They say you can tell a woman’s age not by her wrinkles or graying hair, but by the color of her Tupperware. It’s true: You’ll learn a lot about someone by glimpsing her Tupperware collection. Does she favor the understated soft pastels, light yellows and pea greens typical of 1950s and ’60s kitchens? Or is she fonder of the bold and bright hues—orange, harvest gold, avocado green—found in the ’70s and ’80s? No matter the decade, amassing the plastic containers was decidedly cool.
Beyond the array of colors, women had a choice when it came to curating their collection. There were cake carriers, pickling jars, canisters, tumblers and all sorts of other shapes, sizes and uses. Like the women who collected them, Tupperware is durable and resilient (sorry, Rubbermaid). Losing a lid was near heartbreaking, and though never reason enough to toss the vintage piece of Tupperware passed down from our mothers and grandmothers, it did merit an expansion of our ever-growing collection.
Did you have these colorful tupperware containers? We did! Kept all of our sugar and flour in them, and I’m pretty sure my parents still use them.
If you have them in good condition, they could also be worth money these days. Check out the link at the bottom for our story about that!
Enjoy a slideshow of the evolution of tupperware…