As the holiday gift-giving season empties our wallets, many of us (at least those without a helicopter) don’t have extra cash for expensive BDSM toys. Is the five hundred dollar Violet Wand outside your budget? Is the three hundred dollar Gallagher Custom knife beyond your reach? Is the two hundred dollar flogger now out of the question? Have no fear, Kink Weekly is here – with the solution!
As most of you know, there is a chain of “99 Cents” and “Dollar” type stores where everything costs a dollar or less. And there are lots of these “buck and under” stores all over the country. Many of the items sold at these stores can be used – or adapted for use – in BDSM and fetish scenes. And at these prices, you can stock up on toys – without making a dent in your budget!
So here it is (drum roll)…Kink Weekly’s spanking new holiday catalog of “dollar and under” BDSM toys.
Spring-loaded paper clips — The small ones make great nipple clamps, the larger ones…wow!!!
Hair brushes — Great for spanking on flat side, light torture on the bristle side.
Rubber bands — Great for nipple play and CBT.
Wooden clothespins — Buy a hundred of ‘em for a buck and go to town.
Plastic clothespins — Style conscious? Play in style with multi-colored plastic clothespins.
Miniature plastic clothespins — Neat, huh?
Duct tape – the ole’ BDSM stand-bye. And it comes in colors too!
Loofah sponges — The “use anywhere” abrasive tool. Just rub on nipples, clit or balls…OWWIE!!!
Spatulas — Spatulas make great BDSM toys. The slave can also use them to make breakfast.
Knives — Stainless steel knives of surprisingly good quality are occasionally available here. How can that be? One, they are closeouts. Two, they are made in China (as is most of the stuff in these stores.) If blister packed, sterilize, use once, then throw away!
Wooden spoons — These make great natural paddles! A few bucks and you can be the Spoon Master/Mistress!
Cutting boards — These also make great paddles. The plastic ones often come in colors!
Rolling pins – An exceptional torment device for under a dollar.
C-clamps – Paired with wooden clothespins, this scene’s budget comes in at under two bucks. 0% financing available.
Pickle pinchers — Used to pick up pickles, can be used to pinch a submissive in interesting places!
Funnels — If you ever pay more than a buck for a funnel, you should wear one on your head! Great for funnel play (duh)!
Candles — The cheap candles are the best and a Benjamin here makes you the King or Queen of Wax Play! Smart to buy a bunch of dollar-store candles for future use.
Plastic curtain liners — These are great to put on your bed when you play with hot wax. The dollar-store variety are usually butt-ugly, but what the heck? Use once and throw away.
Bottle brushes — Yikes! The old bottle brush. Less than a buck for this tool of terror!
Dog food bowls — Also available at the pet shop. Other low priced items that duplicate the pet store but are sometimes available at the Dollar type stores include leashes, dog collars, etc.
Karabiners — These nifty devices are spring-loaded links that can be put together to form a chain of any length. They usually come in packs of three for a buck at these places. Simply awesome!
Baby pacifiers – Age play, humiliation, punishment…this is the toy of a thousand uses.
Sandpaper — The choice of the Masters for abrasion play! Whether purchased here or at a hardware store, you get a lot of bang for your buck with sandpaper.
Steel wool — Steel wool, without the soap in them, is a another great abrasion play toy.
Scotchbrite – Here is another cool abrasive for less than the magical dollar. Steel wool sans the steel.
Mousetraps — Generally available in five-packs, one buck gets you a whole night of great scening. They look a lot more sadistic than they are. Open carefully, apply gently. Never snap them.
Enema supplies — Although the pre-packaged Fleet-type enemas line these stores’ shelves, we have seen more exotic enema equipment here from time to time.
Rope — Rope is generally the fiefdom of the Home Depot type store (where Fifty Shades’ hardware store Goddess worked!), but pre-packaged nylon rope can be found at these “buck and under” emporiums. The selection is shoddy; use only as a truly last resort.
Role-play Items — The “toy department” has costume-y stuff you can use in cosplay games. Toy paddles, jumping rope and age-play accessories abound here. Even some funky blindfolds can be discovered here.
Icy Hot — Some Dommes I know swear by Icy Hot. The actual brand is pretty inexpensive at a retail drug store. But you can save a couple of dollars by buying the generic here. If you use a lot, it might pay!
Self-heating pads — These hot pads can be awesome when put on the right spot at the right time. Here at the right price!
Hair clips — Dollar store hair clips can be put to a zillion uses!
Feather dusters — What a fun toy!
Rubber gloves — The toy of a thousand uses. Although I cannot think of any!
Alligator clips — All kinds of neat clips can be found here in the “auto/hardware” departments.
Plastic locking pliers — My personal favorite. A cheap knock-off of metal locking pliers, they come in a variety of sizes, including “mini-me,” and are much lighter than their metal cousins. Great for nipple play and all sorts of BDSM fun. Although sometimes hard to find, when you do, you have hit the jackpot! Truly the toy star of the Dollar type stores.
Supplies — Cotton swabs, disinfectant wipes, alcohol, band-aids, baby oil, betadine swabs and other generic pharmacy supplies line the shelves at these bargain stores. Wet wipes are great for wiping down equipment at the dungeon after you use it. But don’t buy lube or condums here. Get the real deal!
Not all of these items are available all of the time at these stores. These dollar-type places tend to be catch-as-catch-can affairs. But as you wander the aisles, the only limit is your imagination. Remember, a dowel to one person is a cane to another!
It is probably impossible to make a complete listing of “BDSM-for-a-buck” toys. So, if any of you have found additional items, I would like to hear from you. I will add it to this ever-evolving “catalog.”
By the way, this catalog, too, is under a buck!
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