20 School Supplies Every Cool Kid Had In The '90s

Whether or not you like sitting in class as a kid, I think we can all agree that at least one part of school in the '90s was pretty awesome: The school supplies. From the neon rainbow kittens adorning Lisa Frank folders to all the Gelly Roll pens, there were certain school supplies every cool kid had in the '90s — and, let's be real, we either still use today or wish were still around. As a self-professed school supply hoarder, I can say with all certainty that using items that fuel my '90s nostalgia still makes me feel like the coolest kid in school. 

Of course, it's been a hot minute since I actually attended school ... and, as evidenced by the decade in which I came of age, even longer since I attended primary school. So it's gotta be a testament to these throwback school supplies that I can recall using them like it was yesterday (OK, in some cases, it really was yesterday — thank you, '90s renaissance, for making this stuff trendy again). Sitting on my desk this very minute is a haphazard stack of milky pens. Beside them? A black paper notepad, of course. 

Before you know it, summer will be gone in the blink of an eye, and back-to-school shopping will begin again. Since we can't zip back in time entirely and join our '90s selves for that hallowed and heady experience, join me in a journey down memory lane to revisit some of the school supplies every '90s cool kid had. 

1. Trapper Keepers

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Ah, Trapper Keepers. The '90s wouldn't have been the same without them. I wouldn't have been the same without them. (Name the '90s movie reference for bonus points!)

2. Pencil Toppers

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My pencil topper of choice was a troll, whose hot pink hair kept me entertained when class did not. 

3. Milky Pens

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Were milky pens practicable? Of course not! But the fact that they only really showed up on black paper made them so very kewl. 

4. A Land's End "Collegiate" Backpack

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My fam was on a budget so I had a basic Jansport until I scraped together enough babysitting cash to buy one of these babies. And, you guys, it was monogrammed

5. Lisa Frank EVERYTHING

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Bring on all the sparkly kittens and smiley rainbow unicorns. Lisa Frank 4 lyfe.

6. Pencil Grips

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It's 97 percent possible these rubbery little guys hindered penmanship as opposed to help it, but '90s kids dig not GAF. 

7. Yikes! Pencils

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Who wanted to write with a regular ol' No. 2 pencil when you could doodle "I love Freddie Prinze Jr." all over your notes in style with Yikes! pencils? 

8. A Character Lunch Box

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Nobody wanted to be the kid brown-baggin' it when their BFFs were toting their eats around in a lunch box adorned with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or, better yet, the Spice Girls.

9. Multi-Colored Push-Up Pens

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Of course you tried to push down more than one color at once. What would your life be even if you didn't? 

10. Crayola Changeables Markers Or Crayons

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You know the deal — these markers each drew in a specific color. No big, right? WRONG. Because if you scribbled over your original drawing with the magical clear marker, the OG ink would turn into a totally different color.

11. Scratch 'n Sniff Stickers

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If you ever needed to motivate a '90s kid, all you had to do was tell them they'd score a zany sticker that smelled like grape or banana. 

12. Five Star Notebooks

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Sure, Lisa Frank's trippy visages were fun, but you felt like such a badass when your mom bought you the seemingly indestructible and oh-so-grown up Mead Five Star Notebook in Black. 

13. Mechanical Pencils

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Was it just me, or did these things actually make your handwriting better? 

14. A Sizable Stash Of Erasers

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Built-in erasers were for chumps — every cool '90s kid had a massive collection of colorful handheld erasers they probably blew their book fair money to buy. 

15. Gelly Roll Pens

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Like milky pens, Gelly Toll pens were modus operandi when it came to '90s kids' writing utensil of choice. In full disclosure, still my fave. 

16. A Pencil Pouch Or Spacemaker

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Hello! We were clearly obsessed with pens and pencils back in the day. It's only natural we tricked our parents into buying us a super cool case to carry all those pricey writers around so we didn't lose them. 

17. Highlighters That Weren't Yellow

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You had to have a yellow highlighter. But what really set you apart was if you had so many colors your notes looked like they were on the losing end of a fight with a rainbow. 

18. Binder Reinforcements

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Keeping our notes safe was serious biz, y'all. That, or we just thought these decorative little circles made our binders look even cooler. 

19. Erasable Pens

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Never, not once in recorded '90s kid history, did an erasable pen ever completely erase its own ink. That said, they were hella neat. 

20. Mr. Sketch Scented Markers

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We were big on smelling things back then, ICYMI. 

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