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Vas (my Sad Collective partner) and I would be the first to admit that we envisioned The Sad Collective launching in a much different way last year. Like a lot of millennial, grassroots companies, we played with the idea of designing a product collection — headlined by tees, of course — that would help us spread the word of what we were building. It works incredibly well, after all!

So when StickerYou reached out to me to collaborate on a project, I immediately knew that this was it.

Yet with our diligent focus on mental health, we wanted to make sure our efforts were transparent, thoughtful and communal first and foremost. Especially since brands like Wear Your Label were already killing the product line game. Fast forward a year later and we’re ready to flesh out our media platforms with fun stuff that really makes people feel like they’re part of something bigger than themselves. We’re all in this together, right?

It’s astounding to think how much meaning we put into trinkets. How it can represent so much and provide comfort in unexpected ways. Since we’re a nonprofit organization, we wanted to make sure that we started off small as well as right. So when StickerYou reached out to me to collaborate on a project, I immediately knew that this was it. Through their easy-to-use website, I decided to design both a simple patch and sticker that could be placed anywhere anyone wanted. Granted, it was hard to settle on just those two options since StickerYou’s services expand to decals, magnets and even temporary tattoos.

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I think we chose right for now since the reception has been amazing. Every patch has been claimed and we’re just about to give out our stickers. Again, these memorabilia are simple, but it’s encouraging to see them have such an impact. It means that The Sad Collective is doing something right for people to want to rep our message as they go about their day-to-day. StickerYou has helped us remember why we’ve adopted their #StickWithIt17 motto for the year. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, but then the support starts flooding in and our efforts are validated.

We’re going to be putting in another order soon, so if you didn’t get a patch or want something different, stay tuned! Until then, enjoy 25% on any of your own orders with this shareable promo code: MeghanStickWithIt17!