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In this end-of-week sweep of the internet’s sales bins, we found lots of things for summer entertaining and keeping cool, including sandals and lightweight linen and even an air conditioner. (If you want even more deals sent straight to your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter.)
This cotton-twill backpack has two side slip pockets for easy access to a water bottle and sunglasses for beach trips now — and a padded laptop pocket for your return to the office this fall.
If you’re itching to throw a party, check out Anthropologie, which is taking 20 percent off dozens of summer entertaining essentials — like this colorful and very portable Backgammon set for your next outdoor hangout.
These hard-to-break melamine plates are a reusable — and actually nice-looking — alternative to disposable paper or plastic ones.
We also spotted this charming Grecian bust–slash–planter in Anthropologie’s sales section and couldn’t help ourselves.
Because there’s no reason to settle for boring Pyrex when you can have Baby Yoda–themed Pyrex (which would probably impress some kids at their next playdate).
Some simple, not-too-strappy espadrilles made of cream suede.
These metallic sandals from Geox — yes, Geox, the brand from the ’90s and early 2000s with the perforated soles to help prevent sweating — are vaguely Marni-esque.
A nice-looking, under-$100 fire pit so you can make s’mores without leaving your backyard.
These ceramic canisters are meant for the kitchen, but they could also look nice in the bathroom to hold cotton balls and swabs, or even on your desk to corral paper clips and keys and other odds and ends.
A lightweight, linen-blend jumpsuit that would look as nice with white sneakers as with strappy sandals.
If you prefer underwear that’s lacy, rather than mesh or straight-up cotton, you can’t go wrong with Hanky Panky — and this low-rise thong style was recommended to us by Iva Pawling, co-founder of Richer Poorer, who gave perhaps the highest compliment that you can give to your underwear. “I don’t have to think about them, and they just work.”
The shoulder bag is big enough for all your essentials — like your wallet, phone, keys, face mask, and maybe even a drink — but is just as convenient to carry as a fanny pack.
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