Some of the knits I listed have been bought for retail (so, I dunno, $400-650) but others have been acquired on sale and some were even second-hand (ebay, B&S SZ/Sufu). My Branquinho knit probably cost me $200 or so, V&R maybe $120, purple Ann D $200-250 etc. So it gets pricey when you want a specific piece but if you get lucky and generally look for something it is possible to acquire good stuff for realtively cheap. Sometimes you gotta do it, sometimes you don't. My favorite piece = ervell shawl in turquoise melange. Paid retail as there were only two around in my size. I have a 100% cashmere marbled grey cashmere cardi from Jil that I got for really cheap just because the retail price was so high and nobody wanted to drop the cash for it. There is lots around during sale time though, so it's not that difficult to build up a decent rotation. When you really love a piece you won't think about the $100-$200 you could have saved later on.