Goodbye, Autumn

This is another post written on Master’s order.  It’s something that we had been talking about, and he felt I should put into the blog.  Here goes.

It is the end of an era.  It was about two weeks ago when I received an email in my inbox from Sub-Shop.com, telling me that they were closing down.  I was shocked, but only briefly, because I had seen this coming for a long time.  There are so few BDSM gear sites that I trust (I personally only really shop at three, when it comes to BDSM gear), and losing Sub-Shop feels like losing a place that I absolutely loved.  While I love all three places I shop for kinky gear, truly, I always checked Sub-Shop to see if they had the item in question there, first.

Autumn is such a gorgeous woman, both inside and out.  She would always answer any of my emails personally, advising me on this item or that.  She also always got back to me so quickly.  It is something I really came to appreciate from her website.

I have no clue why her and her Master have decided to shut down the site, but it has been a long time coming, unfortunately.  Master was the first person of the two of us to discover Sub-Shop.  While in the beginning she would answer back quickly, in the past couple of years, it was never ever Autumn who would answer my emails, and it would also take days to over a week to get a response.  As soon as they discontinued their affiliate program, as well as many of the items that they custom made themselves, I knew something was up.

I remember saving  up until I had over $400, so I could buy my first harness, tail, bit, and reins from Autumn when Master and me first got into pony play.  I still wear almost all of that same gear when we do pony play, and most of the things are still holding up after nine years of play!

I purchased my first anal toy from Autumn.

I purchased my first strap-on harness.

Master purchased my first set of bed time cuffs, and they have been worn almost nightly for over nine years now.

We have honestly purchased far too many things from Autumn to list them all here.  So many things from the Sub-Shop are still in like-new condition despite being in our collection for a few to several years.  Autumn will always be a part of our kink, because of this.

The quality of her items, and the memories that Master and me have shared with them makes me so sad that their site is shutting down.  True, I still have The Stockroom, and Taboo Leather, but I will miss both Autumn and her wonderful Sub-Shop  dearly.

Dear Autumn,

You are such a beautiful and amazing woman.  Thank you so much for sharing your pictures, your life, and your kink with us.  Thank you for being open and honest, and willing to help.  Thank you for offering quality pieces that have made me and Master’s lives even better, and more fun!  No one will ever match your quality, passion, or style.  You will be dearly missed.

Mew,

Faete

13 thoughts on “Goodbye, Autumn

  1. I’m so saddened to see Sub-Shop go, as there was so, so many pretty things I had wishlisted to get once I had the money. But, as they say, most things don’t last forever. I of course wish Autumn n’ her Master all the best in the future and I know a decision like this one came with a heavy heart, but wanted the best for them!

  2. Wow, this is crazy news! i can’t even begin to imagine how many items Master has purchased from Autumn over the years. We have so many of her little maple leaf key rings, it’s silly! =)

    This is a sad day =(

    i have to hope they’re on to bigger and better things! =)

    • ‘Tis true, we’ve purchased much from her in the past, although not too much in the last few years since she cancelled part of my order without explanation, the price of the item was suddenly 22 dollars more and the item was suddenly no longer “discontinued”. She got caught in and called on a bold-faced lie. However, I always thought their shipping was the fastest on the planet, the prices were very fair and the quality of most items was good. Despite the one incident, I will miss them as well.

      • @Gaspar That is really, really bizarre. :( I’ve never really had any bad dealings with Autumn, but that would totally piss me off, too if it happened to me.

      • Hi Gaspar,

        I appreciate your feedback. I’ve always done our best to be above the board and it’s reasons like this, we closed down. We had distributor issues, along with taking care of special needs family members and it was too much. Especially when distributors radially changed their pricing on us without any notice.

        I believe that every single person should be treated with dignity and fairness and I want you to know that it was something we always strived for. Our goal is to be back, bigger , better and more sensational than ever. We are going inhouse for all our bondage again and it’s going to be exciting. I hope you will stop by and visit me!

    • @Master Dream’s precious treasure I giggled when I read how many key rings you have. :) We still have a couple, kicking around. It is a sad day indeed, and I will miss them a lot!

  3. I am SOOO saddened to learn of this. I realize much time has already passed, but I didn’t have a partner for quite a while, and I’m HORRIBLE about checking my email, so I had no idea Autumn was gone until just tonight.

    I simply adored her and her service/products. I never had a complaint and loved the discrete outward packaging, the pink tissue paper and personal note. Not to mention, her quick replies to any personal message. She really knew how to rock a business!

    I hope she is well and knows that we all miss her!

    • @Kristi P Oh, I know what you mean! I absolutely adored Autumn and not having her store around it just so sad to me. :( I miss her so much! I wish her store did not need to close, but I am sure she had her reasons.

      • Awww…Thanks Kristi! You are so sweet! We are re-opening at the end of next month! What would you like to see at the shop? We have all new ball gag colors coming out! Even a hot and pastel pink one! Yum!!! :) Also I am going to be doing video blogs and chats! Let me know what you want to talk about!

  4. Hi!,

    It’s Autumn LeFleur from Sub-Shop.com! I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your support and caring! We took a short break but now we are coming back BETTER THAN EVER! Sub-Shop.com is reopening next month! Not only am I back, but I am bringing back my Slave Diary and also a Video Blog! I also want to do a live chat one night a month – Perhaps – Fuck It Fridays – Where we can all chat about whatever we want to via Skype or something like that. It should be a lot of fun! So, with that in mind – my lovely friends – what would you like to see? What should I write or talk about? Email me at my personal email – Autumncomgr@gmail.com!

    I AM SO EXCITED TO BE BACK!!!

    • @Autumn I have loved the Sub-Shop for so long (as you can tell from reading my post) and I was very saddened to hear of your closure. I am BEYOND excited to have your beautiful products back and better than ever! :) I will be on the lookout. Thank you so much for the update!

      Mew,
      Faete

  5. I was just thinking how much I missed the SubShop. My wife began her voyage with me in BDSM as a beginner. The soft approach and sensual nature of the website back in the day made it really easy for me to show her things, with the very beautiful and “normal” looking Autumn modeling everything. It made it really easy and a lot of fun going from light B/D to more intense over the first few years and I couldn’t thank Autumn and her company enough. If it were up to websites like Madame S, it never would have happened Im sure. Anyways, I was just doing a google search to see if the subshop had any mentions and I found this immediately. I was happy to see Autumn commenting and fuggan THRILLED to see they are reopening. It’s actually a relief because of how much I like their products and the nostalgic factor specifically associated with the subshop and was worried that once my treasured toys fell apart that would be it… no one makes a harness ballgag like the subshop I assure you….. long winded sappy paragraph… sorry. ahha
    Welcome back Autumn!!!

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