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The 30 Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s School Supplies

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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  • 1

    Mr. Sketch Scented Pens

    2,571
    295
  • 2

    Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens

    2,490
    321
  • 3

    Scratch N Sniff Stickers

    2,361
    378
  • 4

    Gel Pens

    2,260
    371
  • 5

    Trapper Keeper

    1,904
    460
  • 6

    Lisa Frank Everything

    1,802
    466
  • 7

    Floppy Disks

    1,682
    476

     


  • 8

    Spacemaker Pencil Boxes

    1,643
    468
  • 9

    Mead's Five Star Notebooks

    1,623
    464
  • 10

    Gelly Roll Pens

    1,532
    447
  • 11

    Simple Jansport Backpacks

    1,413
    444
  • 12

    Colorful Erasers

    1,393
    442
  • 13

    Neon Colored Pencil Grips

    1,497
    490
  • 14

    Erasable Pens

    1,518
    501
  • 15

    Troll Pencil Toppers

    1,324
    487
  • 16

    Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used for Make-Up)

    1,174
    474
  • 17
  • 18

    Elmer's School Glue GEL

    1,096
    491
  • 19

    Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders

    906
    443
  • 20

    Yikes! Pencils

    1,001
    555
  • 21

    Crayola Magic Scent Crayons

    881
    497
  • 22

    These Electric Organizers

    845
    516
  • 23

    Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags

    868
    546
  • 24

    Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Sno Globe)

    800
    513
  • 25

    Sanrio Stationery

    775
    519