A sex shop also called adult shop , erotic shop or adult book store is a retailer that sells products related to adult sexual or erotic entertainment, such as vibrators , lingerie , clothing , pornography , and other related products. The world's first sex shop was opened in by Beate Uhse AG in Flensburg , West Germany , and sex shops can now be found in many countries and online. Sex shops are part of the sex industry. In most jurisdictions, sex shops are regulated by law, with access not legally permitted to minors , the age depending on local law. Some jurisdictions prohibit sex shops and the merchandise they sell.