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Best Bets


Handmade and Machine-Washable
Unlike mass-produced stuffed animals, Anne-Claire Petit’s oversize hand-crocheted duck and bunny have personality—and can make it through the spin cycle ($120 to $135 at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, at 19th St.; 212-473-3000).

Collector’s Items That Fit a Budget
Original versions of the ceramics that Ettore Sottsass designed in the fifties are very rare and very pricey. His Italian manufacturer, Bitossi, still makes the same pieces, still by hand ($145 to $425, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St., at Fifth Ave.; 212-849-8355).