UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Scandalize And Melody Valentine’s Hunts

Scandalize and its sister stores on the same sim often hold hunts throughout the year. Valentine’s Day is no exception! So, fom February 3rd to 14th, 2022, both Scandalize and Melody are holding a Valentine’s “Hunt”. (You’ll see why I put “hunt” in quotes in a minute.)

Each hunt prize costs only L$15, which is a significant saving over the regular price! Most of the prizes are women’s clothing items in either pink or red, in keeping with the Valentine’s Day theme of the hunt. Here’s the object you are looking for, a stuffed heart cushion (a fatpack of which is also for sale in the Scandalize store if you want to buy it to decorate your virtual home in Second Life):

The reason I put the word “hunt” in quotes above, is because neither store really put much effort into hiding the hearts, leaving them lying out in plain sight on the floors (and, in the case of Melody, some hearts were put out on the roof of the store in plain sight):

No effort was made to hide anything, so to me, it’s not really a “hunt”, which is great if you hate hunting like I do (if you do have to do a harder hunt, where they actually do hide the prizes, you might be interested in my top six tips for successful Second Life hunts).

Whoever was in charge of placing the hearts around the Scandalize store looks like they got fed up, and gave up, dumping a bunch of “hunt” hearts right in the middle of one of the aisles of the store, like they couldn’t even be bothered any more!

I found a couple of hunt prizes in Scandalize which were not on their hunt legend, but almost all of the hunt prizes were posted there, so check the legend before you buy.

Also, I discovered that heart containing the Serina minidress on the Melody hunt was, in fact, a complete fatpack, instead of the red and pink versions advertised on the sign next to the store! You get a choice of thirty colours and textures.

Despite the Melody hunt legend, this Serina minidress hunt prize comes in a complete fatpack of 30 colours, not just red and pink! For L$15 this is a bargain indeed! (P.S. Check the roof of the Melody store)

Also, you should know that the three footwear prizes in the upper right-hand corner of the Scandalize hunt sign are fatpacks, and not just single colours! One of these three hunt prizes, the Darliane hiking boot, is a repeat from a previous Scandalize hunt, and I have discovered that it works just as well for male avatars as for female avatars, since you can simply alpha out your male avatar’s feet (more information here). L$15 for an insanely customizable fatpack of hiking boots is one hell of good deal, so you might want to trot your avatar down to Scandalize just to look for the Darliane boots for your avatar, regardless of their gender!

However, you should be aware that there are duplicates of many of the hunt prizes scattered about the stores, so always check the hunt legends (posted up top) before you buy, as well as your recent inventory, to make sure that you are not buying the same item twice! I don’t mind this when it’s a free hunt, but when it’s a hunt where you have to pay for the items you find, I think it’s sloppy, in my opinion. For example, I came across at least two duplicates of the Darliane boots prize. Always check before you hit that Buy button!

Here are some of the hunt prizes I found in the Scandalize store:

Kyndra tied top and T-shirt with Alisha pants (plain or cheetah pattern; the T-shirt comes with a HUD to change the logo)
Angelic Dress in pale pink
Zarihas top (with optional sleeves) and Abnersy jeans
Melange top, Susyla skirt, and Kleine shoes with socks (the Kleine shoes come in a complete fatpack of colours for both the shoes and the socks)
Cabbih top and puffed jacket with Sanara skirt
Marhia top and Cabbih leggings
The glorious Pardise coat
Elrisa laced top and Yaritza jeans
Angelic bikini
Pardise lingerie set: bra, pantie and garter

Happy hunting! Remember this “hunt” ends on Valentine’s Day, so while you might want to wait a few days until the Scandalize and Melody stores are less busy, don’t wait too long!

UPDATE Feb. 5th, 2022: I just wanted to report that, if you try to teleport into the Scandalize or Melody stores, you might be mistakenly redirected to the Vanity shopping event, which is in a huge skybox high above the sim where the stores are. If that should happen to you, wait a few hours and then try to get in later. This is, unfortunately, a problem which has happened before, and eventually, whoever runs the sim will hear about it from cranky shoppers, and it will be fixed.

In the meantime, here’s a cute picture to entertain you:

cute puppy wearing a party hat
Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

Upcoming Events at Bray’s Place in Second Life

As many of you know, I have made Bray’s Place my home community in Second Life, even going so far as to give up one of my Linden Homes and moving into a lovely house on the Bray’s Place sim (and you can, too; just check the Bray’s Place website listing of available plots of land for your next home).

In fourteen years of hopping from grid to grid and club to club in Second Life, I have rarely encountered as warm and friendly a welcome as I have at Bray’s Place! This place is very special to me, especially in the middle of a bitterly cold Winnipeg winter and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

I wanted to promote three special events which are taking place at Bray’s Place over the next week. I cordially invite you to come party with us!

First up is Valentine’s Day, when Bray’s Place celebrates Love and Friendship Day. Come join the special line-up of talented deejays and performers, If you are alone on February 14th, we’d like to extend a special welcome to have you join us, too!

Two days later, Bray’s Place celebrates Mardi Gras! Dig out those Mardi Gras beads, and your finest feathered costume, and join us as we celebrate Fat Tuesday, which is what Mardi Gras means in French, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual Lenten sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season.

Finally, Bray’s Place Blues club is celebrating its third birthday on Sunday, February 21st, 2021! The theme is steampunk, so pull out your best steampunk/Victorian wear!

To find Bray’s Place, just do a keyword search for “Bray’s” under the Places tab in search. For more information about Bray’s Place (including a list of available rental properties), please check out their website. And tell’em Ryan sent you! 😉

UPDATED! Second Life Steals, Deals, and Freebies: Free Gifts from the 2021 Valentine’s Shop and Hop 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 annual Second Life Valentine’s Shop & Hop event officially opens tomorrow, February 5th, and runs until February 17th, 2021. Almost all of the participating merchants in the eight-sim-wide shopping mall have a free gift set out for their customers, over one hundred gifts in total, and the following are my picks for the most fabulous fashion freebies from the event!

All SLURLs in this blogpost should take you directly to the location of the freebie in the Shop & Hop mall, so let’s get started…on your mark, get set, go!

Women’s Apparel and Footwear

Here Vanity Fair is wearing the cute, playful Adore You dress from Candy Kitten, which features a broad, laced-up belt, and comes with a HUD to change the colour and pattern of every part, with six texture options for both the top and skirt! it’s sized to fit Maitreya regular and petite, Belleza Freya, and Legacy female mesh bodies.

The gift from Glitzz is this three-piece set called Woke Up, a lacy pink bra and matching panties and a loose white shirt to wear over top, which comes in the following sizes: Maitreya, Freya, Hourglass, and Legacy.

This fun and fuzzy bodycon dress called Mary is the Valentine’s Shop and Hop present from Rosary (sizes: Maitreya, Freya Perky, Hourglass, Legacy, and Kupra). This curve-hugging dress comes with a HUD as shown below, to change the colour of the dress to any of eleven different shades!

Celestina’s Weddings has an opulent, beautiful jewelry set as a gift, which includes the earrings, necklace, and ring as shown, as well as a matching bejeweled purse!

The gift from Valentina E. is the aptly-named Slinky Dress in lavender (which comes in a Maitreya Lara size only):

From ALTER Clothing & Accessories comes the Berry bare-shouldered ruched dress, in a complete fatpack of 29 colours as shown below (sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Venus, Isis, and Freya; Slink Physique and Hourglass; Tonic Curvy and Fine).

From Envious comes this cute Kisses Love outfit, which includes the cropped sweater, the polka-dot miniskirt with garters, and the lace-up platform boots!

This next casual outfit Vanity Fair is wearing consists of two separate gifts from the 2021 Valentine’s Shop and Hop! The lovely ruffled floral top is the present from the Pixicat booth (sizes: Maitreya, Freya, Hourglass, and Legacy), and the embroidered denim skirt with the optional chain belt is the gift from Tachinni Clothing (sizes: Maitreya, Isis, Freya, Hourglass, and Legacy).

This sexy black top, skirt, and harness (all in one piece) is the gift from Asteria (sizes: Maitreya and Petite; Legacy and Perky; Belleza Isis and Freya; Signature Hourglass).

From the swan pond in the middle of the Deep Static booth, you can pick up a gift box with these Delia Valentine’s glasses, which include a HUD with 8 textures for the frames, and 9 different lens tints:

Now let’s take a look at some of the footwear gifts at the Valentine’s Shop and Hop.

ISON‘s gift are a complete fatpack (21 colours, plus 9 bonus colours) of these mid-heel height strappy leather shoes called Kenya, which come in sizes to fit Maitreya, Slink, Legacy, and Belleza Freya mesh feet. (Note that I had to adjust Vanity’s foot size under the body sliders, to get these to look right on her feet.)

From Gabrielle Hamelin come these black floral platform boots, perfect for stomping on someone’s heart for (Anti-)Valentine’s Day! They come in a mid-heel height, for Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, and Legacy mesh feet, plus an unrigged version for all other feet, so they should fit you!

Baiastice always gives such wonderful gifts at every Shop and Hop event, and this round is no exception! At the Baistice booth, you can pick up these deep red, drop-dead, thigh-high Gio stretch boots (sizes: mid-heel height for Maitreya, Belleza Freya, Slink Hourglass, Singature Alice, and Legacy mesh feet).

The gift from the FashionNatic booth are these Uma boots, to fit Maitreya, Belleza Freya, and Legacy female feet (note: not Slink, but you can always alpha out your feet for these boots). You can tint each of four different parts of this boot separately to one of no less than fifty different colours using the HUD, to match literally any outfit! Very versatile!

Finally, from the Son!a Edge booth comes yet another stunning ballgown gift for which they have become renowned, the Athena gown in lilac, which comes in sizes to fit Maitreya (and Petite), Legacy (and Perky), Freya Perky, and Hourglass mesh bodies. You’re sure to turn some heads in this at your next fancy soirée in Second Life!

Women’s Hair

The gift from Vanity Hair is this fun, piled-high, über-teased Miss Lu updo, which comes in a fatpack of colours:

Men’s Apparel and Unisex Accessories

Etham is giving away a men’s wardrobe staple, a plain T-shirt with a 3/4-length sleeve, which includes a HUD with 8 different shades of black, red, and pink for Valentine’s Day. The shirt comes in in sizes to fit Belleza Jake, Legacy, Slink, and Signature Gianni and Geralt male bodies, and a “classic” fit if your body isn’t one of the aforementioned models.

A&D Clothing has a gift on some John Lennon-style sunglasses with round lenses, with a choice of eight different images for the reflections; these glasses are unisex and resizable.

Kungler’s Jewelry has a rather interesting gift: a set of two Valentine’s rings that can be worn together by one person, or split up, to be worn by two lovers! The rings come with a texture-change HUD, and the sign states that they are “highly editable and Bento friendly” (which means that you’ll probably need to do a bit of work to get them to fit you properly). These rings come in two sizes (regular and large) for either the right or the left hand.

Free Store Credit and Gift Cards

Once again, several stores are offering free store credit and gift cards! Among them are:

  • Addams: L$500 in free store credit (with no expiry date!)
  • Blueberry: L$400 in free store credit (expires in two weeks)
  • Bumblebee: a L$500 store gift card
  • EscalateD: L$250 in free store credit
  • Tachinni Clothing: L$500 in free store credit if you join their group (there’s a L$15 group join fee; the free credit expires February 24th, 2021), plus a gift of an embroidered denim miniskirt with an optional chain belt (sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Isis and Freya; Slink Hourglass, Legacy)
  • ViSion: L$450 in free store credit if you join their group (there’s a L$18 group join fee; the free credit expires February 23rd, 2021), plus a fatpack of panties (sizes: Maitreya Lara; Belleza Isis and Freya; Slink Hourglass; Legacy; Kupra)

UPDATE Feb. 5th, 2021: Daisy Haven told me about yet another store that is offering free store credit. Go to the Mangula booth, and click the sign indicated by the green arrow below to receive L$300 in free store credit (expires February 20th, 2021):

Above the credit gift sign are two free gifts of women’s footwear, no group needed! And on the other side of the wall, there are three gifts especially for people who subscribe to the Mangula group—and it doesn’t take up one of your precious free group slots! The subscribe panel is located right at the centre of the booth, below the red Mangula logo, and it is free to subscribe (and there are many other subscriber-only gifts located at the Mangula mainstore location).

Thanks for the tip, Daisy!

Happy freebie shopping!

In these pictures, Vanity Fair is also wearing:

Photo by Laura Ockel on Unsplash