Thanks again to everyone who participated in our “What Would I Do if I Won a $250 Stockroom Gift Certificate Contest!” We truly enjoyed reading all of your entries and had an incredibly hard time choosing our winners. Below are the three winning entries for your reading pleasure. Enjoy, and don’t worry, we plan on holding more contests in the near future!
$250 Grand Prize Gift Certificate Winner –
Well firstly let me say that at 38 yrs of age I have just come off a journey with the church where I was to become a consecrated virgin. A lot has happened in the last 12 months. I have been on a sexuality retreat for women, I got kissed by a man for the first time and loved it, we got to have a bit of a play touching each other, so YES I am still a virgin. Although tomorrow morning as it happens I am meeting with a Dom off Fetlife ( I friended him and he added me to his private BDSM Facebook group as I am now on a journey of discovering everything I can about sexuality, all aspects of it! From there someone directed me to Fetlife as there is a group for any newbies! ). So in the morning I am having an interview for a rope bunny role. I am not expecting to get it, however I will be required to sit there in front of another human being and share what my sexual desires are and what I wish to get out of the role, as well as that I have asked of a separate subject if he would be willing to mentor me and allow my first sexual experiences to be with him, hopefully I will be able to build this into a proper D/s relationship.
Even though I am a virgin my deepest darkest desires are surfacing from before I was even ten, now they have developed into wanting to experience submission, spanking, restraint, oral sex, anal sex, caning, electro play, I want to experience all this and so much more with him, and if down the track the trust is really there and we have developed that intimate two way relationship then he can have my main virginity as well, but he will have to earn it. So until then I am pretty sure that he may be able to pick out a couple of items to use on me. I know he wants to experiment with electro play, so maybe an e-stim, a couple of butt plugs or anal beads. Nipple clamps appeal with weights, as does a nice flogger. I would like some nice relaxing massage oil so I can apply it to his beautiful muscular body after he has finished playing with me and lays there completely blissed out after using and dominating my body any way he pleases.
$50 Gift Certificate Winner –
I’m a man of contrasting tastes, so if – dare I say, when! – I were to win this contest, I would want to start with the Triskeli Collar, as it’s about time I let my flag fly a little more noticeably (since I work in a public library, it can double as a reference point!). From there, I’d get the Ball Gag and Blindfold Harness – not being able to see what’s coming is a huge turn-on for me, and being effectively silenced is something I’ve always wanted to try. While using that, I want to try one of The Rude Boys – a close friend of mine told me how great they were, and while I trust her opinion, I gotta experience it for myself! And speaking of self-experience and contrast, that brings me to the last item…Mike’s Spikes. I can’t think of anything better to wrap it all up! I’ve had my eye on that particular portable prick-pinching product for some time now; it makes the masochist in me swoon.
Now, I know that I’m $9 over the certificate amount of $250, but…that’s a small price to pay for the immense pleasure that would come from not only winning, but the items above! Even if I don’t win (don’t get me wrong, I want to win harder than nipples being pinched by Extreme Talon Nipple Clamps) it was worth the time to come up with this email. Thanks for the opportunity and I hope you pick me!
Stockroom T-Shirt Winner –
First of all, I just want to say how much I love your site and your store. I’m sure this is nothing new to hear, but I have spent hours gazing at all of the wonderfully tantalizing possibilities that rack my brain.
Which brings me to the first reason of why I believe you should pick me. I have only been able to gaze longingly at your products, and not purchase. I’m a struggling young professional and have no budget to indulge in my ultimate fantasies in such a luxurious manner. Sure, I’ve been able to use make-shift items into bondage and sensual pleasure, but I want to take it to a new level and finally incorporate real leather and safer restraints into my repertoire. While I have dabbled in some BDSM/kink play, I am still a beginner and the certificate would allow one more person to more fully step into this glorious community that the Stockroom is so important to. This would be an important stepping stone to exploring my sexuality and seeing what limits my body (and my partner) can endure. Wouldn’t you feel so proud to be a part of what would help mold my exploratory sexuality?!
My second reason is that I am striving to become a sex therapist and having a certificate to Stockroom would allow me to become more acquainted with types of toys, play, and lifestyles and in turn, be a more informed therapist and sexuality educator. While I can learn from workshops, lectures, talking to others or reading about something in a book, there is nothing like getting a first hand experience of what my clients might experience in their personal life. Incorporating this into my personal life will allow me to be a more reliable and knowledgeable professional. But I can’t do it on my ramen dinner budget.
I want this certificate for the good of my sexual identity and for the good of my community
And finally, I can’t express how badly I’ve been wanting a swing and some serious leather restraints.
Good luck with your selection!
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Join us Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and save up to 90% on unique BDSM gear, fetish wear, sex toys & more!
We’re having our Holiday Rummage Sale at our space located next to the Stockroom/Syren Boutique on Sunset Blvd in Silverlake. 2809 ½ W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California, 90026.
Get there early and stock up for the Winter, because it’s first come, first served and you don’t want to get left out in the cold!
Exciting things happening on our Stockroom Facebook!
Head over to get details on our new contest for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate and make sure to like our page and share with your friends if you haven’t already!
Stockroom/Syren is hosting a free BDSM 101 workshop on Wednesday, November 7 from 7:30-9:30 pm at 2811 West Sunset Blvd. in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles (next door to the boutique). If you’ve caught “50 Shades” fever and want a hands-on introduction to the practices of bondage and play; please join us for a fun and informative evening.
**NOTICE: The workshop will be taped for an E! Network special about BDSM, so you must be willing to be on camera. Please RSVP with a very short description of yourself (name, age, line of work, background) to: KSunYu@comcastnets.com or Caitlin.Zimmer@comcastnets.com.
Facilitated by James Ross –
The 1st steps into BDSM are often the most frightening and the most exciting many people experience. How does one gain the confidence necessary, while still enjoying the novelty of it all? Bondage – Discipline, Dominant – Submissive, Sadism – Masochism. This class is designed for beginners and offers you an opportunity to explore (either as Top, Bottom, or both) many parts of the wide spectrum that is Safe, Sane, & Consensual BDSM. Accomplished players will also be able to learn safety aspects of play they may never have experienced.
Master James Ross
James Ross is a classically trained lifestyle dominant male Leatherman who’s been in the scene since 1977. Trained as a slave and progressing from that to trainer, he is now a Master with slaves and submissive of different sexualities.
EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
• Presenter for AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Safer SM Project 1995-99
• Panel Member Thunder in the Mountains Denver, CO 1999
• Volunteer Dungeon Master – Mister Toronto Leather 2000
• Presenter and Panel Member at Masters and slaves Together in Atlanta, GA 1999
• Volunteer Living in Leather Fort Lauderdale, FL 1999
• Presenter at Rio Grande Leather, Albuquerque, NM 2005, 2009
• Presenter El Paso, TX 2000-2006
• Presenter Los Angeles, CA 2007-Present
• Co-Founder LA Kink Exploration Society Los Angeles, CA 2008
• Member of Lair de Sade, Los Angeles, CA 2007-Present
• Mentor Garden of Heathens Los Angeles, CA 2010
• Attendee of Leather and Kink events since 1994 across North America
Percussion/Impact Play, Single Tail, Rope Bondage, Leather Restraints, Nipple Training, Penetration, Anal Toys, Vibrators, Orgasm Training, Master/slave, & Leather Lifestyle
All attendees of the workshop will receive 15% off in-store purchases* and have the opportunity to receive a guided tour of the Stockroom/Syren facilities!
*Some restrictions apply. In Store Discount good for registered class attendees only on Nov 7, 2012. Some items may not be eligible for discounts.
And don’t forget, only 1 day left to save in our Halloween Sale and National Kink Month Sale! Have a happy and safe Halloween from all of us at The Stockroom!
Throughout National Kink Month, we’re having weekly sales on Stockroom.com: this week through Wednesday, October 31, we’re featuring some of our favorite sex toys for couples. Here we’ll showcase tricks, tips and lessons for using sex swings and slings, most featured in our sale!
Sex Furniture: Sex Toys You Can Sit On
Sex swings and slings are designed to help the user attain and hold different sex positions. They are the best-known, most popular type of sex furniture – a whole category of sexual aids large enough to support the weight of the person using them, ranging from specially-angled cushions like Liberator Shapes, to BDSM furniture that facilitates bondage and other kinds of fetish play, to fucking machines.
Several contemporary styles of sex furniture have actually existed for centuries, but sex swings may be the first that was actually intended for pleasure. Many furnishings used today for erotic play, especially those used for BDSM, are descended from medieval European devices created for torture or corporal punishment. Sex swings, though, were developed in classical India, as a means of helping less athletic people attain difficult but rewarding sexual positions. It is believed that the earliest models were simple and rather uncomfortable rope and pulley constructions, and required assistants to keep the user from having an accident in the unstable device.
Modern sex slings and swings are no longer the haphazard balancing act they were in ancient days. Instead, they’re now carefully designed to increase the comfort of the user, cradling tired limbs and distributing weight correctly to increase endurance and gratification in even the most unusual sex positions. Because of this, all types of couples, from those with differing body sizes, to some who may be physically limited, can enjoy the benefits of using a sling to have a more gratifying sexual experience. However, no matter how physically fit you are, the support and leverage of a sling allows you to achieve positions and moves that are impossible unaided. Check out the overview of different types of slings and swings below, then read on to discover how to use them!
Two Types of Sex Swings
Hammock sex swings are suspended from the ceiling on support straps and are large enough to sit or lie back on. They’re ergonomic and as comfortable to lounge in as the traditional hammocks they’re named after… but you’re likely to get a lot more recreation than rest in them!
Hammock slings usually come with attachable stirrups, and may have either 3 or 4 attachment points. Sexy black leather sex swings are a BDSM classic. A quality leather sling will last for years, breaking in and becoming even more comfortable with continued use. For your safety and to get the most out of your investment make sure to only buy a sex swing made of thick, heavy-duty leather – thin, cheaper hides can be dangerous as they can stretch out and even come apart at the stress points. Leather sex slings can either be made of a solid, single hide, or they can be made of an open web of strips that allow access to the user’s backside, like this web style leather sex swing featured on the first season of “American Horror Story”. Both styles are roughly rectangular, with four attachment points to help prevent torqueing and provide maximum stability, and a leather pillow plus a set of leather stirrups to hoist your legs high are both included.
If you’d prefer a sex sling that really swings, one with 3 attachment points like the Stockroom’s exclusive Pig Sling will allow you to really put the sway in your sex! The Pig Sling got its name because you can be totally messy in it and simply wipe it down afterwards! It’s made of heavyweight black vinyl-coated polyester, so unlike leather slings, which are porous, this swing is moisture-resistant and can be cleaned with any antimicrobial spray cleanser that’s safe for use on surfaces having direct contact with skin. Because it’s so much easier to sanitize them, sex swings of synthetic material like the Pig Sling can be a more hygienic choice if you like to play filthy, or simply want to play with multiple partners.
Travel sex swings & sex harnesses still offer a lot of support but are small enough to fit in a suitcase, so they’re even more portable than a traditional hammock sling on a stand. Travel slings don’t need to be installed – instead, they’re shaped more like harnesses, and they support and lift the user’s legs by suspending them in heavy straps that pass around the back of the neck.
This type of sling is fastened around the body; you don’t need to climb in or be lifted in, the way you would with a hammock swing. Because of this, they are often easier to use for those using a sex swing due to limited mobility issues. They’re also ideal for those who need to be discreet, since they can be tucked away in a drawer. Choose from simpler models that just support weight from the thighs, like the Deluxe Portable Leather Thigh Sling, or try the more versatile Travel Sling with Stirrups, which actually uses adjustable buckling cuffs in place of regular stirrups to support and lift legs from the ankles.
How to Hang a Sex Swing
Hammock swings can be hung on chains from eyebolts in the ceiling, but you must use hardware that’s sturdy enough, and should choose your securement points carefully. You can avoid a trip to the hardware store and buy heavy steel chain, thick carabiners, and other installation accessories at competitive prices from The Stockroom when you purchase your sling. Whether planning to sit or lie in it, most people prefer to hang their sling so that the head rests higher than the feet, but you should experiment to find the height and stance that work best for you. To make your sling as versatile as possible, use longer chains and suspend the sling with carabiners or snap hooks so you can easily and quickly unfasten and adjust it.
If you don’t have a good place to hang a hammock style sling – or if you simply would rather not have it out in front of the family and general public at all times of day – try this steel-framed 4 Point Sling Stand, which sets up in seconds and breaks down for storage in the enclosed duffel bag. The footprint is only 4′ X 6″ when fully assembled, and since it only weighs 45 pounds, you can even travel with it or use it to bring your sling to a party!
Helpful Hint: Never fold a sex swing; it will permanently crease. Instead, roll it up for storage.
Putting Your Ass in a Sling: 6 Sex Swing Positions + Tricks
Wondering how to use your sex swing? From the basic to the more adventurous and exotic, here are 6 sex swing positions and fun suggestions to try with a hammock-style sling:
- Standing Missionary: place the receiving partner on their back in the sling with their feet up in the stirrups and the other person standing in front of them. (This works best if you first position the sling so it hangs at the level of the standing partner’s pelvis.) For maximum access and comfort, the person in the swing should have their butt cheeks scooted down close to the bottom edge before you plunge in.
- Standing Doggy Style: a variation on the above with the recipient face down in the sling with their ass in the air.
- Standing (or Sitting) Oral: a sex swing can suspend your partner at the perfect height for you to perform long, luxurious oral on them without getting a crick in your neck! Simply adjust the sling so it hangs at face level for the giving partner, and have the recipient lie back.
- Floating Oral: this fun technique for gravity-defying oral sex works best on a person with a penis, since it makes it much easier for the person in the sling to maintain the connection. To try it, lower your sling so it’s right above the bed or floor with just enough room to lie underneath when the sling has weight in it. The lucky person getting the blowjob lies on their back under the swing, while their partner lies above them in the swing on their stomach, head hanging down and lips locked onto the goods of the person on the floor.
- Use Bondage Restraints: keep your partner where you want them by attaching bondage restraints to the large D rings in the corners of your sex swing that attach it to the chains. Buckling wrist and ankle cuffs work best; fasten them to the sling with snap hooks.
- Stimulate With Sensation Play Toys: sensation toys tickle, tease, and tingle, so they’re great to use on someone in a sling. Try a simple ostrich feather tickler, or a pair of Vampire Gloves. These special leather gloves have small prickly points on the fingertips that feel super-sensual when stroked lightly on bare skin; press harder for a distinct sting.
The Pig Sling allows a comfortable position and easy access to give and receive oral sex.
Tease, torture & pleasure your partner with restraints in a Web Style Sex Swing.
Urban Legends & Sex Swings: The Chinese Basket Trick
The Chinese Basket Trick is a fascinating urban legend that some folks claim is possible to achieve with a sex swing. This technique supposedly had its start in the red light districts of the Far East. A seated woman was completely enclosed in a basket with a hole cut in the bottom, and the basket was lowered on a tightly wound rope until the bottom was right over the cock of a man lying on the floor below, allowing her to spin above him as the rope unwound.
We can’t quite imagine how to make the Basket Trick work with a sex swing, though perhaps you could position your partner strategically in a web style sling made of openwork straps. If you’re really committed to trying the Basket Trick, a suspension bar might be more workable. Either way, it certainly sounds like a lot of fun to try… and if you’re successful, please do let us know!
Save on sex swings, slings and more sex toys for couples on sale through Wednesday, October 31, 2012 as part of Stockroom’s National Kink Month Sale!
Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween weekend!
Nipples respond so nicely to stimuli. Changing shape and size as they become erect. Nipple play works to release oxytocin, a feel good hormone that can inspire a heavy breathing, dizziness, a sensation of being high and an innate desire to repeat whatever behavior triggered the hormonal release.
Studies show approximately 3% of the population can orgasm from nipple play alone. While others are very “hands off, don’t touch my nips.” Those are both perfectly natural responses to nipple play. With this in mind I just want to tempt you with some nipple ideas for your play.
- Lick them. Your tongue is a perfect sexual tool.
- Suck them. Use your mouth, or personally, I have an absolute affection for Nip Suck. This simple, yet highly effective set of nipple toys is the best low cost option I have ever found. Sensations range from a pleasant to a heavy pain inducing type of suction.
- Pinch them. Use your fingers, silver clothes pins or any other variety ofnipple clamps.
- Bite them. Start slow and light and look for subtle responses. Amp it up if your lover’s response warrants it.
- Adorn them. There are all sorts of ways to highlight your assets. Use nipple jewelry that features tiny little nooses that hold tight to your erect nips. Or tweezer style clips with little beads that dangle.
- Tingle them. Use yummy sensation balm. Try anchoring them down with Under the Bed Restraints, use a little dab of sensation balm on their nips and then stand back and gauge their response.
- Spank them. Deliver a direct little slap to the nipples. This Lolly Crop is cute as pie. You can use it softly by tapping on the nip or deliver a serious, direct slap for heightened sensations.
- Pierce them. Not for everyone, but some find great pleasure in being pierced. And once pierced you can add sensation play the Titty Twister or adorn them with things like this nipple shield.
Justine Jolie models the “Kinky Titilizer”, adorned with mini handcuffs that dangle from each nipple noose.
There are nipple toys on sale until Monday, and also be sure to check out a full range of nipple clamps, suction pumps and jewelry. And I know you have more ideas, please leave a comment and inspire me!
Throughout National Kink Month, we’re having weekly sales on Stockroom.com: this week we’re featuring some of our favorite medical sex toys and nipple clamps and pumps. All month long we’ll be showcasing tricks, tips and lessons for using the fetish toys and BDSM gear on sale that week.
Tonight is the night for one of the hottest fetish events this Halloween season! The legendary ball to end them all returns for the 12th annual Miss Kitty’s World Famous HALLOWEEN BALL 2012 tonight, Friday, Oct 26th at the Dragonfly in Hollywood, proudly sponsored by Stockroom! Hosted by the iconic master of horror author/director Clive Barker, this event has everything! Live stage shows, celebrity guests, spooky hot gogo dancers, haunted mazes, almost nekkid “blood” wrestling, to-die-for music and fashion – so many deviously, deliciously dark and dirty things, we can’t even list them all! Hope to see you there!
What: 12th Annual Miss Kitty’s World Famous Halloween Masquerade Ball 2012
When: Tonight! Friday 9:oopm, October 26, 2012
Where: Dragonfly Club, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038
Wear: Dress your best – COSTUME CONTEST at Midnight judged by Clive Barker!
(Grand Prize is $500 in Cash & Prizes (including something extra special from The Stockroom!)