What You Need to Know About Choosing Vintage Tupperware

Tupperware never goes out of style, and as mid-century decorating styles have swung back into fashion, people love the utilitarian chic that Tupperware creates. It is useful, lasts long, and still burp-seals even after 50 years. A good place to start is shopping for preowned vintage Tupperware on eBay.

How can you tell if it’s genuine vintage Tupperware?

Luckily, you can easily tell real Tupperware from fake. The manufacturers stamped the brand name on all real Tupperware. They also printed a unique number on each piece. If the item chips, cracks, or peels, you can send it back to the company for a replacement.

What do you need to know about collecting vintage Tupperware?

Vintage Tupperware items are easy to collect. Sets that stack together into a small space are always useful and have increased demand because of the small house movement. Some collectors choose by color or year, often driven by the nostalgia of remembering it from childhood. Vintage Tupperware found on eBay is affordable, from the common lettuce crisper to the rare comb.

What colors do vintage Tupperware pieces come in?
  • Crystal and white are the most used colors in all time periods. These neutrals are timeless and less datable than other colors.
  • Pink is tricky to discover because the color faded more than the others. Bright pink antique Tupperware is a real find.
  • Jewel-toned pastels in translucent plastic created the signature vintage Tupperware look in the 1950s and 60s.
  • Harvest gold and avocado green in opaque plastic reigned from the 1970s into the 1990s. These classic Tupperware color combinations are coming back into style.
Common vintage Tupperware pieces and sets
  • Collectors love salt and pepper shakers with holders. Many people look for the Millionaire collection, which, among Tupperware classics, features the mid-century atomic look. Imagine a rocket ship taking off holding salt and pepper engines.
  • Large items are favored by collectors because fewer were made. The Pie Taker and Cake Taker are useful and a boon to anyone who does baking.
  • Tumbler caddies serve drinks to a crowd. Sets that come with all their tumblers, straws, and lid/coasters included make a great conversation piece.
  • The FlatOut line lays flat when you don’t need it to take up space. This feature draws many people who are looking for more space in their kitchens.
  • Nested sets of Wonderlier bowls changed production colors over time, but the rounded bottoms created a classic look that has been featured in museums.