Stuck on You – The 80s Sticker Album
I’m thankful I managed to hang onto as many keepsakes from my childhood as
I did – old diaries, cassette and VHS tapes and tons of photo albums all
make me nostalgic and happy.
But there’s one album I can’t believe I got rid of.
My sticker album!
In the 80s photo albums weren’t just for pictures of your friends and
family, they were a safe place to display your collection of carefully
selected rainbow, unicorn, heart and teddy bear stickers.
There were puffy stickers, glittery stickers,
scratch and sniff stickers and
googly eye stickers – and Boynton cat stickers were among my favorites.
My girlfriends and I would get together and trade stickers with each other
– this was usually an after school activity or even more fun at a
sleepover party. Stickers were a hot commodity; I would trade four small
brown teddy bear stickers and a Hello Kitty sheet of puffy stickers for
just one ultimate heart/rainbow/unicorn combination.
The bigger, rounder and bubblier the better.
My friends and I would ride our bikes up to the drug store/gift shop with
allowance in hand; ready to buy an individual rainbow/cat/heart off a
roll. I would take it home and put it in my album in just the right
spot, displaying my latest treasure like a prized possession.
Check out this awesome sticker collection courtesy of Sylvia Drastata (use
arrows below the picture to advance through the slideshow):
We never used any of our stickers, like “stuck” them anywhere, on our
Trapper Keepers or anything...these stickers were too precious to be
stuck. They were to be kept under shiny plastic so they could be admired
over and over again.
Again, I can’t believe I didn’t hang onto that album that I considered one
of my prized possessions; I have two albums full of
Garbage Pail Kids in my garage but
no vintage Pac Man, Smurf, or Little Twin
Looking online at the albums people have hung onto and shared fills me
with warm fuzzies, I recognize certain ones, remembering that I had
them. Like this one:
I’d love to look through that album tonight, admire it, re-arrange it, and
call my b/f/f Susie to see if she’s up for a trading session this