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November 2016 Sticker Swaps Review
There are subscriptions for lots of things, so why not stickers? Sticker Swaps is a new subscription service that will deliver you an envelope filled with stickers every month. The best part is that shipping is free worldwide, so this might be a good option for people in countries that don’t usually have access to subscription boxes.
To commemorate their opening, Sticker Swaps offered me the opportunity to review their first month’s selection. The box came with six standard stickers that were the same across all subscribers along with a few random stickers that were unique to each subscriber.
Because stickers are difficult to value individually, I won’t be doing the regular valuation that I do. Instead, I’ll post pictures of all of the stickers along with a brief description of what each sticker signifies (based on the information I can find.)
The first sticker I got out of the November 2016 Sticker Swaps was some kind of anime-inspired drawing. By Googling “Heero”, the name the character is calling, I learned that Heero is a Gundam Wing character. Keeping that in mind, I started searching for Gundam characters who look like the depicted person and stumbled upon Lunamaria. She seems to be from a different Gundam fandom, so perhaps this is some type of crossover drawing?
I have mixed feelings about this sticker. On one hand, it’s eccentric and unique and the hand drawn factor gives it an added charm. On the other hand, it’s not the type of sticker I’d normally use. It would probably appeal more to Gundam fans who understand the reference.
The second sticker was a depiction of the cover of a Field Notes notebook. The Field Notes notebooks are really popular right now, so I recognized the image instantly. I think this is a fun sticker and it makes me want to get a Field Notes notebook so I can put this sticker on the front in an inception-esque mimicry.
The third sticker was a plain black and white typographic image that says “Drinking helps” and features a Lemonaid logo. I think it’s clear that this is a promotional sticker, but I don’t mind promotional stickers if they have cool slogans/designs. Apparently Lemonaid is a fruity drink available in Denmark and it’s kind of neat to get a sticker with a foreign influence.
The fourth sticker depicted a heart-shaped donut with the text “Stabby Gabby” in the front. This is one of the standard stickers in the box, so it came with an explanation: “Stabby Gabby” is the name of a tattoo artist in Minneapolis. She sells a variety of stickers, normally charging $2-3, so it seems like this sticker offers good value in addition to a neat design. Although I would’ve preferred the sticker’s look without the text, I appreciate that Sticker Swaps is supporting artists by including some of their work in the package.
The fifth sticker resembled an original Gameboy. I thought that was super cool, because it’s a great representation of the machine and inspired a feeling of nostalgia for my childhood. This is another one of the standard stickers, so every subscriber received in November. It was also designed by an artist, Jazz from London.
The sixth sticker appeared to be a promotional item for The Old Street Barber Co. Again, I don’t mind if there are a few promotional stickers as long as not all of the stickers are that way and the promotional stickers have an appealing message or image. Although I will probably not use this sticker because I don’t require the described services, I could see it being a bit hit with people who have beards.
The seventh sticker was a “B” in a hexagon surrounded by a circle. This design offers little insight into the sticker’s nature, but luckily the sticker was one of the standard ones for the box, so it was given a description. The “B” represents Blackwing, a company that makes pencils.
The eighth sticker was a video game-esque mushroom. The face puts me off a bit, but I like the nerdy nature of the design. I also appreciate that this is another one of the artist-designed standard stickers, created by Montreal-based artist, Mictoon.
The ninth sticker was interesting in that it was both a standard promotional sticker AND an artist sticker - it’s a sticker by Jay from Live Design Co. to promote his design company. That explains why it’s so well-designed. I don’t really understand the “TRD MRK” text even after reading the description, but the qutoe “Live to Explore the Day” is inspiring.
The tenth sticker showed a gerbil or similar-looking rodent drinking a margarita or other cocktail. This was one of the standard stickers for the month, but Sticker Swaps didn’t offer much explanation about it except to say that it was designed by an artist named Sarah Johnson. Regardless, it’s cute enough that an explanation isn’t vital.
The eleventh and final sticker of the month was a sticker representing Sticker Swaps itself. I’m not sure what else to say about it; the Sticker Swaps logo is aesthetic and the sticker looks nice as well.
Overall, the November 2016 Sticker Swaps package had eleven stickers to offer. Although I can’t evaluate the specific value of each sticker, based on the few stickers that I could look up (such as the Stabby Gabby one), I believe the $9 to $10 monthly cost for the package is fair.
Variety-wise, I think the package had a good mix of promotional and independently-designed stickers. They also had stickers that could appeal to a range of tastes, from the cute gerbil designed by Sarah to the cool mushroom designed by Mictoon. Among them, my favorite was definitely the Gameboy sticker designed by Jazz.
This box is fairly straightforward when it comes to its appeal. If you enjoy stickers, you’ll probably like it. If you don’t like stickers, it’s probably not for you.
If you’re intrigued, you can give Sticker Swaps a try and use code “BLOG50” to get 50% off your first package.
Recommended for: people who would appreciate a bundle of interesting stickers every month
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary package to review.