I actually think I have too many BDSM toys. And there’s two sad things to add to that statement. Not only do I probably have too many, I want more. I continually scour places that advertise items that people no longer want, or think about what I could do with items that could be converted into play things. Like old chain for example. Since I’m unable to play with my girl due to distance, I spend time keeping my interest piqued by watching old BDSM videos (from Insex and other venues), looking at pictures and thinking about old play scenes of my own from the past. I marvel and covet what I see, and consider how I could be getting items from scrap yards, antique stores and junkyards to convert into toys, for the eventuality of having someone to play with. I even have haunted Etsy and eBay over the past few days to browse for older chain, instead of going the route of purchasing new chain and rusting it. It would actually probably be cheaper to do it that way, but I don’t think you get the same patina from rusting the stuff that you find in hardware stores these days..a lot of it comes from China, and the metallurgical make-up is completely different from domestic (US) steel from the past.
I’ve often also thought about divesting myself of some of the toys that I have had for a long time. Many years ago, when I was going through a medical restraint phase, I purchased FOUR identical sets of Human Restraints. The types that are used in hospitals, or mental health facilities. These are the extremely sturdy leather restraints with locks. I still have them, they’re brand new and haven’t even been removed from the boxes they were shipped in. My justification was, they price was way too good to pass up. Coupled with the fact that you normally can’t get these without either a prescription (unlikely!) or be ordering them from official letterhead from an institution (impossible!). Yes there are places that make similar ones, or knockoff varieties, but getting the real thing instead? That’s a coup. But still, I have four sets of something that I’ve never used, and essentially, that’s THREE sets I probably will never use. The same goes for my prangers. I have two of them (because a seller on Fetlife was offering the two as a set, not individually) but really, probably only need one at any time. Don’t get me started on my flogger collection. I really went overboard on that one. Someone on Fetlife was selling their collection due to having the need for money, and naturally I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. So I blew my toy budget for the year on making myself the proud owner of that, and now they sit mostly in my clothes closet, or hung up in my armoire, waiting to be used. I’ve already had one horsehair flogger disintegrate due to lack of use (that majorly sucked!) and I have to be certain that other toys don’t go the same route, because of lack of playtime. Further, my spanking horse is in the basement, getting more and more dusty with every passing month. The last time I had a repairman in the house, he saw the horse and asked me if it was a piece of exercise equipment. Rather than tell him exactly what it’s use was, I just nodded and didn’t say any more.
I suppose it’s just fitting that Amazon has now gotten into the business as well. While I was doing research looking for pictures, I stumbled upon their toy listings. Oy.