As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.
This natural straw bag is made by refugee women off the coast of Indonesia. Shop Frangipani Fair Trade to pick up this beach carry-all and help support a struggling Southeast Asian economy. To get your own straw tote ($20), visit Etsy.com/shop/FrangipaniFairTrade?auto=format.
A plush, extra-large towel ($52) is necessary for a summer’s worth of beach trip. We like the traditional Native American blanket pattern and the bright colors are perfect for the season. To towel up, visit Patinastores.com.
We can count on Bird for the best beach accessories. Wrap yourself up in a soft Indian printed sarong ($60). Whether you’re taking daytime strolls along the waves or enjoying chilly nights on the boardwalk, a sarong will pull double-duty. To get your hands on this beauty, visit Shopbird.com.
Trashy beach reads will only take you so far, so toss a nautical-themed chess/checkers set ($40) into your tote. The wooden pieces fit inside a burlap sack printed with the game board. If you’re ready to play a few a games, visit Uncommongoods.com.
Keep the sand out of your sandwich with a large, retro-inspired, portable blanket ($110). The quilted beach essential is waterproofed and comes with an easy to transport handle. Visit Sewnnatural.supermarkethq.com for your own.
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