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Cory Silverberg

Sexual Craft, Just in Time for Valentine's Day

By February 8, 2013

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When you work in the sex toy industry the week leading up to Valentine's Day is your busiest time of the year (with Christmas as a close second). As it gets closer to the 14th customers get more desperate. By the end people will buy anything. If you work in the sex toy industry and also have a problem with capitalism and unbridled consumerism, it's a confusing time.

This was the position I found myself in for over 20 years working at sex toy stores. And while I miss the rush, the secrets shared with customers buying two of the same thing, one for their spouse and one for their lover, the celebratory high fives shared with single people getting all spendy on their own asses, I don't miss the part where I had to encourage people to buy things. Things which are fun, but hardly necessary for great sex or displays of love or lust.

I always favored a more DIY approach, one that respected both individuality and the economic reality that most of us live with (i.e. not having enough money to buy the things we want to buy for ourselves let alone the ones we love).

Which is why it was easy to fall in love with the idea of an erotic arts and crafts fair, and why I am longing to be in Toronto this February to visit the longest run fair of it's kind in the world. The Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair is now in it's seventh year, and still going strong. Check out this interview I did with the Fair's director a few years back.

And if you're like me, and not in Toronto, check out my own 8 DIY Erotic Valentine's Day Gift Projects. Some assembly required.

p.s. If you're more of a gift buyer than maker, stay tuned for my blog post on Friday featuring the absolute coolest Valentine's Day gift you could give this year! You won't be disappointed.

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