BDSM On A Budget – Let’s Go Antiquing!

Everyone collects something…

Could be books, vintage shoes, maybe the ubiquitous comic books or sports cards, perhaps figurines of some sort. Glassware, ceramics, guns, jewelry, etc. I am willing to bet that all of you have, in one way, shape or form, a collection(s) of some kind.

Leigh & I collect a variety of antiques in an array of fields of interest. Some are shared interest, others individual to our own unique fascinations with a particular genre or collectible. Most couples collect and don’t even realize they do when decorating a home with who knows what…and why.

Be it in a huge mall full of hundreds of dealers, a weekend outdoor show, the local store or “picking” at garage sales or flea markets, at the very least a day antiquing is interesting, fun and relaxing. You can even make some decent money at it if you know your stuff.

A common theme in today’s eclectic green world is to take a vintage object whose original purpose was for one thing and to give it a new life via using it in a way that was not what it was primarily made for.

I’ll pause for a second to allow all of your widening grins to reach full Cheshire Cat status.

For example, check out this charming display from some antique store, perhaps one near you:

Butter Paddle

Some nice cast iron corn muffin tins, a few baskets, an old crate….and a butter paddle. Just the name “paddle” should already have you smirking. As you can see it’s not very big, likely no more than just over a foot in length. Decades of use have worn it glass smooth to the touch, its handle an extension of your body the way it feels and moves. No sharp edges or splinters, no cracks, even a hole in the handle to allow it to be hung easily and displayed proudly in your kitchen for all to see and ask “Ohhhh, where did you find that?”

Or, what they should be asking and very likely thinking “Oh, what do you do with that?”

Exactly.

I alluded to two new additions to The Dom Next Door’s Toybox™ in my post on Leigh’s 3 day spanking ordeal – a pair of antique butter paddles (Note – these are NOT the actual ones, just a nice example picture)

Butter Paddles

One is very similar to the one in the first image. Rectangular in nature, it’s about 14″ in length. The handle is easily 1/2″ thick and gradually tapers to less than 1/8″ at the paddle’s edge. The “business end” is about 9″ long by 4″ wide. Smooth as a baby’s bottom, or should I say my doll’s bottom? I paid a whole $4 for it at a flea market. It makes a lovely, solid THWACK when applied to Leigh’s  exposed backside. And when not in “use” it adds a nice splash of personality to our kitchen wall.

Its friend cost $13, which is more than I wanted to pay…until I picked it up. It’s as if I am not holding anything at all in how balanced it feels. Plus its much narrower, no more than 2″ wide across its paddle end, which has a subtle curve in it from years of use and the natural bend that occurs when wood ages. Of course this curve hugs Leigh’s ass like an old friend seeing her for the first time in years. The 3/8″ thick paddle’s narrowness also delivers a lot more sting than its wider partner in crime, like a crop would as opposed to a paddle. The CRACK sound it delivers means business.

Now that we have some lovely decorations to strike with, let’s look around and see what else we can find. Oh! Check this out:

Pastry Wheel

Why, it’s a vintage pastry wheel, otherwise known as a pie wheel or a variety of other names. Bakers use these to prick hundreds of tiny holes in unbaked pie and/or pastry dough to prevent it from bulging with bubbles when blind baking it.

Grandma would say “Oh look at that pie wheel!” A kinkster would say “Holy shit an old Wartenberg wheel!” and both of them would be right. That’s a solid steel wheel with what looks like at least 50 or more sharp teeth. And yes it does work exactly like a Wartenberg wheel when teasing the flesh of a submissive with its constant stinging and/or biting, depending on how hard you press. Plus it makes a helluva pie crust and looks great lying in that area of the kitchen with all the old cook stuffs.

I paid a whole $2 for mine. So now I have two lovely paddles and a Wartenberg wheel and didn’t even break $20.

If you look hard enough (I highly recommend eBay) you can score very serious vintage S/M items like this:

Violet Wand

Yes, that is an authentic Violet Wand, in original case with all its glass extensions. And it works. No, I don’t own this or one (yet) but for $50 you could. That’s right, half a Benjamin. Not cheap, but compared to what you may pay for a new one it’s a bargain. And what charm and personality. Stuff like this is referred to in antique circles as “quackery”, or medical devices from the days of snake oil salesman. Just imagine the fun you could have with a toy like this.

Finally, I would be remiss if I ignored one of the classics. One that I bet a number of you experienced, albeit not by design, when you were Mini Perverts:

Wooden Spoons

Anyone just LOL or cringe? $20 could have all of these for not only a lovely wooden floral display in an old crock near the stove, but just think how fun it is asking your submissive to “choose wisely” from this toy box in plain sight? I doubt individually you would pay more than a few dollars maximum for any of these. Doesn’t the one with the hole look like it would leave a delicious polka dot pattern of red welts? Maybe it whistles when it moves quickly? If it was good enough for your mother to use on your bottom, its good enough for you to use on your bottom’s bottom!

These are just a sampling of the various things you can procure while antiquing. If you use any items like these, or pick some up as a result of my musings, I’d love to hear about it.

Now please excuse me, but I left something turned on in the other room….heh.

– Scot

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23 responses to “BDSM On A Budget – Let’s Go Antiquing!

  1. Lol. Your puns tickle me.

    This made me think of the things I was spanked with as a kid. Wooden spoons, belts, coat hangers. I cringed a little when I saw the spoons…

    • I bet most people do have experiences with belts, wooden spoons, etc. Wouldn’t surprise me if they indirectly created little pain lovers.

      Leigh has the exact same issue and had it with hair brushes as well. As you will read in “Breaking Leigh” we got her over that 😉

  2. Oh my lawd, the wooden spoon makes my asshole clench, if you’ll forgive my French. God I can just hear it now…along with the faint sound of a threatening screech about my “sassy mouth.”

    Love this post… and these toys are all very charming and rustic. I’ve always been a proponent of making and finding your own toys, rather than buying the “Duffel Bag of Bondage” toy set for 300 dollars.

    Digging it. Much love.

    xoxo
    Fatal

    • Thank you. Apologies for getting your……well, getting you in bind…….wait…..???

      Just like there are kinksters and Dominants and submissives (oh my!) all around us, so too are there things in plain sight that, with a little devious imagination, can be repurposed for all kinds of sadistic delights.

    • A I mentioned these are not the actual items, but are extremely representative of them.

      A Violet Wand may not be in the works in that Leigh is NOT into sharp, sudden pain. But she has been web shopping TENS units….heh

  3. Really enjoyed reading your blog todays. I love how your pointing out sex can be fun and use anything and everything you’ve got to hand, I find belts particularly enticing… sextais

  4. We have a lovely antique violet wand which we found in a pawn shop in Houston 9 years ago. Sears & Roebuck, dating back to the early 20th century (1920s, probably, that was the heyday of the things). It came with the original instructions (including how to treat “any orifice of the body”), plus a “Chart of Instructions for the application of the High Frequency Current.” This chart lists just about every imaginable illness and how to treat it, including:

    * “Brain Fag:” requires that the “Ozone Generator” electrode be charged with pine needle oil and then applied to the nostrils. Yeah, that’ll wake a person up!

    * Breast Development: “Cover the entire area to be developed” !!

    * Cancer: Mild Form only, apparently

    * Female Troubles: “As high frequency draws the blood, application during menstruation may cause excessive flow of blood. **Do not have current on while inserting or removing electrodes. Lubricate electrode with High Frequency Lubricant** (Yes, fer gawdsakes, use the damn lube!) This is right up there with doctors using “manual manipulation” of the genitals to treat women with hysteria. I wonder how many women went home from this treatment with big silly grins? LOL

    * Flabby Breast: “Apply to nipple and whole surface of breast.” Yeah, that’ll perk ’em right up. 😉

    * Leucorrhoea (vaginal discharge) & Gonorrhea: Use the same method as “Female Troubles.” And also, “Antiseptic douches should be taken.” Penicillin? Who needs Penicillin?

    * Piles (Hemorrhoids) and other rectal diseases: “Lubricate before inserting.” Um, yeah, I’d say so.

    Gotta love quack science. LOL

    d.w.

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