A friend of mine who travels alot gave me a good tip. We were at the Surf Expo in Orlando (its the tradeshow sponsored by SIMA). He was on a mission, scarfing every sticker in sight, sometimes stacks of them. I asked him if he still thought he was 13, and he said he gives them to kids when he travels to Costa Rica, and gets friendly nods and respect when he paddles out. I always do a little beach clean up when I travel, even in-state to show respect to the place.
Another friend of mine used to get RonJon stickers and put them on the cars of hardcore locals, just to piss them off when they parked in his driveway without asking during swells. That and rainbow stickers.
Here's a link to this company's FB page, The Rooted Movement...EC based surf/skate/outdoor company, just springing up, all you gotta do is shoot him a message and you'll get free stickers. Cool company, worthy of our support.
Write a letter to the companies you want stickers from.
When I was in college I built a mini ramp in my living room, reached out to ERGO and told them we throw parties every week. Whoever was inside sales sent me the following
A 3'x8' banner (still hangs in my current apartment)
Bunch of T-Shirts
50 bumper stickers
5 giant ramp stickers
ERGO rocks in my book!
I was gonna say this but Scob beat me to it...i mean without the ramp part.
I was a pretty die hard snowboarder for a few years. Loved northwave boots, so i just wrote them and told them i only buy their boots even while all my buddies only rock 32's. And they sent me an envelope full of the stickers.