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Curious about Tupperware


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I've gone my whole life without really understanding Tupperware. Like many people I've used the term "tupperware" generically on occasion to refer to plastic containers. But I've never been to a Tupperware party or anything like that. Is there such a thing as a Tupperware party? What happens at one? How do I get invited to one? Is Tupperware any better than the equivalent product from Rubbermaid or some other major brand?

Seeking a Tupperware primer.

Steven A. Shaw aka "Fat Guy"
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Tupperware was famous for its patented seal and was only sold at in home parties in the 50s, 60s, and part of the 70s. The parties started to die out as people became wary of having strangers in their homes and plus the fact that the seal patent expired.

When that happened anyone could make the seal and Rubbermaid was one of them. As competition expanded Tupperware became available in stores and on line, thus there was no need for in home parties. They may still exist, but I'm not sure.

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I believe the author Dan Brown is delving into the rituals of the Tupperware cult in his next thriller, "The Mystical Burp."

Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today. -- Edgar Allan Poe

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In the '70s and early '80s one of my neighbors was a Tupperware regional distributor who hosted "parties" for Tupperware sellers. One of the reasons that I have so much Tupperware is from catering many of her parties and besides being paid, was given promotional items as well as regular Tupperware.

The only thinks I have ever purchased were replacement lids that cracked over time, with very heavy used and one too many stints in the dishwasher.

It has held up extremely well over the years and much of it has certainly been well used.

There are other manufacturers but I have yet to find one that has the longevity of the Tupperware.

It is available online as well as "vintage" pieces on eBay and other auction or direct sale sites.

There are a few items that have not been duplicated by other makers.

The pickle containers, for instance, also the long "celery keeper" with the lift-out rack and a few of the specialty pieces that were "premiums" given only to distributors.

And there already was a TV "movie" about it.

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Although Tupperware parties were typicly female only events, I did one time many years ago attend one. I bought a set of tumblers that served in good stead for many years for outdoor activites. As I recall there were games and prizes and stuff.

Perhaps Mr. Shaw could become a representative of Tupperware and sell stuff to benefit the society.

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I still find great Tupperware pieces at garage sales and as others have said they hold up remarkably well over the years. The pickle container is one of my favourites and between me and my daughter we have quite a number.

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Easiest way to go to a tupperware party is to host one.

Tupperware was the first of its kind, so it has the name recognition.

Its durable.

Our sugar lives in a piece of tupperware my mother bought in the 60s. She kept sugar in it til she became diabetic and I, um, relieved her of the need to store it.

Some of the newer pieces have stupid 'innovations' like asymmetrical lids. These are annoying on a round container, like the otherwise fabulous spaghetti keeper.

The big rectangular stuff is awesome, and much nicer than anything I found in competing brands. Straighter sides, useful dimensions.

The really little stuff not so much - the lids are too hard for little hands. Cheaper brands work better in lunch boxes. Plus, I cry less if the stuff accidentally gets thrown out. :wink:

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