Sticking around

Remember the sticker craze of the 1980s?

It’s back.

Collecting stickers has seen a revival during the coronavirus pandemic — except this time, companies are using the mail to satisfy collectors’ cravings.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, people at home were feeling generally nostalgic for items sparking happiness — like stickers from their childhood — and also looking for a means of entertainment for kids at home,” said Danielle Riniker, owner of EverythingSmells.com, an online retailer that sells scratch-and-sniff and other retro-style stickers.

Social media is helping to foster the sticker boom.

Facebook is home to groups like Sticker Trading Society, while more than 800,000 Instagram posts are tagged with #stickeraddict and similar terms.

Meanwhile, several online businesses — including EverythingSmells — offer sticker subscription services.

For $15.99 a month, EverythingSmells subscribers receive nine full sheets of scratch-and-sniff stickers, plus one jumbo scented sticker. (New subscribers receive a vintage skunk sticker, too.)

Riniker said her typical customer is someone who grew up in the 1980s and is reliving their love of collecting — and sharing — stickers with others.

“Parents buying for their kids often buy two of everything — one for their kids and one for themselves,” she said.

The company, which began in 2003, experienced record sales last year — which means it’s shipping more stickers than ever to customers, according to Riniker.

“It’s really worked out. I choose USPS. No one can beat USPS rates for small businesses,” she said.

Cholesterol management

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, a time to learn more about cholesterol and how it affects your health.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance found in the body and animal food products, including meat, seafood, dairy and eggs.

Lifestyle behaviors, family history and health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, can adversely affect cholesterol levels. Excess cholesterol that builds up in arteries can lead to heart disease and stroke.

However, high cholesterol can be managed through healthy choices — such as eating nutritious meals, not smoking and limiting alcohol — or with prescribed medication if needed.

Postal Service employees who are concerned about their cholesterol should consult a health care provider and check cholesterol levels regularly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has more information, including an overview of desirable cholesterol levels, while the Wellness LiteBlue page has information on monitoring and calculating cholesterol to improve your health.

Haul for one

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Which of these facilities is not participating in the USPS pilot program to fill tractor-trailer operator positions?

a) Brooklyn, NY, Processing and Distribution Center
b) Carol Stream, IL, Processing and Distribution Center
c) San Jose, CA, Processing and Distribution Center
d) Knoxville, TN, Processing and Distribution Center

2. Which district recently held a contest in which employees’ child relatives designed safety posters?

a) Alaska
b) Hawaii
c) Puerto Rico
d) None of the above

3. True or false: To avoid heat-related illnesses, the Postal Service wants employees to hydrate before, during and after work.

a) True
b) False

4. USPS wants to fill (blank) Level 17 supervisor positions the holiday season.

a) 90
b) 900
c) 9,000
d) None of the above

5. Match the product or service in Column A with the price that took effect Aug. 29 in Column B.

Column A
a) Domestic postcards
b) Flats (1 ounce)
c) Letters (1 ounce)
d) Outbound international letters (1 ounce)

Column B
I) 40 cents
II) 58 cents
III) $1.16
IV) $1.30

Answers: 1) d. 2) b. 3) a. 4) b. 5) a. I., b. III., c. II., d. IV.

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