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Marnie Oursler’s Beach Bag Must-Haves

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Home builder and reality TV host Marnie Oursler lives part time in Bethany Beach./Photo by Maria DeForrest

Marnie Oursler is the CEO of Marnie Custom Homes, where she and her team build innovative, luxurious yet laidback beach retreats. She also dabbles in television, and hosts DIY Network’s “Big Beach Builds,” as well as “HGTV Dream Home 2018.” Oursler was born in Washington, D.C., and currently splits her time between Annapolis, Maryland, and Bethany Beach.

Wondering what this wonder woman packs in her bag for a day off at the beach? Assess a few of her essentials, many of which you can purchase for yourself throughout Sussex County.


Braving the Wilderness, book by Brene Brown

Best beach book

“Braving the Wilderness” by New York Times bestselling author Brene Brown (call for pricing and availability).

Bethany Beach Books, 99 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach and Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.


Recycled Beach Bag Vineyard Vines

Beloved beach bag

This recycled-sail bag is handcrafted with sails from the working waterfront in Portland, Maine.

Sea Bags Striped Tote, $160, available at vineyardvines.com.


Ray-bans Sunglasses

Super sunglasses

“These are extremely durable and hold up season after season.”

Ray-Bans Original Wayfarer Classic, $153, available at Shades At The Beach, 100 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach.


Sun Bum sunblock Coppertone sunblock stick

Superior sunblocks

Sun Bum (for body), $15.99 for 8 oz. and Coppertone water babies clear stick 50+ (for face and chest), $5.99, available at Walgreens, 17239 Five Points Square, Lewes.


YETI 20 oz. turquoise rambler

Wonderful water bottle

“These keep beverages cold for hours and are available in a variety of fun sizes and colors.”

YETI Rambler 20 oz. tumbler, $29.99, available at Bests’ Ace Hardware, 17412 Coastal Hwy., Lewes and West Marine, 18578 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach.


Cacala Turkish towels

Top towel

“They are light, compact and dry quickly. They even have a zipper pocket for storage.”

Cacala Turkish towels, (call for pricing), available at Walmart, 22899 Sussex Hwy., Seaford and Walmart, 4 College Park Lane, Georgetown.


Olukai Beach Sandals

Superb sandals

“They are comfortable, durable and last in the beach and sea water. They come in a great selection of colors and fabrics, too.”

Olukai beach sandals (style HoÊ»Åpio), $65, available at Beach Jetty, 205 Second St., Lewes; Shorebreak, 123 Second St., Lewes; East of Maui Surf Shop, 34 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes; Just Comfort Shoes, 18756 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach and Vernon Powell Shoes, 18798 Coastal Hwy., Unit 2, Rehoboth Beach.


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