My very modest H collection comes mostly from my DH's (and occasionally my) world travels. That being the case we do not have a relationship with any particular SA although he is a repeat customer at Madison Ave - but not very frequently. With this in mind my DH has suggested perhaps I buy my first Birkin from one of the trusted resellers you ladies have kindly listed here. Now I have no problem with any of that but I wonder how it feels to buy a bag that way as I never have. I love the retail experience, the dressing up, the shopping, the tissue paper, the boxes, bags and ribbons, the tea afterward. Swinging the bag as you stroll out of the store walking tall. I really feel like that is an important part of the whole aquisition. I know many of you have bought things from resellers and I wonder about your stories - especially if you bought your first H bag this way. I'm not worried about authenticity, you have allayed my fears on that. I'm concerned that being in my sweats when a not-so-hunky Fedex man brings me a parcel will take the shine off my first time :shame: Or... will all my doubts fade away when I open the orange box?