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Your Old Tupperware May Be Worth a Lot More Than You Think

Maya McDowell
Photo credit: eBay

From House Beautiful

The Tupperware that's piled in your pantry (or your parents' or grandparents' pantries) may actually serve you better listed for sale online than sitting on a shelf-if it's old Tupperware, that is.

Online retailers such as eBay and Etsy have all kinds of vintage Tupperware for sale. Items up for grabs range from cups and tumblers, to serving utensils and salt and pepper shakers. On eBay, for example, the current bid for vintage Tupperware Mini Hourglass salt & pepper shakers is at $26.

There are more than 6,000 posts on Instagram with the hashtag #vintagetupperware. The Instagram account for an Etsy shop, Pink & Hank Vintage Finds, posted a photo of pretty pastel Tupperware. "...They are each a work of art in style, simplicity, and color. They made midcentury living easier for everyone then, and a collection for this midcentury girl now," the caption says.

The owner of another Etsy store (and brick-and-mortar location), Stacy Verdick Case, told TODAY that most of Peony Lane Designs' vintage Tupperware pieces sell for between $4 and $20. TODAY notes that many Tupperware items sold for about $2 originally.

Case recommends hitting garage sales to try to find items in great condition that could sell for more. Not sure whether it's an authentic piece of Tupperware? Look out for a two-part number stamped on the item, and be sure that you can see the word "Tupperware" somewhere.

Some of the most popular vintage Tupperware products are the "Crystal" color, because Tupperware continues to make replacement lids in that particular shade, Case told TODAY. The midcentury "Millionaire" collection with pinks, greens, and blues is also popular, as well as salt and pepper shakers that have atomic stands.

Case believes that these particular items are still popular "likely due to a mix of nostalgia for those who remember using the old Tupperware when they were growing up and the fact that these pieces are still functional."

If you're in the market for Tupperware, but don't want actually vintage containers, Tupperware's website has a "Classics" section with simply-designed items that are reminiscent of the original pieces. Otherwise, Etsy or eBay have vintage Tupperware galore!

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