"HARNESS" column - July 2005

The Ten Dollar Dungeon

"I recently visited a leather store and was shocked by the prices of some of the items. Floggers and hoods that cost several hundred dollars are way out of my price league. If this is what you need to buy to be a good top then SM is only for rich people! Is there anything you can suggest for players on a budget?"

It's true that some items of SM furniture or hand crafted toys have high prices that reflect the love and care that went into making them. But there are also lots of SM activities that cost no money at all, can be enjoyed using standard household items or use products that can be purchased for under $10. Here are just a few ideas with two disclaimers:

  1. Please don't use any of the following items on someone who hasn't consented. That's not SM - that's abuse. (If you're unsure of the difference click here for more information.)
  2. Just because you own an item does not mean that you automatically know how to use it. Please attend an SM workshop or have one-on-one tuition from an experienced SM player to learn the necessary skills yourself.

SM that costs nothing

SM using household items

Almost anything can be used in a kinky way. Here are just a few examples:

SM items which cost less than $10

I've found it's best when you're on a budget to avoid sex shops and stick to pharmacies, pet stores, army surplus, hardware stores and home improvement centres. All of the following items can be bought for under $10:

There are many more possibilities out there but hopefully this column will give you some inspiration. In the end, it's not the number of toys you own that makes you a good top, it's knowing what to do with submissives while they're in your care.

Have fun, look after yourselves and the people you play with.

John Pendal
International Mr Leather 2003

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