Welcome to Come As You Are Co-operative! We are the world's only worker-owned co-operative sex shop, and we have a fundamentally anti-capitalist and feminist approach to sexual pleasure, health, and education. Unlike most retailers, we don't make commission and we don't profit from your purchases. We review every sex toy, book, and DVD we stock in-store and online - and we ONLY carry products that we truly believe in.
Founded as a worker-owned co-operative in 1997, our mandate has always been guided by our collective love of sexual health, pleasure, and education and our profound sense of dissatisfaction with the "sex industry" as a whole. For the totality of the history of modern sex toys, the sex industry has relied on misinformation and their customers' sense of shame to deliver toxic, poorly-made sex toys to an unsuspecting public. After thirty some-odd years of this shame-based sex retail, a handful of small indie companies - inspired and educated by the Good Vibrations model in San Francisco - began to open small sex-positive and feminist indie shops across North America.
Come As You Are was founded as a co-operative specifically to "keep us honest" by ensuring that our worker-owners would never be tempted by the profitability of poorly made or harmful sex products. Further, by keeping ownership of Come As You Are collective and accessible, we have been able to ensure that our shop reflects diverse genders, orientations, sexualities, and life experiences - rather than just one person's idea of what sexuality and sex products should be about.
Over time, our membership has evolved greatly, but our aims and ethics remain fully intact. As an anti-capitalist co-op, we're able to offer low prices, honest information, and amazing products while providing a fair wage for our members. Without external shareholders or a capitalistically-inclined owner who needs to extract a profit from our organization, we're never put in a position where we have to bend our personal and professional ethics to make the boss happy... we're the boss, and having solid ethics and amazing sex toys, books, and DVDs is what makes us happy.
- core values and culture
We've always done things differently at Come As You Are. One reflection of this difference is the decision to operate democratically and incorporate as a worker co-operative. Just after our tenth anniversary (in 2007) we decided it was time to get more specific about how we’re different and articulate our unique values both for ourselves and for our customers. | Read more core values and culture
- About Co-operatives
Learn about worker-owned co-operatives, check out the Seven Principles of Co-operatives, and get more information about what it means to run a business with a democratic, egalitarian, and feminist mandate. | Read more About Co-operatives
- contact us
To contact us during our regular business hours (9AM - 5PM EST) please phone us at 416.504.7934 or toll-free at 1.888.504.7934. We can be reached via e-mail for general inquiries at email@example.com. | Read more contact us
- testimonials & reviews
Looking to find out more about us? Peruse this modest selection of nice things our customers have said about us, or check out what folks have to say about us on Google, Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook, Now Toronto, and BlogTO. | Read more testimonials & reviews
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- links and resources
We want our customers and community to get the best of what life has to offer - not just what Come As You Are can provide. Our collected links and resources are a guide to everything from sexual health resources and swingers clubs to emergency numbers and shelters. This guide is largely Toronto-based, but many resources are available online or over the phone. | Read more links and resources