Best of Office Weekly Round-Up: 80’s School Supplies

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The 80’s gave us so many memorable pop culture icons and trends, and no school in America was immune from the wave of high-tops, Cosby sweaters, and Fila sneakers. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at some of the most popular 80’s school supplies and find out what it took to be fresh in the era of the boombox.

Math tests were in the bag.

Math tests were in the bag.

Had a math test with really hard problem sets? Just type out the problem with Bond-like discretion using this Casio calculator watch. Just tell the teacher you keep looking at your watch because you’re being mindful of how much time you got left.

Cute is standard. No exceptions.

Cute is standard. No exceptions.

Lisa Frank knew how to start off the school year with some of the most colorful stickers and accessories known to man. Hopefully, your classmates weren’t stingy with their stickers and let everyone in on the pretty.

No one on the block had lunch swagger like us.

No one on the block had lunch swagger like us.

Lunch boxes were all the rage, but not just in the ‘80s. This was the best way to show your allegiance to your favorite kids show/movie franchise/video game/etc. and had the added benefit of carrying all your snacks. Win-win.

When trolls literally meant trolls.

When trolls literally meant trolls.

Yes, there was a time when the word “troll” wasn’t an Internet term. These dolls were everywhere and had the worst hairstyles, which worked out because you could just brush their hair all day in class. You could also do schoolwork, but hey.

Folders that made you the designer.

Folders that made you the designer.

Peechee folders were great because you could sketch on them and customize them to your liking. And if you found a peechee design that matched your plastic lunchbox, then you earned yourself a seat with all the other coordinators at the school lunch room. Matching folders and lunchboxes was cool, right?

The target of many teacher confiscations.

The target of many teacher confiscations.

While the Game Boy was not really a school accessory, there were plenty of kids with loving parents (and/or parents who had the money lying around) who gave them Game Boys. So what if it wasn’t allowed at school; did you ever listen to everything your parents and teachers said?

Peechee was good, but these were also…great

Peechee was good, but these were also…great

Trapper Keepers in the ‘80s were known for their awesome designs and loud colors. They’re much more subdued in the modern day but the old ones can still be had if you look hard enough.

The ‘80s gave us so many cool accessories for taking on the long school days we survived, and it’s sad to think that most of these items are still available, but most have fallen into obscurity. The old days will always be alive in our memories, however, and doesn’t it feel good to know that these things will always live in this way?

  • MelodyJ

    Good list. I’m surprised there was no Trapper Keeper here. The video games aren’t really school supplies but were really fun.