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A Rainbow of Thongs at Hanky Panky's Sample Sale

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Hanky Panky's sample sale kicked off today, and when we arrived at around 6pm this evening, there was still plenty of stretch lace to wade through. Let's start at the bottom. With bottoms. Boyshorts, bikinis (and their skimpier cousins, "V-kinis"), and "fashion panties" (a nebulous category encompassing everything from side-tie underwear to hipsters) are $14, G-strings are $10, and "retro" thongs (which have a high-waisted lace panel) are $11. We'll get to the regular thongs in a minute.

All of these styles are piled in plastic bins, and after giving the room a once-over, it looks like there are plenty of smalls, mediums, and larges, noticeably fewer extra-smalls and extra-larges, and only one bin of plus-size styles. Colors skew bright—you won't find many basic black, white, or nude options, but there are lots of teal, red, and floral-patterned underthings to go around.

Onto the real draw—the regular thongs, Hanky Panky's signature style. They're set up on pegboards behind a row of registers, and each variation has a corresponding number. Customers place their orders from the rainbow thong menu with clipboard-wielding sales attendants, who then disappear to fetch them. At $11 a pop, they're less than half-price, and if you buy 12 you get an additional one free.

There's also a small selection of garters ($5) and garter belts ($15) in case you are getting married/are never not fancy.

Hanky Panky's bra section isn't as comprehensive, sadly. Bralettes and bandeaus ($17) were fairly well-stocked but moving quickly, while slightly more structured hook-and-eye styles ($25) were nearly gone—especially in sizes 34B, 34C, and 34D. Also spotted: a small bin of bondage-y "After Midnight" bras ($9) with strategic cut-outs.

If loungewear is what you're after, you're in luck—that section was by far the least crowded. Camis, tanks, short-sleeved tops, and long-sleeved tops are $16, babydolls and nightshirts are $30, pajama tops and bottoms are $15, and teddies are $25. All sizes were accounted for.

Finally, there's a tiny bridal section, but styles—which range from bedazzled "Bride" thongs to delicate embroidered mesh chemises—are priced as marked.

There's no word on restocking, but it looked like there was extra merch in the curtained-off sections of the sale. For more info, check out the dealfeed below.

· Dealfeed: Hanky Panky [Racked NY]
· Hanky Panky Sample Sale Promises $11 Thongs [Racked NY]

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