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I never walked into elementary school without my plastic lunch box and matching thermos. Lunch box contents? A classic PB&J sandwich, potato chips, DunkAroos for dessert and a cold thermos of Juicy Juice. Every August, I’d claim that my plastic lunch box was broken or “not cool” and beg Mom for a new one. Aladdin turned into Pocahontas, Pocahontas turned into Toy Story, and soon I was rockin’ Hello Kitty or Lisa Frank. With back-to-school madness upon us, I have to do a nostalgic post for those that carried indestructible steel lunch boxes and for those of us from the plastic age.

Vintage-Lunch-Box-Back-to-School-HGTV-DesignHappensAll photos from Etsy: 1. AstralBoutique; 2. nerdnest; 3. VermontStHoldingCo; 4. rudysroundup; 5. TheFancyLamb; 6. DroopyMcCool; 7. OldCollectables; 8. theNeedleintheHay; 9. thecherrychic; 10. AstralBoutique

Looking back at those sweet and simple school days, what was your favorite lunch box? And do you still have it?

Tell us in the comments below.

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31 Responses

  1. Chris says:

    My dad was a construction worker and carried a black metal lunch box-the domed kind with the latch in the middle and a handle on top. I still have it, rusted some and definately in need of some TLC. This has inspired me to do something with it and display it in my home.

  2. Rexette says:

    I used to carry a red Garfield lunch box to work with me at a law firm (when I was in my 40's). Sometimes the lawyers would look around in the refrigerator and help themselves if they thought no one would notice but no one ever bothered my lunch. I had a lot of fun with that lunch box! ^_^

  3. Arlene Wing says:

    We still have our kids Holly Hobby a plaid lunch box and gentle ben with thermos…Many happy memories

  4. Lori says:

    My original black plastic "Shari Lewis and her friends" was disposed of years ago, but I was thrilled when
    my husband found an original online and gave it to me for my last birthday.

  5. Sally says:

    I started kindergarten in 195? with a metal Roy Rogers & Dale Evans lunchbox – it has a place of honor on the shelf in my kitchen now

  6. Kayla@HGTV says:

    Wow! I love everyone's lunch box stories/memories. Like most of you, my grade school lunch boxes are long gone. Maybe it's time for me to unleash my inner child and buy a kitschy one for work. I think everyone around here would appreciate it :)

  7. Linda says:

    I had the red plaid metal lunchbox when I was in grade school. I don't know what became of it. HOWEVER, I found one at a rummage sale for $1.00 and bought it immediately! I have it in my kitchen.

  8. Yvonne says:

    I had a baby blue Snorkles lunch box. I never knew what happened to that one or any of the others I've had. lol —-memory lane.

  9. Yvonne says:

    which reminds me… I also had a smurfs lunchbox. lol

  10. Cheryl says:

    I used to have a tin Bionic Woman lunchbox :) So funny when I think about it, I even dedicated a blog post to it, http://www.cherylstyle.com/blog/2011/8/18/pick-of

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