16 Things Every '80s Girl Bought for Back-to-School Season

Remember going shopping at J.C. Penney for Arizona Jeans?

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Since back to school season is in full swing, we can't help but reminisce about the supplies and clothes that were so much cooler during the '80s. Where did all the metal lunch boxes go? Why are bracelets, shoes and just about everything else not made out of jelly? These are the things our kids are seriously missing out on.

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1 A metal Strawberry Shortcake lunch box.

Or, perhaps you were more of a Care Bears kind of girl?

2 And the matching plastic thermos.

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For some reason, juice always had the faintest taste of plastic after drinking out of these bad boys.

3 Trapper Keepers for all your papers.

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It was the best homework organizer — until the rings broke halfway through the year.

4 And reams of paper to go in 'em.

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If only we had a nickel for every time our teacher asked us to pull out a sheet of loose leave paper ...

5 Puffy stickers.

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The best decorations for your Trapper Keeper and the inside of your desk.

6 A collection of colorful erasers.

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Even though, it hurts to admit, they weren't very good at erasing things.

7 Plastic charms for your bracelet.

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If you were lucky, your mom would let you pick out a new one for your first-day outfit.

8 Arizona Jeans from J.C. Penney.

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There was nothing like picking out the one new pair of jeans you got for the entire school year. Talk about pressure.

9 Plastic hair clips.

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They were best worn on top of the headband securing your pigtails.

10 Colorful jelly bracelets.
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Stacked all the way to your elbow, of course.

11 And jelly shoes.
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Okay, really jelly anything was fair game.

12 Mr. Sketch scented markers.

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We have to wonder whose idea it was to make markers kids wanted to smell all day long.

13 A plastic t-shirt clip.

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These genius accessories kept you from looking like you we wearing a potato sack too many times to count.

14 L.A. Gear sneakers.

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The only acceptable sneakers to wear to gym class.

15 A new slam book.

You gotta start fresh for a new school year!

16 Multi-colored pens.

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They made taking notes (or more like writing notes for friends) so much more fun.

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