Sticky Business

OK, after reading Lisanne‘s post on her old sticker collection, I could not resist doing the same! (Yes, mom, I still have these!). I was a sticker maniac as a kid. There was this great store at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield, MA. It was called “Gee Wiz!” and it had a huge wall of stickers on a roll — Mrs. Grossman, Lisa Frank,Sanrio, etc. I’d go in there and buy all kinds of unique stickers. I also remember sitting outside the back door of my elementary school at recess trading stickers with my friends in between playing “Red Light, Green Light” and “Mother May I.” I only had three albums, but a huge drawer full of sticker sheets. It was always hard to pull the stickers off the pages to trade with friends. But I’m so glad I save them!

It was a real blast from the past looking through some of these pages! Check out the opening page from my very first album. I love that I have examples of my handwriting from when I was a kid. I’m guessing I was 8 or 9 when I wrote this. (And yes, I did keep count of all my stickers. Crazy, huh?

Here are a few more pages. I hope this takes a few of you back! And if you’re reading this thinking, “WTF?” don’t tell me — I don’t want to think about how I’m dating myself here!


For the life of me I can’t remember where these are from; it was something special though. I want to say it was from a Scholastic book order, but I’m not sure.

I don’t think I took that Pac-Man sticker or the long Lisa Frank sticker off their backings probably until I was in high school and trying to clean stuff out of my room.

I used to buy sticker grab bags at Spencer Gifts and I’m pretty sure these were in one. Love the “Magnum, P.I.” sticker, huh?

That’s right. I was a Hello Kitty fan long before she got popular again in recent years. These stickers are circa ’83, probably.

It’s amazing that these scratch & sniff stickers still have their fragrances some 20-odd years later.

What’s amazing about it all is that I look at some of these stickers and I remember who I got them from, or where I bought them. (And yet I can’t remember to bring my cell phone when I go out… shows where my memory’s priorities are!)

3 comments

  1. Christina says:

    Carol, I have/had that same sticker book..the pink one on top of your pile! I also had a smaller one, but I don’t remember right now what that looks like. As with Lisanne’s collection, I see a lot of the same stickers I had. And I remember getting the grape-scented “very good” stick in Sunday School! 🙂

  2. Lisanne says:

    I had some of those same stickers! I’m envious of your Dr. Pepper one ~ I bet that smelled awesome! 🙂 Cool collection … I had that same unicorn one and the Lisa Frank ones. LOVED those! 🙂 How cool … thanks for posting your collection!

  3. Catherine says:

    I am so in love with your sticker albums, they remind me of my own as a kid. Wow! I wonder where they went. Quick story of bad parenting 101…The door to my daughter’s bedroom is in rough shape and should have been replaced during the nesting phase of my pregnancy, but it was one of those things that we never got to. As a poor decision in so many ways, we have allowed our daughter to create a “sticker door” since the door would eventually be taken down and replaced. Recently there has been talk about getting the house ready for a move and that means the door needs to be replaced. The thought literally brings my daughter to panic and tears. She remembers where each and every sticker came from whether it was a doctor’s appointment when she had a cast put on her arm or one that airwalk put in the box of her dads shoes. I never thought the door would become so sentimental to her – I should have just looked back to my own love for stickers and I could have seen it coming! Thanks for sharing your book and for taking me down memory lane!

Leave a Reply