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The (sticker) struggle is real
If you’re in the planner community, whether Happy Planner or Erin Condren (being the two I predominantly see), then you know that the struggle is real when it comes to planner stickers. Either you have the money but the stock is low in your area (or just not available locally), or the stock is there but the funds are low.
I fall in the middle of that quandary… I have funds (although I should use it towards debt) but I cannot locally source Happy Planner items where I live. Because I live in Hawaii, if I order through Michael’s, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, or Happy Planner.com, not only do I pay regular shipping charges, but Alaska and Hawaii typically have additional shipping charges. Perhaps I’m so used to amazon.com but I really don’t want to have to pay for all that extra shipping. I’d be okay paying shipping costs like any other customer from the 48 states, but as we have USPS locations here, I don’t know why I should have to pay more. I enjoy decorating my planner so although stickers are not necessary to plan, they do inspire and motivate me to continue to plan.
My local Walmart has very minimal Happy Planner items and a local craft store has some of the older products but at a very high price. As far as I know, those are the only two stores on Oahu that carry that product line. I don’t think you can buy Erin Condren products on island but I’ve seen on Instagram that she does have brick and mortar stores in the mainland.
Instagram put these on my radar
A week or so ago, I saw a post on Instagram that showed some new sticker books from WalMart. I didn’t get my hopes up as things I see on Instagram (even at a store located in Hawaii) doesn’t mean my area stores will receive the product. Much to my surprise, I was able to find two of the sticker books. I’ve done a flip through on my YouTube channel of the contents [warning, I’m really great at doing flip thrus].
Pen & Gear Sticker Books
The Pen & Gear Sticker books are a Walmart brand and according to their website, items are usually an in-store purchase only. I’ve purchased other Pen & Gear sticker sets (sold in a pack of four on sticker glossy paper) and I thought they were okay. For my purpose, the glossy stickers work best in my mini due to the size but only work with a ballpoint pen.
I didn’t have much hope to find the new sticker books and having purchased their stickers in the past, didn’t think they would be as awesome as Happy Planner stickers. Boy, was I wrong. Although not sized for any of the Happy Planner sizes (mini, classic, or Big), I think the new Pen & Gear sticker books really work well with the mni and classic sized planner. I’ll have a separate blog post on the comparison between these and Happy Planner stickers. The stickers are matte, beautifully detailed, and a great value for your money. I paid $7.32 for the 30 page sticker books and $3.12 for the 15 page sticker books. I’ve seen others who paid $6.88 and $2.98 respectively. The 30 page Happy Planner sticker books can run between $3.50 (on clearance at Joanns, Michaels, Walmart) thru $24.95 (at a local craft store). To my knowledge, Happy Planner does not have an equivalent to the 15 page sticker book.
If you go on your own hunt for these, please note, you’ll probably have the best luck looking in your stationary aisle near the notebooks. That’s where I’ve found mine and others have had similar success in the same aisle. You could also look near your store’s planner section and if all else fails, check out the scrapbook or craft section.
Check out my video and good luck in your pursuit of these beauties. A definite recommend from me!