The Artform of Re-Invention

Tupperware PartyI’ve done it! I’m a virgin no more. I’ve finally succumbed to a Tupperware Party. My credit card has taken a hiding, but I will shortly be the proud owner of several sets of durable plastic dishes that will change my life!

Well, maybe not change my life, but certainly add some colour to my plastics’ drawer. It’s more by accident than design that I’ve reached the middle of my life without buying any of this iconic kitchenware. My mother’s cupboard is proof of its durability, although I doubt the regurgitated green was the designers original shade  – at least I hope not!

Sitting around sipping champagne with other women of my generation (who already had fine collections) it did make me reflect on the art of re-invention. At 65 years of age, Tupperware may have had some significant surgery along the way, and there’s nary a sign of a wrinkle, but she’s aged gracefully. I’m sure there are those who consider her a touch tacky, but she shrugs it off with a gracious smile knowing she’s found in lunch-boxes and kitchens all over the world. Was she, as some claim, the life-changing revolution that empowered women after they were unceremoniously dumped back into their kitchens after the end of World War II? I remember the ladies who ran Tupperware parties in the ’60s as high-powered and scary so perhaps it did.

Now if I could just work out a way buy the boat to go with the gadgets I’ve ordered, even hubby will be a devotee 🙂


7 thoughts on “The Artform of Re-Invention

  1. Sounds like you had a lot of fun with selling tupperware, Brenda.

    I’m waiting patiently for my new treasures to turn up. I suspect it’s going to be the start of a new love affair 🙂

  2. I used to sell tupperware, for almost 20 years. Being in the business was a life saver for our family when the kids were young. Now I have oodles of it, and love kids are collecting now!!

  3. SN you could just take pretty containers with you when friends invited you around and then leave with left overs!! Have to admit GW takes leftovers for lunch and I have bought the freezer to microwave to table bowls that Sandy mentioned! Tough luck if he doesn’t like the colour 🙂

  4. Phillipa that would be a fascinating doco. Trying to sift through what was Tupperware infomercials on the web was difficult but the rationale made interesting reading. And I agree with Sandy – very flash reptile accommodation 🙂

  5. Oh dear, Phillipa, that’s high end homes for reptiles and insects! 🙂
    I love my tupperware, especially the freezer to microwave stuff. Absolute lifesavers containing leftovers. Especially with stew – whip up a few crepes and you’ve got a great dinner with little input – gotta love that.

  6. I met a documentary film maker at the Brisbane RWA conference in 2009 who was making a doco about the romance reader/writer community and she had also made a doco about Tupperware – its history and the sort of sociology behind the parties and the post war push to get women back in the home. She was very interesting and I would love to see the film. She’s worked with bronwyn Parry.
    I bought some of their stuff once – at the only party I’ve ever been to. My kids broke/lost all of it over the next few years so I gave up on expensive plastic ware. They were used to catch lizards or make homes for dead moths, that sort of thing.

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