Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Collecting Vintage Children's Plastic Pocketbooks

1950's Children's Plastic Handbag

I just had to have this very sweet 1950's children's plastic pocketbook. As soon as I spotted it at Woodstock Antiques in Woodstock, CT, I just had to have it.

Back in the 195o's you could buy a handbag like this for a few dollars. In fact you could buy 3 piece toy luggage set for little gals for $4.98.

Today if you are even lucky enough to find children's pocketbooks expect to pay $15.00 -18.00.
Children's pocketbooks in the 1950's were made to look just like mommy's. Often you might find a pocketbook sold with a matching umbrella or make believe high heel shoes. A little girl might have a pocketbook to "play house" with or to use for family outings.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Society of Professional Journalists


  1. It certainly does look like and adult handbag!

    Susan and Bentley

  2. Ash Tree......the pocketbook looks so big in the picture, but it is really small.


  3. So cute! I haven't seen any of these, but will keep my eyes out. I do remember having those wonderful plastic high heel shoes. I felt so pretty and grown up clomping around in those.