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Flat out best mobile crate

Collapsible luggage stashes away compactly when not in use, and can be packed in larger bags for “just in case” needs when traveling. Now meet Clever Crates, small collapsible lightweight stacking plastic shopping baskets, that can also hitch a ride in another bag, then popped open for use at your destination. Or keep a stack in your car for a space-saving pop-open organizational system on a road trip.

Clever Crates are great for shopping at outdoor (or indoor) produce markets; fragile fruits and veggies won’t get crushed as they can in shopping bags. Head out with a collapsed crate in your shopping bag and you’ve got double storage options The 15-inch by 10-inch by 8-inch-high crates collapse to just two inches thick, and have double fold-down carry handles, sturdy solid bottoms, and open “thatch” plastic walls so you can see the contents. A layer of wrap-around reinforcement bumpers top and bottom make for extra strength. The crates come in green, blue, turquoise or black, and can be super sanitized in the dishwasher back home.

Clever Crates are $9.99 at www.clevercrates.com.

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