It all started with a few stickers

I went to The Container Store for the first time last week (oh my!) and I saw a few packages of Mrs. Grossman's stickers on an end-cap display. The memories came rushing back as they always do when I see those stickers.


When I was about 14, my family took a trip to San Francisco and we walked into a store at Pier 39 that was wall-to-wall Mrs. Grossman's stickers. Great big rolls of stickers! I still remember the excitement I felt. I had never seen anything like it. It was truly life changing for me and I will always associate Mrs. Grossman's with my own entry into the scrapbooking world. You see, once I got my hands on a bunch of stickers, I wanted to find something to use them on. Scrapbook pages were the perfect answer!

I'm pretty sure that these stars and watermelons were in that first batch of stickers I bought. No, I haven't saved them for 32 years. I bought these strips about 10 years ago as part of a 25th anniversary celebration bundle. Yes, I have held onto them for that long for nostalgic reasons. I also know that I bought the big red hearts and the brown teddy bears back on that trip. Such a simple, but brilliant idea!

I have a lot of fond memories of these stickers and it's been fun to watch the company over the years. Stickers have ridden an up and down roller coaster of popularity over the years, and they aren't a part of my memory keeping process any more, but I will always have a soft spot in my heart for them. I guess that's why I still hung on to some of my favorites for all these years, even when I purged most of my paper scrapbooking supplies.

You can read about the history of Mrs. Grossman's here. I also would love to go on a factory tour someday.  Guess I better add that to the ol' bucket list!