Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weekend Auction Finds!

Vintage Tupperware... or, well, Tuppercraft by Tupperware!  Here's a blast from the past that I have never run across before.  This pair of vintage hampers date to 1958.  Some of the research that I have done on them suggest that they are the first laundry hampers Tupperware created.  The design is amazing!  The large one is for laundry, and I believe the smaller one is for rolls of toilet paper.  At least, that's what I plan to use it for!

These belonged to an elderly couple that lived across the street from my church.  They recently moved into assisted living, and the family was selling everything they didn't take with them along with the house.

The couple had lived in the house for years, raising their three children in it's two bedrooms (two girls, one boy).  It had the most unusual floor plan, mostly because it started life as an incredibly small house, and was built on to numerous times over the years.  For instance, to get to the second bedroom you either had to go through the master bedroom or the bathroom.  The main bathroom was remodeled sometime in the 1950s, I would guess, and had the most amazing rounded corner vanity in it.  I wish that I would have taken a picture of it.

Anyway, as I said, it was a very strangely laid out house in a hodgepodge of additions.  It was pretty well maintained, though.  You could tell the couple had taken pride in their home.

Back to the hampers; I was talking to one of the couples daughters, whose family attends my church, and she told me that her parents had these hampers since before she was born and had used them continuously until the day they moved out of the house.  They were well loved, and apparently good quality to stand up through raising three children and still be around.  The lady was pleased that they were purchased by someone that she knew and not a dealer.  I thought the price was okay, but unfortunately vintage 1950s stuff is starting to catch on around here, so I don't always get the great deals that I did a few years ago.  I got them for $15 each.

Here are a couple close-ups of the handle on the lid of the larger one,  One shows the marbled effect and the other shows the writing on it.

Have a great Thursday!  Where has this week gone?  More shocking to me - where has this school year gone?  Ack!


  1. Wonder why none of the three kids wanted them? Maybe they were tired of them. Glad you got them, because they are unique!

  2. What a neat find - these are pretty unique!

  3. so sweet -- and what a wonderful midcentury modest story to go with!

  4. NOOOOOOOO! if 1950's stuff is catching on than Missouri is SHOT! Ahhhh!

  5. I grew up in the 50s, and I've never seen those! They're fantastic!

  6. Great find. My family used to use these exact hampers when I was growing up. The large one was used by Dad & Mom. My sister and I each had one of the smaller hampers. The smaller hamper works great for little ones, who have little cloths, not so well when you’re a teenager. I remember when I was little, I would dump all my dirty cloths out and insert one of my legs so that I could walk around the house and pretend I had a leg cast on. Had totally forgotten about this until I saw your posting – thank for the memories!


All comments on posts older than 7 days will go into moderation until I can approve them. Thank you for your patience and understanding! Comments are not to be used to advertise your business or personal Craigslist advertisements. These will be DELETED. Thanks.