Hanky Panky Sample Sale

5 December 2008

Hanky Panky Sample Sale
December 2-5; T-Th 8:30 -8 F 9-1
260 Fifth Avenue
(28-29 Streets) Street Level

With such a name, it’s hard to have low expectations about the sale.  The event was hosted on Fifth Avenue at 28th street in a large, rather impersonal space that was filled with plastic bins with colorful panties. The first impression was not good as the second I stepped into the space a young man promptly stopped me, asking me to remove my coat and my bag.  I don’t know why that was necessary and why this seems to be a trend with many sample sale organizers today.  Is it a connection between being a bargain hunter and being a shop lifter? I certainly want to read the study if there even is one!   Call me old fashioned, but my bag is my “security blanket” I don’t like to walk around in a neon light warehouse picking out panties without my “security blanket”.  The Hanky Panky sample sale looked more like an overstock sale of few items in many different bright colors. They had thongs, and boy shorts and bikinis and “vikinis” most of them made of the same lacey fabric. The panties were all priced at $10 which is not a real bargain. There were some tops, night gowns, and the better priced $5 concealer, tops to be worn under the shirts. I would have bought some conceallers but I felt too vulnerable to buy anything without my handbag.  Would I go back to a Hanky Panky sample sale? No, but there were a lot of women there who looked rather happy to be there.  I guess they have lowered their expectations about Hanky Panky.

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Posted by Mirela Gluck at 04:27 PM
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3 thoughts on “Hanky Panky Sample Sale

  • November 2, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    This shopper was right about the handbag being taken away from all shoppers. It’s demeaning and I don’t like the possibility of somebody having easy acess to the items in my bag.

    The prices were not great but acceptable. The atmosphere where it was held was fine and expected.

  • December 4, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I don’t understand why anyone would have a problem checking their handbag—you can take out your wallet&cell phone— this is de rigeur at most sample or warehouse sales, and it helps keep things less crowded around the racks or bins of items.
    As for the woman who would not recommend or attend another Hanky Panky sample sale—-you must not already be a Hanky Panky fan! Because if you are, you would have no problem waiting up to 2 hrs in the cold to get inside the building and have a chance to get thong underwear at super discount prices!! FYI, most Hanky Panky thongs are $18-$22 EACH, so to be able to buy them at $10 is unbelievable!! I wait for December each year for the sale—I start writing it in my calendar in October so I don’t plan any trips that will make me miss it!! But hey, I definitely don’t mind if there are less women waiting out front or buying inside…so don’t return next year! :- )

  • December 4, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    If you don’t want to put up with “de rigueur at most sample or warehouse sales” you can always go online, do a search and someone will have them on sale.
    Right now it’s BergdorfGoodman.com:
    I am not expressing any opinions on the brand (that would be another post)but as far as this practice goes I want it gone. I think it’s time that some “brick and mortar” sample sales learn from their online competitors that you can sell discounted items with class and dignity.


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