Recently, while on famed sex toy reviewer Epiphora’s website, I noticed an adorable dildo. It was milky white and looked like it was cast with a handful of party confetti in the silicone. I had to have it. So, I asked Epiphora where I could get that darling dildo and she kindly directed me to ChavezDezignz … on Etsy. Yes, Etsy sells dildos. In fact, Etsy sells a lot of sex paraphernalia that I apparently had to search for while I was trolling its virtual pages for custom knitted pride dog sweaters, monogrammed leather key chains. You know … the usual.
You Can Find Anything On Etsy ... Even a Sex Toy
Some ChavezDezignz. Aren't they adorable?
Even more surprising (or maybe not, now that I think of it) is that the sex toy artisans on Etsy are so diverse, you can find almost anything to satisfy most "traditional" kinks (if there is such a thing), along with some kinks you might not have known about.
Case in point: If you’re in the "I love zombies, aliens and ghosts so much I want to put them in an orifice" crowd, you will find your haven at FunVibes on Etsy. What initially caught my eye was a bloody, mangled and eerily named toy called "The Finger." It even has its own tagline: "Give someone 'The Finger’ and they’ll thank you for it." For those who require more convincing, there’s a G-rated demonstration video ... just in case you need to see how realistic the lacerations and incomplete, jagged, gray fingernail is close up. If this is your kink, you have found your dream sex shop. FunVibes also carries vibrators depicting a Klingon, Bigfoot and the Alien inspired by the movie of the same name.
A selection of FunVibes, for your horrific pleasure.
If your tastes crave something with a bit of an edge, the BDSM community is well represented on Etsy. In fact, some of the goodies here are so beautifully crafted that it’s clear they could only be made by someone who loves what they love and loves what they do.
I was coveting a cashmere and leather flogger that my friend, The Redhead Bedhead, had on her blog and was again told that I could get it on Etsy. I quickly ran to the computer to buy one and was delighted at the reasonable price of $55. But that isn't the only cool thing SwoonKink has for sale. Some even offer a new twist (so to speak) on masturbation sleeves - they make them out of cashmere! While traditionalists may go for common elastomer, silicone or the like, a penis owner who craves the finer things in life, masturbates into cashmere. Luxury sometimes does come cheap though; the cashmere is up-cycled so the sleeves start at only $23.
SwoonKink's pretty, kinky treats
Yet another Etsy store called Dog and Hoop has some deliciously well-made - and sinfully sexy - designs. I spotted these black leather cuffs embossed with thorns and a steel lead ring in an ivy motif. They're so simple and elegant you could probably wear them out to dinner. Dog and Hoop also carries collars,leashes, and faux fur lined "Hands of Praise" that look so cool, I want one - and I don’t even know what a "Hand of Praise" is.
Dog and Hoop's lovely leathers
But Etsy doesn’t stop there. Other salacious treats abound, like steel paddles, wooden Light Saber Floggers, and even design plans to make your own. There are elephant cock slings, cock rings with pig ears, respirator (style) masks and leather fantasy masks for role play. I could go on and on … there simply is no end.
So, the next time you’re on Etsy looking for a David Bowie bra and panties set, you might want to type the name of your favorite kink into the search bar and see what Etsy has to offer. But beware: It’s addictive. In fact, I fully expect a well-planned intervention from friends and family at any time. At least when I begrudgingly enter the 12-Step treatment facility for Etsy Addiction, I’ll have my confetti dildo and "Hand of Praise" - whatever that is - with me for comfort.
Now, I can’t speak to the quality of materials or craftsmanship of anything mentioned above, so if you’re interested, please make certain you ask the shop owner all the questions you need to know about the product you’re interested in BEFORE you purchase. And whatever you choose, please make sure it's made from body-safe materials.
Writer, sex educator and coach, Elle Chase curates popular feminist, erotic images blog www.LadyCheeky.com (NSFW). Her work revolves around pleasure-focused, sensual, self expression with a strong emphasis toward positive body image. LadyCheeky.com is proud to be one of the sites named by Salon.com as “The Best of Tumblr Porn” and SmutForSmarties.com was awarded "Best Sex Blog" by the prestigious LA Weekly.
As a writer, Elle is a regular contributor to the online magazine EvolvedWorld.com, and has been featured on The Frisky, Fleshbot, TheRumpus, Huffington Post, AVN Magazine, and Rachel Kramer Bussel’s erotica anthology The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories.
A graduate of the comprehensive and lauded San Fransisco Sex Information Sex Educator Program (SFSI) Elle is a sex educator and coach that focuses on positive body image, integrative sensuality and better sex after 35. Coaching and Workshops can be found at: www.ElleChase.com