I have been staring at a lovely bag from an extremely reliable tPF member about whom I have heard only glowing things for about a week now. This would be my first Birkin. It would be the most expensive bag/article of clothing I own by a factor of 2-3, so I'm having a bit of a struggle in making the leap and deciding if it's the right bag for me. I'd like your honest opinions whether I should go for it or wait for the perfect one to come up (which could be forever!) I am agonizing over this, and really need to just make up my mind and stop dwelling. The Pros: - wonderful, reliable seller with authentic bag in VG condition - very fair price (7K for pre-loved 35 cm Birkin.) I take umbrage with paying a 50-100% markup for a bag, so this is more important from a mental comfort perspective than an actual financial perspective, since I have the funds. I wouldn't pay 2x for my ideal bag, if I were to see it, just out of principle. - the size I want - I loooove the leather (Evercalf), and I don't see it often. I want something smooth and light, and most of what I see is textured. The Cons: - it's not my ideal color - I really want black, and it's ebene. This is the biggest factor that I'm hesitating over. It is still certainly a versatile and usable color. - timing-wise, while I have the money, I'm going out on maternity leave in late Feb - July if baby stays on schedule, part of which will be unpaid, so this may be a silly indulgence at this point in time - also re baby, is it silly to buy an Evercalf Birkin when I'm about to start toting a diaper bag and it will be hanging from a stroller? Is it going to get terribly beaten up? Can H fix it with a spa treatment if it does? So, this is my dilemma. What do you think? Go for it or wait? Thanks for your opinion!