Saturday I went to the Chicago Hermes, and the first thing I saw was a gold plume on display. A very friendly SA greeted me right away and commented on how nice my orange plume was. As I walked deeper into the store, I saw a rouge H plume, also 32, and a 28 white epsom kelly w/cyclemen trim and lining. The SA offered to show me the red plume, and the leather was not clemence, but a heavier one (the name escapes me right now). Then she showed me the white kelly, and she said she also had one in vert anis. I almost freaked out. It was on display and I'd missed it. It was a 35 chevre. I almost died right there. I was trying not to kick myself for ordering the orange plume from San Francisco just a few days before. I really wanted to leave the store after a few minutes before I lost my self control and whipped out my well-worn credit card, but just then the SA said she also had two more kellys, which she could show me: a cyclemen and a raisin, both 28. So I waited for her to bring those up. I held them in my hands and looked in the mirror, and almost died again!! The SA pretty much knew I probably wasn't going to buy anything, but she was still really friendly. Then I opened my big mouth, thinking, what the heck, there's almost zero likelihood, and said, "Do you have any Birkins?" When she said, "actually, we do have one," I think my heart pretty much gave out. She said the name of it, which by then didn't even register in my mind, and then she went to get it. It was a 30 rouge potamus with black box leather. I had seen those on eBay before, and had thought, who in the world would want that, especially with those funky lines? But when she brought it, and opened the box, that was it. It was GORGEOUS!!! After holding the vert anis kelly and the birkin separately, a little voice told me that I cannot pass up the chance of buying a Birkin, so I whipped out the credit card. The SA is shipping it back home to me, so I should get it later this week. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to keep it. I'm gonna wait till it gets here and I'll post pix.