I had to replace those plastic containers once every 6 to 8 months due to staining and cracked lids.
About 7 years ago, I was on maternity leave with my first born.
Every 1.5 seconds, somewhere on the planet, a Tupperware party is thrown; nearly .6 billion dollars' worth of Tupperware is sold annually in more than 100 markets worldwide.
By the numbers alone, the kitchenware company that New Hampshire inventor Earl Tupper founded in 1946 displays its reach. Read more about the history of Tupperware » Bell Tumbler; introduced in 1946 Tupperware products actually had their inception not in the kitchen but on the battlefield; Earl Tupper had worked for Du Pont developing the country's first plastics for use in World War II radars.
I was living in a very frugal way and bought plastic containers at the dollar store, thinking all plastic containers were made the same.
Little did I know that there is a huge difference in quality.
That's where the person you bought it from bought it. Were you surprised about the Declaration of Independence copy being found at a thrift store?
date 1970's - 80's Artist unknown Vintage prison issued tupperware plastic cup.
In addition to working as an appraiser with Antiques Roadshow, Gary regularly performs stand-up comedy and records with his current musical ensemble, Mindjammer. But if you stick around long enough, I'm sure somebody is going to say I bought it at a thrift store. Therefore, they're willing to let it go as a donation to somebody, and the difference between the donor and the buyer at the thrift store is that person oftentimes is an expert or has knowledge, not necessarily just a person who wants something decorative.
As a lecturer, Gary speaks at historical societies, schools, libraries, corporations, antiques shows, appraisal and other special events on a variety subjects related to memorabilia and collecting. Com caught up with Gary Sohmers on the set of Antiques Roadshow, he was as captivating as ever and readily agreed to answer our questions about thrift shopping. Are you now or have you ever been a thrift shopper? So you're going to find that the people that come in here looking for values to resell are often the ones that bought them at thrift stores. What's your opinion about the painting Teri Horton found in a thrift store that might be a real Jackson Pollock? I saw the story about it, and that was interesting.
They're here to find the value to resell, not to insure. So you don't usually ask people where they got things? I do if it's going to go to TV maybe, but in general, no, it's not something I ask. But again, that's an expert seeing something and identifying it, even if it's not signed, identifying the style, the era, the demand, and that's the expert level in the collectibles field.
Dubbed the "King of Pop Culture," Gary's expertise in collectibles and memorabilia has earned him his own syndicated talk radio show, , and he also operates Wex Rex Collectibles. Actually, many people find thrift store treasures that come in.
Gary's interest in collecting became evident to his mother when, as an eight-year-old, he began to wheel and deal his toys at a yard sale. What's the most amazing thing that you've appraised on Antiques Roadshow that was found in a thrift store? The difference is people who had it from when they were kids and people who bought it recently or currently or in the last 20 years.