Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: A List of Stores with a Free Group Join this Black Friday Weekend

Pink Cream Pie is one of many stores who have made their groups free to join this weekend

I hope that you have been taking advantage of the multitude of Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend sales in Second Life! Here’s my blogpost with all the lists of stores having such sales, plus a few significant deals which should probably take advantage of with respect to mesh heads and bodies (LeLutka, Kalhene, Legacy, Belleza, and Maitreya).

One aspect of the Black Friday sales which I have overlooked is that many stores have made their store groups free to join, for a very limited time (this weekend only). For example, both ALB and 7 Deadly S[k]ins are allowing you to join their store groups for FREE this weekend, and both will have Advent calendars with oodles of free group gifts! The name of the ALB store group is called LAMU GROUP, and the new store group for 7 Deadly S[k]ins is called SEVEN – [7DS].

The following list of store SLURLs was compiled by my friend and colleague Caroline Walker of the Freebie Queens SL Discord (which you should join, if you haven’t already!). Many if not most of these stores also have group gifts you can pick up. And, of course, you’re all set to collect any free group gifts these stores offer in future!



Thank you to Caroline Walker for compiling this list!

Barbados to Set Up an Embassy in Decentraland

The Caribbean nation of Barbados is planning to set up a virtual embassy in the blockchain-based virtual world Decentraland. While the idea of a country setting up an embassy in a virtual world is not new (both Sweden and the Maldives have had embassies in Second Life), this is the first time that a country has set up an official presence in a blockchain-based virtual world, and perhaps a sign of things to come.

According to a recent CoinDesk article written by Andrew Thurman, Decentraland is not the only metaverse platform the country is looking at:

In what could be seen as a historic step toward the legitimization of the metaverse, the island nation of Barbados is preparing to legally declare digital real estate sovereign land with the establishment of a metaverse embassy.

The Barbadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade signed an agreement on Sunday with Decentraland, among the largest and most popular crypto-powered digital worlds, for the establishment of a digital embassy. Per a press release provided to CoinDesk, the government is also finalizing agreements with “Somnium Space, SuperWorld and other Metaverse platforms.”

Both Decentraland and Somnium Space I could see as possible sites for a virtual embassy, but SuperWorld? Really? The last time I looked at the SuperWorld project, back in January, I was less than impressed with the concept. I wonder how much the Barbadian officials understand about the metaverse, if they lumped SuperWorld in with Decentraland and Somnium Space. Let’s hope they are getting good advice!

The CoinDesk article goes on to say:

With the release of the embassy, tentatively scheduled for January, Barbados will become the first country in the world to recognize digital sovereign land. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ministry of Science and Technology, and many other governmental bodies reviewed the plans over “several, several months,” said [Barbados’ ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Gabriel] Abed.

The country has also retained legal counsel, as the embassy will set a number of unique precedents. So far experts have said that the embassy will be compliant with international law as well as the Vienna Convention.

Barbados is among the friendliest countries in the world for cryptocurrencies and has been among those leading the charge on the development of a central bank digital currency.

A view of Barbados (Photo by Kathryn Maingot on Unsplash)

Thank you to Akumie for the tip!

UPDATED AS OF DECEMBER 3rd, 2021! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies—What Advent Calendars and 12 Days of Christmas Calendars I’ll Be Hitting This December (2021 Edition)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: I will NOT be doing a daily blogpost of that day’s best Advent Calendar/12 Days of Christmas Calendar gifts this year; instead, I will be posting a notecard with all of my picks of the best gifts for that day (with store SLURLs) to my new Second Life group called RyanSchultz.com Steals, Deals & Freebies. The group costs L$50 to join.

Photo by David-Olivier Gascon on Unsplash

December is truly the most wonderful time of the year for freebie fashionistas in Second Life! Many stores have either an Advent calendar or a 12 Days of Christmas calendar, where you can pick up a free gift each day.

This year, instead of wearing myself out trying to hit every single calendar on the grid, I will be focusing my energy on just a select few which, year after year, consistently offer the best gifts. Here are my top picks for 2021!

Please note that I will be updating this blogpost regularly between now and Christmas, so bookmark this post and check back often for any changes or updates.

Lists of Advent Calendars for 2021

TeleportHub.com’s Advent Calendar listing is already up
  • The 2021 Advent list by SL Hunts
  • The Advent Calendar Store List 2021 by TeleportHub.com
  • The December Advent Listing by Fabulously Free in SL, which is the biggest list
  • UPDATE Dec. 1st, 2021, 2:13 p.m.: The 2021 Seraphim Gift List (which includes Advent calendars, holiday sales, and stores with giftable vendors and transferable items) has just been published!
  • UPDATE Dec. 1st, 2021, 10:25 p.m.: The Second Life Syndicate is taking a different approach! Instead of a list, they are maintaining a Google spreadsheet, which you can access here. The group-edited spreadsheet already has over 180 rows!
  • UPDATE Dec. 2nd, 2021, 1:40 p.m.: The hardworking folks over at the Russian-language VKontakte group Second Life – FREE are posting a daily roundup of that day’s Advent calendar gifts, with pictures! And they are actually building a list of stores with links to pictures of each day’s Advent gift! There’s an A-Z list up top, but scroll down to see a second alphabetical listing. This is probably THE easiest way to actually see each day’s calendar gifts without teleporting all over the grid, collecting and unpacking items! (Please remember to 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 every time a pop-up appears asking you to log in.)
  • UPDATE Dec. 2nd, 2021, 2:13 p.m.: Low Price Fashion in Second Life is a little-known Japanese blog which usually posts a daily roundup of that day’s Advent calendar gifts (again, you will need to use the automatic Japanese-to-English translator in your Chrome web browser to read the posts).
  • UPDATE Dec. 3rd, 2021, 12:29 p.m.: Advent Calendars 2021 With Previews Updated Daily is a truly heroic attempt by Snarkness of the SugarSL blog to cover as many Advent calendar gifts as possible each day. Thank you, Snarkness!
The December Advent Listing from FabFree has the biggest list of Advent and 12/15 Days of Christmas calendars on the grid!

Five Advent Calendars I Will Be Visiting Every Day

The Advent calendar at Essenz women’s footwear store
  • Firelight Hair has an Advent calendar running from December 1st to 24th (you do need to join the Firelight group for free). You have to pick up each gift on the day it is offered. The gifts are mostly women’s hairstyles, but there will also be a few male/unisex styles. All hair gifts usually come with a mini 3-colour HUD.
  • 7 Deadly s[K]ins has an advent tree in their store, with generous gifts every day from Dec. 1st through to the 31st! Please note that you do have to join the new store group, called SEVEN – [7DS], to pick up these gifts; this group is free to join until Jan. 1st, 2022! So you have no excuse this year not to pick up some new skin for your avatar.
  • Virtue offers an Advent calendar with beautiful clothing gifts for women. The emphasis here is on classic, modest fashion. You do need to join the Virtue group for L$25 to pick up these gifts; you also need to show up each day to pick up that day’s gift.
  • Entice offers Advent calendar gifts of womenswear from December 1st to 25th (you do have to join the Entice group for free). Again, you do have to show up each day to pick up that day’s gift.
  • Essenz has an Advent calendar where you can pick up a gift of high-quality women’s footwear every day (the Essenz group costs L$350 to join). If you missed a day, or are not a group member, you can pick up previous days’ gifts for only L$50 each.

Three 12 Days of Christmas Calendars I Will Be Visiting Every Day

The 12 Days of Christmas calendar at Baby Monkey starts December 14th, 2021

Most of these calendars start on Dec. 12th, 13th, or 14th, and run until Christmas Eve or Christmas Day (and a few stores are having a 15 Days of Christmas calendar starting Dec. 10th, so be sure to check!).

  • The Baby Monkey 12 Days of Christmas calendar offers a free gift each day. All the gifts together form a complete, colour-coordinated capsule wardrobe. You do have to show up each day to pick up that day’s gift.
  • JUMO usually gives away lovely gifts of women’s apparel and jewelry from Dec. 12th-Dec. 24th, as well as on New Year’s Eve (the JUMO group is free to join). This is the place to pick up some beautiful ballgowns and costume jewelry!
  • The eBENTO Event has an advent calendar that usually runs from Dec. 11th to Dec. 25th. Last year, the large red calendar numbers were randomly scattered around the shopping event, with two or three gifts from participating vendors each day (womenswear, makeup, and jewelry). The eBENTO group is free to join.
Photo by Elena Mozhvilo on Unsplash

Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Gifts from the Black Friday Bazaar!

Running from Nov. 21st to Dec. 1st, 2021, the Black Friday Bazaar shopping event in an annual tradition. Just join the Evil Bunny Hunts group for free, and you can pick up a free gift from almost all of the vendor booths! Even better, there’s a small sign next to each gift, which shows you what it looks like, so you can decide whether or not you want to grab it, which I think is a thoughtful touch—it saves you from having to unpack everything!

The Black Friday Bazaar

WARNING: the gift from the LUSH booth costs L$10, which in my books is NOT a gift, and I think it’s a rather dirty trick to pull in an event where all the other gifts are free! It’s very easy to accidentally buy something which you had assumed was free. The LUSH booth is located in the rightmost row of vendor booths when you are standing at the entrance to the event, as my avatar Vanity Fair is in the picture above. (Click on GROUP at the entrance to join the Evil Bunny Hunts group.)

Today, Vanity Fair is modeling a few of the gifts which I particularly liked. First up is are two presents paired together: the red, oversize What The Elf? shirt is the gift from [M]ELANGE, and the decorated Christmas antler headband is the gift from Grumble:

Below are three gifts: the Hooke’s Law double hoop earrings from Loordes of London, the white tank top from The Bold Llama T-Shirt Company (in sizes to fit most mesh bodies), and a wonderful fatpack of rounded long mesh nails from Stunner Originals, which come in 13 different colours (which come in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara, Signature Alice, Belleza, Kupra, Slink, and Star mesh hands).

This cute Leela Pink Dream party dress, the gift from GBD, comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Meshbody Legacy; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Signature Alice; Tonic Curvy, Fine, and Minimizer; eBody and eBody Curvy; Star Mesh; TEX; and Altamura mesh bodies.

The black-and-purple Seer dress by JR Wolf Creations comes in the following sizes: Maitreya Lara and Petite; Meshbody Legacy; Belleza Freya; Slink Hourglass; INITHIUM Kupra; Tonic Curvy and Fine; and Signature Alice.

Another purple gift dress is the Raven dress in berry from Starlight Apparel (Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya, Isis, and Venus; Slink Hourglass and Physique; Tonic Curvy and Fine).

From Luxury Fashion (LF) comes this complete Iris outfit, which includes the shoes and necklace shown, plus a HUD to choose one of eight colours for the tied top, and one of six textures for the flared pants. This ensemble comes in sizes to fit Maitreya Lara; Belleza Freya and Venus; Slink Hourglass and Physique; and Tonic Curvy and Fine mesh bodies.

Happy freebie shopping!