Nearly every day I am asked by one or more customers:
“What’s it like working in an adult shop?”
So I thought I’d give you all a small insight of my experience working at an Oh! Zone Adult Lifestyle Centre. I’ve only been working here for a few months so maybe sometime in the future I’ll give you an update. Please keep in mind though that the experience is different for everyone and this is just one person’s perspective. So I’m going to go all the way back to the beginning. I’m 22 years old and had never worked in any industry that even came close to what it’s like to work in an Adult Sex Toy Shop. I previously worked with both animals and babies. These jobs are at the opposite end of the spectrum.
At first I must admit, when I stepped into a sex shop it was a little overwhelming. I had only ever tried two sex toys in my entire life. They were a straight vibrator and a double ended dong. I think I had been to an adult shop maybe once or twice before. I went to the Sexpo once when I was 18. I knew little to nothing about most of the products on the shelves. There were so many sex toys that I had no idea existed. There were BDSM products which I couldn’t figure out how they could possibly pleasure someone or where they even went.
“4 cuffs and collar? What?? How does that work? Silicone lubricant and water based lubricant? Huh? What’s the difference? Glass dildos? OUCH! Wouldn’t that hurt?”
Now that I look back on it, I laugh at myself for being so naive and clueless. Four months later and I have three draws full of different sex products at home that I can’t get enough of. This is by far the most interesting job I’ve ever had and I absolutely love it! From learning about different fetishes, seeing the newest advanced toys on the market, learning about how some toys actually help with common health issues, having people walk through the shop and open up to you about things they wouldn’t even talk to their closest friends or even their partner about. Just seeing the smile on their faces when they walk out the door.. I can’t even explain how great of a feeling that is.
When a customer walks into the store I can instantly tell if it’s their first time in an adult shop because they usually pull the same faces I did on my first day working here. Making customers feel as comfortable as possible is my aim, no one wants to watch a customer walk out of the store looking more uncomfortable than they did when they first walked in. What’s even more important is asking the right questions and having them walk out with the best possible product that will work for them and their personal preferences. For example, if a woman was to walk in and tell me she’s never had an orgasm before. She also likes to have her g-spot and clitoris stimulated at the same time. I’d show her a few of the rabbit vibrators from my favourite brands including Lelo, Fun Factory and L’amourose. The reason I will show her these 3 brands is because they are my personal favorites. I own sex toys from all three of these brands and they are the ones sitting at the front of my draw ready to go when I need. I would also show her the more affordable products we have on the wall. I’ll show her the difference between a battery operated and a rechargeable toy.
I’ve given you this as an example because this is actually my favorite sales experience since working here. I ended up selling the woman a Lelo Ina 2 with water based lubricant and toy cleaner. Two weeks later she came back in and thanked me for selling her a product that gave her, her first ever g-spot orgasm experience. It’s an amazing feeling to have helped a customer. Having customers come back or even just call up to give us their feedback is great. They’ve gone to the effort to tell us how happy they are with their product, that we’ve suggested to them. How could that not put a huge smile on your face?
Working in an adult shop is an experience a lot of people probably wouldn’t ever consider but I promise you it’s an unforgettable one! There’s always cool new toys to check out and the different information that’s out there about our bodies, toys, lubricants and sprays. The product’s are endless! I hope you’ve all enjoyed this small read and have at least a tiny idea of how fun it is to work in an adult shop.
By Eliana a consultant at Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres