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Public Service Announcement (The Arcade and not getting in!)

shopping

There have been a few debates about Arcade yardsales here and there. I’m firmly in the yard sale camp, especially for The Arcade. It’s the one event I really just give up trying to get into in the first week – it drives me NUTS waiting and waiting, especially as I see various goodies being used in blogs and photos. So, what’s a girl to do hmm?

The last few rounds of The Arcade I have done ALL of my shopping at yard sales. Some are generic gacha yard sales, some are specific for one or two types of events. My favourite of them all is the one run by Seraphim. It’s for the latest round of The Arcade ONLY – this means you can get your paws on the gear from the current round almost straight away on opening day – brilliant huh? I went over there on day one and scored all the items I had marked as “buys”. (Yes, tragically I go through the Arcade listing on Seraphims blog and write down everything I want before I actually go shopping. I just find it easy to forget what I wanted and / or get carried away on a gacha fuelled spending frenzy.)

The area is alphabetically laid out by designer name, which makes it so much easier to locate the articles you want to buy. Pull price is the norm, although I’m not sure about rares as I haven’t wanted to buy any and haven’t seen any there. Do check that the item is in the box before you buy – do this by going into edit mode on the item you want to buy and peeking into the contents tab. Also don’t forget to actually “take” what you’ve bought after paying!

Some people claim yard sales are taking money from the designers pockets, but I really don’t get with this line of thinking. Someone played the machine and paid the designer. They played multiple times or didn’t get what they wanted orrrrr got doubles/triples. The items are transferable, so can be traded or sold. What’s the problem? I have a budget in SL , same as real life and unless a gacha machine is really cheap (ie:$25L per pull) I wont be stood there filling the machine with my dosh until on the umpteenth pull I get what I wanted. Perhaps after I buy from a yardsale, the person goes back and plays more of the machines – who knows?!

Anywayyyyy, link below for the Seraphim yard sale, plusa handydandy link for their blog with The Arcade listings all neatly laid out for your perusal.

Faith ❤

Seraphim yard sale

Seraphim blog

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Lazy (includes freebie)

The Challenge Bauwerk NEW - coldLogic calle jeans - KCS Fanny bra & top mesh FREE

I was reading one of Zans blog posts and decided to head over to take a quick scoot around – yes, I know I’m lazy ! The ” Spring is back hunt” is a sweet little event based around shops in a mall. I picked up the top I’m wearing above for 1L  in it, and decided to wear it while I took some shots of the globe trotter trunk from Bauwerk22769. This is their item in this months round of The Challenge – a desk made from a trunk plus chair that is stuffed with some lovely poses.

FREE bra & top KCS - Olive the daisy hair NEW - Nylon Outfitters Lucky cat charm

Closer view of the top called “Fanny”, its in two pieces – a bra and an off the shoulder shirt . Delectable plummy colour with a plaid grained pattern on it. This is made by KCS and was pretty easy to spot thankfully ! My hair is also new, and is from Olive @ The Arcade event , plus my lucky charm cat necklace by Nylon Outfitters. I got a bit obsessed with the kitty necklace and bought quite a few different ones, only 50L a pop on the gacha machine. If you can manage to squeeeeze into the Arcade event yay! I couldn’t so got all my items at yardsales. Pea’s Arcade yardsale is about the best I’ve found, laid out alphabetically and easy to navigate – current round of The Arcade only.

22769Bauwerk 

The Arcade

KCS (hunt)

Peas Arcade yardsale

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Winter warmers

coldLogic NEW - clawtooth hat hair combo snowbunnie @ The Arcade

The coldLogic fairies have been sooper busy and bought us another release for Winter ! This is “tresser” and is a skirt and sweater outfit, both pieces are separate so you can mingle them into other outfits too.

I love the style of the skirt, heavy fabric but with enough flow to make it girly. The sweater is classic winter. My hat & hair is from the current round of the Arcade and is by clawtooth. Its called Snow bunny, you have to try your luck on the gacha machine for the hair colour but that hat does have a HUD to give you lots of colour options. I went to  a yard sale to get mine because frankly I don’t have cash to waste getting  hair colours I don’t like ! (yard sale I found that carries ONLY the current Arcade round listed below)

coldLogic NEW - Argace hair new

This is “farris”, a gorgeously snuggly long line sweater with roll neck, its got a side split at the bottom and really lovely embroidered edge on the cuffs and hem. The skirt is knee length and also has a side split. There is another set the same style called “chapin”, darker colours and the skirt is hounds-tooth checked.

coldLogic NEW - hair and shawl hair @ the arcade

Last up for today is “love”, similar to “tresser” but the plainer option really. Check out the neat turn backs on the cuffs, they fit purrrfectly ! Im wearing it with another yard sale find from The Arcade by The secret store. You get the shawl and hair attached, options on the hair, are bangs (or fringe) side bangs, no bags. There are lotssss of shawl types to win, but if youre frugle frank like moi – a yard sale is the way to go to get what you actually want. Thanks coldLogic team ❤

coldLogic store

coldLogic blog

coldLogic market place

The Arcade

A La Venta yardsale – current Arcade round only

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25L Offer woot !

dandelion wine clawtooth hair_001

Dandelion Wine has this terrific jumpsuit as an offer at the moment – for just 25L.  It’s actually six versions of it ! You get a HUD with lotsa colour choices from white, to pink etc ! Great value and really lovely piece to add to your wardrobe. Not sure how much longer this offer is on for, so dashhhh if you fancy it ! If you join the subscribo you get a gift of a lovely dress too. My hair is by Clawtooth “Fade into you” and is currently on sale at The Arcade Event. To be honest I didn’t go to The Arcade, but went to an Arcade yard sale and got the exact colour I wanted with no gacha temptation ! I will list my two favourite Arcade yardsales below – they sell only items in this current round. Happy shopping!

The Arcade

Dandelion Wine

Blue bonnet yardsale

The pea’s yardsale

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A home of your own (renting in SL)

Boathouse rental home

For six years I was a landlord in SecondLife, in fact I think I only ever rented homes/land for myself for about 3 months, then bought land and the rest is my SL history. Renting your own place is a big draw for a lot of people, a place to log into, a place to decorate, to hang out in with friends or lovers. Home rentals is a big market in Second Life, and the choices almost limitless! It can seem a bit overwhelming though , for new residents – they are encouraged to go “premium” by Linden Lab to own a home. However, you don’t need to go premium at all to get a space of your own. There are plenty of landlords in Second Life that offer all sorts of places for you to settle right into. I sent a trusted friend off with a small amount of cash, with instructions to rent a place and decorate it as cheaply and prettily as possible. I was pretty amazed actually that she found this gorgeous houseboat on day one. Its set in a realistic marina, with open access to the sea and a dock for your own boat. All for the tiny rent of 200L per week with 150 prims tossed in ! If you utilise the classifieds search function and type in something like “rental home”, a list as long as your arm will pop up for you to ponder. If you want more privacy than a land based home offers, check out the “sky homes”. Teleport over and take a peek at the homes, you’ll be able to go inside and inspect before paying rent. It’s important to also be a “good tenant” – this means paying your rent on time (the rent box should be outside the property and will probably also show you how much time you have left). If you’re unsure how many prims you have out, ASK your landlord to check for you – it’s a simple thing for them to do, they might even have a prim counter inside your home or on your rent box – so ask them ! You should be offered a group to join – this is IMPORTANT – if you’re not in the rental group you wont be able to rez any of your objects or set your space as your “home location” – so make sure you’ve got it ! If the invite didn’t come through, ask your landlord for it again.

Boathouse decor 2  Loks mesh trolley coffee table 1 prim !- Cleo Design vase with flowers, persnikety drainer, Cleo design tray & divider - Free 1 prim cupcake

Back to the houseboat, its pretty spacious and sooper adorable. I was gobsmacked at the decor that had been found. A lot from gacha yardsales, which are a really handy source of low cost items for your home. As each new round of gacha events ends, the prices do seem to drop (unless it’s a rare item). Some items were from the market place and are mostly dollarbies. (all info below) Above is a selection of items – drainer from persnickety 25L – Tray table from Cleo Designs 20l – 1 prim cupcake that gives out wearable cakes is free – Paris screen behind is one prim and only 50L , I especially liked the mesh “Barbary Coast Freight Cart Coffee Table” that she found at Lok’s – 1 prim  and SO stylish for 49L only ! The sweet votive was from Grimalkin and a gacha item for just 25L – the vase of lilacs another bargain from Cleo Designs at 40L .

Boathouse decor 3 WS Bench dollarbie ! - decor flowers

One of my favourite finds she made was this dollarbie bench by *WS* on the market place, 5 prims with couples and singles animations, you get two versions, white or dark wood.

BoatHouse decor items  - Kusshon breakfast bar

Biggest purchase was at Kusshon, but it really seems to steal the show inside the boathouse’s living space. The “coffee hour” set is a winner if your short on space , touch controlled for three wood colours, coffee machine built right in and two scrummy stools with male & female poses. You also get a couple of decor items to scatter around included. Low Li and at 240L, it really wont break the bank. All the other decorative bits n bobs were gacha yard sale purchases from 10L – 25L, seriously you need to get yardsaling ! Ohhh almost forgot – the retro telephone is from The Mustard Seed, its 30L and one prim – great buy.

boathouse upper deck - Tidbits table and chairs set dollarbie !

This fantastico patio set was a market place treat by Tidbits, a dollarbie ! Lovely poses and the whole set comes in at 11 Li.

FREE Bunny hutch with static bunnies ! Animated bunny 30L !

There was this adorable group gift from Dench Designs too, a bunny hutch ! Its got bunnies inside  (static) The bunny outside the pen is animated, for 30L you too can have your own hoppy skippy  bunneh. Group is free to join btw. The upper deck of the boathouse seems to be a perfect place for it, always makes a place more homely with pets . I think the hutch is 6Li, but you’d have to check to be sure !

Dench Designs Dog with sounds 30L and bowls 15L each ! Super low prim yay!

Speaking of pets, check out this gorgeous Bassett Hound doggy ! He is only 1 prim ! He has a sound menu, meaning he woofs and sniffs, you can alter the amount of noises and volume handy ! A real bargain at only 30L, the food & water bowls are 15L each. No laggy scripts involved, your landlord will adore you *wink*, he can be found at Dench Designs, lurking outside in the garden area.

Pro – tips for renting a home from a private landlord:

1) Pay for one week at a time – you stand to lose little if you decide it’s not what you want, or you don’t like the neighbours!

2) Check the prim allowance and stick to it. Ask about a prim counter, if you need extra prims ASK before using them and see what it will cost.

3) If you like more privacy check out sky homes.

4) If you own pets/babies etc, make sure they are permitted in your home. Some landlords have rules regarding leaving them animated while you’re not there – as they can cause lag and spoil the experience for other residents.

5) If you would like a television or media set up – talk to your landlord about “deeding” and permissions.

The Boathouse rental: Emmons-Key Marina – both Player and I have been to take a look around and I have to say – we LOVED it! Plenty of space, incredibly inexpensive to rent and a shedload of prims included. The access to water to sail on is a BIG bonus.

Gacha yardsale list at Seraphim – Look at the tabs at the top of the homepage and choose “yardsales” – literally ooodles of them to choose from, some only cover The Arcade, but plenty cover ALL gacha events. Great pickings for cheap cheap cheap decor items for your space !

Seraphim

Decor info:

az 1 prim cupcake free !

az plates free!

HCC “go away” doormat dollarbie !

WS animated bench dollarbie! 

Patio set dollarbie !

Dench Designs

Cleo Designs

Lok’s

Kusshon

Persnickity

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Music was my first love

Bubblez,Truth NEW!

Soooo still unable to get into The Arcade event, but nevermind, there are heaps of yard sales to grab up the items you want. I was on the look out for the Truth hair avec headphones. Managed to find them at a yard sale yay! Most yard sales will have a mixtures of Arcade rounds, which to be honest I avoid. I’m only interested in the latest gear, there’s a whole list of gacha yard sales here, take your pick. I’m also wearing a new release from Bubblez, which is now in my “daily wear” inventory section. Such a handy dandy little outfit, with delicious detailing on the jacket. Thanks Milo ❤

Bubblez

Gacha Yard sale List

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Community thrift & trade Event

Ohhh yeah !!! It’s almost here…on the 1st of July the community thrift & trade fair opens…lets seee…theres gacha machines ..wearable balloons from Lisp (omg heapssss of FUN!) Anddd *drum roll puhlease* Argyle Anonymous has some brand-spankin-finger-lickin-good newwww releases specially for it! To define it more clearly here’s a line or three from the notes: “Community Thrift & Trade is a social shopping experience.Featuring a group yard sale, new releases from some fabulous designers, and gacha machines.” Tadaaaa!

Onto the newness from Argyle Anon you’re gonna see these “Rollie shorts” ,that come with big soft ole cuffs and a retro/vintage floral fabric all over…lotsa colours to choose from…also the crochet tank…sooper pritty..fluted & flared body prim gives it a real feminine appeal…and its deep vee back edged in lace is to-die-for ..there’s even a little daisy applique to wear on the bodice …quite a few shades to grab in this also..all delicate & subtle tones …beauuuutiful! (my artfully slung over the shoulder guitar is from a gacha by u.f.o..just 50L)

“Mox” is the name of the new shoes …comfybumfy casuals in soft squidgy leather (I have some like this in real life!) above I’m wearing them on my hot little trotters in “mocha” but I’m also lovingggg them in vanilla bean shown below…

Dont forget, the event opens on the 1st of July…no peeking till then!!! (and nothings set for sale yet anyway- trust me I checked !)

Go get thrifty: Community thrift & trade