How to Go to an Adult Store Alone and Feel Good About it
To the sex positive community, walking into an adult store is no different than walking into the supermarket. But to many curious individuals, the mere thought of it can bring about feelings of anxiety and embarrassment.
Visiting a sex shop will be anything but a scary experience when you understand the basic etiquette and follow our tips. It’s okay to feel nervous — it’s normal actually. But you don’t have to feel that way. We’ve got you covered.
Fake it ‘til you make it
Confidence, that is, not your orgasm! Find a local shop with great reviews (Yelp.com is a great place to start) and walk in with pride. Regardless of your age, gender, sexual orientation, or kink, you belong there as much as the next person. Depending on your personal beliefs prior to your first visit, you may have to remind yourself several times that what you’re doing is normal. And, it is!
If the staff is worth their salt, they’ll immediately make you feel at ease and offer to help you find what you’re looking for. Don’t hesitate to tell them if you’re unsure. You might even break the ice by telling them it’s your first time. They won’t laugh at you; in fact, they’ll most likely be thrilled and eager to show you around. You’re not their first newbie, and if they work to put you at ease, you know you’re in the right place.
Know your sex toys
An adult store will normally have the following categories of toys and sections: women’s toys (such as vibrators, dildos, and nipple toys), men’s toys (like cock rings and masturbation aides), lingerie, bondage toys and fetish wear, lubes and lotions, and pornography. As many toys appeal to both sexes, keep an open mind about what you see and if you’re unsure about usage, just ask! Yes, you can shop in the “women’s” section if you’re not a woman, and in the men’s section if you’re not a man.
Get out of your own head
Understand that other shoppers are probably feeling some of the same things you are, meaning they just want to find their product of choice and leave. They’re not paying attention to you (so, relax) and you shouldn’t pay attention to them. You might be curious about other shoppers’ preferences, but as a common courtesy, give them privacy and don’t stare. The vast majority of other shoppers will do the same for you. And if they don’t, let staff know immediately.
Shoppers in the Miami area can visit Caliente Adult Superstore at one of two locations for a classy experience 24/7. For an easy introduction to the world of sex toys, browse our inventory online and order with complete confidence in our discretionary billing and shipping. At Caliente, we look forward to introducing you to your first adult store experience and are ready to help you find exactly what you need. It’s okay to be nervous when you visit for the first time, but if we do our job right, you won’t stay that way for long.