A Different post but thought I'd share. Back in 2004/2005 I was planning a wedding and was using a chat board similar to this one (the knot). I was speaking to a girl who worked in NYC named Jillian - who to meet in person - at a Fortunoffs event - and I noticed her BEAUTIFUL bag. At the time, all I wore was Coach and I had a burberry - I wasn't into bags at all. We exchanged information and when I asked her the name of her bag she said - Marc Jacobs Stella in Washed Rose. I started researching the bags and couldn't believe the price. At this point I had never paid more than $300 for a bag. I decided I had to have a Marc Jacobs bag before I got married. So, I picked up my Oatmeal Stella on eBay - paid about $720 for it back in 2004 - and fell in love - with the buckles the leather the whole package. The first time I wore it was on a trip to a casino in CT - I felt SO good wearing my Stella - like a celebrity or something. I held onto it so tight - I thought someone would steal it from me hehhehe - Since then, I now have a total of 8 Marc Jacobs bags - and other designers - which I never would spend this much money on. I took a break after my Stella. One day while in Bloomingdales I saw an off white Venetia (had red suede inside and red stitching) on sale for $400 and I snatched it up so fast...it rekindled my MJ obsession - and once I joined this purseforum - it definitely got out of control - mainly with Marc Jacobs - and Kooba (discovering sample sales - which I never attending but finally went to one and brought home 10 bags ush.