August 26th, 2008

Originally a slideshow, this is another piece I did in-house for the Voice last year that didn’t make it up on the site. That’s no reason the world shouldn’t know how to shop for cheap sex toys, though! See all the photos here.

Get your fetish gear for less, thanks to home improvement.

So... much... chainPurple Passion, the fetish shop in Chelsea, is a wonderful place full of wonderful, leather-clad people. They’re friendly, they’re big on education, and they’ve got an enormous selection. Unfortunately, they also have some astronomic price tags. $228 dollars for a pair of restraint mittens? Ouch! Even the most basic gear adds up quickly. But poor BDSMers need not agonize over paying rent or buying a thuddy flogger—especially when there’s a discount dom’s paradise just around the corner: Home Depot. A land of ropes and chains and locks, this is the do-it-yourself mecca, even if what you want to do yourself is bondage. Check out these steps to making your gear for less…

1. Purple Passion is full of leather restraints and other goodies, but there’s another way. Nope, these aren’t the shelves of a bondage shop. Now we’re in Home Depot, just a few blocks away on W 23rd. So many ropes and chains to chose from…

2. While you might not be able to make fancy equipment like masks at Home Depot, there’s still plenty to work with. Still, remember the other thing Purple Passion offers that Home Depot doesn’t: info on safe BDSM. Learn before you bargain shop!

Bondage tape on the cheap3. This polyester rope sells for $20 and up on the Purple Passion website. And this white rope goes for $30. Here at Home Depot, it’s only 39 cents a foot. Buy as much or as little as you want, with no shipping and handling. Chain is almost just as cheap. Then there’s the endless selection of hooks for attaching your sub to a wall or bedpost–all for a few dollars and change.

4. This bondage tape normally costs $18. But the same kind of tape at Home Depot is less than $4—and it comes in prettier colors. $68 posture bar? No way! A few eyelet hooks and a well-sanded dowel: you’ve never seen your sub sit up so straight.

Ok, those weren’t really steps, but they were tips that’ll make you feel a whole lot differently about a trip to the hardware store! Ah, the sweet smell of home improvement.

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22 Responses to “Why Home Depot is the ultimate BDSM shopping destination”

  1. Darkpen Says:

    this is like… wholesale bondage gear XD

  2. halfassured Says:

    Someone needs to do a whole series of this, where they build things themselves on a fixed budget and document the process.

    Also, I was inspired to look up “posture bar” on Google because I didn’t know what it was and Wikipedia wouldn’t tell me, and this article was the third result.

  3. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Seriously, halfassured! If only I had the time, it would make a great video podcast. Anybody?

  4. SusanC Says:

    There’s a guy I know who’s into BDSM, and also teaches woodwork to highschoolers. He’s built a lot of interesting bondage equipment.

    Though – if you’re going to make your own equipment, please make sure it’s safe.

  5. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    That’s the big thing, is that you have to be much more aware of safety issues if you’re making stuff on your own. What kind of stuff has your woodworking friend made?

  6. Ralph Says:

    Wow Iv seen a lot of metal chains… I am a big leather fun >:)
    Hope one day I can go to the states to visit.

  7. anonymousJim Says:

    The only thing i have to say is there is a difference between Bondage tape and electrical, bondage tape has no glue, and only sticks to itself (at least the kinds i have seen) and electrical only comes with glue, also electrical tends to be thinner which means it could get dangerous if it twists/is a little to tight

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