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23 Things That Were Ridiculously Valuable At School But Are Worthless Now

Bless the school playground economy.

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1. Sticker albums.

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Sophie Gadd/BuzzFeed

So many hours spent collecting and arranging, so meaningless now.

2. Marbles.

Pretty much got banned from every school because of some sort of marble-related violence.
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Pretty much got banned from every school because of some sort of marble-related violence.

3. "Shag" bands.

Nobody ever knew what the colours "meant," but it was definitely something grown-up and rude.
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Nobody ever knew what the colours "meant," but it was definitely something grown-up and rude.

4. Beyblades.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fusion-Top-Metal-Master-Rapidity-Fight-Rare-Beyblade-4D-Launcher-Grip-Set-/261913717744
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fusion-Top-Metal-Master-Rapidity-Fight-Rare-Beyblade-4D-Launcher-Grip-Set-/261913717744

Responsible for so many lunchtime tears.

5. Toxic Waste sweets.

Definitely sold on the playground black market. Every school had that one kid who would eat five at once for a dare.
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Definitely sold on the playground black market. Every school had that one kid who would eat five at once for a dare.

6. Pogs.

You hoarded these for no particular reason.
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You hoarded these for no particular reason.

7. Pokémon cards.

TBH finding a shiny Charizard on the street right now would be v exciting.
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TBH finding a shiny Charizard on the street right now would be v exciting.

8. Followed by Digimon cards.

After Pokémon cards got banned.
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After Pokémon cards got banned.

9. Shiny/fuzzy stickers.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CATERPILLARS-1-Glittery-Sandylion-Stickers-FREE-SHIPPING-OFFER-/311400973354?hash=item4880f1c42a:g:n3sAAOSw~gRVrJUQ
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Vintage-Sandylion-Fuzzy-Sticker-Mod-Scrapbook-Animals-/391308667068?hash=item5b1bd068bc:g:aVwAAOSw6EhUTeiq

So sofftttttt.

10. Football stickers.

"Need Ryan Giggs, got 15 Shay Givens for swapsies."
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"Need Ryan Giggs, got 15 Shay Givens for swapsies."

11. Baby aliens.

THEY NEVER HAD BABIES.
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THEY NEVER HAD BABIES.

12. Trolls.

Creepy bastards.
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Creepy bastards.

13. Beanie Babies.

Not valuable, it turns out.
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Not valuable, it turns out.

14. These weird monster head things.

Cheeky fuckers.
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Cheeky fuckers.

15. Edible necklaces.

Not to eat, to ping at people, obviously.
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Not to eat, to ping at people, obviously.

16. Conkers.

The most violent sport in the playground, after British Bulldog.
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The most violent sport in the playground, after British Bulldog.

17. Livestrong wristbands.

Awkward.
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Awkward.

18. Box tops book tokens.

Throwback to when you had to eat loads of cereal so your school could get books.
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Throwback to when you had to eat loads of cereal so your school could get books.

19. Pez dispensers.

Or you could just cut out the middleman and eat the sweets straight out the packet.
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Or you could just cut out the middleman and eat the sweets straight out the packet.

20. Hama bead crafts

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handmade-HAMA-BEADS-STAR-COASTER-/371483863029?hash=item567e29e7f5:m:m4Pw4KpQQSSD3aglptJeyrA
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Handmade-HAMA-BEADS-LION-COASTER-/252170501257?hash=item3ab6887c89:m:m6BTGEcK2VP4TfKvXu-dEMA

There was actually a limit to the number of fiddly custom coasters you needed.

21. Blue Peter badges.

Turns out you can get them on eBay now :(
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Turns out you can get them on eBay now :(

22. Sweatbands.

Only for wearing when not doing sport, obviously.
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Only for wearing when not doing sport, obviously.

23. And these things.

There was always that one girl running a playground racket selling these.
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There was always that one girl running a playground racket selling these.