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Hot Accessories For Summer

Going to the beach or spending an afternoon at the pool can be a little "cooler" this summer, with the help of some hot new accessories.

From round towels for two to fashionable surfboards, the days of lugging a leaky cooler or getting sand in your sandwich are over.

The Saturday Early Show's Megan Meany explained that there are all sorts of modern and stylish toys for the summer. Here's her look at some of the hottest accessories for the new season.

  • Butterfly Umbrella: As a change from the solid or striped sun umbrella, the butterfly umbrella has a cheery butterfly pattern with scalloped edges. It is made of sturdy cotton.
    For more information: Visit

    Price: $168

    Folding Chair And Sand Table: Hit the road with this portable collection. The light yet durable chairs have back pockets for suntan lotion and carrying straps. The sand table is made of sheet metal. Its central pole can be stuck into the sand or in the yard for instant convenience.
    For more information: Visit

    Price: $14.99 (chair), $22 (table)

    Swell Beach Ball Dinnerware: Travel with durable dinnerware to protect food.
    For more information: Visit

    Prices: Small round platter, $5.99; small square plates, $1.99; small square serving bowl, $1.99

    Wheeled Cooler: This 50-quart cooler holds up to 72 cans of soda, plus ice, which is perfect for summer parties. Wheels make it easy to maneuver. It also comes with two side handles for lifting in and out of the car. The lid has cup holders for drink support. Thick insulation can keep items in the cooler cold for up to five days.

    For more information: Call Coleman at 1-800-835-3278 for store locations. Price: $40

    "Sun" Round Towel For Two: The "Sun" and "Beach Ball" prints were designed by Cynthia Rowley (fashion designer) & Ilene Rosenzweig (style editor). You and a pal can enjoy spreading out on 64 colorful inches of the cotton towel. Each towel comes tied in a preppy grossgrain ribbon.

    For more information: Visit

    Price: $19.99

    Reversible Sun Hat: This cotton hat is easy to pack, stylish and reversible.

    Sold at: or call 1-888-999-HATS and Gracious Home/NYC.

    Price: $25 to $29.99

    Beach Bag: The German company Koziol has products made of high quality recyclable plastic, which are contemporary and fun, says Meany. Koziol makes "Mendini" large tote and "Taschelino" small tote, for kids.

    For more information: Call Majestic at 1-800-673-2543 or visit

    Price: $12.99 (Mendini), $9.99 (Taschelino)

    Havaianas Flip Flops: These Brazilian thong sandals are made of 100 percent locally harvested rubber. Meany says the sandals are classic, comfortable and cute.
    For more information: Visit

    Price: $12

    Beach Boy Transistor Radio: Forgo high tech tunes and groove to a vintage beat with Poly Concept's 1950s-inspired transistor radio. It gets AM/FM reception, and it comes in teal and red colors.

    For more information: Visit or

    Price: $15

    Patriotic Beach Ball And Swim Ring: Have more fun at the beach with these toys for kids and adult.

    For more information: Call Sassafrass at 1-800-537-4941

    Price: $5 and more

    Preppy Swim Ring And Beach Ball: The "Lively Print" inflatables are affordable and fun. Pint-sized ring and ball are best for kids.

    For more information:

    Price: $1.05 (ring), $1.30 (ball)

    Walden "Wahine" Surfboard: Surf's up, and taking to the waves has never been more fashionable! Walden Wahine boards are designed especially for the female surfer. It's functional, lighter and narrower.

    For more information: and various retailers.

    Price: $500 to $700