I thought it was really funny when I started watching Duck Dynasty, and saw Uncle Si carrying around a Tupperware tumbler like my grandparents had.
My grandfather used to carry one with him in his truck. I remembered how much I loved them as a kid, so when I found some at Goodwill, I started collecting them. All our boys love them.
Uncle Si has done some amazing things for the value of Tupperware on eBay. A tumbler can cost you from $4 to $20 plain, or up to $1000 with Uncle Si’s autograph. Our poor son Rob couldn’t figure out why I kept freaking out over him hoarding 4-6 cups at a time in his truck floor until I showed him one on eBay!
In 1938, inventor Earl Silas Tupper revolutionized the way people stored their food when he invented plastic containers with airtight tops. By the late 1940s, Tupperware’s soft and hard plastic products replaced glass, pottery, and wooden receptacles. Tupperware tumblers and bowls that were sold in department and hardware stores for $2 to $5 apiece were particularly popular. Tupperware parties, held in homes, were conceived by marketing executive Brownie Wise in the early 1950s and became a countrywide craze.
These vintage plastics have become collectible because collectors are nostalgic for their family’s old Tupperware. Every piece is clearly marked. The most common color is crystal, or white. Pink is hard to find because it faded over time. Pieces in demand include a complete set of nesting bowls from the 1940s to the 1960s as well as 1960s sculptural salt and pepper shakers. And of course, now the tumblers are popular, thanks to Uncle Si.