Surf City Kinky Product Supplier Thinks Fifty Shades of Grey Helps its Welted-Bottom Line

Categories: OC Bookly
Perhaps you caught the news story on the teevee recently about nylon ropes disappearing from hardware store shelves thanks to the popularity of mommy-porn bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.

That isn't the only business crediting E.L. James' book with brisk product sales, according to a Huntington Beach-based company that has been proudly catering to the kinky since 1995.

Sportsheets supplies all kinds of products to your finer adult novelty retail establishments. According to founder and CEO Tom Stewart, the company's Sex & Mischief collection has been in particular demand lately. That collection includes handcuffs, sex swings, nipple clamps, wrist and ankle restraint kits and not-your-grandma's breathable ball gags.

Wait 'til you see how she turns the pages!
""We are experiencing a crush of orders like never before," Stewart reportedly tells AVN. "We hit a sales record for June that we couldn't believe and we're on a steady track to double our sales for July. Sex & Mischief is blowing up and we couldn't be more proud!"

Considering what's lying around Stewart's warehouse, to get an exclamaction point out of him is quite an amazing feat. But no one knows for certain whether there is a direct link between the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey and Sex & Mischief items selling like hot-cock cages. AVN raises "a more general growing awareness of BDSM and fantasy play" as another possible draw.

After all, it's not like moms are walking into Pink Kitty, lowering their Gucci-knockoff sunglasses and whispering to the clerk, "E.L. James sent me." Then again, according to the Irvine shop's recent Weekly ad, Pink Kitty is "Your Fifty Shades of Grey Shopping Headquarters." The plot isn't the only thing that thickens! 

Something happening behind closed doors has resulted in Sportsheets having to increase staff and production this summer. Yes Virginia, growth industries do still exist. ("Heh-heh, he said growth.")

The proof may be revealed at this weekend's Adult Novelty Manufacturers Expo--known as the ANME Founders Show--at the Marriott Burbank Airport. Sportsheets will unveil its latest Sex and Mischief products there, and pre-orders are already brisk, according to president Julie Stewart.

So should you see a middle-aged lady tucking a smart black flogger into her canvas Barnes & Noble bag, you know who to thank.  

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Palmala Handerson
Palmala Handerson

I would not read this in the OCR 'cause it's not free at my liquor store(nor does it have any of Moxley's free porn).

Jim Morris
Jim Morris

And that is the reason you read the articles..

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

Unless Sportsheets moved out of California, in which case it'd be in banner type across the top of the business page with a lede about over-regulation forcing it out.

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You have a great weblog and I like your style of writing about this stuff. Keep up the good work!  


The OCW is such a dirty, filthy rag.  You'd never read this in the OCR.  

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