Dear Birkin Lovers, Today I came across, at my local Hermes, a 35cm Gold Ostrich with Silver Palladium Hardware. In order for you to see what I am talking about in case you have not seen this bag, some similar bags are pictured on these eBay links. (I apologize if it is against a rule to post links from eBay, I have not been blogging for several months, so I may have missed a new rule.) I really don't know where else to get photos. Item number: 220059144410 eBay: 30 HERMES NEW BIRKIN BAG Gold Ostrich & Gold Hardware (item 220059144410 end time Dec-18-06 19:31:40 PST) Item number: 220054686956 eBay: 30 HERMES NEW BIRKIN BAG Gold Ostrich & Gold Hardware (item 220054686956 end time Dec-08-06 17:29:17 PST) Item number: 170053556472 eBay: AUTHENTIC HERMES BIRKIN - 30cm COGNAC OSTRICH & GOLD HW (item 170053556472 end time Dec-03-06 08:11:23 PST) Item number: 220054686956 eBay: 30 HERMES NEW BIRKIN BAG Gold Ostrich & Gold Hardware (item 220054686956 end time Dec-08-06 17:29:17 PST) So, I was sorely tempted. I saw it right before they closed, so I may come back in the morning. What do you think? Pros 1. the elegant ostrich seems so much more luxe than plain leather, and the spots make an interesting pattern vs. the plain solid average Birkin 2. the color is neutral, which I wanted. 3. the size is right (either 30 or 35 is what I wanted) 4. silver hardware is good, because I often wear silver Blahniks Cons 1. The price is twice the normal Birkin $15,300.00, with tax, so I would need to sell some of my other things to pay for the loss. 2. Do I like ostrich? What is the price of Croc? $30,000.00+? Is ostrich nice or creepy? (I had previously not liked ostrich very much, but when Hermes does it it is not nubby at all, but smooth and classy vs. Gucci ostrich where you can feel and pluck up the little bumps.) 3. Will the leather/ color show marks easily? Is it too valuable to wear often? Will it freak me out to carry something that expensive? Will I be able to enjoy myself with it or will I always be in a panic? 4. Is there a better neutral/leather that I have not seen yet in my future? What do you experts think? Would you go for it? Are you impressed by this bag? And if it is so desirable, as I thought this bag was, why have these eBay sellers not sold theirs? Are they selling fakes? Also, if their bags are real, is this bag not so rare? Calling all experts. I fear I will waste $15,300.00 in the morning if my head is not screwed on right. I want a neutral Birkin more than any other bag on the planet...really more than any other material thing. I am fanatic about it. Is there a better bag out there for me? Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh. I hate Hermes for having no holds and no return policy and no phone orders, but that is what makes them great too, right? By the way, happy Saks Fifth Avenue "Buy some get some day" 12/13/06!