I maintain that the Hanky Panky Sample Sale (260 Fifth Ave between 28th and 29th; starts today!) is the best sample sale around. The store where it’s held every year has a rotating schedule of sample sales (they usually carry everything from DVF to La Perla – it’s where I picked up this $400 nightgown for just $25), and is conveniently (or unfortunately, depending on the state of my bank account) located just a couple of blocks away from the office where I used to work.
Last year, my favorite picks were the thongs with seasonal Swarovski crystal details (Christmas trees and such). They’re too cute…and wayyy cheaper than you’ll find in a department store (last year basic thongs were going for $10 apiece – a little more for embellished styles).