Have you ever come across a fictional character who loved stickers? I haven’t. One would think that in the 80’s there had to be some reference to a sticker loving child – even the sibling of a Sweet Dreams heroine. So far the trend remains obscure. But I keep hoping. After all I haven’t read everything! However I did find this awesome – short story from acclaimed Ya author Paula Danziger in a Stickers magazine , on what a sticker camp would be like – click the pics to make them bigger – read and enjoy! It’s great fun!
* Ten years ago I had ventured into a rather crummy nook in a flea market and spotted a small doll with bright orange hair poking up out of a box of battered army toys. She was grubby , and nude. One of Strawberry Shortcake’s pals – Apricot I think? Oddly enough when I put that neon nylon up to my nose, eureka – it still smelled sweet! Which brings up an an interesting marker in the scent-sational 80’s, that one cannot merely limit the world of 80’s scents to stickers , good golly no , in fact the toy industry had the good scents ( couldn’t resist ) to include this new gimmick in any and every , toy , book , gadget out there – there were oodles of scented dolls -( ironically one set was actually called Oodles ) – Strawberry Shortcake and her gang –
all her clones – Jelly Bean dolls ,
Lil Lollypop dolls , Cherry Merry Muffin,
Cupcake Dolls ,
powder scented Cabbage patch dolls , Popsicle Dolls ,
Fashion Candi and her friends ( which was a Barbie like doll ) ,
, Rose Petal Place ( which I think were lightly scented )
. And others –
Pvc figures were often scented to match their yummy and or flowery identity. However Oodles baby dolls were all powder scented , natch.
* There were teddy bears with scratch and sniff patches ,
scented Yum Yums stuffed toys.
* and Sleepover Friends should’ve included a Scratch N Sniff special edition my guess for a good one would’ve been #12 Kate’s Sleepover Disaster –
because of Lauren’s food dilemma- even the cover offers us the scent of dirty sock!
From pg 2 onward we have – peanut butter chocolate chip cookies , s’mores , kool-aid popsicles , marshmallow super fudge , onion soup-olives-bacon-bits-and-sour-cream dip , burro ( donkey ) , a cake , blue leather western chaps , apple slices , lilac hedge , peanut butter and jelly , caramel popcorn , mixed nuts , chocolate covered raisins , sugar cookies , gas station , Dr. Pepper , double dip fudge ripple ice cream cone , oil truck , nylon rope , pine trees , doughnuts, carrots , sugar cubes , flowerbed , marigolds , barn , markers , ham , pot roast , fried chicken , french fries , fresh baked bread , coconut cake , lemon pie , hay , oats , cows, Cheese Doodles , sour cream potato chips , icing , barbeque spare ribs , stuffed sweet potatoes , macaroni salad , hair grease , birch trees , pond , pancakes with quarts of syrup , chicken lasagna , hot apple pie , sheep , phone , candy bar , peach ice cream , chicken and dumplings , chocolate meringue pie , blueberry muffins , sausages , grapefruit , pork chops , salad , corn bread, gooey jelly doughnuts , hot butterscotch sundae , lemon yogurt ,circus , peanuts , popcorn – Most of these you could fill in with actual stickers – like Gordy’s circus & grapefruit or Paper Art’s fried chicken – others would’ve had to been developed – butterscotch sundae , fresh baked bread , gooey jelly doughnuts!
And wouldn’t it had been fun if Conway did the sticker art work? – Sleepover the dusty burro! Lauren’s sad face as she turns down the gooey jelly doughnuts , or Patti trying to lure Sleepover back into the trailer with her double dip ice cream cone!
How about SVH scratch n’ sniff covers – Super Smelly editions – Christmas tree for Special Christmas – or spiked egg nog , Ocean for Malibu Summer – or wet bathing suit , Edelweiss for Spring Break – or perhaps fondue , Hay for Spring Fever – or ahem , horse barn ( in need of cleaning ) , Snow for Winter Carnival – or sweat when Jessica takes a look of the mountain the authors got her skiing down , Fresh Grass for Perfect Summer – or Wrigley’s double mint gum – Doublicious!
Oh and here’s the continuation of the scratch and sniffs –