I have been spending a wonderfully happy weekend browsing through the threads in this forum and learning all about leathers, colours and styles. But I am no closer to making a decision as I feel a bit overwhelmed! I would like to start saving now so that I could buy my first Birkin when it comes in after I order it. I think I'd like to buy one new at the store so if I understand correctly, the wait is about 2 years depending on whether that combination is on the floor at the time (so no wait) or in high demand? Could someone spare a few moments to guide me here? -Do I have to put down a deposit? And if I don't, and I cancel, will the store blacklist me? -I am used to LV and Balenciaga. I LOVE Balenciaga because I love the slouchiness and youthful chic, and the vibrant colours. I can't carry anything bigger than a City, or a 30 Speedy (though the 25 is better on me). So...should I be looking at a 30cm? -Colours: I think I'm either after a really eye-catching colour such as Cyclamen, Rouge Vif or Blue Jean, or a fab neutral. I'm torn! Definitely palladium hardware. -Material: reading through all the threads, I'd like to keep the bag looking young and casual so probably slouchier is better. I am not good at babying my bags so Togo or Clemence maybe? Those are the choices so far. But I am spoiled with LV and Bals because they are so lightweight- what's my best option for leather? Also, I'm in Canada- harsh climate. I need to be able to not worry about snow, rain, etc. -Silly question- do you girls "fear" for your bags? Like if you take them on the subway or out shopping, do you feel anxious about theft frequently? Sorry so long...I appreciate any help in advance!