We opened the flood gates to Hair Fair 2014 on Saturday morning first thing, and it has been non stop.
Four full sims of incredible creators from all over Second Life, donating generously from each and every sale made during this event. You can find the list of each store on each sim HERE.
Each store donates a minimum of 15% of each sale to Wigs for Kids, and also have the choice to donate more if they so choose. There are signs in some booths, and some may have numerous amounts based on what they donate per pack, as well as a different amount per fatpack or other packs available. But with this system, every single thing you buy helps us help Wigs for Kids, and it is completely guilt free shopping.
This is the 9th year of this incredible event, it starting in 2006 on one sim, and growing from there to two sims the year I joined the committee, to the four sims we have had since 2008. This year with the help of the wonderful people at Linden Lab we have rented an additional 2 sims for landing points for the first few days, to help with the stress on trying to gain access. This means that if you use the World Map (Ctrl M) you can then see which sims have what amount of residents on them, and then TP accordingly.
Scripted Vendors – Redelivery NO Double Purchases
The scripts in the items at Hair Fair 2014 are only donation scripts, they can only pay to the account collecting the funds for the Charity, however the Bandanas are set for sale so that there was no need for scripts in those booths at all, and because they are transferable items.
These scripts were created by Mel Vanbeeck for Hair Fair in 2012 from understanding the need for such functions at an event of this size.
When you purchase a Hair Fair hairstyle, you cannot then double purchase it if you do not get it due to a lag spike. If you do not recieve your item you only have to left click on the pack you paid for, and it will redeliver it to you. If you do try and buy it again, it will refund you, and also deliver it to you again. The Man is a Genius ♥ There is a limit of purchases on each pack for this though, so if you do not get your item or go home and realise you did not get everything you have, tp back to the event and reclick on the items you purchased. If they do not respond, then you can contact the creator of that hair and discuss delivery.
We have again this year turned off the visibility function for each sim, so that you are unable to load any residents on the sims joined to the one you are on, this does help with any rendering lag from avatars you experience. Also going into your Preferences (Ctrl P) and turn down your Max # of Non Imposter Avatars to 3, unless you are with more than 3 people as I was earlier today.
Helping yourself as well as others, you can also deprim as much as possible, do not attach items that are not part of your general appearance, and reduce as much as you can in the way of scripted items. No one is going to challenge you to a duel so take off combat scripts for instance….mind you shopping for hair is serious business, so you may get bumped into a few times. If that does happen, please take it as an accident, while people may have removed avatars loading and generally be as low as possible, you just may not even be visible to them.
In the past this function in the Firestorm viewer confused me a bit, I was never able to get it to work correctly for me, but Whimsy Winx one of our other committee members talked me through it in the past. I have used it many times for checking items for store approval for my Group, but this tool is perfect for use at an event such as Hair Fair.
If you have fallen in lust with a hairstyle you have seen promoted, you land at the event, and you do not know which way to go, even with the use of my handy girly directions using the notecards and LMs in the maps at the landing points. Then you can click the WORLD menu at the top of your screen – I am not sure if this is even possible in Second Life main viewer – then go to Area Search which will open a new panel. In the Find Tab you then type the name of what you are looking for, or the Creators Name. Whichever you find easier. If once you click on find, nothing happens, you may have your draw distance too low, as it is based on range.
Once it comes up with a list of items, you can then choose from the functions when you right click on it, or just clicking on any listed will give you the option to shine a beacon on them. I have found though that right clicking and choosing zoom, will take your camera directly to the item, and if you are able to rez it, means you can pay for it right then and there, and if it is a need to go back to get a failed delivery, using the touch option will have the redelivery magic work for you.
Again traditionally since the first Hair Fair I ever was part of in 2007, the Prim Bus is back. Historically speaking though it was originally just a red box on the ground, set for anyone to move, but we used to worry because people would crash and they would end up blocking doorways etc. Mel created the prim bus rezzer two years ago, and it is a lot of fun to pile on with friends and then one of you – usually the one with not only good internet speed but also good editing control – drives the bus so to speak by using the edit tools to drag you around the sims. It will also vanish when you all get off, so we have these placed at various spots throughout the event.
The maps at the landing points of each sim, will give you a folder with landmarks and directions in notecards, of what stores are on what side of what sim – very girly directions they are too, Mel believes in Maps and proper directions such as East and stuff, I believe in the far left side of the sim when standing at the landing point :P.
If you start at any sim and walk to the left and keep the stores on your left, you will visit every single booth and land back at the place you started.
Donation terminals and Bandana Booths
There are a number of donation boxes, that look like mini versions of the Hair Dye boxes in red and aqua through the event. These are set to pay only HairFairSL Core, so please be sure that that is who comes up in the pay dialogue if you are planning on making a donation. Every little bit helps, and we appreciate it so much, not everyone wants to buy lots of hair, but do like to give what they can.
The Bandanas booths, there is one on each sim and as every year, all proceeds from the purchases of these will go 100% to Wigs for Kids. Each bandana is sold Mod/Transfer so that you can resize them, and also gift them to friends.
The last day of Hair Fair traditionally is Bandana Day where we remove our hair to show we care. So buy lots and have a great time at Hair Fair.
If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact HairFairSL Core, Sasy Scarborough, Whimsy Winx or Mel Vanbeeck.