I’m talking about those free stickers organizations send in the mail. I can handle the return address stickers–they come from the Humane Society, from Easter Seals, from Cancer Research Funds, etc., and I use them. Trouble is, I get so many of them that I end up pre-sticking blank envelopes in my drawers because I can’t stand to throw a good sticker away.
Long ago I bought some really cute address stickers–nice font, nice ink, nice design–but I never use them because something in my frugal nature INSISTS that I use up the free stickers first. So just as I near the end of my free sticker stash, here comes another load in the mail.
The return address stickers are bad enough, but lately I’ve been getting OTHER free stickers–stickers with cute Christmassy things on them, and postage stamp-sized stickers of roses and angels and Christmas ornaments. Because I can’t stand to throw them away (wasteful!), I’ve been sticking them on the back of envelopes, but I always feel like I should be the sort of person who crochets toilet-paper roll covers when I do it. It looks . . . more quaint than professional. Still, heaven forbid that I toss out a perfectly good sheet of stickers.
I have this tablet of paper on my desk–a big tablet, and I use it to scribble notes on during the week. Every Monday, I rip off the top sheet and start a new page for the new week.
Well, preprinted on this tablet is a little square. The other day I noticed that the little square seemed to be tailor-made, indeed, crying out for a sticker. So I murdered the better part of an hour sticking rose stickers on each little square on each page in my tablet. Now I can’t write smoothly on my tablet, because the stickered corners are about half an inch taller than the rest of my writing surface.
I’ve taken to slapping those cute “Have a happy new year!” and “Hope You Feel Better” and “Thank You” stickers on my Netflix return envelopes. And of course, those ALWAYS get a return address sticker. Can’t pass up an opportunity to plant a sticker in a preprinted corner.
Is it just me, or does anyone else suffer from impulsive sticker-itis? Recently I signed up for the do-not-send-me-preapproved-credit card applications list. If there’s a “do not send stickers” list, I need my name on it, fast!