Tuuperware Parties are a big hit
``We do bill it as a girls' night out," Sharon Lagunilla, hawker of the famous plastic products, explained after the party dispersed. ``It's a great excuse for people to get together."Home parties -- known more formally as direct selling -- started 70 years ago in the home of the Betty Crocker mom.Today they've exploded into a multibillion-dollar business because they appeal to a different buyer : The multitasking, on-the-go woman. Home parties provide the tri-fold service of a night out, a time to socialize, and, most important, the opportunity to splurge.These days, almost anything is available from the convenience of the living room couch: lingerie, candles, cookware, jewelry, golf clubs, tools, and pocketbooks.You can also buy clothing, shoes, cosmetics, accessories for the furry pals (playfully dubbed Pupperware), skin care products, and toys -- both the G-rated and X-rated .
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