19 Things I Remember as a Child of the Late 80s Early 90s

I was doing some reminiscing with my husband last night, PLUS, I keep seeing these lists circling the interwebs talking about all the “remember whens” and whatnot. Well, I decided to compile my OWN list of awesome things from my youth.

Leave a comment with YOUR list. Or even blog about it and link in the comments below. I love reminiscing.

19. Hey Dude
YES. “Hey Dude” was one of the best shows on Nickelodeon. I still sing the opening theme song from time to time. Don’t judge.

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image via Andy Shaw Comedy

18. Gushers
Yeah, I know they’re still around… but it’s not exactly “cool” for a 26-year-old to be eating Gushers anymore. Also, High Fructose Corn Syrup is out.
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image via TBSE blog

17. Clearly Canadian
You guys, I don’t care who you are, this stuff was THE BOMB. I’ve heard rumors that it still exists in some places. I have yet to confirm these rumors for myself.
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image via Urlesque

16. Dunkaroos
Oh. My. Gosh. I used to flip out when I would find Dunkaroos in my lunch. No joke. Again, I hear they still exist somewhere, but I have yet to confirm. Also, I also think that it’s probably not a good idea for me to be eating these at my age.
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image via GATECH blog

15. Clarissa Explains it All
Sam. Clarissa. A window. A sweet computer. ‘Nuff said.
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image via ShareTV

14. Pretty Pretty Princess
I used to make my poor father play this game with me every. single. day. And he would. Man, I love my dad. Almost as much as I loved this game. haha JUST kidding – of course I love my dad more than I love Pretty, Pretty Princess.
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13. Fraggle Rock
The FR theme song was my JAM, you guys. Also, it was just a good show.
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image via Tribe of Dad

12. My Big Wheel
It was pink. It had a flag. I put a baseball card in the spoke of the wheel. Enough said.
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image via A Few Shortcuts

11. Orbitz
Now, I know this drink looks gross, but that’s because it was. WHAT WERE THOSE FLOATING BALLS?! Despite it being rather disgusting, I still drank it. I even collected the bottles. Yeah, I collected the Orbitz bottles in every flavor and had them on my shelf at home. I am a freak.
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image via Fanpop

10. My creepy porcelain dolls
I don’t know why I collected these things. I mean, most of them were “hand-me-downs” but whoaly moly these dolls were creepy. WHY DID I LOVE THEM SO MUCH?
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image via Sodahead

9. Ghostwriter
I was obsessed with Ghostwriter. So much so that I had my own “Ghostwriter” composition notebook and I used to pretend Ghostwriter and I were friends and he would write to me. Again, I was a freak child. Also, WHO WAS GHOSTWRITER? Why was he a ghost? They never truly addressed this issue, in my opinion. Also, if anyone wants to purchase Season One of Ghostwriter for me, you may. Or Hey Dude.
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image via Amazon

 8. Immature
Dudes. I had ALL of Immature’s TAPES. I had posters ALL OVER my room of Immature. “We Got It” was my JAM. Oh, and “Never Lie” – got me every time. I mean, who doesn’t love an R&B group of like, 11-year-old guys?
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7. Gak
This stuff was gross and AWESOME. I took my Gak Pak with me everywhere!
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image via Tumblr

6. My Tamagotchi
This thing was the thing I loved to hate more than anything in the world. I couldn’t let go of it, yet it died on me every day. I remember in 2nd grade when my teacher took it away from me in class and by the time I got it back my Tamagotchi had died, AGAIN. I was crushed. That thing needed to eat more than I did.
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image via Wired

5. Koosh Balls
I easily collected 1,700 of these. Okay, that’s an exaggeration. But I don’t know why these things were so dang addictive.
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image via Wikipedia

4. My Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper
Lisa Frank? Awesome. Giant Velcro Binder System? Awesome. Lisa Frank Themed Giant Velcro Binder System? Awesomest.
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3. My AOL Screen Name(s) – OLdNaVyAnGeL… then AGTShorty5
Yes, my AOL Screen Names were OLD NAVY ANGEL and then AGENT SHORT 5. What was I thinking? Le sigh.
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image via Filebuzz

2. POGS
You guys, I had so many SICK pogs and WICKED AWESOME slammers. I also had a sweet pog storage tube thing. Why?
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image via Children of the Nineties

1. Raffi
I had this concert live on VHS and watched it daily. BABY BELUGA IS THE BEST. As is Raffi. I made my poor husband watch apoo ton of Raffi videos with me yesterday cause I was reiminiscing so much. Hahahaha.

I’m sorry, but Raffi > The Wiggles.

What were YOUR favorite things from your childhood?

 

Molly Stillman

Molly Stillman

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