About Toolshed

The Toolshed was established in 1984 by prominent Sydney lesbian and gay rights activist and entrepreneur, Dawn O'Donnell (1928 – 2007) – a significant figure credited with starting the gay and lesbian scene in Sydney's Oxford Street and Newtown. Upon her passing, O'Donnell's long term partner Aniek Baten took over the business, ensuring that for over 30 years the Toolshed has been gay owned and operated and maintained a strong connection to the community of Sydney.

While the Toolshed was initially created to specifically support the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities, it has always fundamentally strived to be a place that welcomes ‘everyone’.

Today the Toolshed is an icon of Sydney and brings over 30 years of experience and expertise in the adult market. It is synonymous with providing the best in discreet, sensitive, timely customer service. It proudly supports and promotes safe and healthy sex, sexuality and sexual practices, and provides a safe and fun space where you can explore gain insight, information and access on all things adult to improve your intimate relationships.

The new and improved Toolshed website allows more access than ever before to the biggest range of adult products ever to all of Australia, New Zealand and internationally. It also grants you access to our staff of experts so you can get the vital information you need to unleash the experiences you seek.

Come into our stores or browse our amazing range online.

Welcome to the Toolshed.


Aniek Baten

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