Plastic handbags are perfect for anyone looking for a fun, casual look. First popular in the 1940's and 50's, they can have a cute retro look and they can also be great for a fun children's handbag. Plastic purses won't usually help you dress up an outfit so if you're going to a formal event you will probably want to choose an option other than plastic. Not just for functional purposes, some people actually choose to collect plastic handbags as they often have fun retro designs or cartoon characters on them. Plastic handbags can be bought at an extremely low price, but if you want a real vintage plastic bag, you'll need to be willing to shell out a bit more. Sometimes adorned with fake fur or feathers, mini plastic totes are the perfect favor for a child's birthday party. The best thing about plastic handbags is how easy they are to care for. Simply wipe the bag with a wet cloth and a gentle cleaner.