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This week started with Amazon Prime Day — and a dozen competing two-day sales at other merchants — but somehow, there are still plenty of deals to be found (and even a lingering Prime Day deal or two). Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best discounts on lots of things to get you excited for summer and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, like colorful coolers and beach blankets, a new swimsuit and sandals, even some luggage. (If you want even more sales coverage, sign up for our email newsletter.)
This Slip silk eye mask is also 20 percent off, in case you want to feel a little pampered at night.
Anthropologie is having a sale on gear for summer entertaining — including this nearly six-foot-long cotton beach towel.
Here’s a stylish cooler bag that you won’t be embarrassed to bring out to dinner after the park hangout goes longer than expected.
Or, if you’re optimizing for practicality instead of aesthetics, this soft-sided backpack cooler will hold 24 cans and will fit easily in the back of your closet or under your bed when you don’t need it.
No matter what activity you’re doing this summer, staying hydrated in the heat is important — and this stainless-steel CamelBak is insulated to keep cold drinks cold (and the bright purple means you’ll never forget it).
It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this jumpsuit is made of French terry cotton, so it’ll feel as soft as your favorite pair of sweatpants but look a lot more dressed-up.
If you like the functionality and silhouette of Birkenstock EVA sandals but wish they came in crazy colors like Crocs, consider Freedom Moses. They make plastic slides in fun designs, like this black-and-pink floral.
This not-too-preppy plaid blouse from Levi’s — of all brands — would pair well with a pair of cutoffs now and a nice pair of high-waisted, wide-legged pants when you need to go back to the office.
On the other side of the spectrum from Levi’s is this subtle tie-dye Grateful Dead crewneck, which is discounted as part of East Dane’s version of the “It Just Got Better …” sale.
These nylon shorts fall somewhere between Patagonia Baggies and climbing shorts, but they’re practical for just about any summer adventure, from kayaking to sitting at the bar.
These mesh Vejas have a sportier shape than the traditional V-10s (and remind us of tennis shoes, in the best way).
If you want a refresher on how a crew of street racers who hijacked cargo trucks for TVs with built-in VCRs ended up as global crime fighters who drive cars in space in F9 — the latest installment of the Fast & Furious franchise that’s in theaters today — pick up this eight-movie collection that you can watch over and over and over. If you don’t have a Blu-ray player, don’t worry, family: It comes with a digital code to download all the movies straight to your laptop.
The sale at Mr. Porter continues, with discounts of up to 60 percent off — though sizes are limited on many of the picks under $250. But we did find this on-sale Adidas hoodie that’s still available from small to extra-large.
This weekender bag from Eastpak has a convertible strap, so you can carry it over the shoulder or like a backpack.
If you prefer packing a hard-sided suitcase, here’s a deeply discounted Samsonite spinner carry-on that weighs just 6.7 pounds. (To put that number in context: The Away carry-on is 8.1 pounds.)
Here’s a not-too-modest one-piece swimsuit from Vince Camuto that’s available in sizes 4 to 14.
If you’re packing for a weekend away with friends and realizing that the only PJs you own are your ratty sweatpants from March 2020, pick up this crisp short-sleeve pajama set. (It’s also available in a ditsy-pink floral print.)
These glass food-storage containers are oven-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe — and the set comes with a pen that you can use to make note of the contents and date.
A sandwich-size Stasher bag (that’s also good for carrying snacks, toiletries, or whatever else you might need to travel with), made of reusable silicone, in a cheery lime.
When we asked New York City trainers about their favorite workout gear, these Sweaty Betty leggings were a favorite. “The sweat-wicking keeps you dry, the high-quality material forms to your body and how you work out, and the high waist is really comfortable.” And right now, they’re $40 off.
Just even though it’s summer, evenings can get chilly, so keep a packable puffer on-hand, just in case.
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