I must now come out of the shadows and properly join the group. While I am not new to the PF nor to the fine art of purse, collecting, hoarding and obsessing, nor am totally new to Hermes, I've had a few for at least fifteen years, not to mention the watch, agendas and scarves. But my bag buying has somehow side-stepped The grande dame of them all, LADY BIRKIN. Since joining PF last Feb, I have bought two Fendis, a Spy and a Bag de Jour... three Chloes, A Betty, a Silverado and a large Paddy tote, a YSL big white MUSE, handle already peeling...oh, a JC Ramona....and I've probably forgotten some....I've certainly tired of most...But if you do the math, I have spent more than the price of a Birkin. Then, about four weeks ago I was in the Starbucks, in the small Long Island town where I spend my summers, and girl walked in wearing dirty riding clothes, no make-up, scrunchy pony tail, nice looking -- nothing special, except on her arm dangled an ostrich, 40cm, with PH...and she looked like a million bucks...i was there in my yoga clothes, no make-up, pony tail and my paddy tote and that is when the epiphany occured....if you can look amazing, smelling like horse s--t...just because of your bag, what was I wasting all my time and money doing? So I spent the next two weeks, soaking up all the amazing info you girls in the Hermes room have assembled....and hats off to you, at the risk of getting cyber-stoned by the rest of the rooms here, you guys are in a league all your own. And if the girl in Starbucks hadn't convinced me, you all did... By the end of the following week, I had a JPG black togo...and last week got a 35cm, chocolate Birkin with PH..... So, I thank you....I join you...I am already figuring out my next color!