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Sticker Collections and Other Blasts From My Past

In a search for a document the other night, I came across a plastic bin in my attic that held some unbelievable blasts from my pasts.  I used to save everything, but over the years have gotten rid of so much simply to eliminate clutter from my life since I am a bit of a clutterbug already!

However, I am so glad I kept a few treasures from my past in a little plastic bin because the items brought back memories I hadn't recalled in years...my husband and I cracked up as I read ancient diary entries to him (some of which were for his ears only, and others that I may have to post sometime because they were so funny!); I also browsed old high school newspapers (any Bowie grads remember The Pacesetter) and Stargrams from past shows (my high school theater buds remember these).  So fun.

One treasure I found was a Sticker Collection in an old school photo album - the kind with sticky pages that they now know ruin pictures.  It was perfectly 80's with its mauve flowered cover, and filled with stickers that brought back reminders of that era in my life.  It was sort of cool to "collect stickers" back then (did anyone else do this?) and trade them with friends.  I can remember sitting under a big pine tree across the street from my house and trading stickers with my neighbor Erin for hours at a time...such simple times when the biggest thing I had to worry about was would I get the scratch and sniff sticker I had been dying for!

I thought I'd share some glimpses from this now slightly yellowed and gooey album with the mauve cover that is a definite piece of my childhood...

I remember thinking these shoe stickers were the coolest.things.ever.  The "Erin" sticker must have been a trade from my neighbor!

What was it with the 80's and unicorns?  They were everywhere!  Even on my generic brand Trapper Keeper I finally got from the drugstore.

I have no idea why scratch and sniff stickers aren't around much these days.  Those things rocked.

Here's  proof that even as a child, I already made good beverage choices. :)

I used to love school and thought these were "radical" - lol!  Nerdy, I know, I'm okay with it!

"When your room looks kind of weird, and you wish that you weren't there, just close your eyes and make believe, and you can be anywhere."  Anyone else remember these guys?

I have loved Jesus since I was a young girl...

And I've always loved music too...

Ha, definitely some 80's representation here with the Bush/Quayle election of 1988 and Alf!!

And what 80's sticker book would have been complete without the smiley face stickers from Highlights magazine??

I knew my little girl would be interested in looking through my old sticker collection, and sure enough she was.  She decided to make her own sticker book, which made a great, quiet activity on a day when she was running a fever.  I smiled as I saw some of her pages, thinking of how one day she will show this book to her daughter and each sticker will represent something about her childhood and the era in which she grew up and the interests she held.

So while I enjoy de-cluttering my life, I sure am glad I've saved a few things that provide such a great walk down memory lane and ideas to pass on to my children.  Then I get to smile and remember, and sit back and watch history repeat itself.  :)

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