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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

    2,556
    293
  • 2

    Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens

    2,481
    317
  • 3

    Scratch N Sniff Stickers

    2,350
    379
  • 4

    Gel Pens

    2,250
    373
  • 5

    Trapper Keeper

    1,905
    453
  • 6

    Lisa Frank Everything

    1,798
    462
  • 7

    Floppy Disks

    1,677
    472

     


  • 8

    Spacemaker Pencil Boxes

    1,632
    466
  • 9

    Mead's Five Star Notebooks

    1,613
    460
  • 10

    Gelly Roll Pens

    1,531
    445
  • 11

    Simple Jansport Backpacks

    1,407
    442
  • 12

    Colorful Erasers

    1,385
    441
  • 13

    Neon Colored Pencil Grips

    1,483
    490
  • 14

    Erasable Pens

    1,513
    502
  • 15

    Troll Pencil Toppers

    1,323
    482
  • 16

    Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used for Make-Up)

    1,173
    474
  • 18

    Elmer's School Glue GEL

    1,088
    491
  • 19

    Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders

    902
    441
  • 20

    Yikes! Pencils

    998
    553
  • 21

    Crayola Magic Scent Crayons

    878
    492
  • 22

    These Electric Organizers

    839
    517
  • 23

    Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags

    859
    545
  • 24

    Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Sno Globe)

    797
    507
  • 25

    Sanrio Stationery

    769
    519