Essentials from the Top Drawer - blog

  • Bring it on.

    Amid the lunacy, toilet paper memes and fighting in aisles of the supermarket for the last packet of cheezels in the state, it looks increasingly like we're going to end up locked in our homes.  Sure, if it drags on we'll be reduced to eating each other under the smoky haze of what was once a thriving economy and civilization, but until that time comes I think we all need to embrace it for the opportunity it is.  Bring it on...
  • Why not masturbate?

    I was in a supermarket the other day when I witnessed a pre-school age child delve into their underpants for a bit of a play.  Mum was underwhelmed and immediately told the kid to stop, to which the kid asked 'why?'.  I was with the kid ... I wanted to hear Mum's explanation too, but I only got the quintessentially parental 'because!'.  It's no wonder we grow up thinking masturbation is a bad thing.
  • The Variety Store

    We got a question the other day about why we don't advertise on Facebook. The fact is that Pope Zuckerberg the 9th and his minions are of the perverse impression that our products contravene the Facebook advertising policies as clearly defined in the 16th century.  Apparently there's a belief that our products are sexual in nature, which couldn't be further from the truth.  Take a fresh look at what's in store at Top Drawer Essentials and be the judge for yourself.  We're really just a variety store!
  • Enough with the flowers and chocolates!

    The dust has now settled on Valentine's day, that beautiful day to celebrate romance and love... and it was more than likely amongst the most stressful times of the year.  For those who embraced it (and let's be honest that many shunned it as a poorly veiled push for consumerism), it's one of the 365 days in the year where you were liable to be scrutinised in your relationship.  If you didn't buy into Valentine's day, the reality is that you were still going to be scrutinised... particularly if your partner wasn't really totally on board with the idea of ignoring it as just another day.
  • Wrapped in bacon

    I know... your fingers or hands are fine.  They've worked wonders until now, from those clumsy first moments of self-discovery to the times when you made it part of your routine, because you felt like it or because you felt you needed to.  Then Top Drawer Essentials plants that seed of doubt in your mind that perhaps your hand isn't perfect. To illustrate my point, I feel this overwhelming need to talk about bacon and the principle that bacon makes everything better.

  • Don't forget Kevin!

    Some friends recently had a spate of holidays. Poor pets, sure, but things weren't all peachy amid their travel both around Australia and overseas. They didn't get mugged, lose luggage, hijacked or get Bali belly... but they did forget their vibrator, the one nicknamed 'Kevin'.  It mightn't sound like that big a deal, an undeniably first world problem, but it did interfere with their holiday. Whether 'Kevin' was an expectation for partner play or solo time is largely irrelevant. The fact is that he wasn't where he was needed or wanted. The bastard.
  • Creation appreciation

    We don't get a lot of hate-mail, but we do sometimes get interesting suggestions from religious zealots of a variety of faiths.  It's OK ... we're not liable to be on the receiving end of a fatwa, but our pro-masturbation stance is not 100% popular with all religions.  Of course, some religions get it, but not all. Many religions are instead content to deride masturbation as evil or contrary to some ancient teachings. It's inspired me to put a fresh slant on masturbation with an emphasis on appreciation and I hope that the church will follow suit.

  • For Boys and Girls?

    We had a question recently about the target ages for some of our products.  In particular, a few products created a bit of a stir because they apparently look to be for kids. As to whether those vibrators, or any of the other toys we stock, are for girls and boys, the answer is no.  And yes.  No, they aren't for little children, but the reality is that they are potentially for pre-adult teens.  Let's not kid ourselves that masturbation starts magically at the age of 18.
  • At least this can't be blamed on men!

    I was reading some articles on ABC Life recently and I was most interested in an article by Kellie Scott entitled 'More orgasms for women: It's time to close the masturbation gap'.  That women aren't embracing masturbation like men do is no surprise, disappointing and sad, sure, but not really a surprise.  What did come as a shock was the revelation that only one in four Australian women masturbate regularly, and that masturbation is largely uncommon in young women. No-one is liable to be more disappointed in that statistic than men. 

  • Why are you doing this?

    Since Top Drawer Essentials came on-line, we've been accused of many things as we look to establish our place in this niche of the retail industry.  Friends and family have raised eyebrows at us, so apparently, we're fair game for anyone looking to chest-poke the relative newcomers on the block.

    So let's front some questions and comments that we've been met with...

  • What if you can't?

    Sometimes the questions Top Drawer Essentials gets are worthy of sharing, anonymously of course.

    We recently received a query as to whether 'adult products' from Top Drawer Essentials are covered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).  It's a great question and the short answer is no, the NDIS doesn't, currently, extend to covering any of a number of products and services related to sexuality.  But ...

  • It's that time of year.

    It's that time of year.  Year 12 is the most important year of a secondary school student's education and they know it, and now is the action end of that final year.  No pressure or anything, but how well they can commit to their study and the associated exams will ultimately dictate what they (can?) do next.  Remember when you were in that situation as the student? Remember just how stressful it was? Remember how you relieved that stress?