I have just returned from Amsterdam where I had an awesome time! Whilst there, I was lucky enough to be invited to a "Fetish and Fantasy" shop called 'Smart' by the owner Danny.
Once inside the shop I felt like I was in a different world. The 'sex' shops in Amsterdam are VERY different to the kinds we have in England, like Ann Summers. Yes you can buy fetish and bondage gear online but you will never find a shop with a selection like they have in Amsterdam. There is everything you read of in 50 Shades of Grey inside this shop, plus more.
I myself am not into BDSM. Don't get me wrong, I do like a good session with some handcuffs and a blindfold but I think that is as far as I would go. Clearly, I am Vanilla!
I asked Danny what the appeal to some people was and he replied "If no animals or children are involved then I do not care. BDSM is what it is and I let people get on with it. I would never sell sick things to sick headed people!" He also told me that he cannot force himself to read 50 Shades of Grey as it is house wife bullshit. I can imagine that after owning a shop like this, the goings on in 50 Shades is more like Sesame Street to him!
When I asked what kind of people buy things from his shop he explained to me that every day is a different day. He said people from the Government to the gutter will come in as well as police men and womenand your average tourist.
Danny took me on a tour of the shop and some of the products and explained to me how some work (ones that I didn't know!)
Here are a selection of their whips which Danny told me they make themselves and they use real leather. Well, of course if you are being spanked you would want only the best quality material slapping your ass! I did try a few out and unfortunately I have to say that I am not one for whips. I have met people who love the feel of a whip slapping them but for me, it does nothing.
Nipple clamps can be used for either sex, male or female. They are attached to the nipples to create pain by restricting the blood flow when they are erect. Some people derive erotic pleasure from seeing nipple clamps applied. They are used in some BDSM activities, such as tit torture. Danny told me that him and his staff make these nipple clamps themselves! I am not someone who gets turned on by my nipples being played with so for me, these were not of interest.
The leather harness for the strap ons is once again made by Danny and his team. (What a talented bunch!)
I was a bit confused as to why a penis on a strap on was metal. Danny explained to me that the metal ones have what is called a "Vac-U-Lock" that goes on top. The top-rated Vac-U-Lock range of strap-on dildos and bedroom bondage accessories allows you to mix and match a huge variety of dildos, butt plugs and other sex toys.
Once again, Santa (aka Danny) and his little Elves (workers) make the handcuffs themselves. I am starting to wonder what goes on in their back room when making all this gear! I managed to try on a few different handcuffs here and was really impressed. All different types of fur and colours and leather.
After the basic items we came to the face masks. On the left you can see the 'gas mask.' This is used for sensory deprivation so for breath control games used at fetish parties. On the right you have the 'pony mask' so basically if you want to pretend you are a horse this is the mask for you. As you can see there is a part that goes across the mouth so you can really get into the role play and enjoy your horse and pony games. NEIGH for me!!
Now this is something personally I do not get. Why would someone want to wear a face mask or gimp mask? Ok, I understand the whole appeal of Dominance and Submission, and in some parts I really like the thought of it. For me, being in control is something I love and like I mentioned before I enjoy handcuffs and blindfolds but to go to an extreme of making someone wear an ash tray around their face, is this not a bit extreme? I did once watch an episode of Sexcetera where these ladies were talking about a 'smoking fetish' where men will pay for them to come and have sex with them and smoke at the same time, so I guess the ashtray gimp mask would come in handy.
Calling someone your slave or bitch, I get, but a gimp?! Why would you then want to fuck a gimp? With this you are reducing the status of the person to a sexual toy and not a sexual partner. For me, sex is about enjoyment and pleasure, where is the pleasure in wearing a 'gimp' mask which is then zipped up so you can hardly breathe?!
A toilet brush, around someones face. This one I would not mind buying, for Channing Tatum. He can come to my house, naked and wear one of these and clean. I think that is the only time one of these is acceptable!!
The toilet roll face mask, should I even bother to explain? I think you all get it by now and can use your imagination for that one. On the right you have the Dildo gag face mask. Please your partner in total silence! I know a few blokes I would make wear this, beats them 'attempting' to talk dirty to you.
Cock holders or cages as they can be know can be used alongside chastity belts which are sometimes used in BDSM play and in consensual relationships. They are a means for the wearer to surrender control over their sexual behavior either for sexual play, or as a long-term method of preventing infidelity or masturbation. They range from metal or plasticor even leather. These ones in the pictures as you can see have a lock and even handcuffs. The dominatrix will wear the key around her neck on a chain to tease her sub even more.
Here we have the 'teasing toys.' These ones are called 'pin wheels' and are used to seduce your partner and turn them on. If you read 50 shades, you will have read about these. Danny tried these on my hand and OMG I loved them. The pin prick feeling they give are amazing. I can imagine when on the naked body and over your sensitive parts, it must feel amazing. (Added to my shopping cart!)
Danny really went into depth about the items which was great. He liked to keep reminding me that there are a lot of sick and twisted people out there and that he doesn't consider his shop a "fun store!"
I thought I was quite experiemental and my friends have always called me a 'filth bag' but after finding out about all these items in depth, I think I am quite 'vanilla!'
Maybe someone can change my mind?! Hmmmmm..
If you have any questions or experiences with any of these toys I would LOVE to know so comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or twitter @LittleMissVak of facebook - Facebook.com/LmissV :)
Lots of love,
Little Miss V..x