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Beach Bag Bingo

Straw votes: Surf, salt, and sunblock won't wreck these grown-up sand pails -- and at these prices, you won't have to dig too deep.


Sick of sand shaking around at the bottom of your work tote all week? We'd say it's about time you invested in a proper beach bag. Our favorites -- all under $40 -- are big enough to double as weekend luggage. Pack one with everything you'll need for a seaside weekend, and reload it with towel, water, and books when you head to the dunes.

Classic woven straw bags get appealingly sun-bleached by the end of the season. For an earthy look, try Back From Guatemala's tall, skinny Moroccan tote ($35). Anthropologie's pretty turquoise-and-purple-plaid one with a zippered pocket keeps car keys and cell phones safe from the elements ($39.95).

Mexican-made woven plastics are a funkier option. We love a pretty multi-color basket from Calypso ($35 -- and all summer stuff there is now 30 to 50 percent off) and a smaller, lighter one from Pan American Phoenix ($18.50).

Still too traditional? A bright mesh shoulder bag from the Gap looks clean and sporty on the sand and folds flat for easy packing ($12.50). A plaid version from Pan American Phoenix has a splashy red vinyl trim and is sleek enough to take shopping in the fall ($12.50).

Back From Guatemala, 306 E. 6th St. (212-260-7010); Anthropologie, 375 W. Broadway (212-343-7070), and 85 Fifth Ave., at 16th St. (212-627-5885); Calypso, 424 Broome St. (212-274-0449, call for additional locations); Pan American Phoenix, 857 Lexington Ave., near 65th St. (212-570-0300); Gap (for store locations, call 800-gap-style).

Picks of the Week
Red Tape by Rebecca Danenberg, the downtown designer's line of hip-huggers, A-line skirts, and denim, is now 50 to 75 percent off. Nothing's over $50. 315 W. 35th St., third floor (for information, call 212-529-8483); cash only; Mon. 10-7, Tues.-Wed. 10-8:30; 7/17-7/19.

Thé à la Menthe, a supplier of Moroccan home stuff to stores like ABC and Portico, is closing -- and clearing all stock at 50 to 75 percent off, from $10 for lanterns to $1,400 for big tile tables. 236 W. 26th St., suite 1002 (212-675-4651); checks accepted; Mon.-Fri. 11-7; 7/17-7/25.

Vintage New York, a cool new SoHo shop that sells only wines made in New York State, is taking 5 to 20 percent off everything during opening week, depending on how much you buy -- and you can taste anything before deciding. Bottles from $8. 482 Broome St. (212-226-wine); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 4-9, Sat. 10-9; 7/17-7/22.

Country Floors' sale annex always has thousands of handmade, hand-painted ceramic tiles from all over the world for more than half off. Now there's even more to choose from, and prices are about 75 percent off, from $3 for large white floor tiles. 15 E. 16th St. (212-627-8300); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 9-6, Thurs. till 8; 7/17-9/2.

Z'Baby Company has thousands of kids' clothes from designers like Kenzo, Petit Bateau, and Sonia Rykiel for half price. But if you buy ten or more items, you'll pay only $10 each (original prices were up to $350). Boys' sizes newborn to 8Y, girls' sizes up to 16Y. 445 W. 50th St. (212-245-baby); cash only; Mon.-Fri. 10-6; 7/18-8/25.


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