10 Throwback School Supplies That Were the Most Fun to Score

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Are you an office supplies geek like me? Then your love of all things organization was likely ingrained at an early age, too, way back in elementary school.

The concept of back-to-school shopping for fresh pencils, crisp loose leaf, and colorful binders always made my young heart pitter-patter. Following is a list of old-school supplies that were the most fun to score.

1. Trapper Keepers

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Image via 1980s

Your classroom command center, the Trapper Keeper had a design to fit every personality: kittens, cars, heart-shaped bubbles. Sure, it could be frustrating when your teacher started a lesson before you had flipped open the Velcro to take notes, but there was no way you’d ever go back to a regular binder after owning one.

Good news for those of us who still miss our Trapper Keepers: The company has relaunched with binders, planners, and tablet cases.

2. Pencil Cases

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Image via Lil MissRed T-Shirt

Why yes, everything was covered in shiny vinyl, even unassuming pencil cases. Pretty sure I had this pooch printed on a bunch of other supplies, too!

3. Pencil Toppers

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You needed flashy gear to fill up those vibrant cases, and pencil toppers provided just the vehicle. Trolls were superstars when it came to accessorizing writing tools.

4. Smelly Markers


Image via The Burlap Bag

Sometimes, you needed a boost during the day beyond aesthetic eye candy. Scented markers could make any kid excited for art class.

5. Milky Pens

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Image via Amazon

Still widely used, milky and gel pens left satisfyingly smooth marks on your pages. Some aspiring students even created body art designs with them…when the teacher wasn’t looking.

6. Lunch Boxes

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Image via Etsy

From Care Bears to Transformers, whatever characters you craved could be found on these convenient plastic rectangles.

7. Erasers

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Image via Pics & Photos

Why were these always made to look so edible?

8. Sharpeners


Image via Etsy

Lisa Frank everything.

9. Calculators

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Image via YouTube

Does this game look familiar? Snake was a popular pastime on fancy calculators before cell phones came along.

10. Alarm Clocks

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Image via Kenny Colors

It’s not something that you’d put in your backpack, but this popular brand of alarm clock was essential for getting up in the morning.

+ What’s one school supply you couldn’t attend class without?

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About Rachel K

Rachel is the creative director of The Wood and Watch jewelry and the editor-in-chief of ParentGuide magazine. She knows how to wield a flame to shape metal; loves to travel; and is passionate about art, antiques, DIY, and nature.

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4 Responses to 10 Throwback School Supplies That Were the Most Fun to Score

  1. Becky 08/23/2014 at 6:16 am #

    I was a big fan of glitter gel pens myself, and changing the color I took notes in every day! I always preferred making my own collages on my binders and notebooks, though.

  2. Kailey 08/24/2014 at 7:55 am #

    Loveee Jem!

  3. sales@5thavestore.com 08/24/2014 at 12:53 pm #

    I love this site

  4. Jeanette 08/24/2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Milk pens. I just got nostalgic chills!

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