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MEM
07-06-2006, 08:50 AM
My DD10 was told to get a 3" capacity Trapper Keeper for next school year - they don't seem to exist anymore! I remember them from the 1980's - anyone here in a similar situation and what did you do? Teacher cannot be contacted until September. I googled the name and it comes up as "vintage" under ebay listings!!!

dodukes
07-06-2006, 09:24 AM
If you go to target and look around you will find some that are very similar, i dont think they are called that anymore in the supplies section at target but i have seen them, also they now have biger ones made of cloth like material, i bought a couple last year so i knwo they are there, just make sure you shop early, they are uysually hidden with the binders.

drgnfly30
07-06-2006, 09:28 AM
Funny... in the 11 years that I've had kids in school they've always said NO Trapper Keepers allowed!!

Not sure if they call them that anymore but you will find something similar out there....

XYSRUS
07-06-2006, 01:14 PM
Yeah Trapper Keepers are gone but if they said 3 inches, they probably mean a 3 in. ring binder.

tinan
07-06-2006, 01:28 PM
Here in Ohio they still exist, but all of our teachers always say no Trapper Keepers too. I have normally found them at KMart, Rite Aid, etc. I know there are other ones out there that are similiar as well. Perhaps they are not as plentiful since all of the stores haven't geared up for back to school shopping. I know our local WalMart told somene near me to check back for more school supplies and clothes the 3rd week of July.

TonyB
07-06-2006, 01:41 PM
I went to the Mead.com website, as they were the original makers of the Trapper Keeper. Searching on Trapper Keeper returns no hits. However, it appears as though they have a new member in the family, the Class Keeper. Here are links to the 2 Class Keeper products offered.

Five Star Class Keeper: http://www.mead.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10006&storeId=10051&productId=125860&langId=-1&portfolio=false&shopStoreID=10051##

Five Star Xpanz CLass Keeper:http://www.mead.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10006&storeId=10051&productId=125889&langId=-1&portfolio=false&shopStoreID=10051

Hope this helps!

Chicago526
07-06-2006, 01:47 PM
Growing up in the 80's I have fond memories of Trapper Keepers! :goodvibes

I'm just curious though, why would teachers "ban" Trappers from their class room?

mlwear
07-06-2006, 01:55 PM
I bet I know what they are talkiing about...I just rummaged through DS's closet ;) His is a Mead binder with a zipper made with a cloth-like material (not really nylon, softer...I don't know what it is called) and says Five Star. It has a zipper that closes it. I don't think they come in bright bold colors, his is olive green and black. We have purchased other binders with zippers in the past, but this is a superior product. The folders are much like the old Trapper Keeper type. But, I highly recommend the Mead plastic bungee folders :thumbsup2 . They don't tear up. Never do the binder holes tear. The corners have bungee cords that secure the folder from opening. They are a little hard to find, though. So, if you see them, grab them.
My DS has a lot of organization issues. Several educators and private sector professionals have suggested the zipper binder and loved the bungee folders when I showed them.

My son was given special permission to use a Trapper Keeper :rolleyes: . The other kids had to use regular three ring binders and set them up the way the teacher ordered with page dividers, etc. They are also a little bulky--I suppose that could be a reason.

shades
07-06-2006, 02:06 PM
Growing up in the 80's I have fond memories of Trapper Keepers! :goodvibes

I'm just curious though, why would teachers "ban" Trappers from their class room?

A teacher told me once that trapper keepers cause too much distraction. My daughter got distracted by the mirror in hers when she was in 1st or 2nd grade. :rotfl: Her teacher sent it home on the bus with dd one day and requested that I get her a plain 3-ring binder.

WatchinCaptKangaroo
07-06-2006, 03:01 PM
I've seen real Trapper Keepers in Target. They are so flimsy now (I don't remember if they were way back when).

mommiepoppins
07-06-2006, 03:42 PM
I had one in the 80's that was a rainbow! :cheer2:

cats mom
07-06-2006, 04:06 PM
Growing up in the 80's I have fond memories of Trapper Keepers! :goodvibes

I'm just curious though, why would teachers "ban" Trappers from their class room?


DD had a teacher who requested no trapper keepers - said they were too bulky. I'm thinking if you cram the same amount of stuff in a standard 3 ring binder it's gonna be pretty bulky too.
:confused3

The class keepers look nice. I'll have to keep an eye out for them.

CajunDixie
07-06-2006, 05:44 PM
Five Star Xpanz CLass

Older DS has used this one and liked it.

On one hand some teachers like them because everything is kept together and organized. On the other hand some parents (me especially ;) ) hate to see them being required. Not only are they heavy but using them means kids are bringing home more stuff than they need. Watch a 80 lb kid carry a full binder, math book, science book and a reading book. By the 2nd trimester we end up pulling everything out of the binder and tossing it in the closet because no teacher wants to admit they are the ones that required it in the first place. :confused3

patsal
07-06-2006, 07:52 PM
Oh, I still have a red one up on my room filled with lots of lesson plans! They do not sell that relic anymore! The newer version is more like a three inch three ring binder with a cloth zippered material all around it. Some have mesh pockets on the front as well and often they have folders buit into the bookends as well as a place for pens/pencils, CD's and DS's has a spot to hook his CD player in and thread the earphones through as well--we have random checks to be sure he isn't doing that! (Though as a teacher I really love the way they make it easy for kids to circumvent the rules and dont' even get me started about cell phones and text messages :lmao: )

deide71
07-06-2006, 09:27 PM
Growing up in the 80's I have fond memories of Trapper Keepers! :goodvibes

I'm just curious though, why would teachers "ban" Trappers from their class room?


Maybe they banned them after "Cartman" on South Park had an evil Trapper Keeper that tried to take ove the world :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: !

patsal
07-07-2006, 06:52 AM
I think for many "lower grades" they were banned because there isn't enough room in a desk to keep that and all other needed supplies. In the high school they would be fine becasue of lockers, but desk space is very limited in the lower grades. Smaller children also get distracted by the features and dont' get to work as quickly.

mlwear
07-07-2006, 07:25 AM
Maybe they banned them after "Cartman" on South Park had an evil Trapper Keeper that tried to take ove the world :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: !
:rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:

MEM
07-07-2006, 09:13 AM
I went to the Mead.com website, as they were the original makers of the Trapper Keeper. Searching on Trapper Keeper returns no hits. However, it appears as though they have a new member in the family, the Class Keeper. Here are links to the 2 Class Keeper products offered.

Five Star Class Keeper: http://www.mead.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10006&storeId=10051&productId=125860&langId=-1&portfolio=false&shopStoreID=10051##

Five Star Xpanz CLass Keeper:http://www.mead.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10006&storeId=10051&productId=125889&langId=-1&portfolio=false&shopStoreID=10051

Hope this helps!


This is a huge help, thank you!!!

Imzadi
07-08-2006, 04:18 PM
Growing up in the 80's I have fond memories of Trapper Keepers! :goodvibes

I'm just curious though, why would teachers "ban" Trappers from their class room?
I remember my old Trapper Keeper opened up to THREE panels PLUS the fold-over flap. There was no way to open it without unfolding all the sections. It made it very unwieldly.

In high school, we had those small, half-size desks, the ones in which you swivel up the desk & fold it out of the way to sit. Those extra panels of my Trapper Keeper would always hang off the side of the desk. And if I was not holding onto it, it would simply slide off the desk, due to the weight of the sections that hung off. Then all my papers (stuffed in the Keeper) would go flying all over the aisle. :(

If teachers are thinking of Trapper Keepers being like that, I can see why they'd be banned. :sad2:

Fall1
07-11-2006, 08:33 AM
I wanted to let you know that I saw some Nike Trapper Keepers at Office Max. They said Nike-Mead on the ticket so I think they were the realy trapper keepers.

UMTerp
07-11-2006, 11:13 AM
I bought a Mead 5-star zippered binder for my DS at Staples yesterday on sale for $9.99 (reg $13.99). It is black and olive green, has a zipper pouch on the outside and a folder like holder inside the cover with three dividers in addition to the three binder rings. They had other colors as well. I think it will work well for him in 7th grade. I hope his teachers don't send it home as not accepted!

Thanks for the info!

UMTerp

ButterflyJen
07-11-2006, 01:05 PM
Children's Place has them, too - at least something similar. I can't remember how much they are, but they're basically the exact same thing as a Trapper Keeper and a decent quality, too.

jenr812
07-11-2006, 04:06 PM
I bought DD12 the Mead 5 star class keeper last year. The binder rings get messed up quite quickly unfortunately. This year I'll be spending the extra money on the special binders with rings that don't get messed up (I'm using such technical terms LOL) The rings are made differently so they have a male and female part :) instead of teeth that interlock. Hope that makes sense.

ETA I just checked Staples website and they have 3" Gap Free binders for around $7-12 not bad AT ALL!!!

Imzadi
07-12-2006, 03:00 AM
If you have any empty printer ink cartridges, bring them to Staples for recycling and they will give you a $3 coupon for each cartridge, to be used on anything in the store. (It's good for 1 month from date issued.)

Also, only one coupon can be redeemed per purchase, so don't bring in more empty cartridges for coupons than you can use in a month. (Some cashiers will let you make a couple of separate purchases & use a coupon for each purchase. But no stacking of coupons on one purchase. :p )

disney4us2002
07-12-2006, 04:56 AM
Our school system banned TK as well and the teachers I know said it was because of the velcro closure. Now, yes, that seems silly as the sound isn't too loud but imagine 25 kids doing it all day and I can see how it would get on your nerves. I think the similar ones now do not have velcro closures.

My son is terrible about losing things so I bought him click pens so he wouldn't lose all the caps and the teacher sent home a note asking he use standard Bic pens w/lids because his "clicking" habit distracted the other kids, lol.

MEM
07-12-2006, 09:29 AM
Hi, OP here! DD10 and DH decided on some sort of 3", 3 ring binder from Staples that zips shut on three sides. I still think they should have waited until back-to-school sales really go into high gear. Thanks for all the information...

DizneyDogs
07-12-2006, 10:10 AM
they have some zip 3 ring binders at disneyshopping.com (tink, kim impossible, pirates, and power rangers)