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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

    2,471
    317
  • 3

    Scratch N Sniff Stickers

    2,342
    373
  • 4

    Gel Pens

    2,241
    370
  • 5

    Trapper Keeper

    1,904
    453
  • 6

    Lisa Frank Everything

    1,795
    462
  • 7

    Floppy Disks

    1,677
    472

     


  • 8

    Spacemaker Pencil Boxes

    1,632
    466
  • 9

    Mead's Five Star Notebooks

    1,612
    460
  • 10

    Gelly Roll Pens

    1,521
    444
  • 11

    Simple Jansport Backpacks

    1,399
    440
  • 12

    Colorful Erasers

    1,377
    437
  • 13

    Neon Colored Pencil Grips

    1,477
    488
  • 14

    Erasable Pens

    1,511
    502
  • 15

    Troll Pencil Toppers

    1,313
    480
  • 16

    Neon Pencil Boxes (Later Used for Make-Up)

    1,167
    471
  • 18

    Elmer's School Glue GEL

    1,081
    488
  • 19

    Mead's Five Star First Gear Binders

    900
    441
  • 20

    Yikes! Pencils

    997
    550
  • 21

    Crayola Magic Scent Crayons

    878
    492
  • 22

    These Electric Organizers

    837
    514
  • 23

    Nice-Smelling, Plastic Cartoon-Themed Pencil Bags

    855
    542
  • 24

    Cartoon-Themed Pencils (With Sno Globe)

    792
    506
  • 25

    Sanrio Stationery

    769
    519