Help! I’m Kinky and I’m Broke!

The U.S. kink community, like the rest of the United States, is experiencing a growing divide between the “haves” and “have-nots.” As kink becomes more visible and BDSM clubs make it on to more American’s sexual bucket list, entrepreneurs have seen the possibility to make tons of money.

If you peruse the web to get some general costs for kinky gear, there is (of course) a huge split. Toys, fetish wear, and various furniture for kink play can run into the thousands in a very short period of time. Dungeon fees add up quickly. And then there is all the grooming that can come with being kinky.

Most of us don’t have $500 a month floating around to spend on toys, outfits, conference fees, travel, dungeon fees and coffees at munches. So, what is a broke girl who just wants to get get tied up, spanked and choked a little on Wednesday nights to do? [Avoiding obvious sex work joke here.]

Yes, you can get that 12″ “cat-o-nine tails” made of “man-made material” on Amazon for $12.99. However it will have no weight behind it and if you manage to figure out how throw it, I will put $12.99 not all tails make it through a session. Alternatively you can drop $250 on a decent leather flogger at a conference or a reputable dealer.

The real solution is to get creative with your kink. Necessity is the mother of invention. When you necessarily want to get hot, dirty, and rough, you can get inspired!

Pervertibles- Or, How I Wreck Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Can’t afford the super expensive toys you want? Make ’em.

To be successful at crating your own pervertibles all you need is a little time on Google, YouTube and a small amount of cash. There are a ton of great instruction videos on YouTube about crafting adult novelties. Spend some time going down that rabbit hole when it comes to the toys you want to make. Generally, I find watching several videos on the same project gives me a better idea on what I need to do rather than just recreating what one person made.

Next, you need to know where to get your supplies.

Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Home Depot, and Marine Outfitters have been critical for me when it comes to creating pervertibles.

Home Depot (affectionately referred to as Dom Depot in the kink world) has ropes, chains, tie-downs (usually all in the same aisle and labels such) as well as caribeaners, PVC pipe, ball bearings and more useful things for creating your home play space. While their synthetic ropes may not be as sexy, offered in as many colors, or feel quite as intimate as silk or hand-tied hemp rope, it will work for many scenes.

Michael’s Arts and Crafts offers an assortment of things to spice up your love life.

  1. In the framing section, they have a large selection of dowels. The larger diameter ones plus a couple of eye bolts and paint make excellent spreader bars for way less than anything you can buy online.

  2. Their candle making section offers the staples needed for wax play.

  3. A stitching wheel sewing tool makes an okay substitute for a Wharton Wheel.

  4. Body paint is usually in the kids toy section.

  5. The selection of tiny clothespins offers amazing options for torture at just $5.99.

  6. There is an entire section dedicated to making masks and costumes.

  7. The floral section has an excellent selection of bamboo and other materials which make effective canes and switches.

  8. Coloring books, bubble wands, and play dough are great for littles.

Marine Outfitters offers solid rings which are great for suspension at a fraction of the cost of the rings made specifically for bondage aficionados.

The Dollar Store

Oh, the Dollar Store! I both love and hate Dollar Stores. They smell of a combination of Fabuloso, decaying plastic, and dirt. Their food section just makes me sad. But- they can be awesome for pervertibles.

  1. The kitchenwares section offers wooden spoons, pasta measurers, spatulas and more which all make excellent impleme