The 10 ’90s Stickers From Your Childhood That Made You One Of The Cool Kids

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Your childhood was an endless void of really dumb things you can’t imagine getting excited about now. Kids these days have iPads and shit but when I was a kid I remember the entire class getting hella stoked over stickers, push point pencils and the ~luxurious~ swagging pen necklace. The pen necklace was a pen that you could also wear as a necklace! When our third grade teacher got them as prizes the entire class was swept into a frenzy. The ultimate pen necklace was the one shaped like a teddy bear—a teddy bear! If you came to school rocking a pen that was also a necklace it meant you were ballin’ because your mommy and daddy were willing to spend a dollar + tax on a piece of stationary for you and that was like an investment in your future. I campaigned for weeks trying to get the most citizenship points for that pen but alas by the time it was my turn to pick a prize all that was left was a roll of Smarties candy.

Like pen necklace$, stickers were a hot commodity. The bigger the better but if they had a cool function like being scented, textured or holographic then that was good too. I can’t imagine getting excited about such useless ephemera in my adulthood. It would just feel like costly clutter but I am glad that there was a time in my life when something as pointless and silly as a pen or sticker could make my day. Ah, to be young again.

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