Toys of the Eighties, Trapper Keeper
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Colorful plastic ring binders with folders to keep your schoolwork in. You could get all kinds of different pictures, and the binder had a flap to close it shut so it would lose any papers on you.
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Breezy - May 01, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember that you had to have one of these when I was a kid. I think mine had kittens on it.
Balmy - May 07, 2007 - Report this comment
I begged for one of these and received one as an early Christmas present. Everyone at school had a different one. It was a major fad. Mine had air brushed butterflies.
Robin - May 10, 2007 - Report this comment
Wow, Trapper Keepers... I had a few Lisa Frank ones, with various themes (unicorn, puppies, geometric shapes, etc.), all in that HIDEOUS hot pink... what I wouldn't do to have another one!
Veronica - May 21, 2007 - Report this comment
I also had a trapper keeper way back in the day that is... Mine was so I thought, I loved the noise the velcro made every time I opened my foler. I called it trapper creeper haha
Stan - June 16, 2007 - Report this comment
You do know that the Trapper Keepers will be back this fall. According to
Gab - June 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Still have one, it's purple with neon pink and a heart in the middle, Inside it's scrawled with "I Love NKOTB," some Scratch N sniff Stickers, Garbage Pail kids....used to stick pictures in the front under the clear cover.
midd - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
i used to look so forward to starting school, so i could go school supplies shopping with my mom. always had to have a new trapper keeper.
midd - July 01, 2007 - Report this comment
oh yea and the new ones have a magnetic closure instead of the velcro. lame.
miranda - July 10, 2007 - Report this comment
I had several... one was probably plain, but the one I remember was grey with a photo of unicorns. Or maybe just horses. But I prefer to remember it as unicorns, because... hello, "Unicorn Trapper-Keeper"! :D
lc - July 10, 2007 - Report this comment
i loved that thing, i def had the one with the cat on it, and of course the matching folders inside. kittens and puppies, dolphins. you had to have the trapper keeper.i think schools made it part of the back to school supplies didnt they
rosie - July 18, 2007 - Report this comment
I was deprived of a trapper keeper when I was a kid :( lol. Anyways, I have 5 kids now and was like I wonder if they still make them. So, I was shopping at walmart, and bought 1 of each so my kids could each have one for school this year. I think they looked MUCH cooler back in the day, jmo though!
Sam - July 31, 2007 - Report this comment
OMG the trapper keepers now are so much cooler, they have them so that you can costumize the covers.
Ryan L. - August 01, 2007 - Report this comment
Trapper keepers were like the absolute coolest things, I remember coming home with mine and watching Good Times and Facts of Life reruns. What a walk down memory lane this is, hey Brian G. my favorite color is beige too.
DaShon - August 06, 2007 - Report this comment
Mine was black with multi-colored paint streaks. If you did not come to school with a Trapper Keeper, you were not cool!
Kathy - August 07, 2007 - Report this comment
If you do a search on ebay on vintage trapper keeper, there are some listed right now. It was very cool to check out the pictures of the others that are currently listed and have recently sold. Ahhh, memories!
~Jamie B.~ - August 23, 2007 - Report this comment
Oh wow! I sure do remember the Trapper Keeper's back in the day. I had one with a white puppy on it. So cool!!! I have actually been looking for one for my kids this year. No luck yet. I asked a few of the employee's at Wal-Mart and they look at me like (What the heck is a Trapper keeper). LOL! :). Obviously it was before there day. All they know about is those plain old "Five Star" things. (Sigh) To live in the 80's again and be young. :)
dubbayumm - August 26, 2007 - Report this comment
@ my school if you didn't have one of these you weren't nothing.(i had one of course lol)
lessthangreaterthan - August 26, 2007 - Report this comment
Hey, check out my gallery of Trapper Keeper photos (over 100) on my site. 80s and 90s. Freshly created for your viewing pleasure. I can't make a link, so just add com to the text below. lessthangreaterthan
nydia - September 14, 2007 - Report this comment
I remember my Trapper Keeper was purple and it had geometric shapes and like outerspace kind of landscape...It was the coolest thing at school.
melissa - October 06, 2007 - Report this comment
My trapper keeper had a penguin wearing sunglasses and laying on the beach.
Sue - October 12, 2007 - Report this comment
Haha I don't think I ever got one of my own, I think I just got the hand-me-downs from my brother. They were very cool though!
jen - October 14, 2007 - Report this comment
OMG, I loved these! I had two: a black one with red stripes and a purple one with like pink strobe lights. Does anybody remember the competitor, Tabs?
Becca - October 17, 2007 - Report this comment
Gosh! I had to have a new one every year! I remeber a plain purple one, a black one with paint splashes, and one of the beach with the word paradise written on it. I think the last one I got was blue and purple with goemetric shapes and polka dots or something. We all used to constantly open and close them just to tick off the teachers, lol.
pammers - October 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I LOVE the Trapper Keeper! I had the blue one with Hot Air Balloons! So rad.
Diskoboy - November 13, 2007 - Report this comment
I started 1st grade the year these first came out,in 1978. The original TK's used those snap button closures, and really sucked. But I still had one every year throughout my tenure. I quit buying them around high school, but Trapper Keepers were an absolute godsend. Especially in the late 80's, when the TK's quality got progressively better, every year.
Robin - January 11, 2008 - Report this comment
Mine had a tiger on it. I remember a teacher who would not let us have trapper keepers in her class because she hated the sound of the velcro opening!
L - January 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one in second grade. I think that I saw it in my mom's attic so I must still have it. Mine had dolphins on it.
j natalie - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Have you seen what these old trapper keepers are going for on ebay? Whoo!! It's like trapper keeper-palooza!!
80skid - February 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a big ugly red one and couldn't stop chewing the corners up. Very big and cumbersome.
Katie - February 14, 2008 - Report this comment
I had one with lab puppies on it, I thought it was the best thing ever. It didn't help me become more organized though.
Hannah - February 29, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember that I had a black and white one. I don't know why they don't have those exact kind of trapper keepers anymore, but they were cool. I really liked mine. I can't remember what else was on it though
Dennis - April 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I can't even tell you how many of these that I had. I beleive I still have one floating around here somewhere.
gustavo - April 15, 2008 - Report this comment
im from mexico and i remember have one thei a surfer surfing over ashark !!! also buy one in 3 dollaras last week in a flea maeket
Breesha - April 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Trapper Keepers were actually banned at our school because everyone would take the folders out and set the trapper keeper and all the folders upright on their desk and make little "cubicles". We did it for months before the teachers got wise and realized we were goofing off behind them...LOL. God I miss that thing--I would love to have another one just for old times' sake.
Brytta - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
everyone would take the folders out and set the trapper keeper and all the folders upright on their desk and make little "cubicles". I did that too!
Asley B - April 20, 2008 - Report this comment
This was one thing that I did get but didn't want. But I guess my parents thought everything my sister wanted I would soon want too. NOT AT ALL. Five year difference her mom and dad.
Erica - April 22, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh my Gosh, Everyone had to have a Trapper Keeper or it was like the world was coming to an end at my school. I sat next to a girl that had kittens on hers and one of the many I had that stuck out in my head was the one with different geometric shapes in different colors. I loved that you had to push in a little tab to close to rings of the binders unlike the traditional binders.
Maura - June 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I had a new one every year. I remember one had kittens, another had a unicorn and another had a geometric pattern! I thin kthey came with 3-4 different colored folders. You HAD to have a trapper keeper!
RFO - June 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I must've had a new one of these every school year, until i got completely fed up with the silly plastic rings that slid to the side rather than clipping open and shut like other binders; usually broken by the third week of class.
mimi - June 25, 2008 - Report this comment
begged my mom for one for school and finally got one with puppies on it
trippinmarlin - June 26, 2008 - Report this comment
i had red and black
brightbite - July 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Mine was different from everybody else's in school. It was light purple with a real photograph of a palm tree and orange sunset. It looked nothing like where I grew up. LOL
Heather - July 28, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG! hahah the little cubicles with them definently brings back memories. Setting it up on your desk and writing notes behind it. I remember assemblies where we were told we couldn't have them anymore.
Nicole - August 07, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG! I had the best pink and purple trapper keeper!! It had matching pink paper inside of it!! I looked forward to getting a new one every school year!
Mike Johnston - August 23, 2008 - Report this comment
Wow! I loved them, too. Seems like people still do, as I saw several "new" ones with the Velcro closures selling on eBay today!
ADA - August 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Every year on the 'back to school' shopping trip, I would get a new lunchbox and a new Trapper Keeper!! I think it lead to my being the anal retentive filer that I am today!! "OMG the trapper keepers now are so much cooler, they have them so that you can costumize the covers."....We used to customize the old ones. All you had to do was pick at the corner untill you go the plastic loose enought to fit your scissors in and cut a slit in the front. then you'd slide in a Tiger Beat poster of Michael J Fox, Kirk Cameron, or the New Kids On The Block and you were set!!!
SavageLettuce - September 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I completely blame my having OCD on Trapper Keeper! It made me obsessed with organization. I adored them.
Jenny - September 25, 2008 - Report this comment
EVERYONE had these! I had a light blue one with a tiger on it, with as many folders as I could cram in there in it.
Tammy - September 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I thought I was the coolest with my Trapper keeper. Mine had a Unicorn pegasus with rainbows and clouds .......Oh so 80's!
80sBaby - October 16, 2008 - Report this comment
I remember when these used to be the must-have school supply!
Robin - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Had to have one every year...Everyone had one!
Jason - November 26, 2008 - Report this comment
Worthless... completely worthless. I mean, all the geeky kids used theirs religiously, but mine was COMPLETELY for show as you had absolutely NO street-cred without it. At the beginning of the school year I filled it with pens, paper, staper, tape, etc... with good intentions, but never ended up using it as advertised.
DigitalBenjamin - December 11, 2008 - Report this comment
For all you FaceBooker's out there. Here is the I Love Trapper Keepers group.
Ryan - January 24, 2009 - Report this comment
One thing I remember is the smell of the plastic. It's unbelievable how happy it can make you thinking back on all this stuff. I'm bidding on one of these now and I can't believe I'm going to pay 30-40 bucks for it. I'm on a mission to buy back my favorite childhood things.
Sharonowesmeatrapperkeeper - February 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Please settle a bet... Were the original components to a Trapper Keeper as follows: 3 Mead folders(varying colors: green, red, yellow, blue) 1 80-page, Mead, 1 subject notebook
Eunice - April 19, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was in elementary school in the late 80's - early 90's, we were forbidden by the teachers to use TrapperKeepers, and I have yet to figure out why! You'd have thought they were a weapon!
robby - April 23, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember the trapper keepers i had one with a Laborghini on the front... I also remember going ot CVS and buying mine, my friends used to put pens and pencils inside and the person at the register never knew the difference... WOW i love all this old stuff....
Val - April 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember getting a new one every year. The only one I remember was a black one with a red sports car. It was so useful but not wide enough to hold a lot of paper so I had to clean it out oftn.
colleen - July 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this.Anyone know where to buy one?
Jennifer - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I had quiet a few of these going through school. now there back in stores again.
Raymond - September 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I couldn't use mine since my mom bought me ( a young man at the time) the one with kittens! I would take it with me then leave it locked up in my backpack all day.
KJ - September 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I had three of these when I was a kid. I loved them! They were expensive though, I had to beg my mom for them. First one I had was w/ a balloon on the cover, the second had a tiger on it & the third had the ferrari. I think I liked the balloon one the best b/c it reminded me of summer, the best season.
jessa - November 04, 2009 - Report this comment
lisa frank thats all i remember trpper eeper with the colorful lisa frank designs it ws a dog like a poodle i tink with a spiked coller
Denise Mendez - November 06, 2009 - Report this comment
They will never be like this again. I loved my trapper keepers!
T - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
The sound the velcro made was awesome! I had a Lisa Frank one, and one with kittens on it.
connie - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh my Gosh! I really really really really want a trapper keeper with the gray kitten on the front. I wanted one sooooo badly as a kid. I don't know why I never got one, but I am still having issues. If you know where I might find one, please email me at ... Thxs
Brooke - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
traper keepers are stupid and i never had a family so i never went to school because i was abboned in trash place when i was 5 years old and i had to hunt for my for but now i am 11 years old and i just found this computer in the dumpster and i fixed it but i think it is dieing so have to go now by.
Angela - February 03, 2010 - Report this comment
My school wouldn't let us have Trapper Keepers. The school supply list called for a three ringed binder, but specifically said "NO TRAPPER KEEPERS" I wonder if it was because the velcro made noise when it was opened? It made me want a TK all the more because they were "contraband"
Norberto - February 12, 2010 - Report this comment
Mine was purple and had an exploding TV that said "Video Rock".
DJ - June 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the plain purple one in 3rd gr. By 4th gr. they got fancy. I got the grey kitten one and in 6th gr. I one w/a cartoonish looking beach scene. That year there were like only 7 scenes and kids at school got mad at others for "copying" them. I rem. class would begin and I left my papers inside...I would try so desperately hard to open the velcro as quietly as possible w/out the obnoxious "RRRIIIPPP" it used to make. Hey, how cool was the plastic clip in there that kept your pen? :D
7blessings - June 19, 2010 - Report this comment
The smell!! That's the first thing that came to mind when I read "Trapper Keeper". Mmmmmm Strange, huh?
DANIELLE80 - August 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I had several: The hot air balloons The water drops The ice cream mountains
Ordale - August 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I had the fancy ones in sixth grade. I JUST threw it away while cleaning out my attic. I remember the notepad in the back and the two folders that came with it. The plastic-mesh thing in the front was "cool" back then. LOL
Bob - October 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Mine had lightning on it if I remember correctly. 'Cos you know... When I was 7, I was just THAT badass lol.
Lynne - January 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I had one. To the best of my recollection, it was black with either red dots or hearts all over it and a picture of a lily pond on the front. Not sure if it was the velcro or snap closure though. I want to say snap.
Me - February 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey, trappers were the bomb. They had a smell all their own. It wasn't complete without a zipper pocket inside where you put your pencils pens, and the occasional half-mooned shape ruler!
Melissa - May 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I need another one. These days they have the fabric ones w/ the zipper that goes all the way around. It's bulky and takes time to unzip.
Maegan - June 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in the 90s and I had one, not a hand-me-down. In third grade, the supply list specifically said no trapper keepers. But my mom got me one anyway. Mine had an airbrushed picture of a huge buffalo type animal staring at two scuba divers under water. One scuba diver went towards the animal, and another one is trying to get away. Its really odd, and I love it and I have never seen another one like it. Email the mead company! If enough people ask, they might bring them back.
Rose - June 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I had 2 growing up in the 80's. One was geometric designs,3D-ish squiggles, and paint splatters in purple, grey, turquoise, black&white. The other one had a picture (real life not cartoon/illustration) of two fuzzy calico kittens. I can google and track down an image of the kitty one, can't seem to find a pic of the other one as of yet...
JODA - July 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I have a TK in MINT condition NEW with tags still on it. It has the red blue and green folders but is missing the pad of paper. NO DAMAGE and it has the "floating hearts" theme. EMAIL Teachers hated them because of the smell velcro noise and we use to turn them sideways and make cubicles out of read books, pass notes and doodle!!! LMAO.
Yvonne - October 22, 2011 - Report this comment
The Trapper Keeper was a must for school, everybody thought they were so cool. First I had one with a photograph of a tiger and a light blue as background. Then the "Designer Series" came and they were awesome, I got a new trapper keeper that had what looked like very realistic sand and some cool letters on top ( I don't remember what it said), and foamy water, like tides. And I also purchased very cool folders, one with a cool drawing of a palm tree splashed with water. I wonder were those trapper keeper illustrators are now.
Jessica - January 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I still love my trapper keeper, I recently modified it into an ipad case, awesomely retro
Jan Griffiths - April 03, 2012 - Report this comment
I still have several of these,dating back from the 80s. I worked at Motorola during that time, and was responsible for lots of documents pertaining to certain projects I was working on. These kept them nice and orderly. I still have the TKs to this day, but not the docs. I keep my important papers in them now.
Cuauhtemoc - April 08, 2012 - Report this comment
Well waht can I say!!!! I did have a few of those too! In Mexico was really hard to find (and expensvie too)but I managed and had some of the first designer seriesat teh end of 86 - the one with the palm tree, the purple one with squares and lightning and the glasses one... later came with cars, kittens, I even had one with Garfield!!! Love them!!! Sooo coool
Jess - August 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I had one, but they were banned at my school! I remember the school supply list: No Traper Keepers!! I went to a private school, I wonder if public schools banned them, too? My husband works at a thrift store and says he sees a lot of them!
Jennifer - September 23, 2022 - Report this comment
There backkkkk!

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