One thing I loved about growing up in the 80’s was… stickers! I started collecting stickers when I was about eleven.  There was this little store called Fluff ‘N’ Stuff that had a ton of Hello Kitty stuff strewn throughout the aisles of the little cove in the Neshaminy Mall.  Among the Hello Kitty garb and shiny, glittery things were… stickers!

Now, these stickers were not prepackaged for anyone to just go up and pluck from the rack.  No, no no… These stickers were on rolls behind the counter.  We had to really give it a lot of thought.  Did we want the scratch ‘n sniff or the puffy sticker?  Did we want Strawberry Shortcake or that other pickle sticker to complete our fruit/veggie page in our beloved sticker book?

Sometimes the pickle stickers were scratch and sniff and that was not really a great smell.

Here is a link for an 80’s Sticker Albums! group on Facebook.  Insane peeps (I can only speak for myself here) trade stories and pictures of stickers from yesterdecade and I really don’t know what else to say about it.  For some reason  I am feeling a small amount of shame right now.  Sounds like someone needs a banana sniffy sticker!  😉

In the 80’s, stickers kept us kids busy for hours. The meticulous choice (sometimes we’d buy two of the same if we really liked it and knew someone else would want one) was at times painstakingly tedious.  The thought process was something like, “I’ll get two of these Smurfette stickers.  I remember Mary saying she needed one and I know she’ll give me that Rainbow Brite sticker I had my eye on.”  This was followed by a quiet moo ha ha along with a wringing of the hands.  As long as I had the best stickers (which I most times did because my grandmother spoiled me rotten) Mary was mine!  The puffy ones were the most fun along with those round shiny ones that often times had unicorns or Pegasuses on them.

I almost bought my daughter a sticker album and a sheet of stickers for Christmas this year.  That was until my boyfriend reminded me that she was sixteen and not that interested.

“Trust me,” he said.

I choked back the tears.  Then had some ice cream and got over it.  Almost.

Did you collect stickers when you were a kid?  Maybe you collected something else then or now?

I’d love to hear from you.

All images courtesy of Branded In The 80’s


13 responses to “Stickers!

  1. I loved that pickle sticker!! That and the smelly cowboy boot. My sister thought I was crazy because I loved that boot. 😉 I wish I still had my sticker collection. I’m going to have to look for it in my parents’ attic. It must be there somewhere. Thanks for the awesome trip down memory lane.

    • I used to love them stickers also, my little sister had a sticker book, that we used to fill with stickers. I remember the Garbage Pail Kid Stickers also. WHERE the kids were sick, I LOVED all stickers Still do actually, when I find them now I save them, I have alot when I do BIrthdays & CHristmas cards I use my stickers, THANKS For the wonderful memories today!

  2. I didn’t do stickers, but I did beads! 😀 Maybe we were ten years behind you.

    Nothing wrong with reminiscing. I love these little posts that take me back. My daughter and her friends at school had “tie dye” day. It was awesome!

    • Beads… that sounds like fun. 😀 Almost as much fun as tie dye day!! Wow… I am going to try to swing that idea by my boss at “the day job.”

      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your memories, Diane.

      • We used to make the tie dye tshirts, i think we did them in girl scouts then or was that Brownines, ANYWAY’s we made them. DO you remember the swirling paintings you could make at the CARNIVAL’s. Now I really loved that! They came out with one to do at home, I guess not enough people bought them? but that was a long time ago?

  3. Wow!! What memories. I remember that Fluff n Stuff shop, which reminds me of my favorite stickers. They were puffy with metallic colored goo inside, so when you run your finger over the sicker it would change in to mesmerizing deep shades of purple and blue and green. Then they would explode and make a horrible mess that stained everything it came in contact with. Opps, did I do that again? he he he
    Thanks for the memories. Great times!!

  4. No, I collected buttons, the kinds with photos and sayings on them. Then I wore them on my Levi jacket thinking I was cool. I did have pegasus and unicorn stickers, not because I collected stickers. But I was obsessed with those mystical animals.

    • I totally remember those buttons!
      A lot of my friends were obsessed with Unicorns and Pegasuses. Hmm.. now that I think about it there was this one girl who never EVER gave up her Uni/Peg stickers…

      Did you ever live in Philly? 😉

      Thanks for commenting. 😀

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