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The 30 Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s School Supplies

Updated June 12, 2019 56.8k votes 5.2k voters 897.0k views30 items

In the '90s, around mid-July, every jerkwad Target, KMart, Sears, Walmart, and Office Depot location would start advertising their "Back to School" stuff right in the middle of summer as a horrible omen of what was to come: the next school year. The only consolation was that the '90s was a decade of loud colors, appealing to kids by making everything into the coolest school supplies.

If you didn't have to most awesome '90s school supplies, you weren't ostracized, but you definitely weren't cool. You'd sit there with your sharpened #2 pencils, off-brand crayons and boring pencil bag, wishing your parents had sprung for the cooler stuff. This is a list of all the cool stuff we either wish we had or remember having in school during the '90s. We would all lose everything by about the third week, but those first three weeks of awesome stationary and every color of gel pen were really, really awesome.

The best '90s school supplies were the ones that they had commercials for on TV, trying to convince young students that normal pens were for old people. These are the greatest, most nostalgia-inducing '90s pencils, '90s stationary, and nostalgic '90s school supplies (Lisa Frank included), ranked in order of awesomeness by voters who knew what it mean to cool for school in the 1990s.

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  • Mr. Sketch Scented Pens1
    2,715
    316

    Mr. Sketch Scented Pens

  • Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens2
    2,635
    339

    Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens

  • Scratch N Sniff Stickers3
    2,507
    399

    Scratch N Sniff Stickers

  • Gel Pens4
    2,383
    403

    Gel Pens

  • Trapper Keeper5
    2,012
    492

    Trapper Keeper

  • Lisa Frank Everything6
    1,920
    484

    Lisa Frank Everything

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  • Floppy Disks7
    1,767
    501

    Floppy Disks

     


  • Spacemaker Pencil Boxes8
    1,727
    502

    Spacemaker Pencil Boxes

  • Mead's Five Star Notebooks9
    1,704
    500

    Mead's Five Star Notebooks

  • Gelly Roll Pens10
    1,620
    476

    Gelly Roll Pens

  • Simple Jansport Backpacks11
    1,510
    470

    Simple Jansport Backpacks

  • Colorful Erasers12
    1,473
    478

    Colorful Erasers

  • Neon Colored Pencil Grips13
    1,593
    525

    Neon Colored Pencil Grips

  • Erasable Pens14
    1,611
    545

    Erasable Pens

  • Troll Pencil Toppers15
    1,363
    523

    Troll Pencil Toppers

  • Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used for Make-Up)16
    1,250
    505

    Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used for Make-Up)

  • Encyclopedia Britannica17
  • Elmer's School Glue GEL18
    1,159
    522

    Elmer's School Glue GEL

  • Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders19
    947
    472

    Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders

  • Yikes! Pencils20
    1,062
    591

    Yikes! Pencils

  • Crayola Magic Scent Crayons21
    930
    526

    Crayola Magic Scent Crayons

  • Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags22
    933
    570

    Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags

  • These Electric Organizers23
    887
    541

    These Electric Organizers

  • Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Sno Globe)24
    846
    540

    Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Sno Globe)

  • Sanrio Stationery25
    818
    550

    Sanrio Stationery