Just because you’re not in school anymore doesn’t mean you’re banned from back-to-school shopping. If you want a new fall wardrobe, you can get a new fall wardrobe (unless you’re broke like me, then you can’t). And if you want new office supplies for the unofficial new year (which unofficially begins in September after summer ends and life consistently gets shittier as temperatures drop), you can go out to the office store and fucking buy it.

Stores like Paper Source are store dedicated to those of us who want new shit for the school year even though we aren’t in school. These places are basically playgrounds for adults who once loved school supplies. But while 2016’s collection of notebooks, calendars, planners, pens, etc are literally all made to be Instagrammed on a clean desk and therefore are fabulous, there’s something about ’90s school supplies that really gets us going.

Here are 19 vintage school supplies items you didn’t know you could still buy online. *Nostalgia overload ahead*


1. This 2017 18-month ~magical~ Lisa Frank calendar.

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2. Gelly Roll pens!

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3. This sketch pad for your milky pens!!!!

I couldn’t find milky pens still for sale, but I found this, and the memories it brings back ARE GLORIOUS.



4. This troll pencil topper (eek).

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5. This pink Baby G watch.

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6. A pack of Lip Smackers.

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7. This CD case for all the CDs you burned on ~Napster~ or ~Limewire~.

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8. These Lisa Frank folders (we had to go back to Lisa).

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9. Retractable pens (allll the different colors).

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10. Erasable pens.

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11. A retro Spacemaker for all of your pens (because you had a million literally).

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12. A Trapper Keeper.

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13. An LL Bean backpack with your initials on it.

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14. Pencil grips, just because.



15. Eraser caps.

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16. This ‘vintage’ 1999 pencil sharpener

Yes, the listing says VINTAGE. are pencils vintage? is 1999 vintage? HELP.

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18. This Barbie lunchbox and thermos (VINTAGE!)



19. Mr. Sketch scented markers.

I can smell these like it was yesterday.

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  1. Even though I am doing online college classes, I can definitely see myself revisiting the 90’s and ordering some of these.

    Now, if only I could find the Rugrats erasers and “fuzzy” pencils..

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