Oh, the '90s. Can I go back to those days? The days of Dunkaroos, Adidas shower sandals, hemp necklaces, and Clarissa explaining it all — if only I'd known how good I had it. Before the days of the Longchamp totebag, the girls of the '90s had Jansports that were filled with even more iconic '90s items. And, if we're being honest, there are some things every '90s cool girl had in her backpack. My own backpack was full of gems, to the point that most of my friends compared my powder blue Jansport to that epic carpet bag Mary Poppins carried around.
Although I've retired most of these glorious items to the land of nostalgia, I still get a kick out of telling the young folks of today all about them. They really missed out on scrunchies and metallic pens. What do they have now? Ballpoint pens and plain ponytail holders? The kids of today don't know it yet, but their school supplies are missing a certain je ne sais quoi; a touch of neon, '90s flair. And though I may not be able to convince my brother to attach a Tamagotchi to his backpack, I can take solace in the fact that most of these items are still available for purchase on the internet, if you do enough deep research. (Thank you, eBay, for keeping the '90s dream alive.)