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Like I mentioned in my Weekend Wrap-Up post, we made a trip to IKEA over the weekend. I love IKEA and the arrival of the 2012 catalog pushed me over the edge. I had been looking for some storage pieces for L’s toys in the basement. And I wanted to get a mirror I had loved for years. As for B, he likes IKEA too. Plus, I need someone to haul around all the crap I buy.
It’s kind of a hike to our local IKEA, so I spent the ride playing around with my Hipstamatic iPhone app and basically just killing time. Have I ever mentioned I hate long car rides? Cause I do.
After what seemed like forever, we were greeted with the giant IKEA letters. And a crowded parking lot. Is that place ever not crowded? Probably not. It’s not as bad as when it first opened a few years back, but I am still very glad I do not have the take the street IKEA is on very often.
We hit the showroom first and browsed around because we didn’t exactly know what we wanted. I think I wrote down 10 locations in the self-serve area and only ended up needing 4. Things look different in person than they do in the catalog, so we needed to make some decisions on the spot about basement storage solutions. I probably looked at 5 different types before making my last minute decision.. And of course, who can resist the fun accessories and kids stuff that they have? Not me. We probably spent about 1.5 hours in the store in all. B has now decided that he is going to build us shelving, drawers, etc. in the closet, so we spent some time looking at that stuff too.
I’ll be the first to admit that leaving IKEA with a flatbed full of stuff makes me a little nervous. I mean, who knows if it will all fit in the car? Luckily we had plenty of room to spare and made good time heading home.
So I bet you want to know what we got. Well, here was our haul (I may have forgotten some stuff):
-2 bookcases (Expedit), 1 mirror (Mongstad), a kids table and chairs set (Mammut), 3 lanterns (Borrby), 5 glass jars (Slom), a few kids cookware sets (Duktig), a cutlery caddy set (which I will not be using for cutlery) (Fintorp) and various other smaller items. I’m pretty pleased with our haul and we are already plotting a return trip!
What’s your opinion on IKEA? Do you love putting your own furniture together (B does) or do you get annoyed? I for one love all the flat packaging. Maybe that’s because I’m not the one assembling it??