I have some more free gifts to show your support for Ukraine. Princess Stuff is giving away this lovely minidress in the yellow and blue colours of the Ukrainian flag:

And The Bold Llama T-Shirt Company has two free women’s tops (just buy them for L$0 from the vendors on the front counter):

Slava Ukraini!