Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sex is Booming Despite (Because of?) Money Woes

Having trouble making ends meet? Oops, I should have specified that I meant financially. Retail sales at high-end stores like New York's Bergdorf-Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue are way down (15.8 percent and 10.9 percent, respectively), and the Mervyn's chain of budget department stores is closing its doors. However, I learned today from Bonnie Fuller's guest post on the New York Times' The Moment blog (and repeated on Babeland's Blog) that there's one retail area where business is booming: specialty sex shops!

According to Fuller, people are making the most of needing to cut back on shopping and dining out by enjoying "recession sex."

I guess if you add up the price of a romantic dinner date or a sexy new dress versus a sex toy that, ahem, keeps giving and giving, it's clear that not only are we budget-conscious, but making some wise choices!

Fuller quotes Claire Cavanah, a co-founder of Babeland, an erotic toy and lingerie business with three New York City boutiques:
Our sales were up 25 percent over last year the week of September 29th and up 12 percent last week. The same thing happened after 9/11, when our business also soared. I think we’re recession-proof because sex accessories are an inexpensive luxury.

So enjoy yourself this weekend, whether you're partnered or solo, by indulging in the best stress reliever and least expensive entertainment, and know that by "accessorizing" your love nest, you're helping the economy... or something like that!

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