Welcome, Sexy Bardians!
The Dime Store is a student-run service charter club that provides free (that's right, FREE!) prophylactics to the Bard College community. We are a small group of dedicated volunteers who work hard to promote safer sex on campus and provide a fun, varied, and inclusive array of products for you to try. To find out how to place an order with us, or if you have any additional questions, please refer to our FAQs below.
Have fun, play safe!XOXO,The Dime Store <3
Q: Who can place an order from the Dime Store?A: Anyone with a campus mailbox in the Bertelsmann Campus Center post office.
Q: How do I place an order?A: You've come to the right place! Scroll through our order form and decide which products you would like. In the spaces underneath each picture, indicate how many of that item you want. Leave spaces blank for items you don't want. For items with different colors or flavors, check the appropriate boxes and indicate how many of each item you would like in the "other" section. Please remember that we have a limit of 20 items per order: 10 barriers (condoms/ dental dams) and 10 lubricants or other items. In the future, you can find this order form by bookmarking this link, visiting tinyurl.com/bardcollegedimestore, or visiting us on Facebook and clicking "Shop Now."
Q: Is there an order limit?A: Yes. Please note that the limit is 20 items per order: 10 barriers (condoms/dental dams) and 10 lubricants or other items. Unfortunately we are not able to accommodate orders larger than this, but you can re-order from us at any time :)
Q: I've placed an order. When will my order be filled?A: Our staff fills orders on Mondays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 1:30pm, and Fridays at 5pm. Orders filled on Mondays or Fridays will be in campus mailboxes the following morning. Orders filled on Wednesdays will be in campus mailboxes by approximately 3:00pm that day.
Q: How do I pick up my Dime Store order?A: Your order will be waiting for you in your campus mailbox in the campus center post office.
Q: I'm embarrassed to pick up an order with sexy items inside. Will anyone know?A: The Dime Store puts your order in a discrete brown paper bag. The only marking on the bag is your mailbox number, and the bag will be stapled closed. No one will know what's inside ;-)
Q: Is my order anonymous and confidential?A: Yes and yes. Out of respect for your privacy and discretion, we do not ask for any identifying information when you place an order (unless you are a PC).
Q: I'm a PC trying to order supplies for my dormitory. How should I go about doing this?A: Hey PC! Thanks for helping to keep your residents safe. To order for your dorm, please leave us a note at the end of your order noting your PC status and what dorm you are serving. PCs can order as many items as they want at a time (within reason--we don't have an unlimited supply). If you're not sure what to order, just leave us a note saying so and we'll give you a fun, inclusive variety of items for your residents. Don't forget to keep an eye on your supply and re-order when it gets low! The Dime Store <3s PCs :)
Q: I'm not quite sure how to use a condom.A: No worries! You can find all the basics here: http://teenhealthsource.com/sex/how-to-external-condom/.
Q: Wat the hek is an internal condom?A: You'll find answers here: http://teenhealthsource.com/birthcontrol/how-to-use-an-internal-condom/.
Q: Are your latex-free condoms made from lambskin?A: Nope! Lifestyles non-latex condoms are made from polyisoprene, a non-animal material.
Q: I forget, which condoms are safe to use with which lube?A: Worry not--ALL lubricants offered by the Dime Store are safe to use with latex and non-latex condoms and dental dams. Any precautions you should take with an item are clearly marked in the title and description. Here's what's important to know: unlike all the other lubes we offer, our silicone lubricant CANNOT be used with silicone sex toys; anal lubricant is NOT for vaginal use; oil-based lubricant is NOT safe to use with condoms (for this reason, we don't offer any oil-based lubes). When in doubt, stick with water-based lube!
Q: Can I follow the Dime Store on social media?A: Yes! We're on Facebook ("The Bard College Dime Store") and Instagram (@bardcollegedimestore). We post updates, sexual health information, details about events we're holding, and #aesthetic photos--and we love getting new followers!
Q: Are y'all responsible for the Spring Fling condom mural?A: Why thank you for asking, yes we are. Each year for Spring Fling, the Dime Store volunteers construct a beautiful mural out of condoms, lube, and dental dams in the campus center. Students can take what they need from the mural. Check out our Facebook page for pictures!
Q: There's an item I really like that is out of stock or not offered at the Dime Store.A: Feel free to leave us a note with questions or suggestions at the end of your order.
Q: Can I get involved with the Dime Store?A: Yes! We love having new volunteers. Message us on Facebook or email our co-heads (emails below) to find out more.
Q: I'm having a problem with my order, or have a question that isn't answered here.A: Feel free to leave us a note at the end of your order, message us on Facebook, or email our lovely co-heads Eleanor Broughton (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Emily Tomasi (email@example.com). We love helping to answer your questions, and we welcome your polite and engaged feedback.
Helpful resources:NOTE: We are still working on finding great online resources that use gender-neutral and non-essentialist language. In the meantime, some of these resources are unfortunately gendered. We apologize for the inconvenience.How to use an external condom (gender-neutral): http://teenhealthsource.com/sex/how-to-external-condom/How to use an internal condom (gender-neutral): http://teenhealthsource.com/birthcontrol/how-to-use-an-internal-condom/All about dental dams (gender-neutral): https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/what-the-fck-is-up-with-dental-dams?utm_term=.gqV38kA1w#.qgB95B1d2Lube Lube Lube! http://www.berkeleywellness.com/self-care/sexual-health/article/slippery-facts-about-lubricants