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The Collectors: Vintage Stickers With LittleDear

Aug 13, 2010

by rikrak handmade and vintage goods


Remember the magic of starting school? That vivid pack of new pencil crayons ready to be sharpened. The crisp white pages of a new notebook, full of possibility! And if you were a (school) child of the ’80s like me, perhaps you’ll fondly recall the delight of putting your prized possession — your dog-eared, well-loved sticker book — proudly, carefully into your backpack. Feeling eager to trade and show off to your school pals your amazing collection of scratch ‘n’ sniff, glow-in-the-dark or maybe even… hold your breath… puffy glitter stickers!


Today I’m delighted to present the next in The Collectors series. We’ll look at a collection that’s a blast from the past: designer Aimee Ray’s fabulous vintage stickers!

aimee_.jpgWho (are you)?
Aimee Ray of littledear and

When (did you start collecting)? I started my first sticker book in 1984, on my eighth birthday.

How (many do you have)? I have no idea, probably thousands. I have more than three books from the ’80s.

What (piece would you like to add)?
I love cute Japanese stickers!

What (is an interesting story behind one)?
My prized giant hologram My Little Pony sticker was a mail away, I had to save up points to send off for it. I still have it in its mailer, I haven’t ever stuck it to anything.

Where (do you find them)? Everywhere! Back then there used to be specialty shops that had huge rolls and you could cut off those you wanted. I loved those places.

Where (do you keep them)? In my sticker books from the ’80s, and now they are finding their way into my scrapbooks and journals.


Why (do you love them)? It is so nostalgic and reminds me of my childhood! It’s colorful and fun.

Which (one is your favourite & why)? That would be very hard to choose, probably the aforementioned MLP hologram.

What (else do you collect)? I have a large collection of fun pens and pencils from the ’80s and ’90s, the kind with something stuck on the end. I also collect toys: My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, as well as toys from today like Blythe! I think I will never ever grow up.


Love them, Aimee! Thanks so much!

You’ll want to add Aimee’s newest book, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, to your own more-learning-ahead bookshelf this autumn. This artist and designer’s lovely shop is filled with handmade delights for lovers-of-whimsical-fun at any age: beautiful embroidery, patterns, sculptures, paintings, doll clothing and more. So here’s to great learnings ahead for all of us!

I’m Kristal and I just love seeing what folks are collecting. I guess I feel it tells us a little bit about what inspires them. The Collectors series, first published on my own little blog, the rikrak studio, is 11 and a half quick questions with a wonderful artist on what they’re collecting (apart from their art supplies!).

How about you? What do you collect? I’d love to hear, please post in the comments below.

The Collectors Series | Vintage Stickers


  • FoundDays

    FoundDays said 8 years ago

    Wow, I do remember collecting stickers, I think I had a handmade sticker book with pages made of waxed paper, wish I saved it, would have been hilarious to look at now.

  • jenniferdarezzo

    jenniferdarezzo said 8 years ago

    Long live the 80s!!!! I love stickers and I wish so badly that I still had my sticker album from back in the day. Oh how I tresured it!

  • heidiadnum

    heidiadnum said 8 years ago

    Oh, the memories! Love this :)

  • laurelinsailor

    laurelinsailor said 8 years ago


  • delectabledenim

    delectabledenim said 8 years ago

    oooh stickers - used to spend all my pocket money on them!

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 8 years ago

    I miss those days! I can't wait to dig out my old stickers!

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 8 years ago

    Fun! I remember my best friend had a giant sticker book and I was SO jealous, because my mom thought it was silly. When I was in high school I still loved stickers and would stick them all over the inside covers of my sketchbooks. Aaaand, I still love them. I buy bunches of them and use them for everything, but mostly I give them to little kids I know, so they can have the delight of fun stickers too.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    I had a sticker book that I loved! What a blast from the past! Sigh. :)

  • PrettyGirlsVintage

    PrettyGirlsVintage said 8 years ago

    LOVED the 80s scratch n sniff stickers! Mello Smellos!! I found an old HUGE 80s sticker album/binder at a thrift store once. So much fun :)

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 8 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I loved stickers. Still do! I had multiple books of stickers and I recently found a role of my old STICKER NAME TAPE--so cool!!

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 8 years ago

    I was a sticker addict! I recently found my old sticker name tape.

  • sushibooties

    sushibooties said 8 years ago

    ahh the sweet smell of "scooper dooper" chocolate scratch and sniff stickers takes me back! awesome post! I miss me some Lisa frank peechee folders and stickers as well.

  • joyoustreasures

    joyoustreasures said 8 years ago

    Very cute! And great interview as well!

  • fitzfamrome

    fitzfamrome said 8 years ago

    I also LOVED my Trapper Keepers. How I would love to find a vintage unicorn one...Thanks for bringing up great memories.

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 8 years ago

    So cute! And of course so cute article! Thanks for sharing :)

  • cookoutsidethebox

    cookoutsidethebox said 8 years ago

    very adorable! thanks!!

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 8 years ago

    That's awesome! I still have a couple storage boxes with stickers from the 80's/90's plastered all over them. They certainly don't make stickers like they used to!

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 8 years ago

    This brought back MANY childhood memories. Thanks!

  • NomadCraftsSupplies

    NomadCraftsSupplies said 8 years ago

    How neat! My daughter is 9 and loves to collect stickers-I even gave her the ones from some of my own old sticker books. My 5 year collects stickers-but only the ones that come from fresh fruits and vegetables-she has a notebook full which to me means that she eats healthy! :) Thanks for this refreshing article!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 8 years ago

    Great post! I was collecting stickers as well and then I moved to postage stamp.

  • OldTimePickers

    OldTimePickers said 8 years ago

    What fun!

  • SandBagsDesigns

    SandBagsDesigns said 8 years ago

    I too remember collecting & trading stickers with friends at school and on the bus... thanks for the fun flashback story!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 8 years ago

    Thats amazing! My friends and I use to decorate notebooks that we would pass back and forth and write to each other in with cutout magazine photos and blurbs about things we liked along with stickers when I was growing up. Thats one heck of a collection there though! So many memories, I am sure! Thanks for sharing! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! <3

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 8 years ago

    Oh my!!! This brought back so many fun memories...I was also a kid in the 80's and trading stickers with my friends was what we did for playdates! The scratch and sniff ones were highly sought after as were the googly-eyes :) Aaahhh, childhood revisited! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • CorvidDelights

    CorvidDelights said 8 years ago

    This is great! I love sticker books and stickers, I've been hoarding them for years. The fuzzy textured ones were always so cool.

  • ridivog

    ridivog said 8 years ago

    I had that same blue sticker album!!!!!!!! That is awesome. Thank you so much for the memories!!!

  • MayaBella

    MayaBella said 8 years ago

    I totally have that sticker book but in pink! It is one of my most prized possessions. So many memories. Just opening it and smelling all the stickers brings me back 25 years! I have been trying to find my little girls something comparable and there is nothing out there!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Cute collection! Your shop is wonderful, also! :)

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 8 years ago

    Love it!

  • buttermilkcreek

    buttermilkcreek said 8 years ago

    I think I had that same sticker book! I LOVED stickers in the 80s. I have a big round one tacked up on my cubicle wall now.. its bright yellow, has a big grinning cat, and says "Grin and Ignore It". I never truly understood the meaning of that sticker until I became an adult.

  • CatchTheEye

    CatchTheEye said 8 years ago

    My favorite stickers were the ones that were kinda puffy and had sparkles....sigh

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    Ahhhh! I totally had a sticker collection when I was little! I'm all about the Lisa Frank. Also, those holographic shiny unicorns were popular (not Lisa Frank ones). Love!

  • BowWowBeds

    BowWowBeds said 8 years ago

    Oh man....that brings back good memories! I had pages that had "no trade" on them. Like Q-Bert, Unicorns, Smurfs and a few other favs were on those no trade pages! I still had my sticker book up until a couple years ago. The scratch-n-sniffs no longer smelled! Ha! =(

  • BlissForest

    BlissForest said 8 years ago

    I had some of the same stickers!!! Such a sweet blast from the past. I kept my stickers on their backing, taped into a notebook........ now where IS that notebook! I found my eraser collection a while back and gave it to my boys, who didn't quite GET why I'd like to collect, arrange and play with erasers, yet not use them.....

  • amitjohn

    amitjohn said 8 years ago

    I just saw this on my profile. This is an excellent feature and gives appreciation to all the hubbers who have done some good work at hubpages. Thanks a lot for starting this. ----------------------------- gold 14k

  • purposedesign

    purposedesign said 8 years ago

    Holy flashback, Batman. My prized sticker collection of scratch n sniff, puffy googly eyes and hologram stickers were kept in a photo album, one of the sticky paged ones with plastic protecters. Wish I still had them!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    My sticker book is still at my folks house....simple times.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    This post is bringing back so many fond memories! Makes me want to move to the next step of making and designing my own stickers.

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 8 years ago

    These made me very nostalgic and happy to see the little gnomes and rainbows I fawned over as a kid!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 8 years ago

    ha! What a fabulous collection :) I'm sure every single one of us has at least one sticker book stashed somewhere!

  • exousia

    exousia said 8 years ago

    YAY sticker love. I'd love a sticker book but I can't bring myself to STICK them. I feel like they're ruined after that. :\

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage said 8 years ago

    eek, this makes me so nostalgic! I had a big sticker book and my aunt would send me the coolest stickers to put in it...I wish I knew what happened to that book!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Long live Rainbow Brite!

  • jennypenny82002

    jennypenny82002 said 8 years ago

    I actually had that same album!! I now have my 2.5 year old excited about collecting stickers. You can't find the traditional sticker book anymore, so i just used a scrapbook album.

  • LeatherwoodDesigns

    LeatherwoodDesigns said 8 years ago

    This story makes me wish I still had my sticker books!

  • thesmittenmitten

    thesmittenmitten said 8 years ago

    I have a HUGE sticker collection! This article is right up my alley! :oD

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    So cute!!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    Long Live MLP!!

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 8 years ago

    *smiling* - as a child of the 80's, I'm thinking back to recess and trading stickers on the playground...thanks for the fun post :)

  • SpicyMouse

    SpicyMouse said 8 years ago

    i still have my rose petal place sticker book! god, how I loved collecting stickers. and rainbow bright stickers too! so cool!

  • unatuna

    unatuna said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I soooo remember collecting stickers! As a matter of fact I think I still have a couple of books in the attic. What a trip! Thanks for the post.

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 8 years ago

    One time when I was a kid I stole my friends sticker colletion. I still have it because when she found out I stole it she was kind enough to just give it to me. It has scratch n sniff that still smells. Oh the good old days!

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 8 years ago

    OMGosh! I had 1 of those exact sticker books, the my little ponies, strawberry shortcake and the purple pieman! Thanks for bringing back the memories!!

  • AFineDistraction

    AFineDistraction said 8 years ago

    Stickers!!! My elementary school obsession started with a giant Lisa Frank unicorn sticker. And I can still remember the thrill of tracking down the elusive dill pickle scratch-n-sniff I simply couldn't live without. I'm not sure I ever topped the level of acquisitiveness that I had as a sticker addict. That's probably a good thing!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 8 years ago

    I remember my sticker collection like it was yesterday, great theme.

  • gorjuss

    gorjuss said 8 years ago

    yay LOVE this post!!!!!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 8 years ago

    OMG Did you get into my closet, I have this exact same sticker book from my childhood too, still tucked away next to my strawberry shortcake dolls. I love remembering the innocent time of getting together with my friends after school and trading stickers. OH THE JOY :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    aaah good memories of collecting stickers~ fun fun days~

  • JenniferSews

    JenniferSews said 8 years ago

    Love the sticker article! One more thing I wish I had kept.

  • jelene

    jelene said 8 years ago

    awesome! i still have all my books from the 80's filled with smellies and puffies. brings back happy memories!

  • sweetpoppycat

    sweetpoppycat said 8 years ago

    Ha ha, brings back memories. I still have some from the early 70's. Maybe I should list them.

  • StarrlightJewelry

    StarrlightJewelry said 8 years ago

    I used to have that same sticker book when I was a little girl, to cool seeing it again!!

  • tanisalexis

    tanisalexis said 8 years ago

    holy smokes! this makes me sooo nostalgic!! shiny, fuzzy, puffy smelly stickers??? yes, yes, yes!!

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 8 years ago

    I remember my sticker album!!! You just know I now have to spend 4 hours rummaging in the scary part of the closet to find it! ;)

  • mediumcontrol

    mediumcontrol said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh... I completely forgot about sticker books and puffy glitter stickers. Love it!

  • Stylishstems

    Stylishstems said 8 years ago

    Oh I LOVE this!!! I had SO many stickers when I was a kid in the 80's! My whole mirror in my room was filled!

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 8 years ago

    I love this article! It made my heart skip a beat. Amazingly, I still have my sticker albums from the 1980's. The scratch and sniffs are still scented, if you can believe it. I loved the stores also where you could get stickers by the yard (like Lisa Frank, Mrs.Grossmans, Sanrio...) Also, I collect toys I had when I was younger, Star Wars, Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears... Aimee, can totally relate to keeping young! Fun! Take care and thanks! Michelle.

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 8 years ago

    I still have my sticker book from 1983. Never stuck any of my stickers, just collected and traded.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    I remember my sticker book! The scratch n sniff ones were my favorite... pizza, pickles and popcorn!

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I have that same sticker book!! Wow, so funny:)

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 8 years ago

    Oh, that smell! :) And puffy glitter stickers that were too precious to stick in the book...swoooooon! Thanks so much for the flashbacks. Gee, when did we get old?

  • cbarjcrafts

    cbarjcrafts said 8 years ago

    WOW! I had the same exact blue sticker book on the right!!!!!! Man this brings back memories....gonna have to go find my book now! :)

  • honeyddesigns

    honeyddesigns said 8 years ago

    Love it!!! Collecting stickers when I was young was one of my favorites! Loved the scratch n sniff. Especially the popcorn! Great memories!!! (:

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    Oh yeah, I remember scratch-n-sniff stickers. Probably have a few books packed away in the nostalgia boxes somewhere.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    So fun....what a great collection....

  • littledear

    littledear said 8 years ago

    Thanks Kristal, for the fun interview! And to all of you for sharing my silly collection! :D If you're interested, check out my 80's flickr set for more pics of my stickers and 80s toys:

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    OMG, I forgot about the sticker books of the 80's until you just mentioned it. thanks for bringing back a memory.

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 8 years ago

    I recognize many of those stickers! :-D

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry said 8 years ago

    I still have my collection, too!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 8 years ago

    what a great article, love the stickers too!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 8 years ago

    What an adorable thing to collect! I miss mine!!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 8 years ago

    ...collecting stickers was so fun & sweet, until the Garbage Pail Kids came to town, remember them? my faves! XO

  • scientificculture

    scientificculture said 8 years ago

    I loved my sticker collection too! My prize sticker was a scratch and sniff dill pickle. Mmm! Now I keep collections of business cards and jewelry. A little different - but still fun!

  • katblk9

    katblk9 said 8 years ago

    aaaah!!! i forgot all about sticker albums! Those were the days when all you had to worry about was the careful selection and placement of each sticker. :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    This is so funny--I still have my sticker collection as well and now that I am (ahem!) well into my thirties, I have started to actually stick these stickers onto things. Some glitter heart stickers have made their way onto some of my etsy packages! I recently used two small heart stickers on my cell phone to tell it apart from my husband's identical phone. 20 years later and they are still perfect! Who else had the skunk scratch & sniff sticker? We used to scratch it, sniff it and then scream like banshees! Good times!

  • lepetitvulcan

    lepetitvulcan said 8 years ago

    awww. this reminds me of all the sticker collections i had. i remember i loved lisa frank and scented stickers the best :) ah, i need to find my sticker albums, i know i still have them somewhere.

  • PromoPixie

    PromoPixie said 8 years ago

    OOOOOMG!!!! I had the saaame exact book as that yellow one, only mine was purple around the edges. Got it from my school book fair LOL (Remember those? LOL!) WOW, I wish I still had it...hmmm, maybe mom still does?? My faves were the fuzzy and oily stickers---except when those things burst open---what a mess :( Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

  • deathbycupcake

    deathbycupcake said 8 years ago

    I still have my scratch and sniff sticker collection! Ahhhh, now I have to go dig them out!

  • jherrmann

    jherrmann said 8 years ago

    This really takes me back to my 80s childhood! I wish I had saved my old albums too! I always see furniture at garage sales with 80s stickers stuck on :). Kids and their stickers!

  • blupony808

    blupony808 said 8 years ago

    YEEEESSSS this article is so cool!!\m/ the puffy stickers were the best!

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 8 years ago

    this might be a stupid question, but are they still sticky after all these years? ;)

  • chanyeevon

    chanyeevon said 8 years ago

    I used to have a sticker book that I collect every beautiful stickers that I have found! :D :D

  • rule42

    rule42 said 8 years ago

    I had that same sticker book, the My Rose Petal Place one! Thank you for flooding me with fond memories!

  • ScrapArcs

    ScrapArcs said 8 years ago

    I so miss my old sticker books now! What a blast from the past!

  • VioletQVintage

    VioletQVintage said 8 years ago

    I have that Rose Petal Place sticker book, too! I used to buy stickers with my allowance.

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie said 8 years ago

    Some of these items sure bring back memories! I actually had the Trend Glossy Data Pro Printout Scratch n Sniff Sticker! Stickers are awesome!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Thats amazing girls !!! oh so happy to read ! Have a super weekend ! Cheers from Paris big love !

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 8 years ago

    oh NO I should NOT have clicked ont he vintage stickers search button!!!! I miss my thousands of unicorn stickers, I bet my sister did something stupid like stuck them all over her school books when i left home.

  • lovewren

    lovewren said 8 years ago

    This is so great! I know this sounds silly, but I seriously didn't realize how big of a thing sticker collecting was with out generation! Does anyone remember the stickers that were sort of puffy clear plastic shapes, and filled with almost a opalescent oil? Those were my most coveted- I had 3, and one was even a unicorn....Oh, this is the best topic!

  • PurpleDeerVintage

    PurpleDeerVintage said 8 years ago

    Wow! take me back...Sticker books were my absolute favorite as a child.

  • hitsthespot

    hitsthespot said 8 years ago

    I thought I was the only one! I have literally thousands of stickers from when I collected them as a child (starting around 1980 or so). I LOVE to scroll through the albums (we used photo albums so you didn't have to stick them to anything)...and to go through the large box of stickers that weren't put into their rightful place yet (I was very organized, LOL, I had them divided by subjects).

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 8 years ago

    Fun for us who grew up in the 80's!! Thanks for the blast from the past.

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 8 years ago

    seriously - this really really took me back! now where are those sticker books...

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 8 years ago

    I love stickers x

  • SoVeryCharming

    SoVeryCharming said 8 years ago

    Wow!!! I too still have my sticker book and it's full of vintage goodness. I also have a massive Hello Kitty/Sanrio collection - two trunk loads to be exact lol. Thank you so much for this wonderfuly nostalgic article! :)

  • darrinofdavis

    darrinofdavis said 8 years ago

    Woo! Reminds me of the glory days, when Hostess Potato chips used to come with little cellohane wrapped stickers of 80's Professional wrestlers. I covered my entire bedroom door with them. Must've eaten a lot of chips...

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    oh....I was a collector of all things sticker back in the day. it was so fun. thank you for the fun flash back!

  • Yarns

    Yarns said 8 years ago

    wonderful, aimee i have your book, didnt know you were on etsy! great article

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 8 years ago

    Oh my gosh! Have to comment again. Went to your flickr link-love, love, love. The color coordination of the toys and dolls is the best. Besides stickers, Sanrio, Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears, I also collect Fisher Price toys I had in the 1980's. Also, still have my Cabbage Patch Dolls. Thanks again for such a fun interview and it is comforting to know that there are others still staying young at heart ( I am in my 30's ;) Take care, M. p.s. My nieces love playing with my 1980's toys. It is cool to see them have so much fun with non-electric or computer-based toys.

  • TwinFreckles

    TwinFreckles said 8 years ago

    Amy has a wonderful collection! I met her through Blythe only to find out we share lots of other stuff in common! My sticker collection is OUTRAGEOUS, to the point that I've started to give them away with sales and trades! Of course I always keep at least one of each design for myself! And don't even get me started on my Blythe collection!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    l-o-v-e Stickers still to this day,(yes I'm sending out my own with every order hehe!) even at 34..

  • frecklesonme

    frecklesonme said 8 years ago

    This totally made me smile :) I remember sitting for hours with my friends and trading stickers. I actually just found my old sticker book in a closet at my moms house!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 8 years ago

    Love this article! I have ALWAYS loved stickers! Part of the teacher in me I guess! Reminds me of all those stickers from my childhood....flower power, peace sign, smiley face!!!! :)

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 8 years ago

    Bring back some great memories

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 8 years ago

    I can't remember where my sticker albums are now. Hope my mom still keeps them. Miss those days...

  • hhop

    hhop said 8 years ago

    I love seeing what other artists surround themselves with -- whether those items function as visual guideposts, inspiration for new direction, or as actual supplies. It's so fun to look at Aimee's collection and see how her childhood aesthetic relates to her current designs. Thanks very much for including my drawing as a related item!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 8 years ago

    Kids love stickers - they still rock : )

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 8 years ago

    That's awesome--I loved collecting stickers... I still have some of my old sticker albums from grade school. I keep them in my craft supply closet and I just can't bring myself to get rid of them. I love knowing so many others can relate!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 8 years ago

    such a fun collection! brings back memories :)

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 8 years ago

    GREAT stickers

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 8 years ago

    The first stickers I ever collected was the "Wacky Packages", and I saw my partner's childhood dresser covered with faded wacky stickers I knew we were a match. Scratch and sniff were so popular at my elementary school, we were trading them at recess, and teachers would let you choose one if you got a good grade.

  • ismoyo

    ismoyo said 8 years ago

    I so regret selling my sticker scrapbooks at a yardsale as a young teen! Now i have so many different vintage collections going on, but i think my most precious is the one turning our home into a museum: My Big Eyed Art collection from the 60's/early 70's.

  • ParkersPrints

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  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 8 years ago

    Oh wow, what a flashback! I remember trading stickers with everyone, I loved my collection so much! Seriously, almost any sticker would do, and I was one lucky ducky... my dad worked at a factory that made labels! <3 Andrea

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    what a fun collection! I have collected scarps of paper with images I love ever since I can remember and I also have a ginormous collection of a few thousand plastic farm and wild animals in 1/32nd scale, mainly made by Britains Ltd with a few rare ones in there, and I also have smaller collections of porcelain rabbits, barbie horses and goodness knows what else .....

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    just had a look at Aimee's flicker and love her koinobori fish! and the ones on your flicker are great! you have really nice photos!

  • DestinyAccessory

    DestinyAccessory said 8 years ago

    I remember these - brings back great memories!

  • TheMysticCircleArt

    TheMysticCircleArt said 8 years ago

    wow! How cool,I still have all my 1980's sticker books (just like these) used to collect them big time.How much fun :)

  • YumYumPendants

    YumYumPendants said 8 years ago

    haha, this totally brings back memories. I wonder what happened to all of my sticker books.

  • soapdeli

    soapdeli said 8 years ago

    I definitely remember my sticker collection. I kept mine in a photo album so it was easier to get the sticker in and out when I traded. Plus the photo pages had a little sticky on them themselves for when they'd been traded too much.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Today I found my very old :) diary from school time, have funny to read ! Thanks again, we remember lots of pretty things :) Cheers girls !

  • ClassicSparklers

    ClassicSparklers said 8 years ago

    oh! this is pure nostalgia indeed!

  • AromaticHealth

    AromaticHealth said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the memories. My Mum had kept my sticker albums and my Strawberry Shortcake doll collection. The stickers, and the dolls, still smell. The dolls sure don't look like that anymore! I've given mine to my daughter to play with.

  • petalbelles

    petalbelles said 8 years ago

    I went to elementary school in the 80's and I can't tell you how many times I got in trouble for looking at my sticker collection during class. I also remember an early sticker album fiasco when I thought I could make my own album out of wax paper. Instead of being easily removable, they all stuck! It was a dark day...

  • artbywinona

    artbywinona said 8 years ago

    I was OBSESSED with stickers!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    I always always loved stickers as a kid especially the glittery type ones. Its every parents nightmare finding their home covered in stickers!

  • foxpots

    foxpots said 8 years ago

    Very cool - my daughter collected stickers when she was young - now her kids are into them bigtime.

  • RamshackleStudio

    RamshackleStudio said 8 years ago

    This is awesome! I loved trading stickers!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    I never had a fancy sticker book, I kept all my stickers in a butter tub. I remember sitting on the black top at school trading with the other girls.

  • NYCrochet

    NYCrochet said 8 years ago

    Whoa, I'm pretty sure I had that last sticker book shown there. And I know I had the Strawberry Shortcake doll from the 1st picture. I wish I had taken better care of my toys. Every time I see vintage 80s stuff for kids, some long-forgotten memory of my childhood comes back.

  • pollyannacowgirl

    pollyannacowgirl said 8 years ago

    OMG! The best part of my week was after church on Sunday, my parents would let my brother and I pick out $1 worth of stickers at the local craft store. Mrs. Grossman was my provider of choice. These are great!

  • TheVintageHatShop

    TheVintageHatShop said 8 years ago

    wow, that takes me back. Wish I had saved some of those.

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous collect, wow! Brings back so many memories! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • velvetacide

    velvetacide said 8 years ago

    I was sticker crazy, too. Living overseas as a military brat, I had the best of both worlds. American made funky scratch n' sniff, puffy, or those cool liquid-filled stickers - and neato Japanese rainbow pastel and Sanrio stickers of the late 70s/early 80s nature. I had a penpal in the US so we'd write letters and include a sticker or two each time. I kept my sticker book long after college and only recently found out my mom got rid of it when she moved. I was surprised I was so upset about a bunch of stickers in a book...but then again, those stickers represented a wonderful time in my life. =)

  • NiniaVeneno

    NiniaVeneno said 8 years ago

    The 80's were the best decade ever! And collecting scratch and sniff stickers was and will always be my favorite all time hobby. I had 2 binders salvaged from when we moved at age 17, packed with stickers. I never stuck them on anything, all remain in mint conditions on original backing. About 10 years ago I started re collecting at Ebay. I have tons of extras but never seem to get time to list them. I've posted a couple of binders from my personal collection with my loose scratch and sniff stickers at Flickr (didn't get a change to take pictures of my full sheets and vintage non sniffs). If anyone wants to take a peek, here are the links to my sets: It was nice to read and share =o)

  • BPvintage

    BPvintage said 8 years ago

    Fun stickers ~ great collectible! I collect vintage star wars, thimbles, buttons, insulators, cookbooks, yarn.... too many fun things to collect!

  • bunnywithatoolbelt

    bunnywithatoolbelt said 8 years ago

    I was a sticker collector in the late 70's when Mrs. Grossman's sticker craze hit. The stickers in my album had to follow one rule: they had to come on a roll. I'm still a fan of the teeny tiny Japanese ones--they help me keep my identical bank cards separate (business and personal and joint accounts!) yay for stickers!

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 8 years ago

    Such a fun read! I wish I had my sticker books still! I have a feeling my mom threw them out on me :(

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 8 years ago

    i have always loved stickers and love finding them at car boot sales x

  • FlowerPot

    FlowerPot said 8 years ago

    I really wished I had kept my sticker book collection from my childhood. I think my mom threw it out! Too bad :(

  • stacyjoy

    stacyjoy said 8 years ago

    Hi I too love vintage stickers and 80's toys I have a huge sticker collection also check it out it is soooo far from being completed just not enough time in the day hahah well have a good day glad to see other sticker collectors

  • stacyjoy

    stacyjoy said 8 years ago

    sorry I tried to send a link to my stickers guess it does not work I am on Flickr metacomet556 look under sets to see some of my stickers

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 8 years ago

    I used to have a sticker book back in Elementary school. And, was in a sticker club! Ahh, the memories...

  • MFFB

    MFFB said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Can I come over to play at your house? Clearly you have the best toys. You and I are the same age, so everything you collect provides me with transportation to my happy childhood. Thank you. Keep it up!

  • iktomi

    iktomi said 8 years ago

    If I only had the foresight to save all those stickers and books when my kids were small....

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 8 years ago

    Awesome! I still have a shoebox full of all my old stickers. Lisa Frank, Power Rangers, the Lion King, horse stickers...

  • EnchantedLiving

    EnchantedLiving said 8 years ago

    Great..I so wish I still had my collection. Took me back and I remember the joy of scratch and sniff and glow in the dark. I still have on minty sticker of a rabbit on a my old little black address book. Thanks!

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 8 years ago

    Stickers were great fun as a child Even Now still add something fun, great to purchase since there are so many lovely fun items on Etsy to chose from, Many favs too

  • rubytulip

    rubytulip said 8 years ago

    I collected stickers when I was a kid. I forgot all about them. Next time I'm at my Mom's I'll have to look for the album!!! I remember having a sticker of a kola bear named Mel that I loved and I was all about the scratch and sniff stickers!!

  • digiacomo

    digiacomo said 8 years ago

    Remember the scrath and sniffs that were awful smells like skunk. Why did we even scratch??

  • firemanbell

    firemanbell said 8 years ago

    This brings back so many memories!! I had several glittery rainbow stickers that I vowed to never use, EVER. They were too good for that! I miss my puffy, googly-eyed stickers!!

  • ZeesBeadZ

    ZeesBeadZ said 8 years ago

    firemanbell, I remember the glittery ones! I loved them as a kid. Good ole' sticker books..aww the memories. I used to have a whole photo album full and I would arrange them by style and type with little headers. Great article thanks!:)

  • beautifulearthgrl

    beautifulearthgrl said 8 years ago

    My girls love the stickers. There everywhere!

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 8 years ago

    OMG ! This reminds me so much of when I was a little girl...ouf such a long time ago !

  • UnicornTreasure

    Ariana Nicole from CraytoDAzCreations said 5 years ago

    Who wouldn't love an MLP hologram sticker?

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