To say that this post has got out of control is an understatement let me explain. The orignial idea for this post was "My five top shopping destinations on the hypergrid" which has now turned into a three part blog series. Although it is a little self indulgent I thought why the hell not, I am passionate about Opensim and making Opensim more accessible to people unfamiliar with the Opensim platform. New people, like myself a few years back need places to get things for their avatar and their region and this blog series is my contribution.

What follows is not an exhaustive list of shopping destinations using the Opensim hypergrid to go shopping for two things (1) avatar appearance and (2) environment objects (anything that isn't related to how your avatar looks). If you would like me to add a favourite region of yours leave me a comment below and I will gather the landmarks, check them out and add a new post ot serie when I have enough regions or grids to visit.

I will only add a brief descriptive paragraph as there are to many regions included to be indepth. Also if you would like me to add a region leave a comment below the article.

Craft World: Sensation City [Sensation Millennium group owned]

  • craft-world.org:8002:sensation city

Craft World is an amazing place to find freebies and I explored some of them in a previous post (read the post here). From my exploration there are two areas for shopping (there is also a club, a harbour and a drive-in); (1) ground level (2) up the stairs passed the tipsy Santa.

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Thanks for Shawnkmaloney and his christmas 2016 list posted to the Hypergrid Destinations google+ group for this find. My new hair that I have at the moment is from here, high quality freebies for men and women and other virtual objects to make your virtual home more cozy.

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bubblesz and Metropolis: La Barronie and Savvy[Taarna Welles]

  • hypergrid.org:8002:la baronnie
  • hypergrid.org:8002:Savvy
  • bubblesz.nl:8002:Savvy

We start our shopping on the Metorpolis grid and a region called La Baronnie then we will head over to the Bubblez grid. If you are looking for mesh feet, mesh feet and shoes, mesh clothing or games boards this is the place for you to head. I currently have the mesh feet as part of my avatar they are well made.

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The second region by Taarna is called Savvy and is located on the bubblesz grid. You can find lots of high quality mesh for men and women here. You can also find this region on the Metropolis Grid as well. Taarna Wells is always adding new items to the collections and the latest additions was a full mesh outfit for men.

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Metropolis: Aqua Dark [Lacchi Macchi]

  • hypergrid.org:8002:Aqua Dark

Aqua Dark, like Kang Nae is one of the very first avatar appearance regions that I found. There are so many things here from full avatars, to sculpt maps, dance and avatar AO (Animation overrides) and landscaping content.

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I always like to head up the stairs and take a look around and inevitable grab a new outfit. Then head back outside and take a look at all the landscaping goodies you can find, like grasses with multiple variations and trees.

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Metropolis: FreebiesShop [Night Raven: Moonwalkers group]

  • hypergrid.org:8002:FreebiesShop

At ground level there is a collection of all sorts of freebies from what you need for your avatar and some non avatar appearance items. The ground level is housed in an amamzing structure. The only thing I will mention is that the landing point every time I teleport here I end up in the water needing to cam out to double click teleport to the store.

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Up in the sky you will find even more goodies to make your avatar look good, my clothing folder in my own inventory is stuffed full of most of the stuff here. When you teleport up to the sky level you will land in the middle of the store with men and womens clothing either side.

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Naras Nook: Coca [Shannon Albright]

  • world.narasnook.com:8900:Coca

The creators at the Nook do some amazing stuff and I wanted to include this region as there are so many high quality gowns, tuxedos and other freebies.

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The Public World [Kai Baer]

A few weeks ago when the Nook I bumped in to Nara and asked if she knew of any places to get hair and to my surprise a folder of landmarks arrived in my inventory. The following four regions are where the landmarks took me. If you visit them all everything from your avatar appearance to buildings are on offer for free.

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  • thepublicworld.de:8002:TPW-Clubs
  • thepublicworld.de:8002:Freebee-Center
  • thepublicworld.de:8002:Larossa-Mall
  • thepublicworld.de:8002:Home-sweet-Home

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That feels like a good place to start with this post those should get almost all your avatar appearance dilemmas addressed. In the next post the shopping theme will remain but the nature of the freebies will change to everything and anything other than avatar appearance (Although some have a mixture of the two). To continue to the second part of this series visit here.

Opensim has some amazing shopping destinations and the ones included in this post are my go to desitnations and resources if I need something. To find other places you will find a list of posts if you select the Opensim shopping tab on the blogs navigation menu.

Online resources

As well as visiting inworld places you can also find some great resources for a range of things on the web, here are a few of my go to websites and resources when I am trying to create something.

  • Outworldz - a script library, textures, IAR and OAR downloads and much, much more
  • Opensimworld - a resource for finding OpenSim regions, including shopping destinations
  • Zadaroo - an online archive of Linda Kellie’s CC0-licensed content, including IAR and OAR files
  • Kitely Market - Purchase content that you need and get it delivered to your avatar on any of over 165 different OpenSim grids
  • Metropolis freebie search tool - Search for content on the Metropolis grid