Endless Summer Fun: For the Girls
Find the posh swimsuit of your dreams — BCBG bikinis, Vix V-necks, Juicy Swim bandeaux — at South Moon Under. Cost: $$$. Various locations; southmoonunder.com
Choose from the tons of cute suit options — Nautica, Deco, Sea Collection — at Cameo Water Wear. Cost: $$. Various locations; cameowaterwear.com
At Daffy’s, you’ll pay less for name brands — and isn’t it fun to just get lucky? Cost: $. 1700 Chestnut Street, 215-963-9996, daffys.com
Splurge on sandals
There are flip-flops — those breeze-between-your-toes summer staples — and then there are flip-flops. Get the latter, in the form of $135 Michael Kors Chainlink models — at ViVi G. Cost: $$$. 587 Wilmington-West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-5848, vivigshoes.com
Slip into surfer-cool $50 Rainbow Sandals at Benjamin Lovell Shoes. Cost: $$. Various locations; benjaminlovell.com
Then again, CVS has tons of the perfected-through-the-ages pimply-rubber kind for about $3. Cost: $.Various locations; cvs.com
What’s more fun than altering your surroundings? Have the chauffeur help you into the Bentley and steer toward Terrain at Styer’s, where you can snap up the most exquisite “artisan vessels” (read: pottery), handcrafted dinnerware, and other mood elevators. Cost: $$$. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, 610-459-2400, terrainathome.com
Or buy pre-owned decor — antiques, collectibles, geegaws — at vast Renningers Antiques and Farmers Market in Adamstown, Sundays starting at 5 a.m. (Route 272, Adamstown, 717-336-2177, renningers.com). Alert! There’s one of the thrice-annual Renningers Extravaganzas June 25th through 27th in Kutztown (740 Noble Street, Kutztown, 570-385-0104). Cost: $$.
Three words: Pennsy Flea Market, now open weekends, rain or shine, year-round, 6 a.m to 4 p.m., with hundreds of vendors on 11 acres in West Philly. Parking’s free; for info on free shuttles, see the website. Happy hunting! Cost: $. 1600 South Warfield Street (at 34th and Wharton), 215-463-FLEA, pennsyfleamarket.com
Get free books! And even better, space on your shelves! The Book Trader offers a store credit of 10 percent of the cover price on accepted titles (no old textbooks, and nothing with your brilliant musings doodling the margins). Cost: $.
7 North 2nd Street, 215-925-0517, phillybooktrader.googlepages.com