OMG! Yesterday, I was in a seminar and the room was dark. I looked over and saw a girl putting something in her purse. I recently purchased a Ergo Signature Tote and I thought that she had one. I went over to her (because I kept staring at her purse). Me: Hi. I am Michelle. I am stopping by because I have been secretly coveting your handbag. Her: Hi. I am ::: insert name here ::: Me: Your bag is really cute. Is it the Carly? Her (whispering): Well. Actually, my friend holds a purse party. I got it from there. Me (embarassed beyond belief): Oh. OK. Well, it sure is cute. Her: I really like it alot. When I took a closer look, it was an interesting blend of bags...It had the Carly straps and hardware (the rings and dog leashes), but it was more of a tote . OMG! I was mortified! I felt bad because I called her out about her fake bag. She doesn't know me and she knows nothing about me. To her credit, she could have lied and said that it was real. She owed me nothing. I am also a little worried because I don't have a poker face. I am sure that my face was twisted (part confusion/part embarrassment). I am all about making people comfortable. I don't want her to think that I was being judgmental or snobbish. If she wants to do the fake bag, then that is all on her. The funny thing is that the phrase "purse party" makes it a lot more acceptable than saying that it was purchased out of a trunk in an alley in "the Valley" (10 cool points if you know where that came from ). I suspect that there are a lot of women that are more likely to purchas a fake bag in those types of settings. Well, I did buy a pair of signature flats today.