Why Pat's the golden girl of Tupperware parties

DEDICATED: Pat Murphy of Booval has been selling Tupperware for 50 years.
DEDICATED: Pat Murphy of Booval has been selling Tupperware for 50 years. David Nielsen

BOOVAL grandmother Pat Murphy is an expert as hosting great parties - at least when Tupperware is the theme.

The 81-year-old has been selling the home products line for five decades and led more than 4000 Tupperware parties.

"I began as a Tupperware consultant in October, 1963," she said.

"For me it was an opportunity to work part time which also allowed me to choose my own hours so I could still look after my four children.

"The regions I tended to focus on were Esk, Gatton and Toowoomba."

After 50 years in the industry Mrs Murphy said Tupperware was still as popular as ever.

"It's changed a lot in terms of new items and colours," she said. "But these days, dealers are consistently selling thousands of dollars worth of Tupperware items each week."

Mrs Murphy said her long career as a Tupperware demonstrator was fuelled by a love of the product and the people she met through her work.

"There is a great social aspect to doing this job," she said.

"There is a lady in Esk who booked a party a few months after I began and 49 years later we're still close friends.

"I have never taken a real professional approach to selling these products, but I think my laid-back style worked for me.

"Before the demonstration begins we all have fun and play party games.

To celebrate Mrs Murphy's milestone of 50 years in the industry, a luncheon was recently held in her honour at the Coffee Club in South Bank.

Mrs Murphy said she still led Tupperware party events, but not as frequently as she used to.

"I'm starting to wind down a bit now," she said. "After all, I'm over 80 years old."

 

The Rise of Tupperware

  • Tupperware gets its name from its inventor Earl Silas Tupper.
  • Tupperware brand products made their debut in 1946.
  • Tupperware seals actually expel air keeping foods fresh for longer.
  • In the early 1950s a single mother called Brownie Wise joined the Tupper Corporation and introduced the "party" concept. So successful was Wise, the party concept became the company's only form of distribution.
  • Tupperware was introduced to Australia in 1961 as part of a worldwide company expansion.
  • These days, there is a Tupperware party being hosted every 2.5 seconds somewhere in the world.
  • Tupperware is one of Fortune Magazine's most admired companies in the world, five times in a row.
  • Tupperware is identified as one of the 10 greatest inventions of the 20th Century by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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