Brenda Kerber is changing the face of Sex Shops for the better! Owner, operator and Sex Educator at The Traveling Tickle Trunk, Brenda and her team pride themselves on knowing their sex toys from the inside out and ensuring their clients receive all the information upfront, before they buy!
Not only does The Traveling Tickle Trunk carry a wide variety of sex toys, lube, kinky accessories and mood enhancing candles, they also offer sex positive seminars and workshops to the Edmonton community. Brenda’s shop makes everyone feel welcome, providing a bright, friendly and comfortable environment for customers, far beyond the often dark, dingy and sleazy sex shops. Even if you can’t make the trip to Edmonton, Brenda offer’s her assistance to those that are thinking about buying a toy over the internet and says that they are welcome to call The Traveling Tickle Trunk for advice before they buy.
"Don’t buy toys from the internet," is Brenda’s first piece of advice. If you insist on making an incognito purchase, are embarrassed to cross the threshold of a sex shop or are too shy to ask a professional then be prepared to get what you paid for...or to get ripped off. Let’s face it, the sex toy industry is one of the fastest growing industries. No refunds, returns or exchanges, this industry is a quick cash grab for most distributors. Even through a recession, the sex toy industry continued to gain more attention, providing a broader range of products, technology and accumulating consumers. Buyer beware, there are no regulations or standards around sex toys. "There is a lot of information you need to know in order to be using sex toys safely." Most people don’t understand the proper care and cleaning of a toy. If you are participating in multi-partner play or sharing your toy with your partner, you should also consider using a condom on your vibrator. Sounds absurd? Then you need more information.
The Traveling Tickle Trunk has a strong criteria for the toys and the sexccesories they sell, "It must be safe to use for its intended purpose. It must be of quality construction. It must do what it is designed to do. It must help you to feel good about yourself, not imply that you need to be bigger, smaller, tighter or harder." By putting the toys to the test at the shop and at home, Brenda and her team not only give you a well investigated synopsis of a toy, they can also offer personal testimonials! Not too personal, mind you. Once Brenda has sufficiently researched a toy, she requests a demo from the manufacturer, "... and then we just abuse it. We take it apart. We actually set them on fire sometimes. We throw them in water. We throw them on the floor. We turn them on and off a million times..." This way Brenda and her team know if the toy is going to stand up to the test of time and usage. "We put things through the ringer before we will actually sell them."
Customer satisfaction combined with healthy sexuality is paramount to Brenda. The best part of her job is talking to people and assisting people with a happier, healthier sexlife. "It’s about taking an active role in your own health and your own expression of your sexuality and making those decisions for yourself. Having respect for yourself is really important to me, I think that’s a big aspect of healthy sexuality - and communication...being able to talk openly with anybody that you are engaging with about what feels right for you. What you need. What they need and sharing that respect with a partner." Brenda went on to say, "I don’t say that healthy sex is always using condoms. It isn’t as simple as that. It is bigger to me than that."
Before opening The Traveling Tickle Trunk, Brenda was a Sex Educator for the HIV Network. She found the majority of sex education to be extremely negative, using scare tactics and fear of the unknown as a basis for protecting oneself from the evils of sex. "All of the education is about all of the different ways you are going to get hurt when you have sex. How sex is going to ruin your life - that you are going get pregnant, you are going to get AIDS and you are going to die. That’s all they ever talked about."
While working in this position, she was introduced to sex toys and she attended a sex toy party. Brenda then began selling toys through the party companies and realized that the quality of toys and the education required to go along with these toys was lacking. From there, she realized that there was a greater market for quality items accompanied by information and she opened the Traveling Tickle Trunk.
The Traveling Tickle Trunk... helping newcummers explore new and exciting sex toys in a safe, consensual way that protects your health!
The Traveling Tickle Trunk
9923 – 82 Avenue, Edmonton