Sunday, 30 October 2011

~Nostalgia - Tupperware~

I love a bit of nostalgia - whether it's memories jogged by music, certain smells or old household objects.  Thrifting probably follows on from that I suppose. As a child I loved wartime stories and studying fabric and costume through the years. And, as a child of the 70s, Tupperware is something that triggers lots of childhood memories for me. A while ago my Mum got me 2 yellow harvest Tupperware canisters at a car boot sale, and I was lucky in Hornsea last week and managed to get a larger orange canister for 20p...
A great price luckily - search  'vintage tupperware' on eBay and take a look at what they sell for. They are in good condition, with lids that fit well in the trademark Tupperware ridged fan shape that I remember so well. I'm saving them in my caravan stash for tea, coffee and sugar storage.
So to satisfy my nostalgic brain, I did a little bit of reading; and Tupperware, the iconic durable and flexible plastic, was invented by Earl Silas Tupper in America in the 1930's, and came over to the UK as a Party Plan selling idea in 1960. My Mum did Tupperware parties in the 1970s and I particularly remember having the Busy Blocks...
...which had a letter of the alphabet on them and contained a corresponding green plastic figure. Many hours of simple fun in the early 1970s! My Mum and Nana being keen bakers I also have fond memories of the Tupperware pastry mat...
and children's party food of sausages and cheese& pineapple on sticks being served in this Tupperware dish...

I often look at L and J, and wonder what strange, insignificant or iconic objects, foods and smells my children will remember associated with their growing up. 


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  2. Wouldn't it be easier if Blogger allowed you to edit a comment after it's been posted? I really should proofread before I hit enter!
    I love your storage containers. I saw some vintage Tupperware in the Salvation Army shop last week , but didn't buy it even though it was orange and would match the kitchen ( when it finally gets done). Nowhere near as nice as yours though! I'm passing that way tomorrow en route to the carpet shop so I might call in and see if it's still there. My girls will probably associate musty, old charity shop smell with their childhood - that and all my 'treasures'!

  3. oh I remember my mother having lots of Tupperware parties and having those very containers.Love Jill xx

  4. I love your Tupperware finds, I have fond memories of it too but I don't think I have any in my current vintage kitchen finds. I wonder if you found the orange canister in Hornsea Lions charity shop, I love it in there and have found some great things and bits of fabric over the years. I also recently discovered the charity shop at the Methodist church in Hornsea which is worth a rummage and I came away with embroidered tablecloths for pennies.
    I saw (but didn't buy) a fabulous orange plastic, 60's picnic container which had all the plastic beakers, plates, cutlery neatly contained inside it, reminded me of caravanning as a child, this was a couple of weeks ago at Sue Ryder in Driffield but I think it's gone.Happy Tupperware hunting!

  5. Hi Patty
    Lovely to hear from you. Yes, it was The Lion's Charity Shop - a treasure trove I find. Last time I was there a lady found an unfinished hexagonal quilt 2 seconds in front of me for 50p. I thought I might pass out with the disappointment!! Hey ho! x

  6. Oh the disappointment. I'm ashamed to say I've had one or two stressful situations in charity shops when someone infront of me is picking up the very thing I want and in my head I'm saying 'don't buy it, you don't need it'! Isn't that dreadful!


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