SL for Nowt

Living a digital life with empty pockets

The XStreet SL Newbie

Think you have to hop around tons of stores in-world in order to look good?

Think again.

Head over to Xstreet SL. It’s Second Life’s official out-world shopping area. Log into it using your avatar name and password (the same ones you use when you log into SL itself) and click the ‘Marketplace’ button. There’s a LOT of free stuff available. Yes, some of it’s crappy, a lot of it is demos (a tip is to use boolean search operators to weed those out, so if you want free skins type in +skin -demo -demos) but there are some gems out there.

I thought I’d try to equip a female avatar with all the basics, for nothing at all. Did I manage to do it? Hop behind the cut and see ;)

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June 27, 2009 Posted by | accessories, AOs, bags, dresses, freebies, hair, jewellery, newbies, second life, shapes, shoes, skins, Xstreet SL | 2 Comments

Wiggle it!

(You can tell I have a lot of fun making up these post titles, right? *g*)

Uncle Wiggily is a name you might have seen around some of the freebie blogs of late, because creator Esme Michigan is making some beautiful things. At her store (together with Emily Bluebird) there are all kinds of pretty and eclectic items, from frocks to paintings, skirts and socks to rainmakers. Upstairs are shelves of dollarbies and cheapies, and I found a couple of clothing items on the lower floor marked down cheap (and free!)

Skirt & jewellery: 1L$ each

Top: Random Fashions (1L$) – Gnubie Store

Hair: Uncle Wiggily (free) – Savoir Hair (look up!)

Shoes: 50 Flats (free)

Hop behind the cut for more pics.

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March 7, 2009 Posted by | boots, cheapies, dollarbies, dresses, freebies, hair, jewellery, second life, shapes, shoes, skins | Leave a comment

The Six Linden Dollar Man

EDIT: My bad! The last day of the Kissed Hunt is today (Feb 20th) so if you’ve not grabbed that Belleza skin, get a bloody move on!


OK, I just couldn’t resist that title ;)

Want to spruce up a male avatar for just six Linden green ones? Now’s the time to do it, people. This specific look will only be available until 28th Feb 2009 20th Feb 2009, after which time the Kissed Hunt will have ended and the skin featured here will no longer be free. (Fear not. There’s still a great male skin available free at the store; just join the Belleza group and click the box just inside the door on the left as you walk in, with your group tag active.)

But this guy? Cost me just L$6 and ain’t he fine? Hey, if he wasn’t me then I wouldn’t say no! :p

Links will take you directly to the items in-world.

Shape: ‘Syler’ from FabFree (5L$)

Coat: US Navy Pea Coat from Maschienenwerk (Free)

Pants: Black Detroit Jeans from Maschienenwerk (Free)

Boots: Shino-Bi from one of the lucky chairs at Discord (Free – the boots you win are bright orange; they’re easily re-tintable to black, and don’t forget to edit appearance and edit the shoe base to black, too, or you’ll be wearing lairy orange socks!)

Skin: Belleza ‘Ewan’ (Kissed Hunt gift – Free). The skin is what you need to RUN for. It’s only available until the gridwide Vain Inc ‘Kissed’ Hunt ends, which is on 28th Feb 2009 20th FEB 2009. After that, see the beginning of this post for another free skin from Belleza (which is sans guyliner).

Hair: Truth ‘Kensei’ (fatpack) (1L$)

Eyes: House of Zen ‘Green 5’ (Free)

Earring: ‘Blue Moon’ from f*a (Free)

Additional stuff:

AO: E. Watkins (Free)

Radar HUD: Crystal Gadgets (Free)

Flight Feather: Can be found on any of the NCI locations’ freebie walls (try the one at Caledon Oxbridge, which is pretty quiet and has a great orientation).

Need to find 6L$? Try money-tree hopping for a few minutes (newbies under 30 days only). If you’re an older avi, try camping.

EDIT: Hey guys (and girls)? If you’re heading to Maschienenwerk and you actually have money in your account, please consider putting just a few L$ into the tipjar at the bottom of the stairs, to help the owner make his tier payments. Because without your help, generous people like Armin Rickena wouldn’t be able to offer such fabulous clothes for free in Second Life.

February 17, 2009 Posted by | AOs, boots, cheapies, dollarbies, for the guys, freebies, hair, jewellery, lucky chairs, newbies, second life, shapes, skins, treasure hunt | Leave a comment

Mar’s Ladies’ Starter Kit – Monochrome

Ladies, this is something that I have wanted to do for a looooong time: a series of starter kits especially for you!

I’ve begun with the classic colours we all need in our wardrobes: black, grey and white. Staple colours and great basics.

The starter kit has everything to get you kitted out quickly: a shape, skins (the full set of Eloh ones), hair, shoes, tops, pants, dresses, underwear, a walk override, radar HUD, flight feather, posing stand, helpful notecards, and landmarks (contained in one of the notecards).

It’s only available at my store in Baileya at the moment (I set up the sales board in the store, but forgot to put it in my XStreetSL box too!). Hop behind the cut for pictures of the contents :)

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December 21, 2008 Posted by | AOs, avatars, del mar, dresses, freebies, hair, newbie kits, newbies, shapes, shoes, skins, store | | 3 Comments

Heaven’s Gate freebies for the girls

NOTE: This post does not contain inventory-sorting tips, purely because there’s so much stuff here it needed a separate post! Your inventory-sorting tips for this post can be found here: Why inventory-sorting is so flipping important!

Location: Heaven’s Gate, SGLand2

What’s there: Four complete female avatar packs, free female shapes, skins and hair, camping for other full female avatar packs (30 mins each), money tree. (Other freebies for the guys, too, which I’ve already covered here.)

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September 25, 2008 Posted by | AOs, avatars, camping, dresses, freebies, money trees, newbie kits, newbies, shapes, shoes, skins | | 1 Comment

Heaven’s Gate freebies for the guys

Note: This blogpost contains inventory-sorting tips! (No, guys, you’re not exempt from messy inventories! Get sorting before it gets out of control!)

Location: Heaven’s Gate, SGLand2

What’s there: Two complete male newbie avatar packs, free male shapes and skins, camping for other full male avatar sets (30 mins each), money tree. (Lots of other freebies for the girls, too, which I’ll cover in a separate post.)

Hope behind the cut for pics, and some inventory sorting tips that might surprise you.

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September 25, 2008 Posted by | AOs, avatars, camping, for the guys, freebies, hints and tips, inventory management, money trees, newbie kits, newbies, shapes, shoes, skins | | 1 Comment

Skins: Frick’s Fabulous Freebies

NOTE: This post contains inventory-management tips, too!

Fricka Morgath, owner of Frick Skins, has three lovely free skins in the basement of her store at Blackmount. Not only do these boxes contain skins, but you also get shapes and *cough* ‘underthere’ hair, too ;)

Quick teaser pic:

There are two more, which I will go into detail about behind the cut. You can also pick up some inventory-management tips in this post.

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August 5, 2008 Posted by | freebies, hints and tips, inventory management, mar's ponderings, newbies, second life, shapes, skins | | 1 Comment

The fast-track guide to non-newbieness for boys (2 of 3)

Lads, I’m sorry it’s taken me so long. For a while I thought I might have to wind this blog down, but I have managed to put together this second part of the non-newbieness for boys guide.

Hop behind the cut.

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June 25, 2008 Posted by | AOs, avatars, for the guys, freebies, hair, hints and tips, newbies, second life, shapes, shoes, skins | | 6 Comments

The fast-track guide to non-newbieness for boys (1 of 3)

EDIT #1 (January 2009) – OK, well since writing this post the new default ‘newbie’ avatars have got a lot better. You don’t start out with the ‘newbie guy’ avatar that I did, in this post! But despite those much better-looking avatars, you still are a newbie, and I’m afraid that people will still regard you as one when you’re wearing any of those avatars. However, one of the things I am always harping on about (*g*) is ‘mixing and matching’. There are a few nice items of clothing in the default newbie avatars (you actually have all the avatars in the Library folder of your inventory, so take a look around there) and the shoes are good basics. So don’t be afraid to use mix some of those items with the items you’ll be grabbing in the course of reading this post.

EDIT #2 (February 2009) – Guys, I’m going to be re-doing this post at sometime in the near future. Several of the places featured here have moved or been completely re-designed, and the post needs to be updated. I’ll put a link here to the new post when it’s done :)

OK, it took a long time to put together, but here – at last! – is the boy’s version of my fast-track guide to non-newbieness.

In this first post, as with the girls’ series, we’re going on a whistlestop tour of the Second Life Grid, only this time it’s purely for the lads.

So, boys. You’ve finished wandering around Orientation Island. You have learned how to walk, fly, and squash medium-sized rodents under the wheels of a car or motorbike. And now you’ve found out how to get into Second Life proper; away from all that newbie learning stuff and into where all the other people are.

All the other beautiful people, that is. How come those guys have a slow, meandering walk when you’re stuttering forward like a toddler that’s only just found its feet? Where did the bloke in front of you get that awesome haircut? Hey, I want a pair of jeans like that, not these horrible newbie things. And argh! Get these flipflops off my feet!

Guys? Breathe. Go make a coffee or grab a beer, then hop behind the cut. In this post we’re going to grab some of the basic stuff you need in order to stop looking so newbish.

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May 29, 2008 Posted by | AOs, avatars, for the guys, freebies, hair, hints and tips, newbies, second life, shapes, shoes, skins | | 9 Comments

The fast-track guide to non-newbieness for girls (2 of 3)

In the first post of this series (here) I sent you whizzing around the grid to gather everything you needed to get rid of those newbie looks as quickly as you can. No doubt your inventory is absolutely heaving right now, because I’ll bet you didn’t limit yourself to just what I told you to grab, eh?

*grins* Thought not. You can sort through all that lot later. For now, I’m going to show you how I took Roxie from rough to rawr in less than an hour.

This way, if you please…

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May 16, 2008 Posted by | freebies, hair, hints and tips, jewellery, newbies, second life, shapes, shoes, skins | | 2 Comments