I don’t know about you, but when I go shopping in Second Life, I enjoy discovering small shops and boutiques that are off the beaten path. I dislike malls be them real life or virtual. So, if you are an anti-mainstream shopper like me, then you will be absolutely thrilled with the Tableau sim.
Tableau is an adorable sim that looks like the most charming town you would pass through while visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico. It just happened to have been the location of a nuclear war!
According to the memorial stone located at the top of one of the mesas, there was a horrible war between the “fashionistas and blingtards.” Turns out the fashionistas won, but not before damage was done to the once beautiful Tableau. Not to worry, about an hour after the war was over, a group of drifters swung on by and brought the sim back to life (I love it when sim admins take time out to provide a history. Nice touch!) The sim is administered by Nylon Pinkney
and Polyester Partridge
Bursting of colors orange, red, aqua blue and beige, this little niche-y shopping locale offers a handful of unique hipster shabby chic-ish boutiques that would satisfy anyone’s taste.
Nesteled within the many hills are shops such as, Nylon Outfitters & Yummy Accessories
, Cheeky Pea
, Ooh Lala!
, ZsaZsa’s House of Beauty
,Paper Couture (Flagship)
, Cheap Makeup
and Tres Blah
. I can’t cover them all, but want to give you a taste of some of the fun things you can pickup while visiting Tableau. Let’s take a look at one of my favorite shops, Nylon Outfitters
,owned by Nylon Pinkney.
To call this shop an Urban Outfitters
knock-off would be an insult. Yes, like the real life shop Nylon does sell clothing, accessories, and a few furniture items, but that’s where the similarities end. It is very clear that the items in they shop are far more unique and clever. Every item in the shop have just enough of a dash of vintage that you walk away feeling like you have purchased an expensive collectable that you will never giveaway.
Since I blog and write for the SL Associated Press, I was of course drawn to the funky camera collection displayed near the entrance of the shop. I loved everything, especially the vintage photo photobooth.
I ended walking away with the Nyloniflex classic camera. You are able to hold it in your hands or pose with it on an tripod. When you click the ground you get a shutter open sound effect and rolls of film pop out of the camera, roll on the floor, and eventually disappear! Awesome scripting and a great design. Just a word of warning, be sure to read the directions before wearing and clicking away. When you wear this camera it replaces your shirt! Lol.
After splurging on camera equipment, I made my way to the back of the shop in order to check out the jewelry situation. There I found a charming boutique nook where the accessory brand, *Yummy!
calls home. Owned by Polyester Partridge, these delicious line of lockets, necklaces, earrings, and glasses adorn the walls of the shop. I went hog wild and purchased almost everything, but in this post, I thought it would be fun to focus on some of the necklaces. Yummy!
All of these items and TONS more can be found at the Tableau. Have fun and be sure to say hello to the big green dinosaur for me!