First and foremost, we visited on a Saturday. For the love of God, friends, unless you are completely desperate, avoid IKEA on the weekends. We practically had to park in another county.
It was so insanely packed that we were pushed along the path through the showroom as if we were riding on a human trolley. I felt like I missed half the store!
Second, I wrote down the Swedish IKEA item names from the catalog. My shopping list (the details of which I shared here!) looked like this:
Thank goodness I used descriptors (such as "door mat") for some of the items...it's a lot harder to remember what a "Farglav" or a "Skruvskta" might be when you're actually at the store! Consequently, I forgot several things I meant to pick up.
Finally, remember that your vehicle will hold more than you think! Especially when your shopping partner owns a brand spankin' new mini van. :) I was kind of conservative with my purchases because I was worried about fitting the five shelving units that we were collectively buying into the van. I needn't have worried; everything fit with lots of room to spare. IKEA does a great job of packaging things to fit into personal vehicles.
So while our February IKEA trip was fun, it wasn't ideal. You know where this is going, right? Yep...we made a return trip last week!
My cousin/shopping buddy/friend Kendra and I set out last Friday at the crack of dawn (tough on two confirmed night owls like us) for the Cincinnati IKEA. We were not deterred by wind, rain, or speed traps. We arrived at our gold-and-blue mecca only to score a second row parking spot.
|Look at the intensity on that face. We were on a mission, folks! (And it was early. REALLY early!)|
Since we had recognized our earlier folly and scheduled our return trip for a weekday, the store was virtually empty and we were able to meander through all the displays at a nice, leisurely pace. Almost everything we wanted was in stock. There were even [gasp!] helpful employees on hand to assist us.
Which is good...because I was buying a SOFA. My tiny 1940s bungalow living room has been undergoing a slow makeover for some time, and I've been eyeing IKEA's small-scale, sleek Sater sofa for a while, but didn't think it would fit in the van on the last trip. This time, though, I pulled the trigger.
I also picked up one of dirt cheap fiddle leaf figs that IKEA is now selling; a few more red-and-white Tekla dish towels (I'm addicted to those things!) and some other odds and ends.
I'm happy to report that I'm loving the sofa so far. I'll show you the full living room makeover soon, but here's an in-progress sneak peek:
|She's a trooper, that one! She's also 6 ft. tall. A handy combo.|
Wishing you all a lovely weekend! xoxo
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