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The “dream of the ’90s” has been revived fashion wise from Portland to New York. Those of us who lived through the original era of midriffs, flower prints, spaghetti straps, neon, and funky leggings may well remember another popular fad from our youth: collecting (i.e. hoarding), trading, and coveting stickers.
Our sticker books may stand long-neglected on dusty shelves, but these once-prized possessions used to be the center of our childhood universe. Of course, there were all sorts of tiers and types of stickers to be had, so let’s take a walk down memory lane:
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The equivalent of a mood ring in stickerland, these highly sought, liquid-filled silhouettes were the crème de la crème for collectors. Poke the blue-and-green or pink-and-purple figures and watch the colors swirl. Oilies were rare because they were bought and used sparingly, as they came packaged in sets of only one or two. Penguins, planets, seashells, dinosaurs, music notes, footprints — the Oilies options were endless. Obviously, unicorn Oilies received prime real estate in our books.
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If you couldn’t attain a sticker that boasted fluid, you could at least garner one that was a delight to touch. From flowers to kittens, these specimens were usually found in sets of four or five on a small square of paper, freshly torn from a large roll. (Oh! The masterpiece book pages we could have created with an entire roll…).
So shiny. Almost as trippy as the Oilies.
Scratch and sniff stickers offered another way to tickle the senses. Like the scented markers of the ’90s, there were some smells (anything berry) you wanted to sniff until they faded, and others (pepperoni pizza) you couldn’t wait to trade.
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Lisa Frank’s rainbow-filled motifs ruled Trapper Keepers and our collections. These stickers were often sold by the sheet. And remember the pearlescent sheen unique to Sandylion stickers?
+ While our physical sticker books are probably best left in the past, we won’t judge if you want to hop on the bandwagon and fill a Pinterest board with them to your heart’s content! And please, tell us, which of these stickers did you have in your collection?
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I STILL subconsciously collect stickers from all over the place, like comic book conventions and scrapbook shops, and I hoard them away and only use them sparingly. I guess that’s a genuine sign of being a true 90s kid!
It’s been fifteen years since the 90s ended and I still have my sticker books collection. Don’t judge.
I was just reminiscing fondly about the Lisa Frank folders and stickers I had as a kid, and then I was so surprised to see them here on the ModCloth blog! I think I had an entirely Lisa-Frank-pony-themed birthday party one year. Good memories. 🙂
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