OK, I admit I’m an unrepentant shopaholic. More significantly, I’m a sucker for a good freebie. I have an astonishing collection of …..stuff.. My inventory is well over 120K (even after some recent housekeeping). I often tell people I’m my own Wal-Mart. If there’s anything I ever really need, odds are pretty high that I already have one somewhere. Yes, finding things can be a challenge, but I do try to organize things into categories and I’m reasonably good at searching.
Anyway, I’ve gotten a lot of really amazing deals over the years and I never tell people about them because, hey, I don’t want everyone walking around with the same outfits, right?… I don’t think I’ve ever blogged about a shopping experience. I’m making a small exception here.
Yesterday I happened across BehaviorBody Animations, a shop owned by Anto (antosperandeo.allen) that sells his high quality poses and animations made primarily for fashion models (both male and female) and photographers. Mostly model poses, runway walks, and the like. People connected with the couture world probably know all about him. As an artist and curator, and certainly as a shopper, I have a passing interest in adventurous and interesting fashion, but I’m no expert in the field. And I also create poses myself fairly often when I need something special, so I don’t normally spend money on them. Well, I saw an ad in a magazine for this shop and on a whim decided to stop by. The first thing to know is that they have a bunch of great freebies near the landing point, including some pose sets with props.
I picked up the freebie “GlamCorner” prop, which is an unusual photo scene that is basically a pair of walls with a short hallway between. It comes with a HUD for changing the floor and wall textures, but the prop itself is modifiable (the scripts are not), so you can use your own textures if you want. The freebie version comes with 2 poses (both basically sexy girl standing against a wall), but what is interesting about many of the pose sets sold in the shop is that they come with mirror versions. So this prop actually has the same poses available on the left or right wall. This is obviously important if a photographer is looking for poses to fit a scene. They had the full version on display that actually has 27 poses, both left and right. When I found the vendor for it in the shop I was astounded to find that the cost was a mere L$99. And as with all the prop pose sets, included in the folder is a full set of the copiable animation files to use in other projects. Some of the pose sets come with a HUD that has them preinstalled, which seemed like a real convenience, but none of the things I got had that. (The HUD can also be purchased separately.)
Aside from being astonishingly affordable, these are all usable high quality poses with meticulous attention to detail. (At least they work well with my avatar, which may be a bit taller than average.) Probably the best deal in the shop is the “PhotoShoot Complete Collection”–135 model poses for L$150. The only downside is that the poses are not named descriptively, but the names are modifiable if you want. I’m tempted to put all these and the rest into a big descriptive database that can be searched by various criteria. Some day when I have some free time (ya, right).
I picked up basically all the freebies in the shop, bought several retail items and walked out barely able to carry everything for less than L$400 total.