Are Stickers the Millennial Tchotchke? (Or, How to Have an Existential Crisis with Flair)

Are Stickers the Millennial Tchotchke? (Or, How to Have an Existential Crisis with Flair)

Posted by Joseph Linscott on

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or abandoning society in the Maine woods, then you know that trying to buy a home is a mess. It’s even harder if you’re like us: Millennials. The idea of buying a home has moved into the pantheon of living on another planet, having flying cars, and, unfortunately, being able to eat food without consuming micro plastics. That is — it's nearly impossible. 


Amy and I nearly bought ourselves a condo last year. We weren’t really looking to buy, but Amy likes to browse Zillow for fun and this place was truly a showstopper — cozy, full of light, and it had a little bay window situation overlooking the grounds of a beautiful library. It ultimately didn’t work out for us, so we’re back to not looking. Once you have the perfect book nook torn from your grasp, every other home just kind of feels like a junky little cottage, you know?


(NOTE: To be perfectly honest, Amy and I don’t even particularly want to own a home. The idea of taking care of an entire house and yard is just too daunting for us while we’re running the business and working so hard for Raffy’s love. It just kind of feels like the thing we're supposed to do next on our adulting journey.)


Anyways. Since our dream condo didn’t work out, we no longer have to spend our time thinking about creating a little home library in the living room, or about how we need to install runners on the stairs asap so Raffy doesn’t tumble down them when he gets too excited. Since we can’t decorate our new walls with our favorite pieces of art, we’ve moved on to fastidiously decorating our water bottles with all of our favorite stickers.


Stickers are in. One could argue that they’ve never really been out. But they feel particularly in right now — and I have a theory about that.


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Most millennial parents' houses are filled with, for better or worse, a whole lot of knick knacks. We grew up with houses filled with little tchotchkes on every available shelf, tv stand, window sill, corner of the room, corner of the coffee table, back of the end table, etcetera etcetera etcetera. But, when you live in an apartment, and the average Millennial is moving every two years, you just don’t have the bandwidth to 1) buy those tchotchkes, 2) find a place in your apartment to display those tchotchkes that wouldn’t otherwise be taken up by that pile of laundry you swear you’ll fold this week, and 3) have the patience to pack those tchotchkes when you ultimately move.


This is where stickers come in. What do you do when all the surfaces in your home have to be functional, because whoever designed your apartment complex clearly didn’t understand the concept of storage? What do you do when you don’t want to commit to hanging anything on your walls, because renter’s beige just makes everything feel a little more drab than it actually is? What do you do to fill the time when you’ve already pored through all the new Zillow listings that day in the hopes of finding that perfect bay window? 


You step outside and go to the store, because what better way is there to mourn the hardships of late stage capitalism than with some retail therapy?


And suddenly, there it is — a sticker that feels like it’s speaking to you, as though it were drawn or painted or designed with you specifically in mind. Just like your parents felt about that little rabbit statue that they put in the corner of your childhood bedroom.


Stickers are our way of showing the world who we are, what we believe, and what our tastes are. They’re fun little souvenirs from the shows we go to, the coffee shops we frequent, the cities we visit. A more modern (and less fragile) version of the shot glass collection, if you will. Whenever I bring my water bottle somewhere, anyone who sees it will know immediately that yes, indeed, I am a mid-afternoon duck. And in a world that feels pretty grim most days, I think there’s a lot of value in those little moments of delight.

 

Anyways, peep our sticker collection if you feel like your belonging need a little extra flair. 

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