Most Valuable Vintage Tupperware Containers
Tupperware revolutionized the way we store food. Beginning in the 1940s, these plastic containers were sold in stores, but as people were leery of plastics, they didn't exactly take off.
By the early 1950s, the plasticware was removed from store shelves. At that time, the product gained popularity through Tupperware parties, where independent salespeople demonstrated the benefits of the containers in a social setting and took orders directly from customers. While Tupperware re-entered the retail space via Target in 2022, new pieces can now be ordered online (and yes, the occasional Tupperware party still takes place.)
But we're here to talk about the company's vintage Tupperware containers, which do have some value today. You can tell if you have vintage Tupperware if the container has the brand name stamped on the bottom and there's a two-part serial number in the same area. You can sometimes also tell by color (for example, avocado green is definitely a 1970s trend) or shape (anything that's space-age or atomic-age is indicative of the 1950s or early 1960s).
Listed by value, the following pieces are currently desirable among collectors. And if the company has to declare bankruptcy (which it claimed was a "substantial" possibility in April 2023) these could quickly shoot up in price.
10. Bell Tumbler
Value: $10 – $40
The Bell Tumbler came out in the late 1940s. The tumblers came with seals to keep any liquid from spilling out and had a raised spout on the lid to make them easier to drink from, which made them especially great for kids.
New Bell Tumblers are also available on the company's website — a set of four is about $30 (and parents still love them!).
9. Cake Taker
Value: $12 – $50
If you're bringing a cake to an event, it's easier (and lighter) to carry in plastic than glass or a pan.
That's why Tupperware's Cake Takers are big hits with consumers. Today, they are clear plastic and run about $80, but vintage Cake Takers were more colorful. Cake Takers were (and are) available for square and round cakes.
8. Condiment Caddy
Value: $20 – $25
Tupperware's Condiment Caddy was introduced in the 1950s. The design you see here remained popular throughout the 1970s for carrying condiments from place to place.
The company still makes caddies today, but they do not come with spoons. New ones run about $20.
7. FlatOut Containers
Value: $25 – $40
Tupperware’s FlatOut containers are still being made today — the line has been popular since it was introduced in the '70s.
These collapsable bowls were designed for small space storage and can be flattened or expanded as you need. Bowls in rarer colors go up in value.
You can also purchase new Flatout bowls on Amazon — a four pack costs about $25.
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6. Carousel Caddy
Value: $30 – $99
A Carousel Caddy would be considered overkill now, but if you were the hostess with the mostess in the 1950s, it would be an easy, elegant and fun way to carry and store your tumblers.
Right after Bell Tumblers were introduced in 1946, this caddy was introduced and it was a big hit. If a vintage caddy comes with tumblers, it's even more of a find.
5. Hourglass Salt-and-Pepper Shakers
Value: $30 – $135
During the 1960s, these hourglass salt-and-pepper shakers were a Tupperware favorite, and their sleek design is desired by collectors today.
The "S" and "P" lettering comes in silver or gold. Some shakers have slightly different color patterns — for example, some are solid white, and some have red tops. There was also a caddy made for the shakers.
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4. Blockbuster Bowl
In the age of streaming, people are nostalgic for all things Blockbuster. (The former video store giant's website has been reactivated, but the reasons for it remain to be seen.)
Until then, you can enjoy a little popcorn while watching a movie with your classic yellow-and-blue Blockbuster Tupperware bowl from the mid-1990s. Those that come with a lid have an even higher value.
3. Wonderlier Bowl Sets
The Wonderlier bowl was the company's first-ever product. It was introduced (and became popular) with the advent of home refrigeration in the 1940s. These stackable bowls could be easily organized in the fridge and came with a patented "burping" seal. They also came in fun, bright colors.
Should you choose new Wonderlier bowls, they are still available — a set of five can be found on eBay for about $100.
2. Servalier Canister Set
Whether they're harvest gold, avocado green or any color in between, Servalier Canisters defined the 1970s for Tupperware.
While single canisters are inexpensive (at about $12), whole sets are more desirable among collectors.
1. Millionaire Line Salt-and-Pepper Caddy
Value: $80 – $115
Tupperware targeted upwardly mobile consumers since its humble beginnings with various lines. The pastel Millionaire Collection was meant to appeal to bigger spenders and was even sold in department stores in the company's early days.
Of the pieces in the collection, one of the more collectible is the atomic-age, salt-and-pepper caddy, which even incorporates a small toothpick holder at the top of the stand between the shakers.